The Doomsday Key (Sigma Force Series)

The Doomsday Key (Sigma Force Series) - Beginning with medieval clerics taking a census for King Edward's Domesday Book and moving into real-life matters such as genetically modified crops and industrial espionage, James Rollins has created an outstanding thriller.The book opens with the census takers and moves rapidly to what initially appear to be four unrelated murders -- except that all four victims have been branded with the same symbol on their foreheads. A friend of one victim passes an artifact on to his niece, which sets an investigation into motion. That artifact is crucial to the tale, because two other groups (Sigma and The Guild) are looking for it themselves. A great deal of the action involves these two groups being at odds with the third.If this plot sounds convoluted, don't be frightened off. This is an outstanding modern thriller that keeps you turning page after page to see which group will ultimately find the so-called Doomsday Key.(Review based on uncorrected advance copy.)