Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review: The Devil Colony by James Rollins

Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery—hundreds of mummified bodies—stir 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: burned to ash 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 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 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 he discover the truth—one that could topple governments—before it destroys all he holds dear?

It's official, The Devil Colony is the second best novel I've ever read from James Rollins! Amazonia, my very first book from James, still is my number one. I will not tire to recommend this book to all of you because it is one of the very best. Really amazing book! James is an unpredictable author, there are authors' who are predictable, you'll know ahead of time what will happen in the story, I like surprises, I like to be taken to a twist and turn ride from start to finish. When I first read the plot of The Devil Colony, I wasn't that excited to read it, my immediate thinking was that, the story will be centered on the founding of America, and I must honestly say that American History doesn't interest me, maybe because I'm living oceans away from the country, I don't know. Can't explain it. But then I thought, this is James Rollins, the guy can make any boring subject into an interesting one. I relied on all the books that I've read from him and surprised to learn that I liked all of them! This is just a true testament that James can't do anything wrong with his books. I hope he continues to bring almost real life action novels for all of us. 

The Devil Colony has it all, action, mystery and great characters. I especially liked the nanotechnology part in the story, James somehow connected this intriguing phenomena to the native people of America. That somehow, nanotechnology was first discovered by these people and they've been protecting it all these hundred of years. Unfortunately, somebody discovered it and triggered some kind of devastating reaction around the world. The scope of this book is so huge that sometimes I wonder how James do it. Maybe he also take notes or something, just to keep everyone of his characters in check. Sometimes, I take down notes when I'm reading, it's easier for me to understand the story more. But that's just me. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. I suggest you read the very first book in the series before you go to this one, but you can read it regardless if you haven't read the previous ones. It's as good as a stand alone thriller anyway.

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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