A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the deepest trenches under the sea to the rocky craters of the moon, in New York Times best-selling author James Rollins' groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years in human history to mankind's next great leap - but will it mark a new chapter in our development or our extinction?
A series of strange events throws the world into turmoil. As a manned Chinese rocket explodes upon launch, three American astronauts, each separated by thousands of miles, are murdered. Then an archaeologist in Croatia uncovers a new cavern system that reveals elaborate primitive paintings by a tribe of Neanderthals. The artwork, painted in blood, illustrates an immense battle between the Neanderthals - joined by Homo sapiens - and frightening shadowy figures. Who is the ancient enemy depicted, and what does it mean?
The search for answers will take Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force 50,000 years back in time. As he and Sigma trace the evolution of human intelligence back to its true source, they will be plunged into a war for the future of humanity that stretches across the globe - and beyond.
From ancient tunnels in Ecuador that span the breadth of South America to a millennia-old necropolis holding the bones of our ancestors, from the lost archives tied to the sunken continent of Atlantis to the first moon landing, Sigma embarks on its most harrowing journey ever - and faces off against its greatest threat: an ancient evil resurrected by modern genetic science, strong enough to bring about the end of man's dominance on this planet. Only this time Sigma will falter - and the world we know will change forever.
©2015 James Czajkowski (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Another good read from Rollins"
I've always enjoyed Rollins' writing . The stories are adventurous and thought provoking. The Bone Labyrinth is no exception. As I always do with Sigma novels, I stopped often to research the science, I love how muck I learn about current science when reading Rollins.
The narrator tells the story wonderfully. The only reason I didn't give the performance a 5 is for the editing. This story switches POV often yet the editing didn't take any breaks when switching. This meant I was frequently lousy for a few moments when an event was happening in one POV and then, as if in a single break, the story would be somewhere else. Reading this in print there would have been a paragraph or section break that would have made it a little less confusing. I often had to rewind a minute to figure out where I was.
But don't let that put you off, it's definitely worth a read.
"Best audiobook I've heard so far"
I haven't even finished listening, but felt the need to strongly recommend this book. The plot is exciting, evenly-paced and avoids the cheesy, schmarmy tropes that these sort of books often fall victim to. Rollins seems back on track with this one.
More importantly, the narrator is incredible. I'm picky. Sometimes when I hear a bad accent or a narrator poorly fleshing out a character's voice, it pulls me out of the story and detracts from the overall experience. Christian Baskous effortlessly switches from accent to accent -- Italian, French, Eastern European, British, subtle American regional dialects -- and gives each character their own rich flavor that I haven't come across in another audiobook yet.
10/10 would recommend taking a listen to see for yourself.
"Someone needs an editor!"
Clearly you would need to be into Rollins, Sigma Force and whole sheebang. Otherwise this one is overly long, overly messy and some spark was missing.
Not in the top 10 list. Well researched perhaps,but almost too much in fact. The story is thick with information, and needs editing badly. Not his best IMHO.
I like this performer, but he seemed to lack focus and energy in this outing. Likely the fault of the material as much as anything, but still not the best outing.
Ha. No. This is it.
OK I like the Sigma group, and I like Rollins, but this one did not do much for me. It just seemed to drag on. Maybe my issue, but I think it needed editing and more energy than I experienced. Not recommended, unfortunately.
I usually love books by James Rollins but I just could not get through this one. the narrator was awful and the story just wasn't very good.
"Struggled to enjoy it"
A disjointed, story line sprinkled with far fetched, contrived action scenes that detract from its credibility. Some OK character development made me finish, but I found myself wishing it would end long before it did.
Not a fan of the narrator either.
"No idea what this story was about"
Maybe this was due to the narration, which had an odd cadence throughout, but I could not keep track of the story. There were too many plotlines, and really a silly premise. I usually will buy a Rollins book straight away (unless he pairs with Rebecca Cantrell when it becomes more romance than action), but maybe will think twice next one.
"The story was good, but..."
Ok, so I've been a Sigma Force series fan for a long time and this plot does not disappoint. However, Christian Baskous,the narrator of this story, really ruined this for me. The guy sounds like Brain from "The Pinky and the Brain" cartoon! :-(
"Man, I loved these books, but this was not good"
I've defended Christian Baskous before, but this was horrible narration.
Then, the story was okay, a little strange, a little less like what DARPA would do, but, I was enjoying it. The ending was a killer. "Tying up the lose ends" might have worked had it not been so many years in the future. I kind of liked the scientist and the gorilla, at the end, but, did he kill off Kowalski (or did they break up), why was this 10 years after the book, why aren't there more stories about Maria and Kowalski between now and then? Is the next book going to be 10 years in the future too? Will all the characters be in their 40s and 50s?
I'm not sure I want to read any more of these, and I am not at all pleased with this ending.
"A Little Dissapointing...but only a little..."
I think I would listen to the book again. But only if I decided to go through all 11 books again.
I liked the Kowalski and Bocco storyline. It was moving, all except the Epilogue. I also enjoyed seeing Seichan and Gray working together.
I would say the accents of the foreign players in the book. This is something I probably wouldn't get if I just read the paperback.
Yes. I finished it in three days, but I listened primarily at work while working.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW!!!
There were some things in this book that felt sloppy to me. The prologue seemed almost pointless. The tribal father and his uniquely gifted daughter (hybrid) were being hunted by some un-natural wolves and a mysterious handler. This was never again mentioned in the entire book. You never found out who was controlling the wolves or who was behind the chase of the hybrids. You also never found out what happened to the father or the daughter. This section really didn't add ANYTHING to the story but confusion.
Also the Epilogue wasn't thought out well IMO. They lead you to believe something happens to Kowalski. You are lead to believe he proposed or even married Maria, but died and left her all alone. This is intriguing for reason's ill discuss below, BUT they claim this happened around 10 years after this book. Rollins has never had such a gap in the timeline of any of the sigma novels. At the least, I would assume there would be 6 or 7 books written in the timeline before this event were to take place. Not really sure what he was going for but the next series of books should be interesting.
I not sure I understood how both the historical and scientific storylines in this book connect. Others have commented on how seamless the interweaving was but honestly...I couldn't see it. I thought maybe there should have been more time spent on connecting the story instead of all the researched historical aspects (Atlantis and all).
As I keep going I have one question: WHERE IS THE GUILD?!?!?! It seems for the last 4 or 5 books (just guessing) the Guild have seemingly disappeared. If I recall, there was no conclusion to that storyline and I was hoping and dreaming that there would be some resurgence of them in this book, setting Sigma's path back on the hunt for this shadowy legion of doom. But alas, another Rollins book has come and past and there is no Guild. I may be falling on deaf ears but: BRING BACK THE GUILD!!!
I do like the differences between books as to what characters are used and which ones are just in the background. Let me explain. In one book I might get a bigger presence of Painter and Kat, while in this book the focus was more on the two groups: Monk, Kimberly and Kowalski; Gray and Seichan. I would like to see Monk and Gray team up for a mission as I have seen them go their separate ways now for several novels. I miss the unique friendship displayed between the pair. It was one of the things that made me fall in love with this series. I was very pleased to see Seichan have a very prominent role in this book. I really really enjoy the evolution of her character.
As I mentioned earlier, should something happen to one of the main characters within the next few novels, it would be very interesting. I feel like I need an overall storyline for the series. I am not sure I am interested in each book following The Bone Labyrinth's story plot.
BAD GUYS vs. GOOD GUYS = BAD GUYS ELIMINATED COMPLETELY.
If you read Rollins other series, The Order of the Sanguinist's (spell check), you have the natural good verses evil story, but there is a shadowy puppet master just beyond the view of our hero's making me want to read the next edition with fervent vigor. I think the Sigma series has had that in the past and they need that again now IMO. IF and I say again IF, Kowalski is to be killed, that could very well get the series to where it needs to be, although I greatly enjoy his character. Eventually one of the characters luck has to run out. I think it would be a fresh wake up call for readers of the series, although if this doesn't happen, those who have followed the series and read all 11 books, will be obedient sheep and go out and buy the next book faithfully and read it with wonder.
Obviously when you can boast 11 books and counting in the series, readers are going to have their favorites. This wasn't all-in-all that bad of a novel, just felt rushed. It isn't my favorite but it's not terrible.
"things left undone"
I have listened to each of the books in this series and have enjoyed them... This book is the first one I can remember that a LOT of stuff was left hanging out there.. Usually things are tied up well not so much in this one?? perhaps it was rushed to make the Christmas deadline, it was still a good book just left me a bit unsatisfied. will still try out the next one if there is one.
Really enjoyed listening to the book. loved the way the mystery built up and was looking forward to what they might find but sadly the end of the adventure didn't live up to the build up. So for me it ended on a dissapointing note. I did however like the epilogue.
Enjoyed the narrators voice but thought he read to quick at times not enough pauses before next chapter.
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