James Rollins delivers one of the best thrillers of the year in “The Devil Colony,” an amazing amalgam of history, science and adventure. The Sigma Force has its hands full when a cave in the Rocky Mountains full of mummified bodies reveals a possible explanation for a strange piece of American history.

A protest at the site becomes explosive when a radical sets off a bomb. The resulting explosion unleashes a powerful substance long buried beneath the Earth and the disaster countdown begins.

Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force, is shocked to learn that his niece set off the bomb. She calls him, pleading for his help in proving her innocence. He takes off to rescue her and find out the truth.

The rest of the team tries to deal with the aftermath of the explosion and uncovers evidence of a secret that traces back to the Founding Fathers and the first expedition into the new frontier of the West. Meanwhile, a notorious man named Rafael St. Germaine will do everything in his power to make sure the Sigma Force fails.

Rollins combines science and history with the best qualities of a great page-turner and creates a single-sitting read that wows on every page. He has the gift of creating cinematic ideas with 3-D characters, making the overall experience intense and insightful.