It begins in Africa . . .
The idea for this novel, Rollins says, was crafted before the recent COVID pandemic. While he debated whether a pandemic novel was needed, I'm glad he wrote it. I appreciate his novels because they have so much information in them, neatly woven into a plot of potential worldwide death and terror. The Sigma Force team is to the rescue yet again.
Rollins identifies himself as a veterinarian turned author and it shows in this novel. There are beasts galore in the jungle. There is much about ants (they have empathy) and jackals and hippos and more. Most interesting was about bats and their unusual ability to harbor viruses. And there is great deal of information about viruses. They are the most abundant life form on earth and can mutate at a blistering rate. (There is a debate as to whether viruses are living or merely self-replicating machines.) I was amazed at the amount of human genes coming from viruses. There is much about the history of the Congo included too. I really appreciate the author's Note at the end of the book identifying fact and fiction.
This is another engaging novel with Sigma Force people attempting to save the world. They have lots of advanced technology and gadgets. The only aspect of this novel less than stellar was the jungle suspense. I felt it was repetitive. I did tend to skim a bit when yet another virus affected animal attacked.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series combines unseen world, scientific breakthroughs and historical facts into fast paced plots. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Photo by David Sylvian
William Morrow, 464 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)