The crash of a U.S. military research satellite in the remote wilds of Mongolia triggers an explosive search for the valuable cargo it holds: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy, the energy connected to the birth of our universe. But the last blurry image from the falling satellite captures a chilling sight: a frightening look into the future, a view of a smoldering eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.
At the Vatican, a mysterious package arrives for the head of Pontifical ancient studies, sent by a colleague who had vanished a decade earlier. It contains two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA testing reveals both are from Genghis Khan—the long-dead Mongol king whose undiscovered tomb is rumored to hold the vast treasures and knowledge of a lost ancient empire.
Commander Gray Pierce, and Sigma—joined by a pair of Vatican historians—race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity's origins, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.
This book is going to mean a lot to the series in the long run, I think. A good part of it is dealing with Seichan's mom, seeing as her dad just died in the previous book. And another is dealing with the latest end the world battle!
In this book, we were introduced to some new characters-Duncun Wren and Jada Shaw. Duncan, who has magnets in his fingertips to make them more sensitive and such, and Jada, who's an expert in the science around the asteroid that could destroy Earth in 4 days if Sigma doesn't do anything. So that was great! I really enjoyed them, and where they ended in the book!
But on the flip side, while we got to have some more time with Rachel and Vigor, well, they die in this book, in the end. But some of the science in this book, is multi-universes, which means that we got to see them after. Which was really great, really bittersweet moment!
I really enjoyed the history, though I confused Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. And the bad guys in this book, they were more to add conflict, to make it harder for the good guys, since they didn't know about the 4 day Earth ending event coming. That was the main threat in this book, not really something that's the easiest to fight! But they won, so yeah!
This was such a great book, I enjoyed it so much, and I can't wait to read more books by James Rollins!
Author: James Rollins
Series: Sigma Force #9
Read: July 31st, 2013
Reason Why: Great series, love it, and it's a Sequel Challenge 2013 Book!
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: June 25th 2013