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Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2 | [James Rollins]

Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. An elite team of scientific and Special Forces operatives under the command of Grayson Pierce and accompanied by Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri, they are pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through the sites of the Seven Wonders of the World and ends at the doorstep of an ancient, mystical, and terrifying secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind...when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.

©2005 Jim Czajkowski; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"This novel about an ancient secret society and the race to find priceless antiquities is sure to be compared to Dan Brown's i>Da Vinci Code, but, in every way, it's a much better book....even those who found Brown's opus unpalatable will thoroughly enjoy the taste of this one." (Booklist)

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    Dawitski 02-26-10
    Dawitski 02-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Sigma Force phenomenon"

    If you enjoy history, adventure, and international intrigue, then you would enjoy this book. If this is your first James Rollins book, then beware- lost of characters to follow, frequent scene to scene leaps and lost and lots of history.

    It might take some time getting used to the narrator, but once you do, you will definitely enjoy the book. I guarantee you will have very little difficulty differentiating characters.

    I also suggest reading the Sigma series in the following order: Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle and Doomsday Key.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita United States 08-25-10
    Juanita United States 08-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Can Anyone Pronounce Italian Correctly?"

    The story, as expected from James Rollins, is very thrilling and quite excellent. My objection is to the narrator. If someone has been selected to narrate a story, part of which takes place in Italy, I would expect him to learn how to pronounce the names of the places correctly. I have never before heard Italian name places murdered like they were by this narrator. I was glad to read the reviews of others to find out that this narrator is not the one who narrates other books by this author. Otherwise, I had decided I would just get the books and read them myself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Richmond, VA, USA 03-04-10
    Marjorie Richmond, VA, USA 03-04-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The reader makes a difference"

    With all audiobooks, the reader can make it or break it. An expectation of a reader is that he/she does enough homework to be able to pronounce words correctly. This one hasn't done that. It isn't an error that will cause me never to listen again, but it takes attention from the story and puts it on the reader. The book is pretty good. A different reader would have brought it to life more, I think.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Sterling, VA, USA 01-12-10
    Joseph Sterling, VA, USA 01-12-10
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    "A good read"

    Map of Bones, like Amazonia and Ice Hunt before it (in an audio book sense), follows a bit of a formula. Many of the story elements are the same but the setting and the subject matter are very different. As a result I enjoyed this book as much as those others.

    The narrator continues to do a fantastic job of making the characters distinct and making the action come alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    i United States 06-11-14
    i United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "NOT GOOD ENOUGH"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More action was needed. The plot was ok but there was not as much excitement


    What could James Rollins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    make it more thrilling


    What three words best describe John Meagher’s performance?

    just good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the aspects of the story line were good but it was just boring more often than not.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to find a good action book these days. Any suggestions?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Phoenixville, PA, United States 03-06-14
    David Phoenixville, PA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good, but...."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Compute Alabama 12-16-13
    Compute Alabama 12-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Always a Good Read"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Lafayette, LA, United States 10-30-13
    William Lafayette, LA, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "when are bones not bones"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Map of Bones to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the blending of fact with fiction.


    What didn’t you like about John Meagher’s performance?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the very end, when he poured the orange juice down the drain accepting his father as he is.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has spurred to reading about monatomic metals, which seems quite interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Pelham, NH, United States 08-06-13
    Mike Pelham, NH, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2013

    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%.

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    "Map of Bones was entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Map of Bones to be better than the print version?

    No idea since I don't have the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was fine. It wasn't a 5 star performance but there was nothing bad about it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There were certainly parts where I wanted to go to bed and couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A.D. SPRING, TX, United States 05-31-13
    A.D. SPRING, TX, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A good Read"

    The story was good, but it needed someone with a deeper voice to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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