“The Doomsday Key” by James Rollins (William Morrow, 2009)

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Commander Guy Pierce and Sigma Force return under the prolific writing hands of bestselling author James Rollins.  In The Doomsday Key, Rollins brings lots of different and seemingly individual elements together in a fast-paced adventure that will leave you reading on the edge of your seat.

Three bodies are discovered on three continents, all murdered under mysterious circumstances, and all bearing a unique Pagan symbol: a cross within a circle.  Sigma Force are brought in to investigate.  As the facts are discovered, it is revealed that the giant Norwegian corporation Viatus is somehow behind it all, a company that specializes in crop and seed development.  As Pierce and the gang dig deeper, they find themselves involved in an unsolved mystery that goes back thousands a years.  The question is whether they will all be able to stay alive long enough to solve it.

Rollins has outdone himself in The Doomsday Key using a variety of historical sources from the Domesday Book, to the Druids and Pagan religion, to the history of Neolithic Britain, to the early days of the Christian church.  Combining these with present day biotechnology and the Doomsday Vault – a real seed vault under heavy protection in the Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole – he skillfully brings it all together in an incredible story that is perfect for readers waiting for the next Dan Brown book.

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Originally written on May 27th, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

For an interview with James Rollins check out BookBanter Episode 9.

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