Review: The Seventh Plague by James Rollins
Publication date: December 13, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Sigma Force #12
About the Book:
If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened–could they happen again–on a global scale?
Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, comes stumbling out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor’s body–while he was still alive.
His strange remains are returned to London for further study, when alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who had performed the man’s autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease, one that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to a longtime friend: Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises.
Are those plagues starting again?
Before Director Crowe can investigate, a mysterious group of assassins leaves behind a fiery wake of destruction and death, erasing all evidence. With the professor’s body incinerated, his home firebombed, 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 the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of famous explorer, Henry Morgan Stanley.
To unravel a secret going back millennia, Director Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce will be thrust to opposite sides of the globe. One will search for the truth, traveling from the plague-ridden streets of Cairo to a vast ancient tomb buried under the burning sands of the Sudan; the other will struggle to stop a mad genius locked within a remote Arctic engineering complex, risking the lives of all those he holds dear.
As the global crisis grows ever larger, Sigma Force will confront a threat born of the ancient past and made real by the latest science–a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world’s children . . . decimating mankind forever.
When people ask who are my favorite authors, James Rollins tops my list so I am shocked that I’ve given 3 stars to two of his books in a row (I wasn’t a fan of Warhawk either). It really saddens me to do so but The Seventh Plague never really drew me in.
The story concept sounded fascinating and I love the entire Sigma Force but something just seemed to be missing from this one. I felt we didn’t get into the heads of the characters as much this time around which was one of my favorite things about Rollins past books. I loved Gray and Seichan from the start and even Kowalski really grew on me in The Bone Labyrinth so I was shocked not to enjoy them more in this story. It seemed like we were going to dive deeper into Seichan’s characters as she starts delving into the idea that she doesn’t really fit anywhere but that is never fully explored. I suppose it might be addressed in future books. I did like that Kat was finally out in the field again. It was a little frustrating that she had been relegated to a behind the desk job playing the wife and mother role that doesn’t really utilize her amazing intellect and ability in the field. I wish that had also played a larger part in the book.
The storyline also never really picked up for me. I didn’t become invested in it as I have the past mysteries that were the basis of past books. I did love Crash & Burn that came out right before The Seventh Plague so I’m hoping Rollins’ next book is more along that style.
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