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Publisher's Summary

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

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Sigma Force Meets National Treasure

I'm a huge fan of James Rollins and the Sigma Force novels. Like his other novels, this book combines science, history, and mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. Rollins is great at crafting multiple story lines and weaving them together seamlessly. In this book, the mystery dates back to the days of the American Revolution and a secret hidden for centruies by Native Americans to protect the world.

Rollins switches things up teaming Kowalski, normally CDR Pearce's sidekick, with Director Crowe on a race to beat the Guild to artifacts made of a dangerously explosive material. CDR Grey Pearce, Seichan, and Monk are teamed up to search through American history for any information on the material. They also face operatives of the Guild.

It's a great story. Kept me interested from beginning to end. I did have some trouble with the relationship between Director Painter Crowe and his "neice". In particular because it appears he had no relationship with her up until the day she called and pulled him into the mystery of the artifacts yet he throughout the book he feels incredibly responsible for her. It's the only thing that didn't exactly gel with me.

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Will it ever end?

This book seemed to last forever, but not in a good way. The story line, although imaginative, was too far fetched to be believable. Even suspending disbelief didn't work. It seems the author wanted a modern day spy/whodunit sort of book with a backdrop of the ancestry of civilization in the US, add some nanobots in with a doomsday scenario and there's the book. Sort of wacky, which is okay, but it was not entertaining. I do not think I will consider another book by this author.

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Failed novel

The story sounded like fun. Unfortunately the book was boring. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

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  • Rebecca
  • Longmont, CO, United States
  • 04-12-13

Way too much History.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. Became monotonous at times. The historical details went on and on. Good story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Don't know

Which character – as performed by Peter Jay Fernandez – was your favorite?

Gray

Did The Devil Colony inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

Definitely not a book that would hold your attention

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  • monet
  • Alta Loma, CA, United States
  • 02-25-13

Could Not Follow

What disappointed you about The Devil Colony?

The story was all over the place. And strange/weird.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Rollins again?

I am willing to give all authors a 2nd chance. It could have just been this particular book.

What didn’t you like about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance?

The reader was fine, may have been the material.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Confusion

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Awesome

Awesome read. book. I thoroughly enjoy James Rollins’ books. He is creative, thorough and easily grabs the reader’s attention throughout the book. This was another slam dunk! Loved it.

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  • J.K.R.
  • NEW YORK, NY, US
  • 02-10-13

It just fell flat...

What would have made The Devil Colony better?

A better ending.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure.

What didn’t you like about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance?

He has a terrific voice, but it did not seem to fit the material.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Devil Colony?

None.

Any additional comments?

I just feel that with such a good base the story fell short of it potential.

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  • Susan
  • PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA, United States
  • 01-09-13

Intersting Premise

If you could sum up The Devil Colony in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, unusual, exciting

What other book might you compare The Devil Colony to and why?

Most of James Rollins books have the same feel

What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

It was good. He was clear and emphased the scene as needed

Any additional comments?

I always enjoy the tales that Rollins weaves they keep my attention and interest until the end. I love his reoccuring characters and miss them when the book ends but I also enjoy the new people he brings to the table with each adventure.

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Another James Rollins winner!

If you like action-packed thrillers this will keep you entertained for hours! I wish he would write faster!

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Great story, well read.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil Colony to be better than the print version?

James Rollins is great in any format, written or audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them. lol

Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just pleasure all the way through.

Any additional comments?

Great book.