- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Orion (21 January 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409117529
- ISBN-13: 978-1409117520
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Map of Bones Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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James Rollins is the author of several bestselling novels and series, including the SIGMA force series. An amateur spelunker and scuba enthusiast, he also holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He currently lives and writes in Sacramento, California.
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Weaknesses here are several. First of all, if this group is so smart and put together by powers that be, why are there so few of them with so few firearms? They get outsmarted and outgunned left and right, over and over, and then always barely escape. This gets predictable and boring.
Second, many spots have very very long passages of historical information that sometimes is not really necessary. In some spots this goes on for three or four pages. Just jump ahead.
Also, I wish I had a dime for every time the author said "muttered" or "grumbled" when a character kind of talks under his breath. There must be dozens of examples of this, and I can not imagine any reader for whom this does not stick out a little bit.
But if you want a quick adventure with some supernatural religious stuff combined with some science and history, this might be a fun read for you. This is my first one in the series but I may try another.
This taut thriller about a conspiracy of (yet another) secret religious sect of the Catholic Church delivers all the punch of a well-plotted novel. Grayson Pierce, an operative for the U.S. top secret Sigma Force, is called to command a group of two other agents, Monk and Kat, to investigate the mysterious massacre of church goers in Cologne, Germany and the theft of the cathedral's relics, the bones of the Magi. They are assigned to work with an intel group from the Vatican, Monsignor Vigor Verona and his niece Rachel, a lieutenant in the Carabinieri Corps. The five quickly discover that the deaths in Cologne were carried out by the Imperial Dragon Court, a secret society dating back to the Middle Ages, and that the theft of relics in that church was just the beginning. Through Vigor's vast knowledge of church symbolism, history, and architecture, and the others' combined education in chemistry, physics, and engineering, they begin to solve the mystery that could lead to Armageddon. Their lives are threatened at every turn as they race the ruthless members of the Dragon Court to uncover the next clue.
Dan Brown popularized the literary premise of a complex religious conspiracy by a secret sect with The Da Vinci Code. James Rollins's book is just as great as The Da Vinci Code because of its smooth writing and plotting and better integrated historical details. Rollins's approach allows for a breathtakingly fast pace and incredible suspense. Sometimes the connections between the past and the riddle at hand are tenuous, although the information itself is usually fascinating. Rollins moves convincingly from one point of view to another, using all to satisfying effect, and he does great when trying to stir up the emotional connections between characters. The action easily keeps the reader drown into the story. The truly intriguing aspect of this novel is that every character believes that Biblical Armageddon will occur if the Dragon Court solves the final riddle. Although the clues are solved using science, they lead to what is ultimately a supernatural mystery.
Map of Bones is "the first in the exciting new Sigma adventure series" so it should be interesting to see how Rollins follows up this series debut. Im sure he will deepen the characterization of his Sigma Force even more as his readers start to identify with them throughout the series, and his excellent storytelling ability will serve him well.
This novel makes fantastic escapist reading and yet delivers some intellectual depth to distinguish it from many other thrillers. If you are a fan of Dan Brown then I Highly recommended this for readers looking for a good thriller.
This novel was the second James Rollins book I had read, and it did not disappoint. He continues to amaze me with the depth of his character development, story lines, and blending of history, mythology, science, fantasy, and politics.
Mr. Rollins has a rare ability to both hold the reader’s interest while perking their desire to research a bit more on their own. His stories are thrilling to read, and if you are listening to them as I was, you genuinely don’t want someone coming up to you in the middle when guns are blasting and the world is near destruction for you may jump out of your skin as I nearly did.
‘Map Of Bones,’ a Sigma Force, novel is truly a book that I can recommend to anyone who enjoys adventure, mystery, fantasy, science, or history.