Book Review: “The Demon Crown” by James Rollins (Sigma Force Series)

demon crownTitle:  The Demon Crown

Author:  James Rollins

Series:  Sigma Force

Synopsis (from

To save mankind’s future, the members of Sigma Force must make a devil’s bargain as they join forces with their most hated enemy to stop an ancient threat in this gripping adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins.

Off the coast of Brazil, a team of scientists discovers a horror like no other, an island where all life has been eradicated, consumed, and possessed by a species beyond imagination. Before they can report their discovery, a mysterious agency attacks the group, killing them all, save one: an entomologist, an expert on venomous creatures, Professor Ken Matsui from Cornell University.

Strangest of all, this inexplicable threat traces back to a terrifying secret buried a century ago beneath the National Mall: a cache of bones preserved in amber. The artifact was hidden away by a cabal of scientists—led by Alexander Graham Bell—to protect humankind. But they dared not destroy it, for the object also holds an astonishing promise for the future: the very secret of life after death.

Yet nothing stays buried forever. An ancient horror— dormant in the marrow of those preserved bones—is free once more, nursed and developed into a weapon of incalculable strength and malignancy, ready to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world.

To stop its spread, Commander Grayson Pierce of Sigma Force must survive a direct attack on the island of Maui. To be there first has always been the core mission of Sigma Force, a covert team forged to be America’s front line against emerging threats. But this time, even Sigma may not be able to decipher the deadly mystery, one that traces back to the founding of the Smithsonian Institution.

With each new discovery, the menace they hunt is changing, growing, spreading—adapting and surviving every attempt to stop it from reconquering a world it once ruled. And each transformation makes it stronger . . . and smarter.

Running out of time and options, Commander Grayson Pierce will be forced to make an impossible choice. To eradicate this extinction-level threat and expose those involved, he will have to join forces with Sigma’s greatest enemy—the newly resurrected Guild—even it if means sacrificing one of his own.


My thoughts:   Oh man, I just don’t know what exactly to say about this book.   I liked it, but didn’t love it and hear is why . . .

I started this book on a flight from the US to Africa, got about half way through, put it down during my 2 week trip, and then picked it up again on my flight home!   This is just not the type of book that one wants to interrupt and read with all the distractions of flying (i.e., you know the screaming child, the accidental bump, falling asleep for a couple hours, what kind of beverage do you want?).

This is a rather heavy book in terms of detailed writing, specifics, and overall subject matter and with all the interruptions I gave it, I think I just ruined my reading of it.

Overall, there were times that I couldn’t put it down . . . even amongst all the detail, somehow it just flew by (and at almost 600 pages this was very welcomed).

I definitely will try another Sigma Force novel to get to know the characters even better.

Overall, a fast, very detailed read that deserves some time and attention!

And remember,

Books Are Life,



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