The Kingdom Of Bones By James Rollins

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Yesterday, a most glorious thing occurred! I actually, intentionally, sat down in a comfy chair on my deck and spent the afternoon reading. It was magnificent I tell you!

As a kid, I loved virus thrillers, Contagion, The Hot Zone, you name it, if it contained anything remotely related to those incredible little protein powerhouses, I was reading it in those days. In fact, one of my favorite reads was a 1300 page thesis some grad student did on the Ebola virus that I found in the public library.


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Yes. I am fully aware that I am a nerd. And happily so!


Anyway, as a person who adores a good narrative packed with scientific fodder, I was stoked when I found James Rollins many, many years ago. The former veterinarian turned novelist cranks out fantastic adventure-filled page turners, and even better, he takes the time to write a few pages telling you what is truth and what is fiction in each of his books. I love that!

So when the library let me know that Rollin's latest thriller had come in for me, I squeed a bit and headed to the library. James always weaves in fun historical fodder in with his biology rich tales. Think Dan Brown meets Michael Crichton!


And then there's Kowalski. Always Kowlaski


Because this book is part of Rollin's Sigma Force series. Sigma Force is a bunch ex-military scientists who work under DARPA and go around dealing with stuff that threatens humanity. In The Kingdom Of Bones the threat is a virus, and the story itself takes place in the Democratic Republic Of Congo.


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Right off the bat we get a peak into history with a discussion of Prester John, a mythical (or maybe real!?!?! OOH!) Christian king of Africa. There's tales of gold, Solomon's mines, and an honestly crushing overview of the sad colonial history of the region. We get to learn about this through the introduction of The Reverend William Shepherd, an amazing black Presbyterian Missionary from the states who did incredible work in the region.

Everything entangles in the plot like a rampant virus attaching its flailing proteins to your cells, and speaking of viruses, there's a doozy of a one in this story. The Congo is the origin of many of our species most formidable viral foes, and if you are into stories that revolve around these incredible influential bits of protein encased DNA and RNA chains, then you'll have a blast reading The Kingdom Of Bones. Seriously, like all other Sigma Force novels, the pace just never lets up.

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There's a military veteran K9 and his human handler in the story, an addition to the plot that I love and all Rollins fans will smile to see, as we know Tucker and Kane from previous tales. There's plenty of awesome Congo lore and the central narrative draws heavily from the people who call the region home and have dealt with centuries of oppression.

And Kowalski, always Kowalski. The big, blunt Polish American character makes me laugh at least once in every book. His affinity for weaponry, food, and dry sense of humor kills me and provides some much needed levity in a story so full of tense action and scientific brain fodder.

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Truly, this book made me so happy, which is probably why I devoured the 400 plus page story in a little over three hours. Our lives have been upended by a virus, and I think about Virus X a lot, the one that is coming. Rollins spends quite a bit of the character's time talking about Virus World Theory (That viruses jump started life) and delved into the world of giant viruses (EEE!). That there are viruses out there that have 2500 genes and 90% of them aren't like anything found on this planet blows my mind! So does the fact that we only know of 7000 viruses, and there are most likely trillions of them, and that they are raining down upon us all the time. Crazy!

So yes, I loved this story, because aside from being an adorer of adventure and science, I also enjoy a good precautionary tale. Nature is metal. Period. When things get out of balance, Nature has a way of restoring it, and let's just say that the reigning in is often not pretty for the organism that has gotten out of hand. Our rampant greed and cruelty as a species is going to have a cost, and this was a fun narrative to delve into that makes you think about such things.

In the end, my thoughts? The Kingdom Of Bones is a super fun read, full of thought-inducing fodder and detailed enough to make your imagination have a blast visualizing the story while you devour it. If you are looking for a the world is in peril from a biological hazard and a group of super scientist soldiers are racing against the clock, a formidable enemy, and Nature itself to turn the tide, all with a focus on biology and history, then you will love this tale. I know I loved it!


And as not most of the time, all of the images but the cover one in this post were from Pixabay because I don't have an electron microscope laying around for cool virus pics, nor any special forces soldiers, and unfortunately, I haven't been to the Congo. My iPhone is also sad about this state of affairs.



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Great review. Thats pretty impressive to read 400 pages in 3 hours!! lol

I have watched all the virus films lately and read a few of the zombie/virus type books too.

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Thank you so much! My first grade teacher taught me to read with a stop watch, it's been a speed read fest ever since lol!

Sounds like you have been taking in some awesome content btw! Nice!

!CTP

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Oh my, it's been ages since I did that. Just read and forget about the whole world. Awesome that you allowed yourself to do that!

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It's so hard for me to just rest now, so I am working on training those rest muscles a bit, it's definitely an area I am lacking in lol!

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

!CTP

!PIZZA

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Sounds very interesting. Glad you were able to take that big chunk of time to sit and read and that you were able to really enjoy it. Thanks for the recommendation.
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!ALIVE

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Oh I so relished that rare bit of sit down and enjoy time! Thanks for stopping by, hope all is wonderful back in Wisconsin😊

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You're very welcome, @generikat! All good here in Wisconsin. A little warmer than I prefer but we have good air conditioning. 😀

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How lovely to take some time to read like that 😍.
It sounds like a very interesting book on many different levels.

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It truly was a wonderful reprieve, and yes, it was a very interesting and intense book, I really enjoyed it!

Thanks for stopping by😊

!CTP

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@generikat really nice and interesting post, I still like virus thrillers and have seen many of such movies. let's wait for the movie based on this book.
This would be a real spine-chilling gore movie!!!!!

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Thank you so much @rosecane! And I would love to see a Sigma Force movie! That would be awesome!

!PIZZA

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That sounds a great and interesting book that you even read many pages of it in a few hours, wow!

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Reading fast comes in handy at times, and the more I like it the faster I read lol! This book flew by, it was awesome!

Thanks for stopping by😊

!CTP

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I almost get lost for word when you write a blog post that is so well written that you

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Nerd power. Make no wonder we get along so well 😉

Biology: it is a wonder and fascinating 🤔

Hope you have the best week my friend 😀

!BBH back soon

!ALIVE

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I hope you got all that blown mind back in its receptacle😉😁

You know, I do so love it when I come across one of your comments, they truly make my whole day, but then again we both are a bit nerdy for sure, so there's that lol!

Hope you have a smashing week to good sir!!

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Great review! Hmmm, now my curiosity is peaked.
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LOL! Rollins' books are so much fun if you dig adventure, biology, and history, I always look forward to them for sure, and I am so happy that you have your curiosity stoked😊

Hope you and the fam had a lovely weekend!

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Hmm, current events are turning into a virus thriller. I don't think I need to read that book!

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LOL! I don't blame ya there!

!PIZZA

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This sounds like a wonderful piece. Reading it in just over 3 hours is a testament to its quality.

Reverend william is the one bit of the whole story that makes me want to read it 😅

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Reverend Williams was something else! I am going to hunt up his story for sure!

It was a really fun read, I always enjoy Rollins' work though, it gets absorbed quickly lol!

Thanks for stopping by😊

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This book is the typical book I read and sounds quite fascinating; no wonder you can finish it in just three hours. I find that when book fascinates me it's either I can read them fast or I make so many stop just to ponder each sentences and try to think based on it. Great review!

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I may have to read this one, just for Kowalsky!

And Kowalski, always Kowalski. The big, blunt Polish American character makes me laugh at least once in every book. His affinity for weaponry, food, and dry sense of humor kills me and provides some much needed levity in a story so full of tense action and scientific brain fodder.

And the K9, of course.

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