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Kathy Reichs - Break No Bones

Posted by Mystery Reader under 3, Kathy Reichs

Many of us know of the TV-series “Bones”, about Forensic Anthropologist Temperance Brennan. The FOX Television series is based on a series of novels by author Kathy Reichs, who in turn has used her own life and career as an inspiration for her writing.Kathy Reichs - Break No Bones

Break No Bones is the ninth installment of the series, and as usual, Reichs provides us with an entertaining insight into the life of a criminal forensics from another perspective than the one brought to us by CSI.

This time, Brennan is spending some time at an archelogical dig in South Carolina, when a male body turns up that isn’t quite as old as the site would indicate. More like a few years old at the most.

The discovery sparks a murder investigation where Brennan is called in to assist the local coroner, an old friend who’s suddenly turned ill. To add to the mystery, Brennan’s ex husband is in town looking for a missing private detective who in turn was investigating the disappearance of rich evangelist’s daughter.

When the body of the P.I. turns up as part of Brennan’s investigation, the cases intertwine, and leads Brennan down a sinister path that turn dangerous even to herself.

As I said in the beginning, I found the book very entertaining though somewhat predictable at times. It was easy reading, however, and I finished the book in about 48 hours, which is my usual pace, aided somewhat of a day off lying at the beach. Readers won’t be stunned or shocked, but it’s not so predictable that you can put the book down halfway through and know how it’ll end.

Final Grade: 3/5

James Rollins - Map of Bones

Posted by Mystery Reader under 3, James Rollins

Map of Bones was my first Rollins novel, and might actually be my last. I didn’t find the book terrible, but on the other hand I wasn’t “awed” either.

During a service at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany, a band of armed intruders dressed in monks’ robes ruthlessly guns down worshippers and clergy alike. They’re not after the church’s gold and valuable artwork, but a priceless treasure secreted within: the preserved bones of the Three Magi who once came to pay homage to a newborn savior.

Enter Sigma Force, a covert government agency used to investigate dangerous technology being researched and utilized around the world, shows up at the scene after reports that not only guns were used to kill the visitors, but strange lightning electricuted them first.

What follows is a chase for the rest of the treasures that the Three Wise Men brought, a chase where the Sigma-agents are competing with not only their nemesis, The Dragon Court, but also an organization with traces back to Nazi Germany.

As you can see, we have a rather intricate recipe, with lots of different ingrediences. I will be the first admit that the story was fast paced and entertaining at times, but falls short due to the cliches. The main characters are your typical action heroes; rough, tough and invincible. The Dragon Court is a ridicilous “arch nemesis” organization to Sigma Force, akin to James Bond’s MI6 relationship to Spectre. Hello.. 1962 called, they want their plotlines back.

So.. I’ll give Rollins credit for a fast paced and action packed story, but will deduct some for the clich├ęs.

Final Score: 3/5

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