Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery - hundreds of mummified bodies - stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts to 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. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator who escapes with a vital clue to the murder and calls on the one person who might help - her uncle, Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force. To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will ignite a war across the nation's most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet, an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a geological meltdown that threatens the entire western half of the U.S.
From the volcanic peaks of Iceland to the blistering deserts of the American Southwest, from the gold vaults of Fort Knox to the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, Painter Crowe joins forces with commander Gray Pierce to penetrate the shadowy heart of a dark cabal, one that has been manipulating American history since the founding of the 13 colonies. But can he discover the truth before it destroys all he holds dear?
©2011 James Czajkowski (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I am a huge fan of Rollins' Sigma books (and his stand alones) and have been waiting for this book. I spent two days listening to it and just finished it a bit ago.
No need to go over the plot - the description says what it is. What I enjoy so much about Rollins' books is what I learn. I'm going to have to listen to the book again with a browser open to check on the facts he presents. As always his characters are full of life and are like old friends that I get to share an adventure with every year or so.
There are so many twists and turns in this book that I sometimes think we need a road map to keep track of what group is up to what. But this just keeps me listening and if I were reading the book I'd label it a "page turner."
The only problem with listening to Devil Coloiny is that - now I have to wait who knows how long for another new adventure with Sigma. Guess I'll just have to re-listen to them and hope that the next book isn't too far off - especially after the last few lines of the story.
Rollins makes me laugh, gasp, and cry. I love his work and can't wait to see what trip he'll take his fans on next.
This was excellent. Good reader. Great character development. Great plot. Lots of action and suspense. Really got absorbed in this book to the point I think I finished listening to it in record time. Again, a real "page turner." If I could have rated this book higher than a "5" - I still would have given it the highest rating possible. Just went from finishing this book to purchasing another by James Rollins. You won't be disappointed!!
Enjoyed the Devil Colony, as I have all of James Rollins books, by far not the best of the Sigma books, but enjoyable, As usual very much enjoyed the Narrator Peter Jay Fernandez. If you are fan of the Series it is worth a down load, if not , this would not be the best one to start with. You do learn a lot more about the Guild on this one, and who they are.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
I completely enjoyed the book even the ending. Would recommend this to anyone that enjoys James Rollins' books.
Starts with a Dan Brown type of story line but takes it a little too far into the realm of Sci-Fi. I won't be buying another book in the Sigma Force series.
I loved the other books in this series, this one never got beyond just okay. The premise was a bit off and overdone for me. It is very heavy into Morman beliefs which I found very tiresome and this book didn't hold my interest. Nothing against Mormans, the few I know are great people and even though I don't believe as they do I have respect for their beliefs; just not something I want as a subject for a suspense novel.
Good book, good listen. Almost gave it a 5 star rating. Gave me a new look at just how bad it was in the south at one time. As the book points out, Times were worse than they were during slavery.
I have read (and enjoyed) a number of the Sigma Force novels. Usually, I enjoy the ride and can ignore the junk science that Mr. Rollins love to throw into his novels. His formula is to take a piece of true history, mix it with some science and a lot of junk science, season it with a little lust and maiming and top it off with a good strong sprinkling of larger than life heroes. This time he just went too far. It seems as if it is more a paen to Mormonism than it is a novel. That's okay, but his own science gets in the way of the what to me was blatant proselytizing. Anyone remotely familiar with anthropology and natural history will simply turn off to his book. It was bad enough that I doubt I will read the next Rollins book. There are a lot better books that give the respect that Mormonism and every religion is due.
Yes it's fiction and yes I've read all the previous Sigma Force novels - which I enjoyed. James Rollins has run off the rails with this one. He's preaching his religion, inventing history and trying to pass it off as a Sigma Force novel. The world is headed for unstoppable destruction because an advanced ancient civilization (who else?) has created an unstoppable force that no one today can disarm. Unstoppable. Did I mention the end of the world is unstoppable? Bad guys are everywhere and at all the key times to shoot the good guys. Lots and lots of bad guys dressed in black against a few good guys. The supposedly super elite Sigma Force is helpless and out-maneuvered at every turn. This is without question the end of the world and nothing can stop it. Except that a little C4 and a woman's body blocking a crack in the rock manages to save the day. Sure. Why not? But even more annoying is the non-stop preaching about mormons. No one is reading Sigma Force novels to hear about religious beliefs. We want adventure, not preaching.
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