The Seventh Plague (Sigma Force # 12) – James Rollins
I do believe that I say this every time I read a new novel by James Rollins. I don’t know why I put off reading James Rollins books! His latest The Seventh Plague has been sitting on my “to be read” pile of library books for more than a month! Mistake! I finished it last night and it was great!
After finishing Charlie Donlea’s last book The Girl Who Was Taken I was reading his biography at his website. In it he writes about what makes a book good enough to win the battle between books and other media alternatives….
….And the answer is this: The book has to call me back to it. If a story makes me think about it after I’ve put it down, if it makes me wonder what will happen next, if it makes me ponder where the characters are going and what is in store for them—then, when I’m free and able to spend leisure time on entertainment, hands down I’m reaching for that book before anything else.
Well, The Seventh Plague certainly kept calling me back! Typically, as I read a book I read to the end of a chapter and then go do something else. It seemed that every time I got to the end of a chapter in The Seventh P:lague, bam, something happened! And that something made it very hard to put the book down! It always left me feeling, I can’t wait to get back and see what happens! Book: Edward come back Me: I’ll be back as soon as possible!!
About The Seventh Plague
So let’s get back to The Seventh Plague. In the book James Rollins blends a lot of history and science into an action packed compelling story! The story when archaeologist Harold McCabe who has been lost for two years in the desert in Sudan unexpectedly comes stumbling out of the desert. He wants to tell his story. However, he dies before his story is told. After he dies, the doctors performing the autopsy on his partially mummifid body become ill with a mysterious disease. Soon the mysterious disease starts to quickly spreads through Cairo.
More people become ill, after McCabe’s body is returned to Britain. A British doctor becomes concerned and calls her friend, Sigma Force director Painter Crowe. She is concerned because the archaeologist Harold McCabe had been searching for proof that ten plagues of Moses are more than a fable..He believes that they really happened And as the pandemic spreads the Doctor begins to believe that they may have happened So the question becomes… can they happen again? The Sigma Forces’ assignment find out what’s happening an stop it. The only problem is that someone may not want them to stop it!!
In the novel, Rollins mixes the lives of Doctors Stanley and Livingstone, Mark Twain,and Nicholas Tesla(?) with the plagues of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt ! Oh, there’s even something about elephants thrown into the mix!
Bottom Line: Very Highly Recommended
If you like action adventure, mixed with history and science coupled with compelling characters look no further than the Sigma Force novels of James Rollins! Those books don’t only call you back to them. You also learn something from them. Is there anyone who may be more interesting than Nicholas Tesla? In addition, the members of the Sigma Force and even the villains are great characters who face challenges on a global scale. But they also have lives outside of their work, so they also face the personal challenges of everyday life!
Finally, you can read most of the Rollins novels separately. But like any series it’s always more fun knowing what has happened to the characters in their prior adventures. But don’t let that stop you. Read The Seventh Plague and then the rest of the books will call you to them