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The Bone Labyrinth

(Sigma Force #11)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  12,505 ratings  ·  1,129 reviews
A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever . . .

In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years in human history, New York Times bestsell
ebook, 688 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by William Morrow
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Laura Jones I love all of James Rollins novels, including the Sigma series. However, my personal favorites are the stand alone novels he wrote when he first start…moreI love all of James Rollins novels, including the Sigma series. However, my personal favorites are the stand alone novels he wrote when he first started out. Amazonia, Subterranean, Excavation, Ice Hunt, and Deep Fathom. These books are AWESOME! I would love some non-Sigma series books to be released again, too. (less)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
THE BONE LABYRINTH is book 11 in James Rollins Sigma Force series. The books can be read separately, but it can be easier to understand the story and the characters past stories if you have read the previous books.



Oh, a new Sigma Force book out this summer winter!

Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
****Spoiler for every James Rollins Sigma Force Novel ever written******

Good guys find cave/underground cavern/secret room containing artifact that changes mankind/explains history/saves the future which is subsequently blown to smithereens by wacko religious cult/covert assassins/China.

Doesn't mean they aren't great fun though! I'll still keep reading them.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, after more than three months since I started it, I've finished this book! It's not the book's fault, on the contrary, the latest of my favorite Sigma Force series is a very good read, in some cases even a great one, trying to reach the greatness of the earlier Sigma books, just not quite there. The long time for finishing the book solely bears on my laziness. Anyway, I realize I wrote a somewhat 'review' of the book's plot summary last year based on my instant first impressions after re ...more
[This is the first impression of myself from the first time I read the plot summary of the book, before the book got published, so read it from the point of veiw of someone who didn't yet read the book, only the summary. The ACTUAL REVIEW of the book is here.]

Just a year ago, I was one of the most devoted fan (more like a fanatic) of Sigma Force series. But after last year's atrociously formulaic, recycled, wooden and boring The 6th Extinction, I'm now turned in to what I never thought I could b
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who love action, thriller and good story
Ah, how this thriller captured my heart. I cried a little bit at the end, it was so beautiful and sad in some moments. The story is interesting, thrilling, adventurous and heart capturing. As always, Mr. Rollins chooses two sides in this book, one historical and one scientific and presents them extremely interesting: experiments with animals, the ties between the guerilla and man and of course, a stunning view to the human brain.
The book has all my beloved sigma heroes (due to sad hint in the en
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Meh. Loved it until the whole 37 thing when it became too American Treasure for me. This worked 10 books ago, but really, James, time to write a great story vs old-timey conspiracy.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars. I'm a science fiction fan and a scientist so I went into this intrigued by the near future genetics aspect and the focus on the evolution of human intelligence. The first half was interesting though casting all Chinese scientists as evil was frustrating. However, things dive into the deep end of conspiracy theory in the second half and I nearly didn't finish. I'm so sick of patterns being found where they really aren't meaningful and a scientist buying into that is ridiculous. There w ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The opening scene, set in 38,000 BC, involves a man fleeing pursuers to protect his "special" daughter, which portends the basic plotline. Twin sisters are involved in a human genome experiment to breed a "thinking" gorilla (Baako), when they are mysteriously attacked by the Chinese. Joe Kowalski, one sister and Baako are kidnapped, while the other sister narrowly escapes an assault in a Croatian cave system, where Gray Pierce and Seichan are able to rescue her. As always, Rollins spins a creati ...more
That ending though. Way to leave us hanging, Jim. We waited extra time for this one... Does that mean the next will come sooner??? Or at least on normal time (aka mid summer???)
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ebook
I became nauseated and almost did not finish this book when I got the the Chinese research lab. It's disgusting and unfortunately, probably a far too real depiction of the cruelties being done to animals in research labs all over the world. I made it through the entire book only because I wanted to see if Baako made it (although I couldn't understand the purpose of revealing Kowalski's future in the epilogue). The other half of the story was, I'm sorry to say, somewhat unexciting and couldn't ke ...more
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Mickey Hoffman
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Although I found myself rolling my eyes at certain points, the book is suspenseful and a fun read. I am rather tired of the hidden mechanical device/old key discovery plot feature. The animal related sequences are very touching and sometimes heart-breaking.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2019
The Sigma Force novels are a guilty pleasure for me. I don’t normally read military thrillers, where the bad guys are irredeemably eeeeeeevil and the good guys are effectively invincible. But the Sigma Force novels usually do a nice job of blending the action sequences with interesting history and science. They’re formulaic, but fun, which made The Bone Labyrinth a disappointment.

The Bone Labyrinth: Would you like to read an action thriller that uses the exploration of the evolution of human int
I always look forward to every Sigma novel and The Bone Labyrinth is one of the best of the series. Fabulous! Totally justified staying up until midnight to buy it at the instant it became available.

Diane Spight
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Lots of action, very weak story line. I couldn't wait for the book to end, it felt unnecessarily long. This is one of precious few books from him that I didn't enjoy :(
Colleen Fauchelle
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This was intresting and fast pased with a Dan Brown feel to it.
Freda Malone
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When I read about the mysteries of the universe in novels such as this, it is a wonder I don’t fall asleep with all the complexities surrounding even the most fictional books. James Rollin’s keenness for factual information so carefully constructed in his novels completely blow me away sometimes. I get a sense of the Indiana Jones adventures I loved so much when I was younger, to the distinct feeling that I might have been an archaeologist in a past life, but there is one thing I find disturbing ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
I have never read anything by James Rollins and was led to read this particular book, his latest and the eleventh in his Sigma Force series, because of joining the HarperCollins 50 book pledge for 2016. It is a rip-roaring adventure story set in Croatia, China and Ecuador and dealing with several scientific mysteries, including what factors led to the Great Leap Forward in human intelligence some 50,000 years ago. Rollins' engrossing writing style kept me furiously turning pages till I had finis ...more
Paige  Bookdragon

Not great enough to be a favorite but great enough for me to love this book.

This is my first James Rollins book and here are the things that I love about it.

► Way of writing - Is really good. It hooked me and it was enough.
► The characters- There are multiple characters in this book but it's not really an issue for me.
► The heavy issue- Anthropology, biology, genetics and all that stuff was really well-written and well explained.
►The characters- Rollins knows how to make you care about the fate
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins is a very highly recommended action/adventure thriller. This latest novel represents Rollins at his best; the plot is complex and the action non-stop, but I flew through the almost 500 pages at a breakneck pace trying to find out what happened next in all the various plot threads. In some ways I don't want to give away too much of the story, except to encourage fans and anyone who enjoys a great techno-thriller to pick this novel up for a great holiday novel.

Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading several books in a row in which the author had no idea how to grab and hold the reader's attention, it was a pleasure to read this book from an author who knows how to write thrillers. Mostly I've read his non-Sigma Force books, but it wasn't a problem that I was unfamiliar with the team, and I'm not very picky about character development in thrillers. This book has genetics, anthropology, lost cities, ancient remains, giants, head hunters and strangely intelligent primates. It als ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read books like this for one reason: to get sucked into a story and characters that make me not want to put the book down. The Sigma Force books do that for me. Interesting fiction stories built on top of non fiction history and science. A perfect combination. Yes, the stories creep into the ridiculous, but they're fiction, so, anything goes, right?
Charles Green
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Anyone like me who has ever read a James Rollins novel, and especially any of his previous 'Sigma' books, will know that he tends to work to a pretty standard formula.

Based on the popularity of his books it’s quite obviously a very commercially successful formula, but that shouldn't obscure the fact that it is also one that has become creatively well-worn and rather tired.

After discovering Rollins’ pre-Sigma novels on business trips to the US before he had a UK publisher, I used to look forwar
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Despite the science (evolution of human intelligence) being investigated in this book, this book just didn't hit all the marks that I usually get from a SIGMA book. The villain's plan isn't anything unique and the supporting characters just aren't very interesting. Most of the SIGMA operatives don't have much to do nor do they have much character growth but Kowalski is undisputed star of the book. He's key to the plot and ends up showing some nice character growth that makes him more than just t ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was in a the middle of way too many books when I found this advanced review copy and literally "yay!"ed out loud. I immediately put all of them down and delved in, much to my escapist heart's pleasure. This book has a lot going on (it was almost a little overwhelming) with the genetics, the legendary cities, and the search for the reason for the Great Leap Forward, among *many* other threads. The action is fast with the alternate chapter POVs, which also increases the tension. We also get to s ...more
Barbara Wilson
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the Sigma Force novels so far - and there are a LOT that I really love!
David Eppenstein
I am a Rollins fan and have read all of his books. I enjoy his Sigma Series because he bases his plots on science that is more fact than fiction but the fiction helps to keep the reader interested and entertained. After starting the Sigma Series I was intrigued enough by this author to seek out his earlier work. I found these books and read them all but was not entirely taken with these books. I have attended several book signings for Mr. Rollins and find him very amusing and engaging and I thin ...more
Jathan Fink
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Heather Fink

From the first sentence, “we shouldn’t be here”(13) until the very last, the reader continues to “wonder about everything” (462) in James Rollins latest novel, The Bone Labyrinth.

Rollins utilizes elements of science, archaeology, history, and religion in his brilliant adventure novel that seeks to answer the mystery of the Great Leap Forward. The intricate story line also introduces readers to
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I am a fan of Sigma Force series so I am emotionally attached to the characters and am always drawn into their stories. This book was a holiday treat for me (I read it while everyone else was watching football and only had to look up when they started yelling). I truly enjoyed the action and adventure in this story and the ideas and questions posed in this book. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Kowalski, the big lovable lug, has a lead role in this book and that I was able to l ...more
Charlene Intriago
James Rollins takes us all over the world in his books. In this one we're in Beijing - a place I think I would like to visit - and Cuenca, Ecuador - a place I have been to and loved. And, we start out about 38,000 BC and move forward from there to now where scientists are trying to determine what happened in mankind's march through time to make us so intelligent. We weren't that way 38,000 years ago!

Twin American genetic researchers Lena and Maria Crandall have discovered much during their resea
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