The crew is missing, but the boat holds a live cargo: a caged group of exotic animals. Initially, Polk assumes it is part of a black market smuggling racket. Also, the animals all share disturbingly heightened intelligence. To uncover the truth about the origin of this strange cargo and the threat it poses, Polk must team up with a man who shares a dark and bloody past with her, now an agent with the CBP.
DARPA program. The chief operatives in SIGMA combine highly trained military skills with specialized scientific knowledge. The Force's purpose is to investigate and to secure sensitive information that could be a threat to the United States; its functions are a combination of counter-terrorism , research , and covert operations. These novels are intended to be read in chronological order. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America's president on board.
Now, with the U. There, devastating secrets await him—and a power of an ancient civilization. And it will forever alter a world that's already racing toward its own destruction. This book was not originally part of the SIGMA Force series, but its characters were frequently featured in the series' later novels.
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Meanwhile, in the British Museum , a private collection is destroyed; the cause can not be explained. Their quest takes them into the Arabian Desert , to a long-buried threat that may bring about the end of the balance of power. The main character, Crowe, is intelligent, fearless, resourceful, and romantic. The magi brought gold, frankincense , and myrrh to the Christ child; their bones may bring destruction to the world, if they are allowed to remain in the hands of the thieves who stole them, for these bones may not be bones at all.
In Black Order , SIGMA Force team members risk their lives to get to the heart of one of mankind's greatest mysteries: the origins of life itself. This novel features Dr. Lisa Cummings first introduced in Deep Fathom , who begins a relationship with one of the team. The outbreak's source and the key to the cure are based on the Hindu temple complex of Angkor Wat.
The book also marks the apparent death of Dr. Kowalski acts as Gray Pierce's sidekick in this and following stories. Pierce's parents are captured and held hostage by sadistic Guild operatives Annishen and Amen Nasser. Sigma Force battle a group of rogue scientists who have unleashed a bioengineering project that could bring about the extinction of humankind. An international think-tank of scientists discover a way to bioengineer autistic children who show savant talents, in the hope of creating a world prophet who can be manipulated to create a new era of global peace on their terms.
The Doomsday Key starts with three murders on three different continents. Each shares a puzzling, hideous disfigurement, but otherwise no other obvious connection. A clue links the father of one victim, an influential U. Crowe takes part of the team to Oslo , while an unexpected phone call from a traumatized Rachel Verona has Grayson rushing all over Europe, ending up in a high-security prison in France.
Crowe and his team fly over the Arctic Circle to land in Spitzbergen. Ultimately, it is revealed that the characters are dealing with an ancient, fungal parasite that was discovered and used first by the Egyptians and then, later, by eleventh century Celts and Druids as a bio-weapon. In this short story "Seichan is ripped out of the Sigma series for an adventure all her own". She and a young urban explorer , who has tattooed on his body a map of the Catacombs of Paris , awaken in a Paris hotel after having been kidnapped and drugged, to find deadly electronic collars fastened around their necks.
They are tasked to rescue the kidnapper's son, "who has fallen under the sway of the nefarious leader of an apocalyptic cult". The trail leads them into "the dark necropolis beneath the City of Lights". Seichan and her guide must battle the clock, as the cult leader has wired the catacombs with bombs. This short story includes a sneak peek at the first 70 pages of The Devil Colony , in which a clue unlocked by the skeleton key plays a key role. The team attempts to track down a lost map, journeying — among various farflung places — to Fort Knox and the grave of Meriwether Lewis.
Rollins refers to secret codes used by Thomas Jefferson and Lewis. The coded message leads Crowe to John Trumbull 's painting depicting the presentation of The Declaration of Independence. In the medieval heart of Budapest , Captain Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane, rescue a mysterious woman fleeing three armed men. They are after the secret she holds, which will unlock a terrible treasure steeped in blood and treachery, tied to a crime going back to the fall of Nazi Germany and a heritage of suffering and pain that reaches out from the past to wreak havoc today.
In a final showdown, truths are unearthed and treasures exposed. This "short story exclusive" includes a sneak peek at the opening chapters of Bloodline , in which further exploits of Tucker and Kane are revealed. The president's daughter is kidnapped by mysterious doctors who seek her baby.
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President Gant's family is revealed to be a driving force behind the Guild, with their bloodline stretching back for centuries. Jack Kirkland, from the novel Deep Fathom , makes an appearance. Additionally, Lady Kensington, from Sandstorm , is mentioned. The novel deals with the quest for immortality , nanotechnology , and microengineering. The Vatican receives a package containing the skull of Genghis Khan , along with a book wrapped in his skin, leading the team to Mongolia.
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All the while a nearing comet interferes with the imagery of an orbital satellite, causing it to show an image of America's Eastern Seaboard in flaming ruins. The 6th Extinction details the SIGMA team's fight against a geneticist with a nefarious agenda for handling the extinction of species. The team travels from California, near Yosemite National Park , to the tepuis of the northern Amazon rainforest , and to the ice caves of Antarctica.
In The Midnight Watch released November 3, ,  in the dead of night, a faceless enemy hacks into the Smithsonian Institution's network of servers, but it is only the first strike masking a larger attack. To rescue a biologist trapped in the National Museum of Natural History and to discover the true intent behind an assault that grows bolder and bloodier by the minute, Sigma Force must unleash its most headstrong operative —Joe Kowalski.
An amazing discovery is made when an earthquake reveals a subterranean Catholic chapel in the remote mountains of Croatia.
An investigative team finds the bones of a Neanderthal woman as well as an elaborate cave painting depicting an immense battle between Neanderthal tribes and monstrous shadowy figures. Before they can question what the painting means and who this enemy is, the team is attacked. SIGMA sends operatives to look into both cases, but does not realize these events may be connected. Plunged into a battle for the future of humanity, Commander Pierce and his SIGMA colleagues uncover the true source of human intelligence.
Crash and Burn is a Sigma Force short story released on November 15, ,.
The Seventh Plague released December 13, ,  reveals a threat to the modern world hidden within the pages of the bible. It starts with the sudden reappearance and death of archaeologist Professor Harold McCabe.
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Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed. If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened—could they happen again—on a global scale? Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, Professor Harold McCabe comes stumbling out of the sands, but he dies before he can tell his story. Then an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor's body—while he was still alive.
Subsequently, the medical team who had performed the man's autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to 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.
Travel to the bottom of the earth Beneath the ice They are not the first to venture into this magnificient subterranean labyrinth. Those they follow did not return High in the Andes, Dr. Henry Conklin discovers a year-old mummy that should not be there. While deep in the South American jungle, Conklin's nephew, Sam, stumbles upon a remarkable site nestled between two towering peaks, a place hidden from human eyes for thousands of years. Ingenious traps have been laid to ensnare the careless and unsuspecting, and wealth beyond imagining could be the reward for those with the courage to face the terrible unknown.
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The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world's most inhospitable rainforest - a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than 70 years.
The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close - and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law. Tucker Wayne's past and his present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She's on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son.
To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist - a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the US government. From New York Times best-selling author James Rollins comes a novel of boundless imagination and meticulous research, a book that dares to answer a frightening question at the heart of America: Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie?
The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of an impossibility, a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion.