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Reviews by Linda

Map of Bones (Sigma Force, #2) by James Rollins
Sebastian (Ephemera, #1) and Belladonna (Ephemera, #2) by Anne Bishop
Haven (A Bishop/SCU Novel, #13) by Kay Hooper

About Map of Bones

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.


Review of Map of Bones

If you like 007 or Laura Croft then I think that James Rollins and his Sigma series are books that will definitely interest you. I read Map of Bones by this author.

The focus of the story is on the Magi and their bones. The superstition connected to the Three Kings and their lives and deaths make for a very diverse and interesting plot.  At the conclusion of the story he offers a list of his references for the factual part of the book. It is classified as science fiction, but I would say that it takes real facts and adds in some futuristic weapons, etc. That is why I used 007 and Laura Croft for comparison. I would rate as a good read but not an excellent representation of science fiction.



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About Sebastian

Long ago, Ephemera was split into a dizzying number of magical lands—connected only by bridges that may take you where you truly belong, rather than where you had intended to go. In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved—a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her. And an even more devastating destiny awaits him, for an ancient evil is stirring—and Sebastian’s realm may be the first to fall…

About Belladonna

The Eater of the World is casting its shadow over the landscapes of Ephemera, tainting people’s souls with doubts and fears. Only Glorianna Belladonna possesses the ability to thwart the Eater—but she is not alone.

In dreams, a call has traveled beyond the Landscapes—“Heart’s hope lies within Belladonna”—and reached Michael, a man with mysterious powers of his own. Together, they may offer Ephemera the very hope it needs.


Review of Sebastian and Belladonna

Science Fiction at its finest. I recommend reading both as they are both are needed to complete the story behind the realm of Ephemera. It is easy to connect this fragmented world with our world today. It is thought provoking science fiction. The romance and variety of hero’s keep you will entertained. Not all science fiction writers are able to create a new world where humans possess qualities that are the same as our own. Both books will keep you reading and warm by the fire.



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About Haven

After years away, Jessie Rayburn has finally returned home—unwelcomed—to a town of menacing whispers: Baron Hollow, North Carolina. It’s as though she never left. That’s why she’s so afraid.

She left behind her estranged sister, Emma, who has her own secrets to protect. But Emma is afraid to reveal what’s really troubling her and keeping her awake—strange dreams of women being murdered, brutally, viciously. Now, in this conspiracy of silence, Emma’s bad dreams are becoming more real than ever.

Even with the help of Noah Bishop, cofounder of Haven, the group of psychic investigators that Jessie works for, Jessie and Emma fear they won’t be able to outrun the secrets buried in Baron Hollow—or the evil targeting them one last time.


Review of Haven

New book for the library it came to us in January. It is a story of two estranged sisters thrown into finding a brutal serial killer. It’s a who done it to the very end. The author successfully combines psychics, private investigators, FBI and paranormal all in this one novel. The novel takes place in a small town high in the Smoky mountains of North Carolina . The sisters find that dwelling on a troubled past often brings problems. Good book. Enjoy.



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