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James Rollins , Kerry Shale
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18 Jan 2007
When a group of parishioners is burned to death in a German cathedral, the US sends in Sigma force. For this tragedy is more than a case of arson - someone has stolen the priceless treasure stored in the cathedral's golden reliquary: the bones of the biblical Three Kings. Commander Gray Pierce leads a team on the hunt for the Royal Dragon Court, a clandestine aristocratic fraternity of alchemists that dates back to the Middle Ages and seeks to establish a new world order using the mystical bones. Pierce and his team follow a trail that leads from Europe's Gothic cathedrals through the remnants of the seven wonders of the ancient world to a mystical place where science and religion unite to unleash a threat not seen since the beginning of time itself...

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Abridged edition edition (18 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752886010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752886015
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 14.1 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,161,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

James Rollins decided to become a writer as a boy immersed in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps such as The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Although his talent emerged and grew, writing was not James' original profession. Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, he embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and James' extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, as well as New Zealand, the South Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Recent travel includes book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to meet readers and give talks, seminars, and media interviews.

In recent years, much of James' travel has involved meeting readers in small and large groups, at writing and fan conferences, and even aboard seagoing "seminars." James' mentoring temperament and coaching skills have made him a sought-out writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country. He is among the core faculty of the annual Maui Writer's Conference and Retreat.

James Rollins is the author of seven thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, and The Devil Colony, Bloodline); six individual adventure thrillers; the blockbuster movie novelization, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, and more coming in 2013). The ninth Sigma Force adventure, The Eye of God, is coming in Summer 2013.

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'pacy and totally "listenable" as read by the king of the thriller readers, the fabulous Kerry Shale.' (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS )

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The horrific theft of a priceless relic...a secret society reaching back to the Middle Ages...and the top-flight US team who must stop them. Read by the well known audio voice of Kerry Shale.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Excellent Plot 21 July 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The is the only book I have read by this author, but if this book is any indication of his storytelling prowess I will be on the lookout for his other volumes the next time I am ordering from Amazon or in the bookshop.

With books of intrigue and conspiracy it is all too easy to inadvertently start giving away parts of the plot, so a brief synopsis is the best way to avert spoiling the reader's enjoyment.

An elite force are on the hunt for a clandestine fraternity of alchemists, who date back many hundreds of years to the Middle Ages. The fraternities aim is to establish a new world order using mystical bones of the Magi.

The elite force follow clues leading from some of Europe's most famous cathedrals. Through the remnants of famous monuments to a place where science and religions unite and the threat could be the most calamitous since the beginning of time . . .

Fast paced, thrilling, exciting, this book has everything. I didn't want it to end.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!! 24 April 2005
This was my first James Rollins book but it won't be my last. For thrills advenure and mystery he can't be beat! I liked The Da Vinci Code, but his book was even beter! the book starts at a service in a cathedral in Colone Germany when an army of intruders dressed in monks clothes gun down worshipers and clergy in a horrifying blood bath. They have not come for the chuches treasures of artwork or gold, but for the bones of the three Maji who once payed homage to the baby Jesus. with
this prize they plan to change the world!
The Vatican is stunned, unsure of how to react. A secret arm of the US defense department is called in to try and unravel the mystery behind the stolen bones. The investigators are lead into an unknow world of ancient secrets and terrifying realities not seen since the begining of time. This novel is a cross between the Da vinci Code, Cussler's dirk pitt novels, and the best of Tom Clancy. If you like adventure this is the book for you!
I Also recomemend "A Tourist in the Yucatan" for another great thriller adventure!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Map of Bones chills to the core! 25 May 2005
Parishoners in a German Cathedral are murdered at a midnight mass, by an ultrasecret cult within the church. The only Witness is murdered.
The only Clue; The bones of the Magi, the three wise men who visited Jesus at His birth in the Manger, are stolen by the cult.
Called in to investigate; A secret U.S. Government angency called Sigma, and accompanied by a Vatican Cardinal in charge of Church security, and his niece, an agent in the Carbinieri, Itali's version of our FBI.
The group Chases around Europe after the Cult, and the clues to the importance of the Bones of the Magi-the M(or Metalic)State of Gold, offering power beyond anyone's wildest imagination, and extremely dangerous in the wrong hands.
The action is nearly non-stop, in this mystery adventure that puts The Da Vinci Code to shame for pace, story line, and research.
This is without a doubt Rollins's best book yet! And I've read every one of his excellent adventure thrillers!
For anyone who like Matt Reilly's Temple, and Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, give this one a try. I garantee you'll be more than satisfied!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollins comes at you with a dizzying pace, 4 Mar 2006
Excellent book! Rollins comes at you with a dizzying pace and almost overwhelming information. After 20 pages you adjust to his speed and data ... and you enjoy the ride! This is a modern thriller with obvious comparisons to The DaVinci Code. Three American intelligence operatives and two Italians (priest and niece) form an unlikely and tight partnership to thwart an ancient religious order from gaining an ultimate prize. Perhaps this is a perceptive view of our 21st century, a harmonious blend of science and spirituality, history and technology, religion and government agents across borders. A high point is Rollins' use of a loyal team of five very diverse people devoted to one another and their mission. This is a fine read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going From Strength To Strength 7 April 2006
Map of Bones will inevitably be compared to The Da Vinci Code and it does share some similarities. Religious history and iconography features heavily in the plot, along with age old conspiracies with links to the Vatican.
James Rollins' latest novel however, is Dan Brown's novel with a heavy dose of adrenalin and a strong strain of the fantastic injected. It is also a far more satisfying read and should be taken purely on its own merits. Forget comparisons to Brown's blockbuster. Map of Bones is a great book in its own right.
It is also an improvement on Rollins' previous books, including Sandstorm, which introduced the activities of Sigma Force that feature in Map of Bones. The story is better paced, along with being more rounded and satisfying.
The only weakness is in the characterisation. Wilst they fulfil their roles the individuals who populate the story are nothing more than dramatic devices. They lack depth and their actions are cliched to the point of predictability.
Despite this Map of Bones remains a satisfying read, with events moving along at such a rapid pace that you barely notice the flaws. If Rollins can continue to improve his next book, Black Order, should be more than worth waiting for.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fab! 20 Mar 2007
This was the first James Rollins Book i have read, but it will not be the last! Many people compared this novel to Da Vinci Code but i think it stands alone on it's own merits! it's very fast paced and exciting and the characters are well rounded. Sometimes i find books from this sort of genre go into too much description about the various theories, scientific or religeous, and can baffle the reader, with Map of Bones I found it to be just about right, enough to explain but not confuse! I utterly fell in love with commander Gray Pierce, i firmly believe every good story needs a hero, and he was a fab one! i'm now going to order the other sigma force novels either side of this one and see how they compare!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Really enjoyed this book. So many twists kept you guessing to the end. Once started was hard to put down
Published 23 days ago by stylus pen
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Another great Sigma Force novel. Read Bloodline first so am now going back to book 1 to read them in order so I can see where the characters fit in. Read more
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A brilliant read and lots of historical and archaeological information in James Rollin's books. I usually research afterwards to determine fact from fiction so a great learning... Read more
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Found it hard to put down, and it battered on at a fair old pace. Going looking for the next in the series now.
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I've always loved the way JR manages to amalgamate true science and technology with myth, religion and the ghostly 'other' that surrounds us all. Read more
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Enjoyed this read. James Collins delivers again. Another gripping story and knowledgable insight into the world of religious politics. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book!!
One of my favourite authors and this is a fab book!! I've read this several times now and find it very 'unputdownable'! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Babelbox
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable
This is a compelling, exciting and fast-paced adventure, and a worthy follow-up to Sandstorm. Good to see Painter Crowe retains a presence! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joanna Gawn, Author of The Lazuli Portals
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker!!
Couldn't put the book down, excitement from start to finish, can't wait for the next one!!! Well done James Rollins!!
Published 15 months ago by Shaun
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner
This is only the second book I've read by James Rollins and I must say I'm very impressed. Great story telling with a well thought out and researched plot. Read more
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