Crucible by James Rollins
eBook review copy; 480 pages
Sigma Force Series #13
Crucible by James
Rollins is a very highly recommended action/adventure thriller and the
13th addition to the Sigma Force Series. Rollins never lets you down!
On Christmas Eve Sigma Force
commander Gray Pierce
and his best friend, Monk Kokkalis, return to Monk’s house in
Silver Spring, Md., where they discover the house has been broken
into and is a wreck. Monk’s wife, Kat, is lying unconscious on the
kitchen floor. Even more alarming is that Monk's two daughters,
six-year-old Penny and five-year-old
Harriet, are gone, along with Gray's pregnant wife, Seichan. Kat
is the only witness to what happened, but she is in a semi-comatose
cannot speak - until a way is found to communicate with her.
What they find out, along with other events, sends the team to the site of a massacre in Portugal. The lives of five women who
led an international network of female scientists have been murdered and 21 year-old Mara
Silviera, whose AI research they were funding, is missing. Somehow
the current cutting edge AI research is tied to a group that dates back
to the Spanish Inquisition, but the ultimate stakes are even more dire.
Crucible is another exciting addition to the Sigma Force Series.
Rollins always delivers pulse-pounding, nail-biting action and bases his
story on historical facts and current scientific research resulting in a
great mix of action, history, and science. The story itself is full of
twists and surprise along with the trade-mark action you expect. As
usual, do not skip Rollins author's notes at the end about his research
for the novel.
I've said it before, and I'm going to repeat myself here,
but I appreciate the fact that Rollins treats his readers with respect
and a nod to their intelligence and ability to comprehend a complex
As expected the writing is
impressive as the various plot threads move along and are all equally
captivating. This was a novel that will result in the "just one more
chapter" mantra. Although I have read almost all the Sigma Force novels
in order, I think you could enjoy this one as a stand-alone as Rollins
provides enough background information on the characters. There is,
however, a greater depth to the story if you know the characters, their
backgrounds, their struggles, and their relationships. I will always
take the time to read anything Rollins writes. He always delivers a
fast-paced interesting thriller.
My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.