Sigma Force Series , #2
by James Rollins
A surprise attack on a German
cathedral leaves hundreds dead, giving new meaning to the term "mass
murder." The only survivor describes a scene that leaves investigators
puzzled enough to involve Sigma, an elite and highly secretive black
ops unit, dedicated to defending America from its most hidden enemies.
The investigating team is led by Grayson Pierce, a stony, charismatic
warrior scientist considered to be one of the unit's best field
His team discovers that the Dragon Court, a rogue
Gnostic sect devoted to the teachings of Saint Thomas, utilized
the hidden properties of one of the world's precious resources to
carry out the attack and unleash a power dating back to the time
of Moses. However, this attack was only a preview of much bigger
things to come. Grayson and his team soon find themselves immersed
in a race across Europe, riddled with as much danger as action,
and the security of the world waiting at the finish line.
This book can be accurately described as Indiana
Jones meets Dan Brown, but with more action than the former
and more depth than the latter. The author clearly showed his knack
for researching his subject matter and utilized his characters well
to convey that research. The main character is almost instantly
familiar for anyone who is a fan of the archeologist made famous
by Harrison Ford and George Lucas, which increases the hero's likeability
factor. The supporting cast is equally familiar and well-utilized.
There are the wise-cracking yet capable teammates, the sultry yet
tough heroine, and the well-versed Uncle Vigor, a Vatican intelligence
operative used by the author to convey information to the reader.
is quite fast-paced and seemingly non-stop through the first third
of the book. Such a pace threatens to leave the reader behind in
confusion, but the overall story doesn't suffer. All in all, the
book may not be of "read-again" material, but is well worth reading
the first time, especially for those who enjoy action/adventure
and Biblical history.
other titles in this series
of Bones #2
Judas Strain, #4
Last Oracle, #5
Doomsday Key, #6
Devil Colony , #7
Bloodline, #8 [review
of God #9
Sixth Extinction #10
25, 2006 (Reprint edition)
Reviewer John Washburn is the author of When Evil Prospers.