Rollins, James. The Doomsday Key (Sigma Force Series #6), Harper Collins, New York. 564pp. Isbn 9780061231414
At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh.
The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries, to a ghastly crime against humanity hidden within a cryptic medieval codex.
Aided by two women from his past--one his ex-lover, the other his new partner--Gray must piece together the horrifying truth. But the revelations come at a high cost, and to save the future, Gray will have to sacrifice one of the women at his side.
That alone might not be enough, as the true path to salvation is revealed in a dark prophecy of doom...
The Sigma Force Series is one of my guilty pleasures, and one I share with my Dad. I love the fast paced action this series brings, along with its incorporation of history and some sort of current topic into the story. In this case, the book combines The Doomsday Book, GM foods, saints, prophecies, and a mysterious plague with its usual fight to save the world from destruction and chaos.
I enjoyed the book overall, but thought it was really slow paced in the middle of the book. There was just too much going on and imho too many cliches. I just wasn't into the book as much as I have gotten into his others. The book did pick up towards the end, and left me satisfied, but I truly felt as though I had to work to get to that point of satisfaction.
I do recommend the series, starting with Sandstorm and hope this book was just a blip on an otherwise solid series.