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Map of Bones

by James Rollins

Map of Bones
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  • First Published:
    May 2005, 448 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2006, 560 pages

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Catholic Conspiracy + Cutting Edge Science = Action Adventure

From the book jacket: During a service at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany, a band of armed intruders unleash a nightmare of blood and terror, ruthlessly gunning down worshippers and clergy alike. As they flee the carnage they carry a prize that could reshape the world. The Vatican is in turmoil, and Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri is assigned to lead the investigation with the help of SIGMA Force, an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department.

Comment: It's difficult not to compare Map of Bones to The Da Vinci Code, because they both involve Catholic conspiracies and they are both reasonably cerebral thrillers, but in terms of writing style and action I found them quite different. I enjoyed Map of Bones as...

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