Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Seventh Plague

The Seventh Plague by James Rollins
HarperCollins: 12/13/16
eBook review copy; 448 pages
hardcover ISBN-13: 9780062381682
Sigma Force Series # 12

The Seventh Plague by James Rollins is a very highly recommended addition to the Sigma Force series. This time Rollins takes the Sigma Force on globe-trotting investigations and confrontations as they try to prevent a world-wide threat of Biblical proportions. Rollins is guaranteed to provide bookish action/adventure junkies the escapism they crave.

Professor Harold McCabe, the leader of a British archeological expedition in the Sudanese desert, dies before he can explain where he was and what he was uncovering.  The professor was a believer that the plagues Moses brought down upon the Egyptians were real events and had been looking into this. An autopsy reveals that his body was in the stages of being mummified while the professor was still alive. But, when the medical team who performed the autopsy all become ill with a mysterious disease that threatens to spread across the globe, it becomes essential to discover where the professor was and what he had discovered.

Painter Crowe and the Sigma Force are called in to help, but when a mysterious group destroys all evidence and the body they must try to retrace his steps. The professor's son, Rory is still missing. Jane McCabe (some reviews are calling her Jean, but my review copy calls her Jane) his daughter, and Derek Rankin, the professor's young protégé, are being protected and helping to try and solve the puzzle. Historical guests in this one include Mark Twain, Henry Morgan Stanley, Nikola Tesla, and Dr. David Livingstone. 

This is an exciting thrill-ride of a novel that provides plenty of action and adventure. Those who have never read any of Rollin's Sigma Force novels can jump into this one and I think they will still find it enjoyable and the perfect choice for escapism, especially on a cold winter night. Fans of the series know all the characters and at this point they are all well-developed. Expect plenty of notes about the research into a wide variety of facts, including historical and scientific, that Rollins undertook when writing The Seventh Plague.  Sure, I'll concede the point that Rollin's novels may be following a formula, but even if that is true, he is one of the best around at this genre, he still adds twists and surprises, and his novels are always entertaining and compelling.

Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.

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