From #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a shocking short story, where a chance mishap leads to the discovery of a weapon like no other in . . . Crash and Burn.
On a transatlantic flight, the two black sheep of Sigma Force—Seichan and Kowalski—must set aside their mutual dislike as a mysterious fiery force knocks their aircraft out of the sky. This unlikely duo must use every skill, weapon, and bit of ingenuity to survive a night on a remote volcanic island, where their only refuge is the haunted, bat-plagued grounds of a seemingly deserted resort. But something horrific awaits the two, something born of the latest science but rooted in our basest human instincts. To survive they will need to learn to work together—but even then, it may be too late.
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.
I absolutely adored reading these books! They were epic and heart-pounding! And the action just never stopped coming! It was an absolute pleasure to read these books, and I'm so glad that this series has been as long lived as it has been!
I loved seeing Seichan and Kowalski having to work together, just the two of them! They do it in both books, though they are joined by others in The Seventh Plague. They had a really interesting dynamic, besides the fact that Kowalski had a new weapon to try, which was really awesome!
It's kinda funny, that the first plague, the blood river, and all the things that came with it there was one of the main threats of all the plagues they were facing. Though it was more complicated than that! But the seventh plague was a threat as well! Loved how that all worked out!
Of course the science, history and locations were so awesome in The Seventh Plague (since Crash and Burn was too short to also have history) and I just loved everything about it! Besides the fact that we see an old face, someone we haven't seen since the only book she was in!
Oh, yeah. It was also terrifying, how close to reality these events could be! I mean, I heard that writers had thought of taking down the twin towers as a terrorist event before it happened, but yeah, having this happen, goes well beyond that!
Absolutely loved reading these two stories, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here!
Author: James Rollins
Series: Sigma Force #12.5, 13
Read: November 17th, 17th, 2016
Source: Ebook.bike, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love his writing so much! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books! And The Seventh Plague is a WoW Book!
Publisher: William Morrow Impuse, William Morrow
Published: November 15th 2016
Expected Publication: December 13th 2016
Crash and Burn:
The Seventh Plague: