Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Devil Colony is the 7th book in James Rollins’ Sigma Force series. This time an ancient secret, sought after for centuries, has resurfaced once again. It caused a strange explosion, then everything seemed to disintegrate into sand, including the bedrock. Sigma’s arch-nemesis ‘the Guild’ have an excellent idea what it is, so they have a large head-start. Painter Crow becomes personally involved when he discovers his niece was present and is being blamed for the catastrophe.

The trail goes back in history all the way to Thomas Jefferson and Lewis & Clark, who were attempting to find the treasure before the ‘enemy’. There are hints all over the U.S. – Utah, Kentucky, DC – as well as Europe. It appears to be a weapons grade nanotech and could kill the entire planet.

Honestly, I enjoyed the last book in the Sigma Force series much more. I think my biggest problem with The Devil Colony was the whole back story on the nanotech, how dangerous it was, and how it got to be in the places it showed up in. Half the story was hand-waving to distract the reader away from some very important things that were needed for me to accept it, and I couldn’t swallow it.

I know a bit about history, about cultures, and about physics which interfered with plausibility of this book. The rest of the story was excellent, the weaving of histories and the suspense, even the conspiracies. I just couldn’t believe in the threat itself, in how it ‘worked’ or in how long it existed undetected.

Rating: 3.5/5

Check out Caleb’s review of another Sigma Force novel, The Doomsday Key

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.