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The Devil Colony

(Sigma Force #7)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  26,023 ratings  ·  1,257 reviews
The gruesome discovery of hundreds of mummified bodies deep in the Rocky Mountains—along with strange artifacts inscribed with an unfathomable script—stirs controversy and foments unrest. And when a riot at the dig site results in the horrible death of an anthropologist captured by television cameras, the government focuses its attention on an escaped teenage agitator—the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 647 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Harper (first published June 21st 2011)
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May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Let me just start off by saying that I love books by James Rollins. Specifically, I love the books in his Sigma Series. Having said that, I think that this book is one of the best in his Sigma Series. Over the course of the series, you are introduced to characters who have pretty much reappeared throughout every one of the seven books. What I especially love, is that no one character is the main focus of the novel where he/she single-handedly solves the worlds problems and holds off the evil foe ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

In this 7th 'Sigma Force' novel, the fate of the entire world is at stake. The book can be read as a standalone.


The premise of this thriller is that, in the very distant past American Indians buried some kind of nanotechnology-fueled doomsday devices around the Earth in an attempt to save mankind from their destructive power.

In the present day a couple of anthropologists innocently unearth one of these devices setting off a chain reaction that could destroy the Earth.

Sigma Force (a group o
Richard Derus
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone
Real Rating: 3.75* of five


I read this while I was in the goofy garage during 2014. My delightful friends supported my reading habit, and never once wondered (to me, that is, I have no idea what they said amongst themselves!) why I was asking for Rollins's books.

I wanted to read them because they are very entertaining, have enough plot and character development to keep me distracted from being in a public mental health facility, and are intensely
Jan 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigma Force #7, The Devil Colony, by James Rollins is an intense ride through Native American and Colonial history, touching on nanotechnology, the truth behind the Declaration of Independence signers, volcanoes, and the secrets of the people running The Guild. Thoroughly enjoyed the book, even if a good 10% went over my head! I'm sure if I slowed down and truly focused on every word, meaning, and implication, I might understand the technical details way more... but I'm a reader and a lover of a ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the outset of this review, I need to make a couple of things clear:

1. I was asked by the PR dept. at Harper Collins if I would accept a free copy of this book and review it. I imagine they asked me (along with other Mormon writers/bloggers) to do this due to the book's subject matter including Mormons and Mormon history. I accepted, without any strings attached.

2. There exists no agreement that I would necessarily review this book favorably. The review below is my honest appraisal of this boo
Giovanni Gelati
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consider this: 14 arrows in a bundle, nanotubes, Indians, Lewis & Clark, Sigma Force, Thomas Jefferson, 5 guys in a painting that aren’t supposed to be there, Ben Franklin, a buffalo hide, Jewish settlers and Mormons. What are you going to do with all? Hunh? I mean seriously! Well that is exactly what James Rollins has inside this novel plus a lot more.If you want to hear him talk about it as an added bonus , go to the archives of The G-ZONE, my blogtalk radio show, from Monday and listen in. Je ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read this book a couple of years ago and it's brilliant, my favorite book in this series. Btw this series is awesome! Read it!

Freda Malone
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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James Rollins is a brilliant writer. His works lure you through adventurous and historical events, both factual and fictional, that makes the readers feel like they are actually there, side by side with the Sigma Force of Monk, Kat, Painter Crowe, Gray and the Guild villains. I loved this book particularly because it centers on our founders (founding fathers) and the history of the growing claims of the United States, the Louisiana Purchase, Indian tribes, links between the bloodlines of our peo ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mysteries and excitement here... like the founding of America, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, the Native American peoples, the Book of Mormon, and nanotechnology are all plots that fit well into the Sigma story frame that fans of this series have come to expect and look forward to. There is a large number of side characters here that also takes some time to place them in their places and importance in the story. Overall I have to call it a very enjoyable read though it was a bit too long. O ...more
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Not my usual genre, but gave it a try on Lee Child's recomm. Wow! Awed by the multiple subplots, multiple historical angles, multiple characters and the sheer number of balls Rollins keeps in the air while maintaining a jet-propelled storyline. And his characters have a LOT more depth than most of what you see in the mega-thriller genre. Man, I gotta take notes. But I was too busy enjoying a terrific story the first time through. Gotta read some more SIGMA FORCE. ...more
Roxanne Barbour
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blurb:Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery--hundreds of mummified bodies--stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts about the bodies' origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.
During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly, burned to ashes in a fiery explosion in plain view of tele
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I like that structure, one thing happens to cause the problems for the other and then they are interrupted by another. At the end, there is some lost but they save the big spot. Most of all, the mystery still remains to keep me want to read the next one! :)
Jeff Posey
This is fiction in the truest sense of the word: a tall tale, a yarn, a leg-puller. If you have any sort of a rational sensibility grounded in fact, then be prepared to suspend your disbelief -- time and time again.

That's my main issue with this book and every James Rollins book I've read (three to date, including Altar of Eden and Map of Bones). He reaches so far beyond the reasonable it begins to feel childish to me and my interest wanes in the story. It enters the realm of fantasy. It's too m
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED "The Devil Colony" by James Rollins. It is the 2nd book by him that I've read and I've become addicted to the Sigma Force series.

This book held even more interest for me, because of who wrote it and what he wrote about.

The Author, James Rollins, is a Catholic who wrote a novel about a covert military team investigating spikes in neutrino emissions. Turns out they are emanating from gold plates buried by a lost civilization of Caucasoid Native Americans in Utah, Arizona and Wyoming. In t
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the idea of "summer reads," as in books that are heavy on plot and fun to read--but who am I fooling? I'll read this kind of stuff year 'round.

This installment in the Sigma books stood out because, in it, Rollins shows his hand and ties together bits and pieces from earlier installments to suggest a larger narrative that is bound up in a big, nifty conspiracy. My reaction to this reveal was a) "Awesome," and b) "I am reading the next book, pronto." I give Rollins major kudos for crafting
Tim The Enchanter
The second half was great but the first half was basically a repeat of the previous book. Not nearly his best but it was still quite good.
I was kind of mixed on this one. I have enjoyed most of the previous Sigma novels from Rollins, however, this one just seemed too far-fetched to me. When I first heard about this new Sigma adventure, I was really looking forward to it mainly because of the aspects related to Mormonism (I grew up as a Mormon in Utah) but I don't think Rollins researched this very well - he actually got the name of the Mormon founder wrong a few times, citing John Smith when it should have been Joseph Smith. Then ...more
Riju Ganguly
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
James Rollins undoubtedly writes some of the best techno-thrillers in English, as i am having the opportunity to realise and savour these days, thanks to his works dealing with the 'Sigma Force'. This book was also very good, very fast, very interesting, and highly enjoyable. I, however, am also developing the idea that these books, which can't be re-read, should be used for intensive reading aimed at learning more about some of the most intriguing things of human history, especially the develop ...more
Britt, Book Habitue
Couldn't finish it. Not in the mood for the violence. And honestly felt like if you're going to base large parts of your story on a religion you're "fascinated by" you could at least be a little more respectful. (The tone just didn't feel right that way.)

Also, living in Utah all the little things about Utah that were so obviously written by someone not from here drove me nuts. It happens, it's not a big deal, but it bugs me.

Overall, I was intrigued by the storyline but just couldn't devote that
Douglas Clemente
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great thriller. I had a lot of fun reading it but (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book and terrifying too.
The story might be fiction but the backdrop of science and history makes you believe it could be true. I think that makes Rollins books so scary is that his theories are as good as anyones and can possibly be true.
David Dalton
Another fun exciting Sigma Force thriller. It has been a while since I read one of these. Don't know why, as I own books 7, 8, 9 and 10. Time to get back on board. Remains me of the Clive Cussler and Jack De Brul thrillers I used to read (and need to back to as well). ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a new fan of James Rollins having discovered his books a few months ago here at goodreads and sped through the first six Sigma novels last May. In The Devil Colony, Rollins once again combines history (founding of America) with new-fangled technology (nanotechnology) to create a huge problem that if left unsolved would blow up the whole world. It is a daredevil of a ride to see if Pierce and Crowe will win this one and save the ones they love.

When Painter Crowe cut short his career in the f
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Rollins is absolutely the best at taking disparate elements and crafting a thriller that keeps one turning the pages. I feel safe in saying that this might be his best novel yet.

The disparate elements here are America's Founding Fathers, early Native Americans, and Mormonism.

The cave in Utah was the subject of legend among tribes of the west. A forbidden cave, one that, if entered, could signal the end of the world. Those who entered could never leave if the world were to be saved.

No one k
I’ve read a handful of books by James Rollins and have been meaning to dive into the Sigma Force series for a while. Although this was a book that I was happy to power through, I do feel like I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I’d read the series in order.

There were many elements to this one, which ensured I was constantly curious to see how the details came together. As interested as I was, there were some details that I felt somewhat lost about. These elements were clearly linked to the sto
You know how when you're watching a magician perform, you're always more focused on the hand flourishes and the @_@ faces and the combination of hand flourishes and @_@ faces to see that he's done something really simple, and then all of the sudden somebody's been replaced with an alien and lighbulbs are exploding and you're like WOW HOW DID HE DO THAT?!

Reading this book was a little like that. There was a lot of conspiracy theories and history--and I mean a lot. There's Native American history,
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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James Rollins' novel "The Devil Colony" is my favorite Sigma Force novel to date. One of my favorite aspects of the novel is that most of the action takes place in the United States. Who would have thought that we would have a mystery/conspiracy like this?! Rollins has masterfully interwoven some little known American history to create an extremely interesting story. Well worth the read! And the ending....let's just say it is going to be a long wait till the next Sigma Force novel.

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This book is dumb. The writing is not that great, the action scenes are overblown, and the conspiracy plot is ridiculous. The "facts" are incorrect, the science is misleading. But I can't get enough of these books. There's just something about the batshit craziness that goes on in these that I can't stop reading them. Next! ...more
Rating: Strong Case for 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, and Thrillers


The Devil Colony is the seventh book in the Sigma Force series by James Rollins and definitely one of the better stories of the series. In this story, Sigma Force, which is a covert branch of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is asked to get involved when a highly publicized explosion rocks a cave in Utah killing an important member of a research team and setting off a chain of events that is hea
i picked this up at the airport because the little mason symbol on the cover completely reminded me of a friend who vehemently states (even as i question him incessantly at 3 in the morning) that he is not in the illuminati or whatever, which totally means that he is. AND. the inside read "is the birth of the nation based on a lie?" and i'm all holy shit my mom's birth was based on a lie! really. it listed her as male for like 47 years until she, dragging her friend carol for moral support, went ...more
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James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers. His writing has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold more than 20 million books. The New York Times says, “Rollins is what you might wind up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together.” NPR calls his work, “Adventurous and enormously engrossing.” ...more

Other books in the series

Sigma Force (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)
  • Map of Bones (Sigma Force, #2)
  • Black Order (Sigma Force, #3)
  • The Judas Strain (Sigma Force, #4)
  • The Last Oracle (Sigma Force, #5)
  • The Doomsday Key (Sigma Force, #6)
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  • The Eye of God (Sigma Force, #9)
  • The 6th Extinction (Sigma Force, #10)
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