Map of Bones by James Rollins

Map of Bones by James Rollins
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 560 (chunkster)
Book 2 of 13 in the Sigma Force series
Recommend with reservation

Book Description from Amazon:
Publication Date: July 23, 2005

The bones lead to ancient mysteries and present-day terror . . . To follow them means death.

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 under the command of Grayson Pierce leaps into action, pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through 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.

I had planned on reading at least one of Rollins’ SIGMA force books this year, but wasn’t sure if I would continue on with the series. I adore James Rollins’ books—especially his “stand alone” novels; but his SIGMA force series has never been my cup of tea. I’ve read most, but not all, of them. I vaguely remember liking some of the books better than others, and I know there was one that I simply quit reading; but I didn’t make notes so I don’t know which is what.

Anyhow, since I enjoyed Sandstorm (book 1 in the series) when I reread it earlier this year, I opted to try the second book and see if it was better the second time around. For me, it wasn’t.

I’m still not really connecting with the characters, which was a big problem last time I tried this series; so when they get into tough situations I’m a bit “ho-hum” on whether they make it out or not. Plus I found the subject of this book not to my liking at all. There is a great deal of history of the Catholic church in the story and I found it somewhat boring and began skipping over parts—and probably missed some key plot elements in the process. I also admit that a lot of the science was over my head, and again, I began skipping over story explanations—which left me further in the dark (pun totally intended if you’ve read this book).

At the end I felt that a few things were left undone, primarily what happened to the mole?Still, it is a story told in the great style of James Rollins, and that’s always worth giving the book a try. So I recommend this book with reservation, and I will continue on with the series.

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