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Map of Bones

Sigma Force Novels

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During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior . . . a treasure that could reshape the world.

With the Vatican in turmoil, SIGMA Force leaps into action. An elite team of scientific and Special Forces operatives under the command of Grayson Pierce and accompanied by Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri, they are pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through sites of the Seven Wonders of the World and ends at the doorstep of an ancient, mystical, and terrifying secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind . . . when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.

From Publishers Weekly

May 16, 2005 – A mysterious biblical object, nefarious Vatican spies and a deadly centuries-old religious cabal sound familiar? Sacramento veterinarian Rollins offers more Da Vinci Code style thrills for the seriously addicted. In this seventh outing, hooded men invade midnight mass at the Cologne Cathedral and slaughter almost everyone present, then break open a gold sarcophagus and steal... the bones of the Three Wise Men. Grayson Pierce, top agent in the Department of Defense's covert Sigma Force, takes a team to Rome, joins up with love-interest Rachel Verona, a carabinieri corps lieutenant, and her Vatican official uncle, Vigot. It seems that the Dragon Court, a medieval alchemical cult-cell that still operates within the Catholic Church, is to blame, and it also seems that the bones of the Magi aren't really bones, but the highly reactive Monatomic gold that the group plans to use to accomplish its ultimate goal Armegeddon. Rollins has few peers in the research department, which makes the historical material fascinating, and he keeps the dialogue believably colloquial and the incidental elements motivated and plausible for at least short stretches. Clumsy romance is mostly overcome by lots of action. Dan Brown-ers looking for methadone will add to Rollins's usual solid numbers.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic read

I loved this book so much that i bought every James Rollins book i could get my hand on. I love how he combines history and current facts into on great tale!

Map of Bones

Best book ever! This booked used science and history to keep readers intrigued. I have yet to read another book that kept my interest on every page. When you thought the story was over or winding down, there was just another twist. The way Rollins explained religious phenomena with modern science made me want more. His ideas have made me look to further my scientific understanding as well as expand my religious background.

Lackluster at best

I liked the first book in the series enough to read this second book. I don't know that I'd by the third.

The character development was not what I would have expected for a spy novel and a chase through Europe and Egypt. It wasn't near the type of page turner typified of better novelists like Daniel SIlva.

Most of all, it was very cliche and largely predictable, despite some good unforeseen twists and turns. Sadly, the story evolved more through narrative rather than action and dialogue, making it nothing more than an elongated fable. There are better books out there.

Map of Bones
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Oct 13, 2009
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 656 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Sigma Force Novels
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