Map of Bones

Map of Bones

A Sigma Force Novel

Book - 2005
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"The crime is inhumanly cruel with horrific consequences both unthinkable and inevitable. During a service at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany, a band of armed intruders dressed in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and terror, ruthlessly gunning down worshippers and clergy alike. The killers haven't come for the church's gold and valuable artwork, but for a priceless treasure secreted within: the preserved bones of the Three Magi who once came to pay homage to a newborn savior. As they flee the carnage they have wrought, they carry a prize that could reshape the world. The Vatican is in turmoil, and Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri is assigned to lead the investigation. But no ordinary police organization alone can deal with the bizarre theft and massacre, and SIGMA Force -- an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department -- is called in under the command of Grayson Pierce. New to SIGMA, Pierce assembles a crack team of scientific and Special Forces operatives to unravel the mystery of the stolen bones, and together they set out on a twisting trail through a labyrinth of clues and dark revelations that carry them to the sites of the Seven Wonders of the World -- and to the doorstep of the mystical and terrifying Dragon Court. An ancient, secret fraternity of alchemists and assassins, the master-adepts of the Dragon Court have plans for the sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind in devastating ways that only the maddest of zealots could desire -- and they will let nothing and no one stand in their way. Suddenly Pierce, Verona, and the SIGMA team are the hunted as well as the hunters, forced to use every skill they possess to survive as they follow the bones to the ultimate confrontation between darkness and light -- in a lost place of history where science and religion will unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROL
Characteristics: 434 p. ; 24 cm


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Christopher McKay
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Dec 22, 2017

Too long within a bizarre context with many layers of complexity. Think of a book by Tolstoy if he wrote a thriller. And I don’t mean that as a compliment.

May 04, 2017

The is my second book I have read from this author and my last

Jun 06, 2016

This installation of the Sigma Force series has it's moments, and is a good read overall. However, it is no where near the page-turner that is The Bone Labyrinth or The 6th Extinction. I must admit to reading the series out of order, and without spoiling anything, this book introduces several characters that you will see for some time to come, and those introductions and connections to future plot lines alone were enough to keep me going. In terms of best and worst Sigma Force novels, I'd put this one somewhere in the middle, maybe leaning a little more towards to top.

Jan 09, 2016

I thought it was okay. Entertaining in a Dan Brown sort of way but overall predictable and lacking originality

Aug 06, 2013

Awesome second book in the Sigma Force series! Lot's of non-stop action/adventure. Would make a great movie! Rollins is a good writer and keeps the suspense going right up to the end.

Jul 13, 2013

I've read this one first out of the Sigma series and I would have to say it was an entertaining thriller. Slow at some points but it has turns and twist which you will definitely not expect. Recommend this if you enjoy thrillers with some history entangled within.

Cdnbookworm Feb 14, 2013

This novel has lots going on, starting with the involvement of Sigma Force, a secret special operations US military group. They are called in to assist the Vatican intelligence on what clearly becomes a significant threat on many fronts. With action in Germany, Italy, Egypt, and France, the two groups battle against a clever enemy with internal knowledge.
The story involves holy relics, interesting science, centuries of religious history, and some pretty interesting gadgets. A spy novel with a healthy dose of violence, good-looking agile heroes and heroines, and a great backstory. What more could you want?
Oh, yeah, there is even a little romance.

Dec 30, 2010

Rollins spins a good yarn -- in the same general vein a la Dan Brown --- but, at least in this novel, he's not quite up to Brown's high standards. Having said that, this novel is none the less one that gets your attention and holds onto it until the final end.
The novel features religious history; magi (you know, the three wise men), (check your books on Roman Catholicism or the new testament; gnostic sects (check dictionary as well as your eclesiastical history), abstruse physics (Rollins claims that at least some of what he writes in the physics vein is based on reality --- and who am I to argue with him.
For me at least, this book goes onto the "can't put down" cattegory.
I sure am lucky that all the books I read are good --- maybe its a matter of "I sure can pick 'em". I rate this one at least a four.

I still haven't read a james rollins book that i did not like, i love the way he uses science in his books it is always so fasinating to research after if you liked the sigma force novels i would suggest reading matthew reilly's 7 deadly wonders and the two books that follow 6 sacred stones and 5 greatest warriors - absolutely incredible!

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