This was my first James Rollins, but it will not be the last. Though the story was a bit slow to take off, it got good soon after that. A great mix of intrigue, religion, science, and story line. Looking forward to reading more soon
I’m not a huge fan of action novels, but this one’s a mind blower. Like Dan Brown’s novel “Inferno,” this story is where well researched facts meet the writer’s imagination as a vehicle to send a crucial message to mankind. The facts and theories derived from them make for a very thought provoking journey. The main themes are real and disturbing, like what China is doing now and of the capability we have (or will have shortly) to genetically engineer a super human race and alter our course of evolution. Other thought provoking themes cover age old questions like who or what made us and our universe. I learned not only about several fascinating historical figures, but also about the Mayan culture, and unexplained mysteries of our moon… If you decide to read this book, be sure to check out Rollins’ notes at the end of the story – in this section he delves a little deeper into the sources of his facts and gives the titles of several books for further reading.
Easily my favorite of the Sigma Force novels, The Bone Labyrinth will keep you on the edge of your seat. I have never read something that made me feel so many emotions. If you are at all fond of animals and empathetic, you will love this one (and The 6th Extinction). A perfect blend of science fiction and real world truth, Rollins tells a riveting story that your imagination will run wild with. Rollins does such a great job painting a picture with words of the setting in this novel that I couldn't help but research the location of the secret lab further myself. This book made me want to stop reading at times in fear of what I though I might read next, while at the same time making me wish there were 100 more pages. I've never read something that made me want to laugh, cry, cheer, etc. as much as this book did. And to top it all off, there is a bit of a cliff-hanger in reference to a future book at the end, given to us by none other than a super-intelligent Gorilla. Whether you are an animal lover or not, whether you've read any of the Sigma Force novels or not, even if you are not much of a reader, this book truly is a page turner you will not want to put down.
As a stand-alone novel, Rollins delivers exactly what you would expect. Fast space and intriguing blend of modern day science with historical mysteries sprinkled with amusing characters and plenty of action.
You pretty much know what you are getting from this series at this point. Ties into a larger theme carried through the novels via the large cast of characters, but in all, the individual story follows the same general outline where you probably know what the outcome is going to be before you get there, but the journey there is still a fun ride.
Rollins fans will not be disappointed with The Bone Labyrinth. His full cast of characters are here plus some new ones. A question for a future novel, where's Joe or J-O-E? An inside teaser.
++++ archeological mystery
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