I love books, but can't muster a lot of patience for reading, I find audio books way easier to do since I can multitask
This is the second Sigma Force novel I've read, the first being Black Order, and coming from that to this I can say that this has a good plot but a poor choice for a narrator.
My girlfriend begged me to start reading the Sigma Force series and she didn't have Map of Bones, her favorite, so I started on Black Order because she refused to let me read Sandstorm to start, she hated that one. We were going on a long trip and I had finished Black Order so she agreed to let me get Map of Bones to listen to on the way. She was shocked at the narrator sounding so young and I had a hard time focusing on the story because many voices sounded similar or the same and many characters changed accents frequently. Monk spent the majority of the book shifting from Jewish, to Brooklyn, to Southern accents.
The story itself, what I got from it, she had to constantly stop and fill me in on details I had missed, was quite good but it had a lot of puzzle solving and less of the gripping action in Black Order.
I know this review is harsh, but honest. It has a good plot but Black Order has a better narrator and its no wonder this guy didn't come back.
More action was needed. The plot was ok but there was not as much excitement
make it more thrilling
Some of the aspects of the story line were good but it was just boring more often than not.
Hard to find a good action book these days. Any suggestions?
In many ways I enjoyed the second book in this series. It keeps moving, has the usual expected twists and turns to keep you on your toes, but some of the aspects Rollins uses to build upon seem less believable than perhaps they are. I suppose this is to be expected in a book like this, but I like to be kept on the edge of belief instead of feeling like I have stepped over into the fantasy realm of science and religion. Overall a good book, but in my opinion not his best.
Being the second book of the series, it was good to get some of the past history for the Sigma series. This book wasn’t the best of the series, but it was still a really good read. I always learn something new from his novels and enjoy the intrigue, action and the way the story unfolds. What an imagination. Keep up the good work!
No, while I enjoyed the story on a whole, the narration was horrible. Generally I find any excuse to listen to my current book, but while listening to this one - while I enjoyed the story as a whole - I found excuses not to listen.
I enjoyed the blending of fact with fiction.
Meagher should have learned correct pronunciation of clerical terms since they were so central to the story. Whenever he came to a difficult church word, it was horribly jarring to hear it butchered by him. I will probably avoid any other book narrated by him.
At the very end, when he poured the orange juice down the drain accepting his father as he is.
This book has spurred to reading about monatomic metals, which seems quite interesting.
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
No idea since I don't have the print version
There were some really dark and thrilling parts to this book. One of the best parts was the beginning when the church in Germany is attacked by men in robes.
The narration was fine. It wasn't a 5 star performance but there was nothing bad about it.
There were certainly parts where I wanted to go to bed and couldn't.
The excessive use of theology was one thing I didn't like about this book. I didn't mind the historical references but some parts were a bit over the top.
There were a few parts where the characters derived something from clues that were so vague and dashed off across the globe sure that they were on the right track. I was thinking "they determined that.. from an etching on the wall?" So you may have to just suspend reality in a few cases but still this was an excellent book.
If I could change just one thing it would certainly be the reader. His performance is dreadful!
Anyone. The book requires a deeper, more commanding, more mature voice. John sounds like a little boy trying to sound tough
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I would compare this book to series such as Dan Brown's Langdon series (Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Lost Symbol) and any of the Indiana Jones movies with a military twist.
Yes! It was a little long to do so, but it was very difficult to find a stopping point.
The team is compiled of various members of the armed forces, all of whom are trained experts in various scientific fields and come from specialized fields of the military. Sigma Force's main enemy is the Guild, who is very reminiscent of Cobra from the GI Joe series. Sigma Force is trying to protect the country/world from the Guild, who is attempting to take control. Each book in this series is fast paced and a wild ride. This book will not disappoint the action/adventure fans and will tempt the mystery fans as well.
Great story of intrigue surrounding the secrets of the catholic church, ancient Greece and the three wise men who followed the star to find the Christ child. Lots of adventure, interesting history and just a great read.