Book #7
The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel
Released On: Jun 21, 2011

Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery—hundreds of mummified bodies—stir 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 ash 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 across 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 he discover the truth—one that could topple governments—before it destroys all he holds dear?

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Critical Acclaim

  • "An amazing amalgam of history, science and adventure….A great page-turner."

    Gloucester County Times
  • “His books have everything…Yet it works, because Rollins is a master of controlled chaos.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • “Magnificent...This is wild, unrestrained storytelling at its level best, and Rollins is the best pure action writer out there today, bar none.”

    Providence Journal
  • "A first-class, breathtaking adventure that will have readers whizzing through the pages. The only thing wrong with this tale: it has to end."

    Romantic Times [4 1/2 Stars] on The Devil Colony
  • "Riveting....Rollins gets better with each book, and his position at the top of this particular subgenre remains unshaken."

    Publishers Weekly on The Devil Colony
  • "James Rollins delivers one of the best thrillers of the year in The Devil Colony, an amazing amalgam of history, science and adventure."

    Associated Press on The Devil Colony
  • "From the hidden Indian treasure, to the Fort Knox secrets, to the conspiracy at the beginning of the United States The Devil Colony gives you every reason why you'll want to be a member of Sigma Force."

    Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle on The Devil Colony
  • "Terrible secrets, the sweep of history, an epic canvas, breathless action...nobody—and I mean nobody—does this stuff better than Rollins."

    Lee Child on The Devil Colony


  • Q. As a reader, it’s a huge treat to re-connect with the Sigma Force team, all of whom are such beloved characters. As an author, is it a similar experience for you to write about them? Do you feel like you’re visiting with dear friends?
    A. Definitely. I’ve been living and breathing these characters for going on a decade. We’ve seen th ... Read More
  • Q. I understand you got back recently from the Persian Gulf as part of a USO tour.
    A. I did. It was a great honor to be invited to participate in Operation Thriller. I got a chance to vi ... Read More
  • Q. In THE DEVIL COLONY you have created one of your most complex and depraved villains to date. He has a unique disease that almost makes him a scientific exploration himself. Where did his character stem from?
    A. Rafael Saint Germaine came about because this story centers on old family secrets—and by old, I me ... Read More
  • Q. THE DEVIL COLONY explores the surreptitious link between the Book of Mormon, the lost tribes of Israel and Native Americans and how those three groups tie to the founding of America. What was the starting point of this high-concept plot?
    A. It started with an argument. I have several friends who are Mormons, and at a dinner, I overheard a ... Read More
  • Q. THE DEVIL COLONY is filled with information about the Book of Mormon; how did you research this topic and what drew you to this sometimes mysterious religion?
    A. I’ve always been fascinated with those moments in time where religion and history merge, where man ... Read More
  • Q. There are some pretty fantastic settings in THE DEVIL COLONY, all pretty much right here in the good ol’ US of A. Was it nice to be able to set a book mainly in America? Were you able to visit the stunning locations in the book, such as the Arizona desert and the Rocky Mountains?
    A. I had a great fun researching this novel set in my own backyard (so to speak). For the past decade, ... Read More
  • Q. Thomas Jefferson—while he never appears in this story—plays a significant role. Why Thomas Jefferson? What intrigues you about him?
    A. Everyone knows Thomas Jefferson as the architect of the Declaration of Independence. Volumes have be ... Read More
  • Q. What in your SIGMA Force novels do you think has the deepest resonance with readers: the cutting edge scientific details, the breakneck adventure, or the threads of modern and ancient faith and/or spiritual beliefs woven throughout?
    A. I hope all three. History raises many unanswered mysteries, questions into where we came from, who w ... Read More
  • Q. What’s next for James Rollins?
    A. I’m currently working on the third book in my middle-school series, featuring boy-explorer, Jake R ... Read More
  • Q. Your books often include high-concept scientific theory. While not wanting to spill any secrets about the plot of THE DEVIL COLONY, what are some of the breaking-news scientific concepts laced through the pages of this book?
    A. The science in this novel addresses the next big leap in scientific research and industry. It can be ... Read More


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