James Rollins’ ‘The Bone Labyrinth’ Is A Unique Thriller You Won’t Want To Miss [REVIEW]


In James Rollins’ new Sigma Force thriller, THE BONE LABYRINTH, a gorilla named Baako will steal your heart.
(Photo by Michele W, Flickr)

From the first sentence, “we shouldn’t be here”(13) until the very last, the reader continues to “wonder about everything” (462) in James Rollins latest novel, The Bone Labyrinth.


William Morrow

Rollins utilizes elements of science, archaeology, history, and religion in his brilliant adventure novel that seeks to answer the mystery of the Great Leap Forward. The intricate story line also introduces readers to a gorilla named Baako, a test subject who assists geneticists; and twin sisters Lena and Maria Crandall who seek to understand human intelligence in Georgia.

Meanwhile, an old cave system rich in Paleolithic fossilized remains and artifacts is discovered in Croatia. When an attack is made on this site by China, Neanderthal remains are stolen and scientists are kidnapped. Are these two separate incidences connected? How is China involved? Rollins leads the reader on a roller coaster ride unlike anything I have ever experienced before.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading The  Bone Labyrinth and meeting the novel’s diverse cast of characters, it was Baako who stole my heart. Rollins paints Baako’s nature in such an inquisitive and affectionate way that I completely forgot he was a gorilla. All I felt within my heart was Baako should be free. Therefore, by the end of the novel I was hardly surprised when I felt tears running down my face. Obviously, I commend Rollins for being the masterful storyteller he is, and for eliciting this kind of response from me.

I urge one and all to read James Rollins’ The Bone Labyrinth, a truly unique novel that is as thoughtful and moving as it is a pulse-pounding rush to read. Once again, Rollins proves why his novels continue to perch at the top of the bestseller lists. Bravo!

James Rollins

James Rollins
(Photo by David Sylvian)


James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than 40 languages.

His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd-pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People). He lives in California.

Visit James on his website at www.jamesrollins.com, like him on Facebookfollow him on Twitter, watch him on YouTube, catch him on Pinterest and find him on GoodReads.

By James Rollins
496 pgs. William Morrow. $27.99

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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