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 leaps into action. An elite team of scientific and Special Forces operatives under the command of Grayson Pierce and accompanied by Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri, they are pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through the 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.
"This novel about an ancient secret society and the race to find priceless antiquities is sure to be compared to Dan Brown's i>Da Vinci Code, but, in every way, it's a much better book....even those who found Brown's opus unpalatable will thoroughly enjoy the taste of this one." (Booklist)
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Another Sigma Force phenomenon
Modern science and Ancient magic
Though I prefer audiobooks because they seem to bring the story to life for me, this is a hard question to answer, because John Meagher's narration isn't up to the story.
There were quite a few and if I answer the question it would take away some of the cliff hanging suspense of the story from future listeners.
As many James Rollins fans know, John Meager is no longer narrating the current books. However, he did read several of the early ones, which were some of James Rollins best Sigma Force novels. He seems like a very young and fairly new narrator that needed to hone his skills a lot more. His voice would be more appropriate for young adult books or kids books, because he sounds like an excited teenager. His pronounciation of most of the Italian words and other (just plain English) words is very poor and he needs to receive a little coaching. Because his voice is so high in timbre, he actually does the women's voices quite well. I actually bought this book early on when I joined Audible and then returned it because of the narration. However, recently I was going through some of my early James Rollins books and decided I wanted this one for my collection. The story is so good that I was pretty much able to overlook the mediocre narration.
Modern science meets ancient mysteries
In my opinion, the early Sigma Force novels were the best. The only thing I don't care for is the graphic sexual depravity It would have been just fine without it and certainly wasn't necessary to make a good story. Also, some of the violence was a bit over the top. The country to country chasing of the clues, the characters, and the mysteries of the story are wonderful, though. This is one of my favorite Sigma Force novels.
- Blue Dragonfly