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. Each of the main character’s in this series has their specialty and individual talents and they use them to form one hell of a team.
In the Devil Colony, James Rollins brings the Sigma team back to their home turf and as such the majority of the action takes place in the U.S. In this novel, we get more of a look into the shadowy organization that has been a thorn in the side of Sigma and the U.S. intelligence community. At the same time, Rollins provides a bit of history lesson on the founding of the U.S and ties a 200-year-old mystery to events happening in books modern setting.
There is plenty of action, and intrigue, and the suspense is enough to keep you flipping from page to page to see how it all plays out. Plus, I love all the various explanations and lessons that happen in the course of the story unravelling. As someone who works with engineers and physicists on a daily basis, I wish they would explain things as clearly to me as it’s done in the book. The concepts are fairly advanced, but the way they are explained makes them relatively easy to understand on a fundamental level.
One thing I was very pleased with is that the characters continue to develop and show hidden depths with each book in the series. The way that Rollins’ describes them and the situations that they are in, had me imagining that I was there as well watching everything unfold as it was happening. I have yet to come across another series or author that combines action, adventure, suspense, mystery, history, and various other scientific concepts and principles in such a way that they are not leaving the reader either out of their depth or feeling like the author has dumbed down the concepts for them to understand.
All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a well thought out book with plenty of suspense and intrigue.
*This is number 7 in the Sigma Series of books. While you can probably read them out-of-order, I wouldn’t recommend it as there is a natural progression in both character development and overall series plot.*