blo Teens Read and Write: Map of Bones (Giveaway Points Post)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Map of Bones (Giveaway Points Post)

Map of Bones
by James Rollins
pub: April 2006
560 pages

Giveaway ALERT! If you've already entered the contest, a comment on this post (within 5 days of post date) gets you 2 extra entries in our MegaBook Giveaway. If you haven't entered yet, go to the contest post (or click on the contest link on the upper right sidebar) to learn about the giveaway and enter! Good luck!

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruder in monks' 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 Lt. 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 a secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains what will alter the future of humankind...when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.

Great fun around the world on a fabulous adventure with some super spies and lots of action is what you'll get with Map of Bones. Rollins has a lot of fun weaving in biblical lore, ancient myth, and actual events into an engaging story full of history, mystery, reality and fantasy.

The characters are interesting, smart and very kick-butt. The tale keeps racing along you tour around the world and follow the clues to unveil the complicated plot that includes a nefarious ancient secret society. I loved reading about the different famous places around the world and enjoyed the description of the beautiful cities and landscapes.

But it's not a travelogue. It's fast=paced adventure pure and simple. An adult book with a complicated plot and a multitude of twists, I think older young adults will enjoy it too. It's kind of like the Da Vinci Code but with a trained team of specialists who are tough action types, extremely intelligent and ready to fight their way out of the next crisis.

The Cover:
His name takes up a bunch of space, but the guy is popular and his name sells the book faster than the cover or title, so it makes sense. You get that ancient biblical mystery around-the-world thing right away and I like the rich colors. I think it works.

We have a copy of Map of Bones available to choose from in our MegaBook Giveaway so be sure to enter at the giveaway post! GOOD LUCK!


Sandra Stiles said...

It seems to me the best way to hook people is to weave many different themes and genres together.

Rebecca said...

I've read the first book in the sigma force novels but I haven't read this one yet. It sounds really good though.

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

Were there a lot of books like this before the Da Vinci Code, or has this sort of shot up in the wake of such success?

Blodeuedd said...

It seems top be one of those boooks my friend loves to read :)

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a 'The Da Vinci Code' rip off. But I'll give it a try anyhow..

Unknown said...

Hi :)
I hadn't heard of The Map of Bones before. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. It has an intriguing blurb.
All the best,

Bunny B said...

If it's exciting like The Da Vinci Code, I wouldn't mind reading it :)

Melissa said...

I wanted to read this one, but then I heard it was sort of like a series, and I like to read books in order.

Is it a stand alone?

Llehn said...

Ooooo ... it sounds like it has plenty of promise!

mariska said...

i've never heard about this book before. it seems a good book !

Milka said...

I haven't heard of this book before but I must say that it sounds good.
This giveaway is so great! I never win in these things but I am still excited. :)

chocowafer said...

I've never tried reading a book like this before. But lots of action is sure to be lots of fun! :)

brizmus said...

This sounds awesome!
I always think it's weird when the name takes up most of a cover. To me, even if I love the author, it's a big turn-off.

Alessandra said...

Not my usualu kind of book, but the cover looks very nice.

cait045 said...

This is the first time I have heard of this book. It sounds interesting

Stormi said...

Never heard of this author so his big ole name wouldn't sell to me but the story might, it sounds interesting.

Jamie said...

This sounds really interesting!!

Sheere said...

Seems like an interesting book, I didn't know the author though.
It's so curious what they do to sell more books!

Ellz said...

This is a new title and author for me. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

Elie (Ellz Readz)

Stacey Brucale said...

This book sounds really exciting!

ninefly said...

I remember enjoying the DaVinci code for all the mystery and stuff, so if this delivers kick-butt action too, I'd love to try it out~
thanks for the review!

- ninefly(at)

L said...

This seems like a really interesting book. Definitely different from the other stuff I read, which is good =D.

Orchid said...

Sounds like a good book. :)

pepsivanilla said...

I'd never heard of this book or the author, but this sounds very good!

elaing8 said...

Sounds interesting,but I don't know if its for me.great review though

Unknown said...

Never heard of this book before. Thanks for sharing it. It sounds like it could be interesting.

booklover said...

Yup, it seems interesting. Although I must say that I find it slightly annoying when authors' names fill up half of the cover...

A Life Bound By Books said...

I haven't heard of this book before. Thanks for the review, sounds like an interesting read. :o)


Jessy said...

I never heard of these books, but this one sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

throuthehaze said...

Sounds very interesting!

Anonymous said...

I've always been curious about Rollins!

booklover said...

Yeah, I've never heard about these books either. Nor have I heard about the author.

Mandy said...

Never heard of him.

donnas said...

Never heard of these before but they sound kind of interesting.

Brodie said...

This usually isn't my normal read, but your review has certainly intrigued me! I've heard of James Rollins before, but haven't read any of his books so far.

Katy said...

I've heard mixed reviews on this. Some say it's better than DaVinci Code, some say it's not as good. I guess I'll have to give it a try to find out for myself, eh?

booklover said...

I heard the DaVinci Code was really good. I don't know if this book can beat it.

Ailsa said...

Ooh, this sounds like the kind of thing i would like. I'll have to look out for it.

Already entered the giveaway.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

When I read the synopsis, the first thing I thought of was the Da Vinci Code. I really enjoyed that book, so I'll be on the lookout for Map of Bones.

Hot Off the Shelves said...

Hm not sure if I'd like this one or not. I'll have to keep my eye out for a few more reviews.

booklover said...

I haven't read Da Vinci Code...

Cherie J said...

Sounds interesting.

Mariana S said...

Didnt know about this book, looks very interesting, I will consider to read it ^^

YA Book Queen said...

I'll have to look for this one at my library this weekend! I'd never heard of it before...

CeeCee said...

Super spies and adventure, sounds great.


babygirlG said...

I'd love to read this one!

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