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Title:
The bone labyrinth
Author:
Rollins, James, 1961- , author.
Edition:
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
xvi, 727 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Summary:
"In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years of human history, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes us to mankind's next great leap. But will it mark a new chapter in our development. or our extinction? A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today. In the remote mountains of Croatia, an archaeologist makes a strange discovery: a subterranean Catholic chapel, hidden for centuries, holds the bones of a Neanderthal woman. In the same cavern system, elaborate primitive paintings tell the story of an immense battle between tribes of Neanderthals and monstrous shadowy figures. Who is this mysterious enemy depicted in these ancient drawings, and what do the paintings mean? Before any questions can be answered, the investigative team is attacked, while at the same time, a bloody assault is made upon a primate research center outside of Atlanta. How are these events connected? Who is behind these attacks? The search for the truth will take Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force 50,000 years into the past. As he and Sigma trace the evolution of human intelligence to its true source, they will be plunged into a cataclysmic battle for the future of humanity that stretches across the globe. and beyond. With the fate of our future at stake, Sigma embarks on its most harrowing odyssey ever--a breathtaking quest that will take them from ancient tunnels in Ecuador that span the breadth of South America to a millennia-old necropolis holding the bones of our ancestors. Along the way, revelations involving the lost continent of Atlantis will reveal true mysteries tied to mankind's first steps on the moon. Gray Pierce and his team will face their 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. One of James Rollins's most ambitious stories to date, The Bone Labyrinth combines science, adventure, historical mystery, archaeology, technology, and legend in a brilliantly inventive tale that connects early man and the fate of the Neanderthals, while exploring the evolution of human intelligence from its wellspring to where we, as a species, may be headed next. Full of ingenious twists, it is a pulse-pounding epic from a master storyteller at the pinnacle of his creative powers"--
General Note:
Non-Latin script record
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062381668
Format :
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A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever . . .

In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years in human history, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes us to mankind's next great leap.

But will it mark a new chapter in our development . . . or our extinction?

In the remote mountains of Croatia, an archaeologist makes a strange discovery:  a subterranean Catholic chapel, hidden for centuries, holds the bones of a Neanderthal woman. In the same cavern system, elaborate primitive paintings tell the story of an immense battle between tribes of Neanderthals and monstrous shadowy figures. Who is this mysterious enemy depicted in these ancient drawings and what do the paintings mean?

Before any answers could be made, the investigative team is attacked, while at the same time, a bloody assault is made upon a primate research center outside of Atlanta. How are these events connected? Who is behind these attacks?  The search for the truth will take Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force 50,000 years into the past. As he and Sigma trace the evolution of human intelligence to its true source, they will be plunged into a cataclysmic battle for the future of humanity that stretches across the globe . . . and beyond.

With the fate of our future at stake, Sigma embarks on its most harrowing odyssey ever--a breathtaking quest that will take them from ancient tunnels in Ecuador that span the breadth of South America to a millennia-old necropolis holding the bones of our ancestors. Along the way, revelations involving the lost continent of Atlantis will reveal true mysteries tied to mankind's first steps on the moon. In the end, Gray Pierce and his team will face to their 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.


Author Notes

James Rollins (nee James Czajkowski) was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 20, 1961. He received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri in 1985. After graduation, he started his veterinary practice in Sacramento, California. His first novel, Subterranean, was published in 1999. His other works include the Sigma Force series, the Jake Ransom series, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He also writes the Banned and the Banished series and The Godslayer Chronicles under the name of James Clemens. James Rollins co-authors the new Tucker Wayne series with Grant Blackwood. The first book in the series, The Kill Switch, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. Rollins title, Bone Labyrinth, a story in the Sigma Force Novels Series, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* 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. Add great characters, including a new one named Baako, and exotic locales, and the result is another stellar entry in a popular series. A research scientist is studying primates in the pursuit of finding the missing link between Neanderthals and humans. Her sister is asked to join a team in the mountains of Croatia, where ancient bones that could unlock the puzzle may be located. When the research team disappears, Sigma members head to the caves where they were last located, while others go to Atlanta to look for clues in the project's research. Nobody realizes it yet, but someone else wants the research and the materials in the caves, at any cost. Rollins continues to write intense thrillers that also give readers a better understanding of current scientific theories and principles (further delineated in an author's note). Rollins has constructed one labyrinth that readers will not want to escape.--Ayers, Jeff Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In bestseller Rollins's thrilling 11th Sigma Force novel (after 2014's The 6th Extinction), Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force, calls on his number-one operative, Cmdr. Gray Pierce, to investigate an attack on a group of scientists exploring a massive cave in the mountains of Croatia. One of the scientists, geneticist Lena Crandall, along with her twin sister, Maria, is attempting to find the origin of human intelligence. Maria's research centers on her work with a three-year-old male lowland gorilla, Baako, who's a hybrid of gorilla and Neanderthal genes. When Maria and Baako are kidnapped, the story kicks into high gear. Several parallel plots involve adventure fiction elements such as ancient petroglyphs, moldy historical journals, mysterious keys, and several astonishing underground cities. Rollins knows just how to balance the science and history with the ongoing action. 10-city author tour. Agents: Russ Galen, Scovil Galen Ghost Literary Agency; and Danny Baror, Baror International. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In Rollins's tenth "Sigma Force" novel (after The 6th Extinction), scientists (and twins) Lena and Maria Crandall seek the cause for the sudden bloom of intelligence in human beings nearly 50,000 years ago. They believe it was started by the intermingling of Neanderthals with Homo sapiens and perhaps a third group of hominids, but without DNA samples from these early men it is only a theory. Lena is called to Croatia to investigate a potentially major fossil discovery, but her group is attacked, the bones are stolen, and the team is left trapped in an underground cave system. At the Yerkes Primate Center in Georgia, Maria and Baako, a hybrid ape, are kidnapped along with Sigma Force member Joe Kowalski posing as the ape's handler. Two seperate Sigma Force teams follow a convoluted trail of clues to rescue the sisters. Verdict In an author's note, Rollins gives sources for further reading. Full of death-defying adventures and scientific detail, this is a fabulous read, with danger and intrigue at every turn. [See Prepub Alert, 6/21/1; library marketing.]-Cynde Suite, Bartow Cty. Lib. Syst., Adairsville, GA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.