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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 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.

Topics: Secret Societies, Special Forces, Series, Italy, Germany, Adventurous, Conspiracy, Spies, Christianity, and Alexander the Great

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061792687
List price: $5.99
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a nice quick read. good for my airplane ride. nice action, a decent backstory, although i would have liked a little more depth on the conspiracy of it all. but overall a fun book.read more
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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.read more
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I'm really enjoying James Rollins. This is only my second Rollins novel and the second in the Sigma Force series. This is a typical thriller with secret organizations, the Catholic church and some Biblical supernatural action that creates an entertaining romp. I've got the rest of the Sigma Force novels waiting for me and quite a few stand alone as well. I think one of the better authors of this nature. Recommend him highly.read more
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There's a bit too much "formula" in this book: the plot moves from one inescapable situation to another, with the good guys always escaping. Not much character development, not much of the bad guys' motivation presented, but lots of suspense and fast action. I must admit that the formula worked on me, as I was eager to keep reading the 521 pages to see "what next?"read more
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I quit reading it about a quarter of the way in. Something about it was just not doing it for me.read more
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Decent thriller along the lines of Clive Cussler. Highly improbable, fancy technology that doesn't exist, but lots of action. This is the third in a series, so some characters carry forward from previous books, but this one can be read as a stand-alone book without missing much.read more
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Iloved this book. James Rollins melds the perfect amount of action, adventuren history and mystery. The characters are well written and develope nicely. You can compare this book to the da vinci code but it is much better. This book is about the magi, the vatican, alexander the great and the knights templar with a story so deep in history and allure that you'll want to find out more about them.read more
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Map of Bones by James Rollins left me struggling a little. It's supposed to be a thriller, but I thought it fell rather flat. A church is attacked by a group of terrorists who steal ancient bone relics and kills the entire congregation ... all but one, and the lone survivor manages to give his eye-witness account of the bizarre fashion in which most had died ... until he too dies.The Vatican gets help from the Roman police and an American organization that provides secret operatives to find the terrorists and retrieve the relics. In the middle of everything is the puzzle as to what was really stolen and why. The thieves are vicious, clever and seemingly one step ahead all the time.This fell into the realm of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets the Da Vinci Code but with boring direction. Not a great read.read more
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In contrast to Sandstorm, the first book in the Sigma Force series, Map of Bones was a terrific book. I can best describe it as The Da Vinci Code on steroids. The action was often reminiscent of a Clive Cussler novel with some of the historical "fun" from Dan Brown's books (or even some of Jack Du Brul's books). My only criticism is that the description of the room in which the climactic scene occurs was very difficult to picture. I really enjoyed Map of Bones and found myself absolutely flying through it. A terrific "light" read!read more
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A mystery that involvesthe Seven Wonders of the World. A elite team of scientific and Special Forces work under the command of Grayson Pierce. the clues lead to an ancient secret society. The society has plans to use stolen ancient remains to rule the world and alter the future of mankind.read more
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I loved this more than Da Vinci Code. More adventure, more exciting, more complex. I only say you must going to bookstore to pick it up as quick as you can.Highly Recommend!read more
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So very genre, but much better than I expected.

Review to come.read more
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If you are Brown or Clusser reader this book is for you. Rachel Verona, Rome carabinieri and Grayson Pierce, SIGMA force team to solve the crime of stealing the Magi bones from a Cathedral. Trail takes them to the seven wonders of the world. Can they solve the riddles before it is too late for the Church and the world/read more
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I wouldn't have read this one if I wasn't supposed to translate it.Apparently it is widely compared to Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code. This book is perfect for a summer read if you're looking for something with an intense plot and not much else.I was annoyed with the author's attempt to make the book more authentic by using sentences in foreign languages (German, Italian, French, Portuguese). If you do that, at least do it right. Apart from German which I don't speak, there were huge mistakes in the other languages, the sentences were direct translations form English etc.As for the English parts, the language is sometimes so stilted and awkward it's nearly impossible to translate.The flow of the novel is bearable when it comes to the action parts, all the rest sounds unnatural and awkward. The dialogs are huge info dumps and are annoying to read because you constantly try to pretend they sound like real life dialogs. They don't.And if you want a realistic story, this one is not for you. The implausible premise is hard to swallow if you don't have a very vivid imagination.read more
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A pretty great action/adventure/special forces romp that fit the bill for exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up. I see myself coming back to this series again.read more
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5 of 5 starsMap of Bones is best described as Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones (I use Indiana Jones to describe most of his writing, and absolutely LOVE IT!!). Sandstorm is book one the series and introduces the Sigma Force, a secret branch of the US Military. Map of Bones is the second book in the series and picks up with Painter Crowe as the new commander of Sigma. The Sigma lead is Grayson Pierce, and he is one tough character. He is also dealing with budding love, and a sick father at home. The book moves at lightning pace from the start when the Bones of the Magi are stolen and a secret that is held for centuries is about the be unleashed. The Vatican dispatches two spies, who help Sigma along the path to keep this power out of the hand of the Dragon Court, lead by Raoul a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to defeat Sigma, and gain the knowledge that has been hidden for 800 years. There are scenes underwater, and scenes in ancient Churches that bring you into the center of the action. Rollins has created a book that transports you to where the action is going on, also he has created characters that you care about. When one is wounded you hope for the best because he has made these heroes seem normal. Most thrillers make the hero seem like a superman who can do no wrong. Rollins creates characters that second guess each other, and make mistakes, thus creating a much more believable cast. Over and over I tell people James Rollins is one of my favorite authors and Map of Bones lives up to that expectation. A must read (for me a read and read again and again...).read more
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Map of Bones by James Rollins is a SIGMA. It is a good adventure / mystery. Rollins tells a good story and it makes for a fun read.read more
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This is the first book I have read by James Rollins. I am sorry I haven't run across his books sooner. The book is full of nonstop action. I loved the tie ins with historical facts and his conjectures on the possible ways these facts might work together to further the plot of the novel. The characters are pretty standard fare, but the action is what we came for and Mr. Rollins does not disappoint.read more
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If you're a James Rollins fan, you should enjoy this, but it doesn't live up to his earlier works. It doesn't feel as original, and the characters aren't as real or as engaging in the long run. The story/plot/action and adrenaline are all still there, and the book is enjoyable, but it's also not his strongest work. If you're just looking into Rollins, go with one of the earlier ones.read more
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Follow the trail of yet another early Christian cult. The three Magi have left behind a secret that will change the world. Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri and Grayson Pierce of the SIGMA force join forces to solve the riddles and save the world as they know it. Good read based on solid facts.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A good beach book, a la Da Vinci Code. I'd say it's a combination of Robert Ludlum and Dan Brown, but the author doesn't put THAT much thought into his work. Not great, but it doesn't purport to be.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
For pure adventure, James Rollins is one of my favorite authors. Similar to The DaVinci Code, Maps of Bones combines murder, secret societies, science, and detective work. I'm always drawn into stories that combine historical facts with elements of fiction. With nonstop action, this book is a page-turner with lots of twists and turns. When you add in a bit of romance and interesting characters, you get a novel that made my flight from Arizona to Georgia and back fly by!read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was my first book from Rollins and I picked it up at a used book store as a lark and was pleasantly surprised. I expected a decent read and fell in love with this book. The main characters were well developed and the plot was riveting. I enjoyed the historical aspect and found it fascinating. This is an author I would strongly recommend.read more
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I love reading fiction but when one reads fiction mixed with real history you can't get better than that. James Rollins is so very good about doing just that.read more
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great!read more
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a nice quick read. good for my airplane ride. nice action, a decent backstory, although i would have liked a little more depth on the conspiracy of it all. but overall a fun book.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I'm really enjoying James Rollins. This is only my second Rollins novel and the second in the Sigma Force series. This is a typical thriller with secret organizations, the Catholic church and some Biblical supernatural action that creates an entertaining romp. I've got the rest of the Sigma Force novels waiting for me and quite a few stand alone as well. I think one of the better authors of this nature. Recommend him highly.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
There's a bit too much "formula" in this book: the plot moves from one inescapable situation to another, with the good guys always escaping. Not much character development, not much of the bad guys' motivation presented, but lots of suspense and fast action. I must admit that the formula worked on me, as I was eager to keep reading the 521 pages to see "what next?"
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I quit reading it about a quarter of the way in. Something about it was just not doing it for me.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Decent thriller along the lines of Clive Cussler. Highly improbable, fancy technology that doesn't exist, but lots of action. This is the third in a series, so some characters carry forward from previous books, but this one can be read as a stand-alone book without missing much.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Iloved this book. James Rollins melds the perfect amount of action, adventuren history and mystery. The characters are well written and develope nicely. You can compare this book to the da vinci code but it is much better. This book is about the magi, the vatican, alexander the great and the knights templar with a story so deep in history and allure that you'll want to find out more about them.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Map of Bones by James Rollins left me struggling a little. It's supposed to be a thriller, but I thought it fell rather flat. A church is attacked by a group of terrorists who steal ancient bone relics and kills the entire congregation ... all but one, and the lone survivor manages to give his eye-witness account of the bizarre fashion in which most had died ... until he too dies.The Vatican gets help from the Roman police and an American organization that provides secret operatives to find the terrorists and retrieve the relics. In the middle of everything is the puzzle as to what was really stolen and why. The thieves are vicious, clever and seemingly one step ahead all the time.This fell into the realm of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets the Da Vinci Code but with boring direction. Not a great read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
In contrast to Sandstorm, the first book in the Sigma Force series, Map of Bones was a terrific book. I can best describe it as The Da Vinci Code on steroids. The action was often reminiscent of a Clive Cussler novel with some of the historical "fun" from Dan Brown's books (or even some of Jack Du Brul's books). My only criticism is that the description of the room in which the climactic scene occurs was very difficult to picture. I really enjoyed Map of Bones and found myself absolutely flying through it. A terrific "light" read!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A mystery that involvesthe Seven Wonders of the World. A elite team of scientific and Special Forces work under the command of Grayson Pierce. the clues lead to an ancient secret society. The society has plans to use stolen ancient remains to rule the world and alter the future of mankind.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I loved this more than Da Vinci Code. More adventure, more exciting, more complex. I only say you must going to bookstore to pick it up as quick as you can.Highly Recommend!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
So very genre, but much better than I expected.

Review to come.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
If you are Brown or Clusser reader this book is for you. Rachel Verona, Rome carabinieri and Grayson Pierce, SIGMA force team to solve the crime of stealing the Magi bones from a Cathedral. Trail takes them to the seven wonders of the world. Can they solve the riddles before it is too late for the Church and the world/
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I wouldn't have read this one if I wasn't supposed to translate it.Apparently it is widely compared to Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code. This book is perfect for a summer read if you're looking for something with an intense plot and not much else.I was annoyed with the author's attempt to make the book more authentic by using sentences in foreign languages (German, Italian, French, Portuguese). If you do that, at least do it right. Apart from German which I don't speak, there were huge mistakes in the other languages, the sentences were direct translations form English etc.As for the English parts, the language is sometimes so stilted and awkward it's nearly impossible to translate.The flow of the novel is bearable when it comes to the action parts, all the rest sounds unnatural and awkward. The dialogs are huge info dumps and are annoying to read because you constantly try to pretend they sound like real life dialogs. They don't.And if you want a realistic story, this one is not for you. The implausible premise is hard to swallow if you don't have a very vivid imagination.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A pretty great action/adventure/special forces romp that fit the bill for exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up. I see myself coming back to this series again.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
5 of 5 starsMap of Bones is best described as Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones (I use Indiana Jones to describe most of his writing, and absolutely LOVE IT!!). Sandstorm is book one the series and introduces the Sigma Force, a secret branch of the US Military. Map of Bones is the second book in the series and picks up with Painter Crowe as the new commander of Sigma. The Sigma lead is Grayson Pierce, and he is one tough character. He is also dealing with budding love, and a sick father at home. The book moves at lightning pace from the start when the Bones of the Magi are stolen and a secret that is held for centuries is about the be unleashed. The Vatican dispatches two spies, who help Sigma along the path to keep this power out of the hand of the Dragon Court, lead by Raoul a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to defeat Sigma, and gain the knowledge that has been hidden for 800 years. There are scenes underwater, and scenes in ancient Churches that bring you into the center of the action. Rollins has created a book that transports you to where the action is going on, also he has created characters that you care about. When one is wounded you hope for the best because he has made these heroes seem normal. Most thrillers make the hero seem like a superman who can do no wrong. Rollins creates characters that second guess each other, and make mistakes, thus creating a much more believable cast. Over and over I tell people James Rollins is one of my favorite authors and Map of Bones lives up to that expectation. A must read (for me a read and read again and again...).
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Map of Bones by James Rollins is a SIGMA. It is a good adventure / mystery. Rollins tells a good story and it makes for a fun read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is the first book I have read by James Rollins. I am sorry I haven't run across his books sooner. The book is full of nonstop action. I loved the tie ins with historical facts and his conjectures on the possible ways these facts might work together to further the plot of the novel. The characters are pretty standard fare, but the action is what we came for and Mr. Rollins does not disappoint.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
If you're a James Rollins fan, you should enjoy this, but it doesn't live up to his earlier works. It doesn't feel as original, and the characters aren't as real or as engaging in the long run. The story/plot/action and adrenaline are all still there, and the book is enjoyable, but it's also not his strongest work. If you're just looking into Rollins, go with one of the earlier ones.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Follow the trail of yet another early Christian cult. The three Magi have left behind a secret that will change the world. Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri and Grayson Pierce of the SIGMA force join forces to solve the riddles and save the world as they know it. Good read based on solid facts.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A good beach book, a la Da Vinci Code. I'd say it's a combination of Robert Ludlum and Dan Brown, but the author doesn't put THAT much thought into his work. Not great, but it doesn't purport to be.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
For pure adventure, James Rollins is one of my favorite authors. Similar to The DaVinci Code, Maps of Bones combines murder, secret societies, science, and detective work. I'm always drawn into stories that combine historical facts with elements of fiction. With nonstop action, this book is a page-turner with lots of twists and turns. When you add in a bit of romance and interesting characters, you get a novel that made my flight from Arizona to Georgia and back fly by!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was my first book from Rollins and I picked it up at a used book store as a lark and was pleasantly surprised. I expected a decent read and fell in love with this book. The main characters were well developed and the plot was riveting. I enjoyed the historical aspect and found it fascinating. This is an author I would strongly recommend.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I love reading fiction but when one reads fiction mixed with real history you can't get better than that. James Rollins is so very good about doing just that.
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great!
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