I’m a fan of James Rollins, so when two of his Sigma Force novels popped up on Amazon’s Prime Reading program to borrow, I added them to my reading library. The Seventh Plague (Sigma Force #12) was one of those two books.
The story begins as the leader of a lost British archaeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, comes stumbling out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but dies before he can tell his story.
The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers something extremely bizarre: someone had begun to mummify the professor’s body—while he was still alive.
Sigma Force, a covert U.S. military group, is called in to investigate by a colleague of the professor, who is also a longtime friend of Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force.
But before the agents can get boots on the ground, the medical team who had performed Mccabe’s autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease, one that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Then mysterious assassins destroy all of the evidence that has arrived in England, including the Professor’s body.
Sigma Force must turn to the archaeologist’s only daughter, Jane McCabe, for help. While sifting through what’s left of her father’s work, she discovers a puzzling connection tying the current threat to a shocking historical mystery, one involving Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of famous explorer Henry Morgan Stanley.
The clues take some Sigma Force team members across Egypt and the Sudan, and others to a remote scientific base above the Arctic Circle, as they are chased by a sibling assassin team.
The Seventh Plague is a fast and exhilarating read. I love the way Rollins weaves in historical facts while creating a story full of modern-day adventure.
While it’s the 12th book in the series, Rollins does a good job of quickly catching the reader up on all pertinent Sigma Force happenings prior to the book, quickly establishing all important ties to one another.
Some people will probably be offended by the biblical plot points, but I wasn’t. It’s just fiction.
An adventure thriller with equal parts historical fiction and science fiction, The Seventh Plague was fun read, as long as you could suspend belief in certain parts. I also really loved the inclusion of the elephant colony, but was devastated as what happens in the story to them.
I’d give The Seventh Plague (Sigma Force #12) by James Rollins 3.5 out of 5 stars. Next week I’ll be reviewing the 13th Sigma Force book, The Demon Crown.
Note: The Seventh Plague (Sigma Force #12) by James Rollins was originally published in 2016.
Disclaimer: I received an e-book copy on loan from Amazon Prime Reading. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinion is honest, and as always, my own.
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