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Most Helpful Favorable Review

32 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

Best. Novel. Yet.

Over the years, I've written a lot of enthusiastic things about the novels of James Rollins. But until now, I've never written this: THE DEVIL COLONY IS THE BEST NOVEL THAT JAMES ROLLINS HAS EVER WRITTEN! (Yes, in all caps even!) Like many readers, I was disappointe...
Over the years, I've written a lot of enthusiastic things about the novels of James Rollins. But until now, I've never written this: THE DEVIL COLONY IS THE BEST NOVEL THAT JAMES ROLLINS HAS EVER WRITTEN! (Yes, in all caps even!) Like many readers, I was disappointed in the two-year wait for this latest installment in the Sigma Force series. Now, I'm thinking perhaps he should take two years on all the novels-I don't know if it was the extra time, but something has paid off huge dividends.

As always, summarizing the story is the hardest part. First, because I'd hate to spoil any surprises. And secondly, because it's just really hard to summarize one of Rollins's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink plots. The main action of this book opens in present day Utah. From two boys who can't resist the lure of the forbidden, a great and terrible discovery is made at a sacred Native American site. There are bodies. There is an artifact. And, astonishingly, something that goes to the very core of Mormon theology!

Just as the scientists on site are beginning to grasp what they've discovered, there is a huge explosion. The explosion is blamed on a Native American activist, but it's clear that this wasn't your standard bomb. It's something far more dangerous, with implications that spread further and further afield, and which drag Sigma operatives into the story on differing assignments and for different reasons. All the usual suspects are back, including the enigmatic Seichan, who is again paired in an uneasy alliance with Gray Pierce. Painter Crowe is also back in the field this time around. Operatives from the Guild are up to their usual tricks, and even as readers learn more about the shadowy organization in this novel, new questions are raised for the next book. (It's infuriating how he does that.)

In provocative messages leading up to the publication of The Devil Colony, James Rollins repeated asked, "Was America founded on a lie?" The plot of this novel does get right to the heart of the formation of this country. What were Lewis and Clark really up to? What was Thomas Jefferson communicating in secret ciphers? It also explains the fate of some of the most mysteriously lost cultures through history. It delves into the not only the most cutting-edge technology, but also some amazingly advanced ancient technology. And, yes, it also explores the foundation of the Mormon Church. Oh, and there's a super-volcano! And killer whales! And the heist of all heists!

Seriously, I could go on like this all day. The scope of this novel is breath-taking. What's amazing is that Rollins pulls all of these diverse threads together so plausibly that you'll find yourself wondering if he has indeed solved half the puzzles of the ages in one fell swoop. As always, there's a staggering amount of fact laced throughout his fantastic plot. It's enough to make you go, "Hmmm."

The pace starts to race early on, and it just never slows down. The stakes in the book simply get bigger and bigger. Technically, it's a well-structured page-turner. But in the end, it's the story that got me and held me. Every part of it was just so inventive, exciting, and so darn interesting! I entitled this review "Best. Novel. Yet." I don't anticipate Mr. Rollins topping The Devil Colony any time soon, but I hold out hope. He wrote this one. What wonderful tales can we look forward to in the future?

posted by Susan_Tunis on June 21, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

48 out of 74 people found this review helpful.

the retards below should be banned from posting reviews

And I would not normally review a book not read, but when you see a dozen ying yangs givingh reviews of a book because they do not like a price Branes & Nobles sets, well they are too stupid to be allowed to post reviews

posted by Flal on May 12, 2011

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Foolish junk.

    It helps to be ignorant of american anthropology.
    It helps to be ignorant of geology.
    A sloppy argument to vouch for the Mormons.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Don't waste your money

    Based on an unbelievable premis, the book races with staccato rapidity from one improbable narrow escape to another, culimatating in a totally unrealistic finale. I did manage to finish it, but I wish I had my 13 dollars back. I really can't see how this book made a best seller list.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Just not very compelling

    I'm not sure why, have liked other stuff by Rollins, but this one left me flat. Couldn't even finish.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

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    This is Sigma farce.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Worst. Rollins. Yet!

    I beg to differ with those who posted glowing reviews about this book. I've read all of Rollings's previous books and enjoyed many of them very much however this one is flat out boring. Boring history topics. Goofy action scenes. Unrelatable thin characters. As pointed out below by stuckinmissouri, the plot is totally improbable almost silly. It's another (IMHO) lazy undertaking that seems to be so common today with authors of this genre to rely on bogus historical "codes" and diaries/journals to fill in preposterous plot lines. This is the equivalent of watching a film and having some narrator enter each scene and explain what's happening.
    Another pet peeve of mine is that these authors create this crescendo of hype surrounding these mythical events or places that I could not give a furry rat's patootie about... "Could this really be Solomon's mine?" Huh? Who cares? "The arc of the covenants?" Yawn.The origin of the Mormon religion? Wake me when class is over...
    And, of course, as always, the white Europeans are all bad guys still mistreating the Native Americans.
    Look, Alzheimers is a tragic challenge for families, one that took both my parents in long painful battles requiring a lot of attention by my family but Gray is supposed to be a super government agent solder and his urgent'Save the world' mission gets interupted several times per day by his mom calling because his father is acting odd out in the garage? Really?
    Also, I get that The Guild is entrenched in our government and all but why are the good guys always out-gunned, out manned, under equipped, 3 steps behind in every phase of the story? If it took place in some 3rd world spot, OK maybe but it's here in the States! Sigma is inept! We have to have 3 National Guard soldiers fighting teams of air-borne enemy commandos? In Yellowstone? And the bad guys have sat coverage of the good guys but Sigma has to rely on calling back to the office to find anything out.
    Finally, this is such a lame plot occurence it should have died off a long, long time ago but it hangs in there with these authors: Hello! Sigma! The bad guys know where you guys live (just like last time and the time before that)and they are going to go after your family and loved ones and people helping you! Why does this surprise these guys?
    Half-hearted writing effort rife with mumbo jumbo boring 7th grade history and civics class nonsense. What was James Rollins doing for 2 years? Regressing to amateur novel wrting 101?

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Just a point...

    Barnes and Noble do not set the prices of ebooks, publishers do. And yes, the price of this book, as well as many others, seems a tad high. You have the option of buying it or not. If not, go to the library, or perhaps you may be able to borrow this from your local library through your Nook.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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