James Rollins has another entry in his Sigma Force series, "The Eye of God." (William Morrow, 530 pages)
Monsignor Vigor Verona, prefect of the Vatican's secret archives, receives an unusual package from his friend, Fr. Josip Tarasco. Inside the bundle is a human skull and an ancient text bound in human skin.
The manuscript is the gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas. But even more extraordinary is what is written on the skull - the date of the Apocalypse or End of the World and the date revealed arrives in a mere four days.
The defense department's Space and Missile Center is experiencing panic.
One of two satellites sent to study dark energy by flying into comet IKON has crashed in Mongolia.
But something even more ominous has occurred than the loss of a top secret satellite. On its descent to Earth, the satellite flashes pictures
of the east coast of the United States completely ablaze.
Has the satellite, Io-G, nicknamed the Eye of God, projected a glimpse of a parallel universe or has the satellite warped the fabric of space/time such that is has captured a vision of the future?
Dr. Jada Shaw, an astrophysicist working for the Defense Department Research and Development Agency (DARPA), suspects the latter and she calculates that the tragic event will occur in ninety hours.
DARPA's ultra-secret Sigma Force must retrieve the heart of the satellite to prevent the complete annihilation of the eastern United States.
Fans of the iconic Star Trek series will love this riveting adventure which blends quantum physics with the legend of Genghis Khan and elements of early gnostic Christianity to produce a thriller that will string the reader's interest from the first chapter to the imaginative "end."