From a mysterious find - and an even more mysterious explosion and its fallout - in Utah to Iceland to Fort Knox, Kentucky and several places in between, The Devil Colony blends history, science, and fiction to provide a great story.
On one side is Painter Crowe and his Sigma Force operatives looking into what happened in Utah to Margaret Grantham, an anthropology professor and why there would be "white Indians" in the cave. At the same time, he is also trying to help Kai Quocheets, his niece, who is accused of setting off the explosion. Helping him are Professor Henry Kanosh, Jordan Appawora, and several others both in Utah, on the East Coast, and in Iceland.
On the other side are Rafael Saint Germain, Ashanda (his bodyguard, computer expert, and lover/friend), and a secretive faction that traces its roots back countless generations.
The story was interesting from the first page and between that, the action, and just enough history blended into the fiction to keep things hopping. One of the best parts of the book for me (aside from those already metnioned) are Painter Crowe and Rafael Saint Germain. Reading the book, these two characters come across as two sides of the same coin. Painter Crowe is the kind of man who wants to do right and is ambitious in that he is a "protector" and is willing to do what is necessary, although he would try to avoid it.
Rafael Saint Germain comes from old money, but doesn't flaunt it. He knows what he wants, is ambitious, ruthless in an end justifies the means kind of way, but is capable of kindness to those in his inner circle. Most of all, he does not want to let his family (or their expectations) down. Not a man to like, but one to respect.
While The Devil Colony can be read as a stand-alone book, I think some of the details involving characters from other Sigma Force books would make more sense if the other books were read. I look forward to reading other books in the series.
From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a novel of boundless imagination and meticulous research, a book that dares to answer a frightening question at the heart of America: Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of an impossibility, a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion. A place known only as The Devil Colony
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 television cameras. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator, a teenage firebrand 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 among the nation's most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a frightening chain reaction, 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 thirteen colonies.
But can Painter discover the truth—one that could topple governments—before it destroys all he holds dear?