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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. A
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Jacqueline
Great book! I love James Rollins. He's like a cross between Tom Clancy and Micheal Crichton. Right up my Star Trek/Indiana Jones alley!! I highly recommend his books to anyone who loves any of the aforementioned authors or movies. Basically anyone who is a geek like I am.
Stephen
4.0 stars. Second in the Sigma Force series (after Sandstorm), I can now see that this is going to be a great series. These books are incredibly quick reads with fast, well thought out plots. Even though they are quick reads, don't think there is no detail as James Rollins is a research fanatic and packs the book with a lot of interesting details from which he extrapolates some of the more "fantastic" plot devices. Think "Tom Clancy" meets "Fringe" with a dash of "Indiana Jones" and you will hav ...more
Mike
Jul 19, 2008 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action adventure fans
This is the first book by James Rollins that I was going to read, then I learned that there was a series, so I read the first book, "Sandstorm", first and then returned to this. You don't really HAVE to read the first two books in any order I think because there is little that is actually spoiled in Map of Bones, most of the previous book is referred to in passing and is more helpful to having a believable world than anything. Not that the world of Sigma Force is all that believeable, well some ...more
Natalie
Jun 01, 2008 Natalie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Da Vinci Code fans (people who like history related mystery/adventure novels)
Recommended to Natalie by: Friend
Overall, this book was well written and the author's knowledge of the concepts and history integrated throughout the book is evident. Characters are well developed, but there was one major flaw that I found which affected my perception of Map of Bones. By the time I got to the end, I had no idea what the purpose of the whole adventure was. I couldn't remember what the main characters were looking for. I asked my friend, who recommended this book to me, about whether she knew, and she too couldn' ...more
Alexis
This was my second James Rollins book and I'm excited to read another. His novels read like "beach read" thrillers, but not those you'd feel embarrassed about toting around a public poolside. I'm a fan of fun mystery series like the ones written by Jeffrey Deaver and Harlan Coben, but with Rollins' books, I actually learn something. I also love his author's notes following the texts that recommend many of the sources he used for his stories. I don't imagine it's possible to read a tome on papal ...more
Parvathy
May 23, 2012 Parvathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History and thriller fans
Being pressed for time at first I thought to wind up this review with a one liner like "Brilliant, Imaginative and a Compelling Read" but the more I thought about it the more I realized this book deserved more than that. We all learn history, some in school and some just because we want to learn but to fabricate a story this brilliant from such information requires a special type of talent. James Rollin is an absolute inspiration on that front. The amount of research that went into this book its ...more
Aparnaa thanigai
it was am electrifying adventure but i would prefer james rollins oracle to this book.though it had many ingenious parts it kind of gets murky where fact and fiction clashes.there are parts where u cannot grasp it or wrap your head around it.but in the upside it is a good book which can keep you occupied.commander gray pierson is ordered by sigma to head to cologne in germany along with his team to investigate the mysterious massacre of mass of people and the archbishop in a cathedral.they are j ...more
Fransiska Irma
Buku ini mengingatkan saya dengan Davinci Code, banyak sekali buku-buku serupa yang muncul paska era penerbitan novel dari Dan Brown tersebut.

Jika Davinci Code banyak berpusat pada hubungan antar gereja dengan Maria Magdalena sedangkan disini konflik yang diangkat mengenai pengumpulan tulang-tulang Magi.

Sudah banyak buku-buku serupa dan saya tidak melihat apa yang lebih menarik dari buku ini dibanding lainnya. Yang lebih parah lagi bagaimana akhirnya penulis memaksakan sebuah kisah cinta yang
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Andrea
Excellent- one of my favorite authors, and I love this series- can't wait for the next one
Kimberley Anglesey
Rollins never disappoints! Map of Bones is the second in the Sigma Force series and this one sweeps the reader through the secretive world of the Catholic church, a la The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.

[Snip] "During a service at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany, a band of armed intruders dressed in monk's robes unleashes a nightmare of blood and terror, ruthlessly gunning down worshipers and clergy alike."

For those of us who appreciate well researched stories with intriguing plots, threade
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Kendra
Dec 07, 2007 Kendra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: luluch. hilman taofani
why i recommend this book? imagine michael crichton and dan brown together? yup, its religious scince fiction. making d legend sounds scientific enough for us understand. it speaks about 3 magi bones (3 king or holy person that finds jesus and admit him as d son of God) that actually not bone at all. but the pure or single atom of gold. juz like carboplatin, d pure platinum for chemotherapy. james imagination is that this single atom affect ur body, and life. he mix it w legends and thriller. if ...more
Aaron
Another smart action-adventure in this, the second in the Sigma Force series from James Rollins. This time the Sigma team tracks down a group of thieves who steal the bones of the Three Wise Men from a cathedral in Germany, killing those at the service using a mysterious weapon that burns some of the service attendees from the inside out. Commander Grayson Pierce of the Sigma team joins up with a pair of Vatican operatives in order to look into the theft and the weapon. They uncover a conspiracy ...more
Neil
I want to like this kind of thriller, I really do, but I just can't suspend disbelief enough. This is a Dan Brown or National Treasure-style adventure with a modern mercenary team battling a secret order and a team of evil mercenaries in a race to find treasures and scientific discoveries. The globe-trotting is fun, but the characters are wooden, and the plot, involving alchemical gold, a secret order descended from the magi, Alexander the Great, and adventures in Rome, Alexandria, Avignon, and ...more
Ithlilian
One day I decided to go on a book hunt. I liked Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code, so I decided to try things that were considered similar. If this book is any indication of the type of books considered similar then I don't think I will be continuing on that quest.

We have the tough guy military type and his team of sidekicks, one whom happens to have just the right background to magically be of assistance at crucial moments, the intelligent yet tough love interest, and the know it all type
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Rai
Made me a James Rollins' fan!!

Certain books definitely catch my eye as I am zooming past them on the shelves. Often times a book's cover may indicate to me whether it is something I might be interested in - I stress might. I read the story summary & loved the sounds of it. I am happy to say that the book did not disappoint. Instead it has made me a huge fan of James Rollins, and I have continued to pick up his books (I have almost all of them now) and I have loved every one I've read. Map of
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Rich
I blame Dan Brown.
If you liked Dan Brown's DaVinci Code you'll like this book by James Rollins.
I enjoyed the book with the exception of the part where uh oh... I've forgotten his name, Cardinal Something-or-nother was talking. His exposition was REALLY expository and he tended to beat things to death.
The ideas were interesting and as the author suggested, it will certainly prompt further study/reading on my part.
The action was fast paced. The protagonists constantly went from frying pan to fir
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Billy
Like Da Vinci Code & Angels and Demons?? MUCH BETTER!!!,

What a great read! Rollins has taken a great concept, the power of gold powder like that in manna and the ark of the covenant, and developed a fascinating story. The history behind the gold powder and the interest of US Special Ops and the Vatican are all explained in great detail with exceptional references to the historical support for all stated facts and assumptions. The biblical history behind this, much like that in The DVC or A&D,
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Lizabeth Tucker
Sigma Force 2. The theft of ancient bones from a Roman Catholic cathedral and the unusual method of murdering all but one of the congregation attracts the attention of the Vatican as well as Sigma Force. Monsignor Vigor Verona and his niece, Rachel Verona, lieutenant of the Carabinieri Corps, join with Sigma agents Grayson Pierce, Monk Kokkalis, and Kat Bryant to find the bones as well as the reason behind the theft. They discover a trail leading back to the 13th Century and the early days of th ...more
Neha
I picked up Map of Bones after reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I will honestly state that I enjoyed this book much more than Dan Brown's, and I rather enjoyed that one a lot!

I very much liked the lore that went into this novel. It felt very fluid and extremely interesting. I've noticed that James Rollins pays very good attention to detail when he writes these novels and that really helps to create the perfect setting for the overall feel of the novel. When I read his books, especially Ma
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Vince
I must preface my review by confessing that I am a sucker for this kind of book. Ancient religious secrets, shadowy societies, action, riddles - I can't get enough. And thus it is no surprise I enjoyed Map of Bones.

This is a thrilling read full of likable (if not slightly generic) characters, exciting (if not slightly unrealistic) action, and plenty of plot twists and turns (some more surprising than others). Sure, it's all a little formulaic, but if you enjoy this kind of thriller, you won't mi
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carol
Dec 07, 2013 carol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller/Adventure readers
Recommended to carol by: Book seen in W H Smiths UK
Begins in Germany in Cologne cathedral where I visited last year so had particular interest to me.

I rate James Rollins' thrillers as on par or better than Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, even Michael Crichton. They all have sound base in history and science and then the built in fantasy thriller. I love the Sigma Force characters and although you can read these as stand alone thrillers you can also read them as a progressive series in order to follow the characters, their lives, loves, damages or demi
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Tracey Alley
This was my third journey with Rollins and his 'Sigma Force' team and it was every bit as good, if not better as the first two. A masterful writer of suspense he keeps you guessing until the very end, with brilliant sub-plots that are every bit as engaging as the main storyline. Like all his novels 'all is not as it seems' is perhaps the best tagline I can think of. He grabs you by the throat from the first page and doesn't really let go - he leaves you hungry for the next Sigma Force adventure. ...more
William
This novel explodes from the very first page, and doesn't stop until the very end. That being said, the relentless action doesn't save a thin storyline. Nor do the mindless villains who have ample opportunity to dispose of the good guys, but don't. Anyway, the main idea of the book is that there is a secret hidden amongst the bones of the 3 Magi who came to see the Christ child upon his birth. The secret...well, I won't give it away, but it fizzles out by the time the protagonists discover it. T ...more
Galen
The plot was entertaining and moved quickly though a bit far fetched, and for me failed to generate a "willing suspension of disbelief" or to create the fascination with its subject matter or characters that have to be present to make such a story impressive. The whole story line about monatomic gold, m state superconductors, alchemy, etc., is otherwise just a little too "out there."

Throughout the book I was constantly reminded of Lester Dent & Co.'s pulp magazine Doc Savage stories. And not
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Keith Craig
The book was a fast read which was nice. It was basically a light read while traveling or in a waiting room. The science parts were nice but the action sequences were tiring. It seemed like I was watching a show on television that needed an action sequence for every commercial break. I also do not enjoy books that you know that the good guys are all going to survive because it is part of a series. The Harry Potter books were written for children and young adult and dared to kill off major charac ...more
Jim
In a cathedral in Cologne, Germany the attendees of a mass have been killed, most burned from the inside out and whoever murdered these people also stole relics from the church, the bones of the three magi. The Vatican investigator calls in a favor and the American Sigma Force is on the case. The operators of Sigma are a unique blend of special forces soldier and scientist. They are highly intelligent and proficient in multiple fields with skills specifically chosen to compliment each other and ...more
Justin
Second book in the sigma series, and a couple characters from the previous book play a roll, but mostly it's a while new cast. It's another action/adventure romp through the world solving an ancient mystery and saving the world. This is good stuff. Rollins takes the format he used in Sandstorm and makes tweaks to great improvement. I would recommend this book for any fan of action/adventure stories with a dash of scifi. i look forward ot reading the next one.
Angus Whittaker
After reading Sandstorm (book 1 in the Sigma force series) I had very little hope that this would be anything but a sub-par Indiana Jones spin off. I was very pleasantly surprised to find instead a meticulously researched, convincing, fascinating, thrilling, and gripping adventure story that is definitely one of the best out there.
This book used almost an entirely new cast of characters, with the exception of Painter Crowe from Sandstorm, and can be read as a stand alone novel. I really liked a
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Erik Nygren
Too much of a Davinci Code ripoff for my taste. Plot was predictable with odd twists and obscure turns into ancient advanced technology. Meanwhile, they dig up and destroy a non-trivial amount of lost relics, completely gratuitously. Finally, the characters were flat.

Watch the movie instead.
Carl
Mix up some science fiction, add some facts and a lot of myths, throw in a little gnostic beliefs along with some mystical alchemy, and wrap it up with a bunch of mercenaries and professional killers and you've got one fast paced, action filled adventure that will keep you turning pages to see how the mysteries will be solved and how the heroes will get out of the next clash of weapons.
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