U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- As a global crisis grows, 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.
THE SEVENTH PLAGUE (William Morrow hardcover, ISBN 9780062381682, $27.99, on sale December 13, 2016) the newest blockbuster thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author James Rollins, finds the leader of a British archeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, stumbling out of the sands of the Sudanese desert, frantic and delirious, two years after vanishing with his research team. He dies before he can explain what happened to him. 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.
THE SEVENTH PLAGUE is a complex and compelling novel that intertwines simultaneous storylines that converge through a series of cryptic hieroglyphics, arcane biblical philosophies, a cutting edge power source hidden in a clandestine research lab in the Artic and a desperate search through the deserts of Africa for the origins of the plagues of Egypt. THE SEVENTH PLAGUE is an electrifying thrill ride from a master of the genre at the pinnacle of his career.
Author Bio: JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets–and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.
TALKING POINTS FOR THE SEVENTH PLAGUE:
COULD A VIRUS CAUSE ONE OF THE BIBLICAL PLAGUES: The Zika virus originated in a monkey in Uganda, yet it’s grown into a tragic disease spreading around the world, causing crippling and deadly birth defects. Yet, we’re struggling to address it as it hits US shores. The organism in my novel is in the same family of viruses and causes birth defects and death, but only in male children, very much like Moses’s tenth plague—the deaths of the firstborn sons. So this novel serves as a cautionary tale about Zika and about our inability to face such crises.
ELECTRIC-EATING BACTERIA: They are very real. They’ve only recently been identified, but over a dozen different specimens have been found. These are microbes that feed directly on electricity, sucking electrons out of the environment and using them as an energy source. They’re so unique that a slew of labs are exploring practical applications for them—from growing them into living biocables that could conduct electricity to using them to power nanomachines capable of all sorts of industrial uses, including cleaning up the environment.
TRUMP AND TESLA AND A SECRET ENERGY SOURCE: Tesla was a visionary genius, and later in life in The New York Times, he made the bold claim that he had discovered a new, and never-before-seen energy source, one that would change the world. But he never revealed his secret, so when he died, the U.S. government cleared out all of his papers and research journals, including a notebook that Tesla had warned his nephew to secure upon his death. All of Tesla’s confiscated work was reviewed by the National Defense Research Committee, a group led at the time by John G. Trump, the uncle of the current president-elect. Eventually, pressured by Tesla’s nephew, those papers were returned to his family, but not all of them. One conspicuous piece was missing—that notebook. In THE SEVENTH PLAGUE, it’s found.