Kingdom of Bones By James Rollins
Book/Novel Author: James Rollins
Book/Novel Title: Kingdom of Bones
From #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins, the latest riveting, deeply imaginative thriller in the Sigma Force series, told with his trademark blend of cutting-edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.It begins in Africa . . .A United Nations relief team in a small village in the Congo makes an alarming discovery. An unknown force is leveling the evolutionary playing field. Men, women, and children have been reduced to a dull, catatonic state. The environment surrounding them—plants and animals—has grown more cunning and predatory, evolving at an exponential pace. The insidious phenomenon is spreading from a cursed site in the jungle — known to locals as the Kingdom of Bones —and sweeping across Africa, threatening the rest of the world.What has made the biosphere run amok? Is it a natural event? Or more terrifyingly, did someone engineer it?Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force are prepared for the extraordinary and have kept the world safe, vigilance for which they have paid a tragic personal price. Yet, even these brilliant and seasoned scientific warriors do not understand what is behind this frightening development—or know how to stop it. As they race to find answers, the members of Sigma quickly realize they have become the prey.To head off global catastrophe, Sigma Force must risk their lives to uncover the shattering secret at the heart of the African continent—a truth that will illuminate who we are as a species and where we may be headed . . . sooner than we know.Mother Nature—red in tooth and claw—is turning against humankind, propelling the entire world into the Kingdom of Bones.
Rollins could not have picked a better time to write a great novel about the threat of pandemics. His cast of characters from Sigma are as exciting and interesting as always, nothing too over the top to believe, just well trained, highly intelligent, quick thinking operatives. Rollins’ background as a veterinarian supports the plausibility of unusual behaviors of animals and their ability to carry diseases. As is often the case with his novels, there is an element of science fiction, yet he always incorporates it in a manner that makes it seem possible and highly believable. This book is action packed, a real page turner, and definitely an eye opener into the effects of the environment on natural habitats. A great read
Liked the pace. Constantly wanting more. Scientific, historical , and technical information very educational. Having read almost all his work, maybe except two earlier books, always left wanting more.
Book 16 in the military sci-fi action-adventure series Sigma Force where a few of the heroes of this ‘secret’ military group full of the smartest and strongest people, find themselves answering a call for help in the Congo, where a mysterious sickness is causing people to go into a vegetative state where even having ants shred their skin doesn’t make them move.I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and I must admit that I’ve only previously read books 1-4 and 13, but the books are written so that over those few books I’ve read, I’m familiar with the characters and their organization so I wasn’t puzzled with what they were doing, and while there were a few spoilers from other books I have yet to read, they weren’t major enough for me not to ditch the previous books.Not as creepy-crawly as I like, but there are some ewws during the first part of the book, and some eye rolls at the far-fetchedness of a few happenings that gave the plot that sci-fi edge.While it did start off a little slow with the added historical and scientific records notes at the beginning of the book, they both gave some ‘behind the scenes’ info that is helpful to understand the science and biology, then there’s a quick history of a character that has to do with the plot, but once the story starts, it picks up and keeps at a steady pace, slowing during the ‘research’ chapters, but they’re presented so there’s not a lot of blah, blah, blah.Could of it been better, yeah. More blood, more guts, more weirdness, and for me, less ‘military’. Give me monsters monsters, not humans. It was a good story but just couldn’t reach the next star.
so much woke non-sense I stopped reading. add the completely innacurate firearms science – i.e. – the heroes couldn’t use their modern firearms because they got wet. That is non-sense.
Another good summer read in this series. Don’t have to think to much about it to stay entertained. Really enjoyed seeing the Tucker/Kane characters become a part of the primary Sigma cast