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Map of Bones

(Sigma Force #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  52,422 ratings  ·  1,517 reviews
When a group of parishioners is burned to death in a German cathedral, the US sends in Sigma force. For this tragedy is more than a case of arson - someone has stolen the priceless treasure stored in the cathedral's golden reliquary: the bones of the biblical Three Kings.Commander Gray Pierce leads a team on the hunt for the Royal Dragon Court, a clandestine aristocratic f ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published July 12th 2006 by Orion Fiction (first published April 26th 2005)
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Maria Rose I thought that as I am starting backward in this series, as I read the latest book first and then decided to start the series. As I am progressing…moreI thought that as I am starting backward in this series, as I read the latest book first and then decided to start the series. As I am progressing from the first book on, the reasons certain people and certain things happen is better understood especially with Gray and how he reacts to others.(less)
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Will Byrnes
This is an action adventure tale, combining both ancient secret societies, a la Dan Brown and other secret societies, a la...well... Ian Fleming. Sigma is the good guy crew here, led by Grayson Pierce, this book's version of 007, ably assisted by his trustee buddy Monk and the relative newbie Kat. It comes complete with an opening action sequence that introduces the two antagonists. When a cathedral in Cologne is assaulted by a crew using strange technology that leaves all present but one dead, ...more
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
4,75 stars - ☘☘☘- 4,75 sterren - Nederlandse paperback - 🌹🌹🌹
Quote uit het boek : in die periode zou het zelfs makkelijk zijn geweest een geheime kamer te bouwen. Het Vaticaan was toen grotendeels verlaten. Het werd pas in 1377 de plek waar de pauselijke macht zetelde.
Wederom een verhaal vol actie en mystiek. Sigma opereert onder de bescherming van DARPA - een legeronderdeel dat onderzoek doet en wetenschappelijke uitvindingen ondersteund. Gary krijgt samen met Kat en Mink een nieuw missie naar
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.
Jul 31, 2007 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
Fernando Paredes
May 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
سعید سیمرغ
فکر میکنم اگر علاقهمند به کتابهای دن براون و ماجراهای رابرت لنگدان باشید، از سری نیروی سیگما هم لذت ببرید. البته مجموعۀ سیگما ماجراهای بیشتر و توصیفات فضاهای تاریخی کمتری داره و در اون قهرمانان با کمک همدیگه مشکلات رو حل میکنن و به دانش یه فرد تنها تکیه ندارن.
یکی از نکات جالب این کتاب خاص از مجموعۀ سیگما این بود که بخشی از اتفاقات در همون فضای رمان «فرشتگان و شیاطین» رخ میداد که چند ماه پیش خونده بودم و به نظرم میاومد که داستان در فضای آشنایی رخ میده.
یکی از ویژگیهای مثبت مجموعۀ سیگما نسبت به ما
May 01, 2016 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.
Shelves: audio
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
Albert Felixovich
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Մինուսը՝ գալիվուդսկի,
Պլյուսը՝ էքշըն :Դ
Ինչ մեղքս թաքցնեմ, ես էքշըն սիրում եմ ))
Լավ, մի քիչ լրջանամ :)
Ուրեմն ժանրը՝ պատմաարկածային, գիտաֆանտաստիկ թրիլլեր (իդեալական համատեղում իմ համար):
Ամբողջ գրքի ընթացքում տպավորություն էր, որ Դեն Բռաուն եմ կարդում: Շատ նման ա գրում Ռոլլինսը, նույնիսկ գործողությունների ընթացքը նմանություն ուներ: Ու ասեմ, որ շատ ավելի հաջող, քան հենց Բռաունը: Ի տարբերություն Բռաունի, ստեղ լավ հերոսներ կային, իրա
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it! Fast paced, action packed story with biblical history thrown in!
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
সালমান হক
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
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
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I learned so much from this book and found Rollins' research to be excellent. I also liked the biblical and historical references and the visits to Maryland, Washington D. C., Cologne, Rome, Alexandria and Avignon France. The characters were very interesting with an adventurous plot with lots of action. Rollins is a great writer and his descriptions make you feel a part of the story. This is the 2nd book of the Sigma Force series and I look forward to continuing with the series. I would highly r ...more
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Excellent- one of my favorite authors, and I love this series- can't wait for the next one
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
idc's a little weak

p65: the two bmws continued to pin the mini cooper. no matter how rachel struggled, she could not pull free.
the guns in the back seats swung forward.
before the assailants could open fire, rachel shoved the car into park and yanked her emergency brake. the car jolted with a scream of tearing metal. her rearview mirror shattered. the effort threw off the gunmen's aim, but it was not enough to free her trapped car.

p86: "i know nothing except to escort you to the eliport."

p280: he
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
২০১৫ তে ডযান বরাউনের বই পডে ইবনেসিনা'র The Canon of Medicine ' পডতে উদবুদধ হইছিলাম ।পাঠযবইযের বাইরে ইংরেজী বই পডা হয নাই । নতুন পডতেছি । একটু উততেজনা থাকলেও এটা ২-৪ পেজের বেশী পডা হয নাই ।

এখন মনে হচছে বইটা পডা আবার শুরু করি । পুরানো জঞান বলে কথা ! :3
Stefan Svartling
I like mystical stories and adventures. This is the second James Rollins book I've read. The first were Sandstorm and I though it was terrible. This was better but not great. Reminds me a bit of Dan Brown. Good or bad? I don't know, but I give it three stars because of the interesting story.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کتابی نفس گیر! بدون توقف! مملو از غافلگیری های جانانه! با تشکر از انتشارات تندیس و جناب آقای امینی بزرگوار برای ترجمه و چاپ کتاب های خوب...
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma aventura emocionante que mistura ciências e história.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Well researched story and rather interesting but confusing. I'll give another one a try and see if I like it any better.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-print, thriller
4.5 Stars!

Map of Bones was a thrilling read with a fascinating plot and a wonderful group of characters.

At a cathedral in Germany, a group of armed intruders steal the bones of a Magi before making their escape, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. When it becomes clear there’s more to this attack than meets the eye, SIGMA Force, an elite team of Special Forces operatives all trained in different scientific fields, is dispatched. Soon Grayson Pierce and his team, accompanied by Lieutena
Kimberley Anglesey
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 20 million copies sold. The New York Times says, “Rollins is what you might wind up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together,” and NPR calls his work “Adventurous and enormously engrossing.” Rollins unveils uns ...more

Other books in the series

Sigma Force (1 - 10 of 15 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)
  • The Devil Colony (Sigma Force, #7)
  • Bloodline (Sigma Force, #8)
  • The Eye of God (Sigma Force, #9)
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