The Devil Colony by James Rollins

76%

23 Critic Reviews

Rollins gets better with each book, and his position at the top of this particular subgenre remains unshaken.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a novel of boundless imagination and meticulous research, a book that dares to answer a frightening question at the heart of America: Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of an impossibility, a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion. A place known only as The Devil Colony.


Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery--hundreds of mummified bodies--stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts about the bodies' origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.


During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly, burned to ashes in a fiery explosion in plain view of television cameras. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator, a teenage firebrand who escapes with a vital clue to the murder and calls on the one person who might help--her uncle, Painter Crowe, Director of Sigma Force.


To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will ignite a war among the nation's most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a frightening chain reaction, a geological meltdown that threatens the entire western half of the U.S.


From the volcanic peaks of Iceland to the blistering deserts of the American Southwest, from the gold vaults of Fort Knox to the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, Painter Crowe joins forces with Commander Gray Pierce to penetrate the shadowy heart of a dark cabal, one that has been manipulating American history since the founding of the thirteen colonies.


But can Painter discover the truth--one that could topple governments--before it destroys all he holds dear?
 

About James Rollins

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New York Times bestselling author James Rollins holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains. An avid spelunker and certified scuba enthusiast, he can often be found underground or underwater.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 499 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Devil Colony
All: 23 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 30 2011

Rollins gets better with each book, and his position at the top of this particular subgenre remains unshaken.

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Jacksonville.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Grey on Jul 10 2011

For fans of the genre, Rollins remains the go-to writer for adventure pulp, someone who can successfully rub three random facts together and ignite a narrative...

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Boomtron

Excellent
Reviewed by Douglas Cobb on Jun 21 2011

James Rollins has done an incredible amount of research on this novel, and spent two years writing it, and his diligence shows in one of his best written novels yet.

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Shine from Yahoo

Excellent
Reviewed by David on Jun 18 2011

With two young characters in the forefront (and a bare minimum of objectionable language throughout), this is the perfect novel to pass around the household.

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A Motley Vision

Below average
Reviewed by Theric Jepson on Nov 15 2011

I hated the flat characters, the adrenaline-pimping pacing, the absurd science, the conspiracy theories within conspiracy theories, the Illuminati/Cobra badguys, the kitchen-sink idea inclusiveness, the audience pandering...

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence on Sep 12 2011

A great read for both new and existing fans! If you are in the mood for gripping action -- read on!!

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Aug 19 2011

... the founding of the Mormon religion by Joseph Smith, the Lewis and Clark expedition, myth about the lost thirteenth tribe of Israel, and the cutting edge of computer technology...form a complex and detailed alternate history in this novel

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Literary Treats

Good
Reviewed by Jaclyn on Aug 05 2011

it’s definitely an exciting read. I love it, and I already can’t wait for the next Sigma adventure!

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Fantasy Book Critic

Good
Reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo on Jul 22 2011

The Devil Colony still does a terrific job entertaining and intriguing the reader...dive into The Devil Colony as James Rollins once again amazes and thrills readers all over the world...

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For Winter Nights

Good
Reviewed by Kate Atherton on Jan 06 2012

A fast, exhilarating and thoroughly entertaining, escapist read, just as you would hope and expect from a writer who knows exactly what he’s doing and delivers just what he promises.

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The Speed of Write

Good
Reviewed by Maria on Jul 04 2011

Be still my heart! The next book won’t come soon enough. Write on, Mr. Rollins!

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Civilian Reader

Good
Reviewed by Stephan Fergus on Oct 22 2011

Filled with intrigue, action and adventure – not to mention some great characters – The Devil Colony is an interesting, science-infused action-adventure.

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Sarah's Book Shelves

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 12 2012

Rollins has always excelled at creating a quilt-like thriller, sewing strands of action, mystery, science, myth, military, fact and fiction into a near-seamless fabric.

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Iceberg Ink

Good
Jun 27 2011

he keeps the mystery revelations popping off alongside the breathtaking action finale until the very last page, and in a number of cases the very last LINE of the book is a revelation

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Purple Sage and Scorpions

Good
Reviewed by Kay on Jan 29 2012

I totally enjoyed this way, way, way over-the-top adventure novel.

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The Word Zombie

Good
Jan 08 2012

Rollins rarely disappoints with his writing and this book is no exception. It’s clear that he’s at home writing thrillers and he plays the conventions and conceits of the genre like a master violinist.

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Gizmo's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Shelley Romano on Jun 27 2011

He vividly creates a world that you can put yourself into and not feel that things are a bit too made up or shoved down your throat in order to make a point.

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Megalith

Good
Jun 20 2011

A suspenseful, well-crafted plot, and characters with whom the reader can empathize are just two of the reasons James Rollins stands a notch above most of the writers in the thriller genre.

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Bookable Reads

Good
Reviewed by Ruperto Prieto on May 03 2012

The Devil Colony has it all, action, mystery and great characters.

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Keepapitchinin

Below average
Reviewed by Ardis Parshall on Jul 25 2011

...such shoddy research and proofreading pulled me out of the story and made me doubt the science, too...readers have to be able to relax into the world of the novel in order to find it believable, and such obvious errors pulled this reader violently out of that world.

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All I Am-a Redhead

Good
Reviewed by Ines on Jun 30 2011

What I admire about Mr. Rollins is the research that obviously goes into every one of his books and the fact that he comes across so many different intriguing ideas and puts them together into a fictional story that could so very easily be true.

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Life on Gold Plates

Good
Reviewed by Blair Hodges on Jun 27 2011

Rollins combines science, history, and religion throughout his fast-paced, though pretty far-fetched story...

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Trageser.com

Below average
Reviewed by Jim Trageser on Jun 18 2011

But in Rollins' latest Sigma Force novel, "The Devil Colony," the suspension of disbelief required of the reader becomes too great, the conflict with even a basic knowledge of science too jarring.

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