Author James Rollins brings yet another thriller to his Sigma series fans with “The Devil Colony.” It reads like “The Da Vinci Code” on steroids. The cinematic action begins on May 18 at 1:32 p.m. in a Utah Native American cave and ends on June 8 at 5:45 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol building, Washington, D.C.
Painter Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce team up in solving a mystery that takes them from Washington, D.C., to Utah (High Uintahs, Salt Lake City and Brigham Young University) to Iceland, Arizona, Fort Knox, Yellowstone Park and Japan.
The same nanotechnology used to create Damascus steel has been used by “white Indians” to create hidden caches of an elixir with the potential to destroy the world. Crowe and his team race against time as well as a secret ancient organization called The Guild to find and diffuse the nano-nests before a series of explosions destroys the earth.
Mormonism, early Native American legends and the Founding Fathers and other notable men in early U.S. hsitory are three major threads holding the story together. "The Devil Colony" explores cryptic codes, hidden golden maps and secrets surrounding Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, Benjamin Franklin and Chief Castasatego and the possibility of a 14th colony — one made up of Indian nations — in the founding of the United States during the action-packed novel.
One of the main characters, Professor Henry "Hank" Kanosh, a cigar-chewing Native American, is LDS. Two of his friends, who are BYU professors, are killed and a hole is blown in the BYU underground Physics Research Lab.
Joseph Smith is referred to as John Smith several times, Rollins says that it was intended to be corrected before publication and will be fixed in the ebook version and any new print runs.
Some sources used in his research on the Book of Mormon are cited in the author’s note. Among other things, the author, who was raised Roman Catholic, explores the question: Did Native Americans come from the Middle East and have Jewish ancestors? Rollins focuses on historical rather than doctrinal questions, and respectfully uses literary license in creating the story.
The book includes occasional use of profanity, some implied unmarried sex and major amounts of barbaric torture, violence, explosions and death.
If you go...
What: James Rollins reading and book signing
When: Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Where: The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City
Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street in Springville. Her website is www.dramaticdimensions.com.