New York Times bestselling author James Rollins began honing his story-telling craft at a young age with tales he’d often use to play pranks on his brothers and sisters. His stories now-a-days are known for their exotic locations and their mix of imagination and scientific research. The New York Times and People Magazine have consistently hailed his books as “top crowd pleasers” and the “hottest summer reads." Join Jim for the skin-crawling 13th addition to the SIGMA Force series, The Demon Crown, as the team battles the Guild and its plans to unleash a massive infestation of giant killer wasps. Attendees at the event, and those placing orders via Mysterious Galaxy, will receive a commemorative Sigma/Rollins/Demon Crown button with their copy of the book.
A construction project beneath the National Mall unearths a terrifying secret dating back to the Civil War. It is a cache of bones preserved in amber and buried more than a century ago by a cabal of scientists to protect humankind. The scientists, led by Alexander Graham Bell, who helped found the Smithsonian Institution, were safeguarding a wonder like no other: the very secret of life after death. But this prize is linked to a horror from the ancient past, a horror that has remained dormant yet all too frighteningly alive in the marrow of those bones-and has now been freed again to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world.
Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archaeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, stumbles out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers that someone had begun to mummify the professor's body--while he was still alive.
When his remains are returned to London for further study, alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who performed the man's autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. It appears that Professor McCabe had vanished while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises:
Are those plagues starting again?
Then a mysterious group of assassins leaves behind a fiery wake of destruction and death, erasing all evidence. Sigma Force turns to the archaeologist's daughter, Jane McCabe, for help. She discovers a puzzling connection to a shocking historical mystery that involves the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Now Sigma Force must confront a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world's children . . . decimating humankind forever.
In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy--and a shocking image of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.
At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan. Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma set out to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.