Monday, October 8, 2007

Book Buzz:-->"Map Of Bones" by James Rollins (2005)

"There’s a crisis in the kitchen,
But that don’t stop you bitchin’...
You’re a bastard.
You got that yellow jacket touch,
With the stings that hurt so much...
You’re such a bastard.
Ian Hunter
"Map Of Bones" is an out-of-the-gate...non-stop action thriller by one of the best... James Rollins. And he allows for very little downtime in this tour-de-force.

In this winner...a crime involving the theft of priceless religious antiquities and a mass murder by unidentified monks during a Catholic mass...has the Vatican on edge. As well as a top-secret U.S agency called..."Sigma".

Filled with facts...and a lot of hypothesis...we learn of the Dragon Court...a secret society dating back to the Middle Ages. And they may be close to solving ancient mysteries hidden by the Catholic Church. Mysteries that could lead to Armageddon.

There is plenty of symbolism and strange codes that must be solved...which should please the numerous religious conspiracy theorists.

Making this 560 page journey even juicier...Rollins throws in double and triple crosses along the way. Add to this mud pie...a couple of moles and the shifting of allegiances and you have a tasty thriller stew. Good stuff!


If you haven't had the chance to hear Ian Hunter...(sans Mott The Hoople)...then "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic" (1979) is the perfect introduction.

With the help of drummer Max Weinberg and keyboardist Roy Bittan (from the E Street Band) and the late guitarist, Mick Ronson (Ziggy Stardust fame)...Hunter sticks it in your face.

And all you can do is shake your head and wonder how this gem of a CD got tossed into the discount bin.

From the fire and piss of "Just Another Night" and "Bastard" with some tasty Les Paul from the classic rock n roll of "Cleveland Rocks"...Ian Hunter delivers.

The easy sound of "When The Daylight Comes" is a great sing along...and the gorgeous ballad "Ships"...about Hunter's relationship with his father..(that Barry Manilow covered and butchered) is a must hear.

Great lyrics and mixed perfectly. Good stuff!


Ian Hunter:-->"Bastard" (You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic) (1979) (Must Own)


whiteray said...

I've always liked the Hunter -- a nice pic. I'm gonna have to go find that book -- it sounds like it's something I'd enjoy! Thanks for the tip!

Casey said...

"Map Of Bones" is like "Da Vinci Code"...on steroids! Great time eater.
Yea...Hunter is pretty forgotten in the whole...RnR mix of things. A shame!