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The Bone Labyrinth: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels) Hardcover – December 15, 2015

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Book 11 of 11 in the Sigma Force Novels Series

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"James Rollins's best thriller ever! ...Packed with action, intrigue, and spine-chilling suspense. The Bone Labyrinth will remind you why you fell in love with reading. This book is that good!" -- Brad Thor for The Bone Labyrinth

"Rollins's thrilling 11th Sigma Force novel [Bone Labyrinth]...knows just how to balance the science and history with the ongoing action." -- Publishers Weekly for The Bone Labyrinth

"By the end of the novel, readers will be too busy buzzing with excitement about all they have digested to realize what a literary feat Rollins has accomplished by keeping all these balls in the air without dropping a single one." (Bookreporter.comon THE BONE LABYRINTH)

"[Rollins is] what you might end up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together." (New York Times Book Review on THE BONE LABYRINTH)

"Rollins' latest Sigma Force novel once again combines science straight from a Michael Crichton novel and action-adventure out of the works of Clive Cussler.... Rollins continues to write intense thrillers that also give readers a better understanding of current scientific theories and principles. Rollins has constructed one labyrinth that readers will not want to escape." - Booklist, *starred review* for The Bone Labyrinth

Truly a Gordian knot of amazing proportions...[The Bone Labyrinth] is breathtakingly laid out, with Rollins combining true historical figures with mythological events, and an exciting fictional account of a battle for mankind. -- Judith Reveal, New York Journal of Books for The Bone Labyrinth

"Infused with Rollins's trademark blend of cutting-edge science and hidden history, THE BONE LABYRINTH weaves together a bevy of seemingly disparate elements into a thrilling and cohesive tapestry like few others can.." -- Jeremy Burns, The Strand Magazine for The Bone Labyrinth

“[Rollins] is what you might end up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Infused with Rollins’s trademark blend of cutting-edge science and hidden history, THE BONE LABYRINTH weaves together a bevy of seemingly disparate elements into a thrilling and cohesive tapestry like few others can. ” (The Strand Magazine)

“An altogether satisfying techno-thriller.” (Kirkus Reviews on THE BONE LABYRINTH)

“Rollins knows just how to balance the science and history with the ongoing action.” (Publishers Weekly on THE BONE LABYRINTH)

“A rollicking good time.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick) on THE BONE LABYRINTH)

“The Bone Labyrinth blends intense action with thrilling plots that are sprinkled with interesting historical and/or scientific facts. A fabulous adventure that is heart wrenching and action packed.” (blackfive.net on THE BONE LABYRINTH)

“The only guarantee you get when you pick up a James Rollins novel is that almost any crazy thing can happen inside.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram on THE BONE LABYRINTH)

From the Author

About James Rollins

JAMES ROLLINS is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.

The Critics Rave

The New York Times says that his "roguish charm comes from his efforts to persuade readers the story is credible [through] real-life sources for his novel's science, history and geography." Rollins' rare blend of action, suspense, and knowledge was also mentioned by the Huffington Post, which stated that "After Crichton passed away in 2008 he clearly passed the baton to James Rollins, who like Crichton, is a renaissance man."

NPR calls his work "adventurous and enormously engrossing..." and the New York Journal of Books had this to say: "If you're a fan of smart, entertaining adventure fiction, this is your summer beach read writ large....All the science, all the history, and all the locations are masterfully intertwined. The characters are multi-dimensional. And the story is, well, a corker."

The Story Teller's Story

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, James Rollins decided he wanted to be a writer. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, Rollins embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary practice. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

Explosive Page-Turning Adventures

The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and his 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 jaunts include book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to 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 and coaching skills have made him a sought after writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country.

James Rollins is the author of nine thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Devil Colony, Bloodline, and The Eye of God); six individual adventure thrillers; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx.)
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Product Details

  • Series: Sigma Force Novels (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (December 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062381644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062381644
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (745 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By OutlawPoet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2015
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I’m going to start this review with a warning. If you are sensitive to scenes featuring animal experimentation, you may find part of this book a hard read. The scenes are heartrending – especially when you get to know one of the animals involved. That being said, the scenes are well written and absolutely critical to the book.

Aside from that warning, what you’ll find is a true Sigma Force novel and James Rollins at his best. I’ve been reading Rollins long before Sigma Force (Subterranean), and I love it when he joins archaeology and history with modern day adventure.

The Bone Labyrinth has all of that and more. Stretching from Neanderthal Man to modern day China, Rollins brings us mystery, intrigue, and a whole lot of butt-kicking. While some of your favorite characters are back (Gray, Seichan, Monk), there are also new ones you’ll love. I want so much to tell you some of the secrets you’ll discover in this book, but I need to remain spoiler free – besides I think you’ll enjoy discovering those surprises on your own. More than once, I stopped reading to look things up on the web because I was just that intrigued by what the story told me.

At the end of the book, Rollins gives us the truth behind the fiction. That afterword is worth the read all on its own.

This one won’t disappoint Rollins fans, yet is also a great book to start on if you’ve never read any of his books.

An absolute win!
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I've been entertained by most of Rollins' books and that is part of the problem. One of the more peculiar traps an author of action series can trap themselves in is the memories the readers have of their earlier books in the series. There's also the "hazard" of presenting material relevant to a member of a specific discipline who might not be able to successfully suspend their disbelief. Rollins in this instance presents us with an alternative to the library in the Map of Bones, where the surviving Alexandrian Library and presumably massed information from the millennia since the library was destroyed were spirited away for the benefit of mankind, once we become worthy. Now, we are presented in a second novel, also with "Bone" in the title, with a second and even more potentially astonishing trove of information, left over from the "emergence" of intelligence in humans during the Wisconsin glacial. The earlier novel hints at a Clarke-like transformation of - some - humanity a la Childhood's End. This most recent story apparently concerns a library that covers more "how we got here," than where we could go from here.

Then there's the other side of the coin. I am an archaeologist. I enjoy these kinds of stories. They tackle the weirdnesses around the edges of the profession and generally are entertaining. But ... almost all such stories lean very heavily on the peculiar notion that our ancestors were ignorant and not very bright. Thus you get individuals exclaiming about the precision with which the pyramids were constructed when in fact, equipped with water, a marked stick, and patience and imagination, anyone can create a level surface of just about any imaginable scale. With larger scale areas, helpers are advised.
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ONE SPOILER AHEAD. Rich with detail, but woefully lacking in summary. The chapters about the evil underground Chinese laboratory are terribly hard to read, but critical to furthering the story line. The interspersed chapters dealing with the Sigma Force team exploring the historical angle of the story line sets the expectation of a fantastic climax... that never actually occurs. The closest the author comes to drawing all the details into a cogent summary is a statement (by one of the characters) that humans must be the result of intelligent design. Wow. What a let down.

And, can we please have a novel where the priceless historic artifacts re-discovered after hundreds to thousands of years aren't completely destroyed?
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A fine addition to the Sigma Force Novels. Frankly I'd been disappointed with some of the latest entries in the series. I'm pleased to report The Bone Labyrinth is a return to what I expect from James Rollins . A rollicking adventure stepped in history and science. Well paced . Featuring old friends. Highly recommended for both fans of Rollins and the casual reader of thrillers.
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The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins is a very highly recommended action/adventure thriller. This latest novel represents Rollins at his best; the plot is complex and the action non-stop, but I flew through the almost 500 pages at a breakneck pace trying to find out what happened next in all the various plot threads. In some ways I don't want to give away too much of the story, except to encourage fans and anyone who enjoys a great techno-thriller to pick this novel up for a great holiday novel.

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the Sigma force is back on the trail of a historical mystery that could give us answers to several questions about the evolution of human intelligence which geneticists and other scientists are seeking the answers to today. An archaeologist discovers in Croatia a subterranean cave that contains amazing paintings and treasures, but it also contains a Catholic chapel that holds the bones of a Neanderthal woman. Sigma members assist scientists as they try to uncover the mystery. Who were the people who created these works of art and why did a Catholic priest hide his discovery?

The problem is that the Chinese military wants the discoveries/treasures for an entirely different reason: to continue with a series of unethical experiments they are conducting in genetic engineering. They also want a few scientists taken as hostages, but the Sigma force dead. Additionally they want a young gorilla, which is being raised and studied in the USA for the rate of growth of his of intelligence, captured and brought in for their cruel experiments. And that is just a small part of this globe-trotting thriller.

The writing is impressive.
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