The Seventh Plague by James Rollins


After reading Subterranean by James Rollins for my Around the World in 80 Days series, I really wanted to read a more recent James Rollins novel. I was impressed by how creative Subterranean was, and how unique the storyline was, so I picked up The Seventh Plague from the library.

The Seventh Plague is extremely well-written, and the elements of fantasy, history, and thrill are woven very nicely together. It’s also a hard book to put down, so definitely read it when you have a chunk of time available.


The Seventh Plague starts off with the discovery of a mummified Professor Harold McCabe, leader of a British archaeological expedition that was reported as missing two years ago. Through more extensive research, it was discovered that Professor McCabe was mummified while he was still alive. But this discovery had a deadly consequence: those who did the autopsy on Prof. McCabe became ill from a unknown disease, and it was starting to spread.

The reason that Prof. McCabe had led the expedition to the Sudanese desert where he was found was because he was trying to prove that the Ten Plagues from the Bible were actually real. If he was successful, then this disease that is spreading around could only have negative, and deadly, effects.

In order to try and find the cure to the disease, members of Sigma Force, along with Jane McCabe (Prof. McCabe’s only daughter) and her coworker Derek Rankin, travel to Egypt. But assassins chase after them, making the mission even more dangerous.


The plot is honestly much more complex than I made it seem. This summary is simply touching the surface of what Rollins writes about; there are a lot more side missions, and historical details that I didn’t even mention. It’s amazing how many layers to the story there is, and each twist and turn will leave you feeling baffled.

I was concerned about it being a Sigma Force novel (since this was the first one I read), but it can be read as a standalone. The main characters in the Sigma Force series are nicely introduced, and I wasn’t left feeling confused about anything.

If you’re looking for an exciting read that will keep you enticed throughout the entire thing, definitely pick The Seventh Plague. I somehow managed to find time in between college apps and schoolwork, and it’s a decision I didn’t regret (although a little… I might have slept later than usual while I was reading it…). I’m giving this book a rating of 10 out of 10. It’s my first perfect score I’ve given a book, and it’s definitely deserving of it.


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