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4.5 out of 5 stars
The Devil Colony
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 January 2012
James Rollins is one of those authors that I return to time after time; his novel Subterranean has the distinction of being the first eBook I ever read while, in those days when books would add ballast to my suitcase, I wouldn't travel abroad without a Rollins thriller for holiday company. It was a pleasure then to snap up the latest novel, The Devil Colony, when it was published during the aftermath of Christmas when there is little better to do than to recline with a good, easy read and digest calories and units of alcohol.

The Devil Colony continues the adventures of the Sigma force, an American top level military and intelligence agency that has been responsible for saving the United States and the world on more than one occasion despite the infiltration of a succession of megalomaniacs. This time, Sigma's director Painter Crowe receives a distress call from his niece Kai, who has just found herself at the centre of a storm. An anthropologist has been burned to a cinder while opening a cave full of Native American mummies and gold in front of the cameras in Utah. Kai, who has become involved with a group of extreme Native American freedom fighters and was there to create an incident, is held responsible. When she flees, she is pursued and shot at.

When Painter Crowe and his team arrive, it becomes clear that something astonishing was responsible for the incineration of the anthropologist, something that is having a devastating impact on the earth itself and spreading with an irresistible power. This threat to the world is understood by the guardians of the cave and their descendants, who would do anything to keep the secret safe, not least smother it with curses. As one would expect, where there are precious metals and mysterious deadly weapons, there are also bad guys. And so, as Crowe and the others follow the trail of clues, we enter the world of conspiracy theories surrounding the origins of America's first inhabitants and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

I must admit to not having read all of the Sigma novels, nevertheless this did not matter at all. I might not know the back history of all of the characters or the full story behind the Sigma organisation, but this had no impact on my enjoyment of a novel that stands very well as a standalone thriller. It would be difficult for more action to be contained within the pages of The Devil Colony. While an element of suspension of disbelief is required it's no difficult task when the reward is a well-written thriller full to the brim with explosions, archaeological mysteries, geographical wonders, volcanic lava tubes, Native American legends, political conspiracy and more. A fast, exhilarating and thoroughly entertaining, escapist read, just as you would hope and expect from a writer who knows exactly what he's doing and delivers just what he promises.
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on 20 July 2012
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to get through to the end. I was just about to give it five stars but couldn't quite bring myself to do so purely because of the plot. Nano-technology created by a mystery race of Native Americans hundreds of years in the past? It's a great book, it really is, but the plot's just a little bit too out there.

Apart from that I love the SIGMA characters, the technology and the team as a whole. It's a great, fast paced adrenaline ride that leaves you gasping for breath as the team races through Yellowstone to prevent the extinction of the human race. And I loved Kawch, the bravest kattle dog ever! I also hope Monk changes his mind come Bloodline, he's a great addition to the team. Kowalski also makes you laugh, primarily at inappropriate moments.

Really great read. It's just important to enjoy the ride and not ask too many deep questions about ancient nano-tech.
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on 31 July 2013
Some books spend more time on the characters and very little on the story, not James Rollins, his books from start to finish are full of mystery and adventure encompassing the individuals on the Sigma team. By the time I have finished the book I feel exhausted having been through the adventure with the them.
I have a mental picture of each character in the Sigma team, my favourite being Kowalski.
The in depth research (in the authors notes) done by James Rollins encompassed in the story together with the characters makes for an incredible read.
James Rollins is one of my four favourite authors.
"Pick me up can't put me down book" The Devils Colony only to be read if you have nothing else to do.
To date with the exception of his latest novel I have all his books. keep them coming JR, love them.
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on 15 August 2017
Of course quite over the top ;) but I love his books. A good read. Lots of action. And always a good ending.
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on 10 October 2017
Riveting read, usual Rollins quality. Did not disappoint, another good adventure.
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on 10 July 2014
Another great 007 meets Indiana Jones mets Da Vinci Code story from James Rollins. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this mixture of themes.
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on 13 August 2014
love james rollins another great book from him would definitely reccomend
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on 17 June 2015
Bit long winded have yet to get stuck into it
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on 9 August 2014
Brilliant book I love this series and not disappointed. Book arrived on time and in brilliant packaging.
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on 29 January 2013
Great story, one you can lose yourself in, keeps you on the edge of your seat and you will not want to put it down. James Rollins is a great story teller, you can almost imagine yourself taking part in the action. Looking forward to his next one
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