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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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Mass Market Paperback, 523 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Avon (first published January 1st 2005)
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Stephen
Jun 25, 2010 Stephen rated it really liked it
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
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.
Mike
Jul 19, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  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 liked it
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
Fernando Paredes
Jun 15, 2014 Fernando Paredes rated it did not like it
What a terrible, incredibly long dribble this is. Many of the people who've rated this book poorly have pointed out the many failings within it.

The entire plot is absolutely ridiculous:
You have an implausible group of so-called geniuses who also happen to be -supposedly- super agents, James Bond type of guys. They put them through "fast track PhD programs" (what in the hell is that anyway, who goes through a "fast track" PhD???) so they know anything about everything or something.... and yet the
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Sarah Anne
Jun 05, 2016 Sarah Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love adventure stories enough that they're easy to please.
This had three things that were just so poorly done that I couldn't like the book:

1. lame romance sub-plot
2. lame characterization ("I am bad guy" *thumps chest* "must rape") - Seriously, if you're going to have a bad guy in your book, put a little bit of effort into why he's a bad guy. Using rape is lazy and stereotypical.
3. Everything You Need to Know You Learned Reading The DaVinci Code. I may have actually slapped my own forehead when one guy said "Do you know why Friday the 13th is consider
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Alexis
Sep 06, 2007 Alexis rated it really liked it
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
Andy
DNF at around 60%.....

Jus couldn't take the clichés anymore. I think we're upto 6 close shave escapes already with at least half of them being dead to rights. Enjoyed the first in the series but really should have stuck at that. Not for me is this.
Parvathy
May 23, 2012 Parvathy rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2013 Aparnaa thanigai rated it really liked it
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
Vince
Mar 10, 2011 Vince rated it liked it
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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Fransiska Irma
May 21, 2008 Fransiska Irma rated it it was ok
Shelves: already-read
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
Apr 10, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Excellent- one of my favorite authors, and I love this series- can't wait for the next one
Ithlilian
Feb 08, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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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Billy
Apr 06, 2014 Billy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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&a
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Kimberley Anglesey
Jun 25, 2012 Kimberley Anglesey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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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This is the 4th book by rollins that i've finished in just two seatings. His books are like this. U just cant stop cz there is always a rush. Reading a rollins book is kind of like reading wikipedia. Lots of information. It would be better 4 u if u r from science background and have interest in christianity.
The characters, the settings, the science, technology, history, religion - all of it was woven into such a complex and thoroughly fascinating story. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I d
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Ctgt
Jul 04, 2016 Ctgt rated it really liked it
Good second volume of this series. Nice mix of action, adventure and mystery. Secret societies, ancient biblical mysteries, splinters within the Catholic church, racing to and fro, even Alexander the Great. Add the military angle of the Sigma force and you have a deadly and brilliant group. Very entertaining read.

7/10
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
Sep 30, 2008 Galen rated it it was ok
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
Oct 06, 2009 Keith Craig rated it it was ok
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
Kendra
Dec 07, 2007 Kendra rated it really liked it
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
Breana M.
Well, that was interesting…

I was ready to give thriller/mysteries another try since I needed something different to read—my last endeavor was a little lacking; I didn’t end up enjoying the book. My mom is the one who mentioned James Rollins’ novels to me, and under her recommendation I gave Map of Bones a try. And well, it was entertaining.

Map of Bones was probably one of the most thrilling books I’ve read this year. It started out at a break-neck pace, and kept up the momentum as the characters
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Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
2 stars is generous but its nuggets of religious history and sciencey stuff was pretty interesting, so it didn't deserve 1 star. I could not finish this though, there was way too much pointless drivvle.
Erik Nygren
Oct 08, 2014 Erik Nygren rated it it was ok
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.
Marcelo Sanchez
Jul 04, 2015 Marcelo Sanchez rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Este es un libro de aventuras tipo el Codigo Da Vinci, donde vas resolviendo puzzles antiguos y recorriendo varias ciudades en el proceso. En algunas partes da la sensación de Carmen San Diego, en otras te da la sensación de Indiana Jones. Este tipo de libros debería gustarme. Pero me dio muchos problemas.
Para empezar parte con un escuadrón de agentes secretos super cultos y científicos y con demasiados magisteres para su edad. Aparentemente hay un modo de hacer magisteres express, y estos tipo
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Aaron
Apr 24, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2012 Neil rated it liked it
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
Rai
Nov 11, 2008 Rai rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 06, 2011 Rich rated it really liked it
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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Other Books in the Series

Sigma Force (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)
  • Black Order (Sigma Force, #3)
  • The Judas Strain (Sigma Force, #4)
  • The Last Oracle (Sigma Force, #5)
  • The Doomsday Key (Sigma Force, #6)
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