Crucible by James Rollins; 2019; $29.99; 461 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-238178-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 2/5/19-2/8/19

Why did I read this?  I really like the characters in the Sigma Force books and Rollins tells great stories that mesh history with current events.

On Christmas Eve Grey arrives home to find his pregnant girlfriend missing and Monk’s wife Kat unconscious.  Also missing are Monk and Kat’s two young daughters.  An old nemesis of Sigma Force has kidnapped them all to help locate a historical artifact.  Other groups are also after the artifact and want use it to hasten the end of the world as we know it.  (do I have to credit R.E.M. here).  There is at first no indication who is behind the kidnapping and the only person who might be able to help is unconscious and approaching comatosity.  A brilliant thinks she might be able to tap into Kat’s brain and see what she knows.  James Rollins does a great job meshing the past, present and future into an exciting thriller.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  There are people who would like to end the world for a variety of reasons and the group at the heart of this story is another example of that.