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Map Of Bones. A Sigma Force Novel (avon Books)

by James Rollins
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  • Publisher: Avon
  • Publishing date: 01/05/2006
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780060765248
  • ISBN: 0060765240

Synopsis

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The bestselling master of astonishing adventure James Rollins delivers his most relentlessly exciting page-turner to date -- a gripping and explosive novel of an ancient conspiracy to create a terrifying new world order out of the ashes of modern civilization.

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.

A masterful novel that combines the exhilarating mysticism of The Da Vinci Code with the pulse-pounding action of a Tom Clancy thriller, James Rollins's Map of Bones is destined to be a modern classic that will stand among the very best adventure tales ever written.

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  • An explosive adventure
    From Amazon

    Just like all of Rollins' books, in reading this book you are going to get a great adventure in great locales along with learning a great deal about history and science. He must have done an incredible amount of research for this novel. And some of the action scenes are explosive. I would put this book right below Black Order as far as Sigma books go, but it was an excellent read.

  • Amateurish
    From Amazon

    Map of Bones appears intriguing, but fails miserably to deliver. The characters are wooden; the villan's sadism towards women is gratuitous; the reading level is on par with the fifth grade and about half way into the story I realized I didn't care about how it ended. Why did I finish reading this boring story? I hated wasting the time I had already invested in reading the first half. So do yourself favor. Don't read this book. It's silly and boring.

  • Indiana Jones meets James Bond.. Perfect combination
    From Amazon

    Interestingly Intriguing. Action packed from beginning to end. James Rollins paints a picture in the reader mind of vast proportions. A book of conspiracy , science, intellectual understanding and a web full of dangerous deceit.

    Down the beautiful deadly curves of history lane to the cobblestones of secret societies to the electric standoff between vengeful enemies , Nothing is left out, for the thrill chaser.

    Read the book it's an adventuress journey for your mind

  • Good Read
    From Amazon

    Enjoyed the book, if you like to learn while reading fiction. Give it a try.

  • Trying too much....
    From Amazon

    I think Rollins is trying to much to get on the Dan Brown bandwagon and is trying to write the same style of books. It's still and enjoyable read but just not the Rollins that I like.

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