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Mapa Trzech Mędrców by James Rollins

Mapa Trzech Mędrców (original 2005; edition 2005)

by James Rollins

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Map of Bones by James Rollins (2005)


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***2014 Reread of Sigma Force***
The second in the Sigma Force series, but first with the team led by Grayson Pierce. This book focuses on the Magi, their White Bread form of pure gold in powder, superconductivity, and how all of this affects enlightenment. As before this review will be broken into three categories and hidden due to spoilers. Links to all of the reviews so far are here:

Map of Bones
Black Order
The Judas Strain
The Last Oracle
The Doomsday Key
The Devil Colony
The Eye of God

Synopsis: Beginning with a prologue set a long time ago regarding the moving of the bones of the Magi, the second part of the prologue centers around a cathedral in Cologne, Germany (henceforth to be referred as in the German way, Koln). A group of black clad monks enter the cathedral, use a device that kills all who have eaten the Eucharist, steal the bones and leave. One survivor, later killed, is left behind unintentionally.

New characters are introduced for Sigma and the story starts with Gray Pierce at USAMRIID on a lone wolf mission. He ends up being tricked by the Guild and one of its agents, the Dragon lady due to her pendant necklace, who we find out later to be named Seichan. Sigma is called in to the Koln massacre. Due to its ties with Catholic Church, the Vatican is also interested. Enter Monsignor Vigor Verona and his niece, Carabineri Lieutenant Rachel Verona. One of sigma, Kat Bryant, has also worked with Monsignor Verona before. Together they travel to Koln, they are attacked by the Dragon Court (a secret group going back to the Anti Pope era) who were responsible for the massacre before. They have teamed with the Guild.

Sigma escapes, the church is fire bombed. A powder is found to be a certain type of pure gold that also turns to glass and has weird properties including electro magnetics, superconductivity etc. The other place for Magi bones is a church in Milan, Italy. The group of 5 head there and once again ambushed by some trickery by the Court: kill priests, disguise as one and meet Sigma. More fighting gets sigma out of harms way and heading toward the Vatican. Information is found in a tomb where images are depicted of the Magi, that the Court plans to destroy St peter's Basilica due to its secrets underneath in the crypts. Sigma arrives first, but the Court is right behind. What is found, leads them to Alexandria and Pharos Lighthouse.

Sigma scubas and finds a tunnel using the electromagnetic properties of a hematite Sphinx. Here they find the lost tomb of a possible magi, Alexander the Great. He is in a pyramid of solid glass. Using old batteries they discover a key. The Court arrives, a huge fight like Bond in Thunderball breaks out. Monk and Rachel are captured by the Court, Seichan is left to die in the tunnel. Monk gets his hand chopped off, and both are transferred to the castle in Switzerland. Gray sends his team to Avignon, rescues Seichan and together they rescue Rachel (Monk being at a hospital). Everyone meets at Avignon where a great underground area full of mystery and traps await. In the end, Gray gives a false key to the bad guy who then tries to unlock the powers but instead the whole place goes wild. A primordial light shines out and seems to affect everyone: those with pure hearts get a boost, those without get killed. Painter Crowe appears on the scene to arrest and trap the bad guys.

Epilogue: Kat and Monk on a date, Monk with a new prosthesis. Rachel and Gray are dating long distance. Vigor recovers from bullet wound, is made Prefect of Archives and becomes replacement for Cardinal Spera (deceased) as a Thomas Christian and Gray sends the real gold key to him.

Sigma Characters:
DARPA Director: Dr. Sean McKnight
SIGMA Director: Painter Crowe
SIGMA second in command: Logan Gregory, ops manager
Agent: Commander Grayson Pierce, team leader, 1 yr at Ft Leavenworth for striking superior officer, former Army Ranger
Agent: Monk Kokkalis, former Green Beret, PhD in forensic medicine
Agent: Captain Kathryn Bryant, former Navy Intelligence black ops, PhD in geology and engineering

Sigma Locations
Cathedral; Koln, Germany
Church; Milan, Italy
St. Peter's Basilica; Vatican City, Italy
Tomb of Alexander the Great; Alexandria, Egypt
Castle; Lausanne, Switzerland
Papal Palace; Avignon, France

Maps of Mediterranean and the Vatican provided in front of book.
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  T4NK | Sep 30, 2014 |
Reading a James Rollins' Sigma Force thriller is like reading a Dan Brown mystery, but instead of the hero being know-it-all symbologist, you get a team of know-it-all scientists who just happen to also be top secret CIA operatives. The members of this special ops group all have PhDs in some science discipline and have the strength and skill of any Olympic athlete. So much for the stereotype that geeks can't walk and chew gum! Lots of action and a good bit of historic mythology thrown in about ancient alchemists.

My only complaint about this specific title is that our dashing hero Gray keeps on thinking about the curves and lips of Rachel, his Italian carabinieri counterpart. Keep your mind on the mission - there are bad guys running all over the place. Definitely could see this as a Hollywood blockbuster. ( )
  jmoncton | Jul 25, 2014 |
This book was... just ok. It was structured SO similarly to The DaVinci Code and I was unable to get past that. I felt like I was reading The DaVinci Code again with different names. It really didn't live up to the awesomeness of its name, and yes, I picked this book because the name sounded spectacular.

All that aside, I really enjoyed most of the characters. Gray was pretty cool. I liked that we were privy to some of his internal dialogue. It was interesting to see someone who exuded such strong vibes to his teammates fighting with himself in his head. Uncle Vigor was great too, even if he was a bit of a know it all. It did bug me some though, that he was nearly ALWAYS the one figuring out the puzzles. I would have liked more from Kat, but I liked what we did get from her. She was pretty bad ass, if I do say so myself.

One thing I will give this book good marks for is it's ability to just be picked up. I found out after I'd read a good chunk of the book that it was, in fact, the second in the series. You don't miss anything, as far as I can tell, by starting the series with this book. ( )
  cebellol | Jul 22, 2014 |
70 RMB from Carrefour Gubei, Shanghai.

15/11/07 Will probably start this today. I had to buy it when I read on the back that it involved people trying to steal the magi's bones from a German cathedral. I've visited the Kölner Dom many times and after paying for the tour several times, I knew enough about the cathedral to do a pretty good job as tour guide for our visitors.

24/11/07 Read over the last two days. Enjoyed the book but thought it got a bit shaky towards the end which is often the case in these books that involve uncovering some secret treasure or knowledge that has been hidden for hundreds or thousands of years. Anyway, it was interesting enough that I'll keep an eye out for more of his books. ( )
  Susanna.Dilliott | Apr 23, 2014 |
Fun, interesting reading. You always learn new things when you read James Rollins books.
  viasenor | Oct 15, 2013 |
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Izuzetan spoj akcije, avanture i religijsko-okultnog trilera, intelektualno provokativan i uzbudljiv

U jednoj od najpoznatijih katedrala u Nemačkoj, na misteriozan način pobijeni su svi koji su prisustvovali ponoćnoj misi. Iz crkve je odneto neprocenjivo blago – mošti tri biblijska kralja koji su darivali Hrista, legendarna tri mudraca.
Komandant Grej Pirs, novi član odeljenja Sigma, predvodi tim agenata u potrazi za Imperijalnim redom zmaja, tajnim društvom aristokrata čiji su koreni negde u tami srednjeg veka, a cilj im je da, uz pomoć mističnih kostiju, stvore novi svetski poredak. Lavirint tragova ostavljenih u davnoj prošlosti vodi agente Sigme kroz evropske gotske katedrale, preko ostataka sedam čuda Starog sveta do magičnih mesta na kojima su nauka i religija sjedinjeni i predstavljaju pretnju kakva nije viđena od početka vremena.

„Mapa kostiju, roman o starom tajnom društu i potrazi za neprocenjivim antikvitetom, sigurno se može porediti sa Den Braunovim Da Vinčijevim kodom, ali je, u svakom pogledu, mnogo bolja knjiga. Tamo gde je Braunov bestseler predvidiv uprkos dobroj postavci, ova priča je mudro vođena i napeta.“

„Rolins je jedan od najinventivnijih savremenih pripovedača.“
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Na de plundering van de stad Milaan onder keizer Barbarossa werden de heilige relieken toegewezen aan Reinhold von Dassel, aartsbisschop van Keulen (1159-1167). Deze schat werd de Duitse aartsbisschop toegewezen vanwege zijn verdiensten als rijkskanselier onder deze keizer. Niet iedereen was blij dat een dergelijke schat Italië verliet...en dat ging dan ook niet zonder slag of stoot.

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The bones lead to ancient mysteries and present-day terror . . . To follow them means death.

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes 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 under the command of Grayson Pierce leaps into action, 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 secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind . . . when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.

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"The crime is inhumanly cruel with horrific consequences both unthinkable and inevitable. During a service at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany, a band of armed intruders dressed in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and terror, ruthlessly gunning down worshippers and clergy alike. The killers haven't come for the church's gold and valuable artwork, but for a priceless treasure secreted within: the preserved bones of the Three Magi who once came to pay homage to a newborn savior. As they flee the carnage they have wrought, 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. But no ordinary police organization alone can deal with the bizarre theft and massacre, and SIGMA Force - an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department - is called in under the command of Grayson Pierce. New to SIGMA, Pierce assembles a crack team of scientific and Special Forces operatives to unravel the mystery of the stolen bones, and together they set out on a twisting trail through a labyrinth of clues and dark revelations that carry them to the sites of the Seven Wonders of the World - and to the doorstep of the mystical and terrifying Dragon Court."."An ancient, secret fraternity of alchemists and assassins, the master-adepts of the Dragon Court have plans for the sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind in devastating ways that only the maddest of zealots could desire - and they will let nothing and no one stand in their way. Suddenly Pierce, Verona, and the SIGMA team are the hunted as well as the hunters, forced to use every skill they possess to survive as they follow the bones to the ultimate confrontation between darkness and light - in a lost place of history where science and religion will unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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