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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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