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Map of Bones by James Rollins
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Aug 08, 2009

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** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed this book more than the first one of Rollins's Sigma Force Series. It seemed to be somewhat less science intensive and more like historical fiction. There was a new host of characters, with the only main one returning being Painter Crowe. Like 'Sandstorm' however, bits of the plot were a bit unbelievable and the alliance between Pierce and Seichan seemed unlikely. But it is just a story. The story does grab you right from the beginning with the murder carried out in the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, and the method of the murder was somewhat ingenious, if you could overlook some of the technicalities of the scientific principles behind it. The way the gold powder was traced through different countries, civilizations, and time periods was clever as well. Rollins does a good job of teaching the reader something new in that sense, and opens ones mind to almost incredible possibilities. Post 9-11 it makes one wonder about what unknown weapons or chemicals may be out there...
Like many other books I've been reading lately, I was disappointed in the ending. When Pierce almost decides against giving his father the gold powder to help 'cure' his alzheimers, I didn't fully grasp his motivation. I don't know why anyone would allow a loved one to go through that when there was a possible 'cure'. All in all, I enjoyed the book, but I still prefer the style and plot of Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons' more, although this makes a good addition to the lists of fans of his style.

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