The 9th novel from New York Times bestselling author James Rollins, now available as a premium with a great new package!
The special-ops trained scientists of Sigma Force battle the criminals of the shadowy Guild in bestseller Rollins's lively third Sigma Force thriller (after Black Order). An ancient and deadly plague, the Judas Strain (which afflicted Marco Polo), has suddenly re-emerged. Gray Pierce, a Sigma operative, and Seichan, a Guild defector, pursue clues to the nature of the plague to the Vatican, Istanbul (with a fine shootout in the Hagia Sophia mosque), Marco Polo's tomb and, finally, Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Meanwhile, Guild members hijack a cruise ship full of plague victims (to provide experimental subjects for the weaponizing of the plague), and Gray's parents are taken hostage (though the senior Grays prove feistier than their kidnappers reckon). Sophisticated the plot isn't, but Rollins includes more than enough action and suspense to keep readers turning pages. 8-city author tour.
Prescient pandemic fiction
Reading this fiction novel in 2021, while we’re in the 2nd year of a global pandemic, has special resonance. Unfortunately, reality is worse than fiction. Still I appreciate the mind candy diversion that is the Sigma Force series, although I find this author’s template so predictable- protagonist is threatened by secret cabal, gets blackmailed by terrorist but can’t tell anyone about it, and is seriously outgunned by said cabal. When reality is that we have all kinds of special forces to take on these situations.
Familiar characters, but a new great adventure. Be swept away by the fast paced action and drama, but learn the lesson that humans are not the most powerful force on this planet...it is the planet itself.
Keeps you on a roller coaster.