Rollins has done it again, pulling off a brilliant Indiana Jones-style thrill ride for the members of his SIGMA Force and creating a riveting tale of science, religion and mystique that bounces from Washington to India to the toxic landscape of Chernobyl with the breathtaking speed of a runaway train.

Commander Gray Pierce is launched into a perilous mystery when an apparently homeless man dies in his arms, shot down by a sniper. A bloody coin in the dead man's hand turns out to be a relic dating back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi. More than an artifact, the coin reveals a plot that can be traced back to the Cold War -- a think tank of scientists plans to bioengineer autistic children with savant talents into the harbingers of a new world order.

Meanwhile, a man believed to be dead awakens in an underground research facility and attempts to stop the diabolical plan to use these children to change the course of the world's political power by destroying millions of people. (Morrow, Jul., 448 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper