A thrilling saga awaits you with James Rollins' new book called, The Bone Labyrinth. Much to my amazement, this is Rollins' 12th book in this series. Not only that, but Rollins has churned out nearly 2 dozen books to entertain readers. With that being said, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. It was a change of paces from the normally literary repertoire. The book is a non-stop thrill ride accounting the epic search for the genetic origins of modern man. With many twists and turns, our protagonists find themselves in countless epic adventures such as: sifting through the biblical remains of Eve, a wave runner gunfight, a huge monster chase, and even exploring the lost city of Atlantis.
All those events sound a little far-fetched, I know, but the book was very enjoyable. I think I really enjoyed how Rollins drew together the plot the most. Proven from his numerous publications, the man knows how to write a story. He starts the book off by writing in three different character plot lines which ultimately coalesce at the end of the book. He also uses great idioms and "down-to-earth" language to describe the way the characters feels that conveys a clearer understanding to the reader. The book is also super cool, where it spends less time lingering on what a character is perceiving and focuses more on moving the plot along. In other words, Rollins writes as a writer needing fewer words. I hate to say it, but if you're a millennial and get impatient a lot, this book is for you.
At first I thought this book was bringing in too many different scenarios to tie things all together i.e Atlantis, Adam and Eve, Genetic experimentations. But as I said before, Rollins does a great job of melty it all together. To make a comparison to this, I will use the "Jurassic Park Theory". You know when you watch Jurassic Park and you think, the science behind this is actually pretty sound. You know, DNA strands trapped in mosquitoes that are frozen in tree sap and then unearthed several million millennia later, that sounds legit! Rollins does something comparable with this book where he elaborates brings all these different scenarios into the fold and makes the connections ever so slight that, to the reader, there just might be a connection there!
Finally, I really enjoyed this book as an anthropologist. Far be it from me to claim this profession as "my profession" but I did get a degree in the subject, aren't I entitled to at least a little credit? The book focuses a lot on human evolution and it all the book reviews praise it's exploration into the anthropological progression of man. While Rollins talks about Homo Sapiens, Erectus, and some other genetic offshoots that helped crafted today's modern man genome; I enjoyed his tidy discussion on The "Great Leap Forward Theory" the most.
This theory is complex and diverse amongst a lot of anthropologists but it tries to estimate how and when humans began using tools and methods that drove a lot of intellectual expansion for our species. Such methods included incorporating dance, art, and other forms of creative expression. Remnants of these things have been found all over many of the early Homo Sapiens remain sites. This point in history marked an epic shift away from being primitive animals to a more civil species. These practices were used in order to pass down traditions from generation to generation and build community. This kind of forward thinking is unique to many other species and this theory tries to decipher when this shift was made and what prompted it. Rollins not only connects this theory in the book, but also provides a more scientific account in the back of the book after the epilogue. This small section helps to shed light on some more theories associated with the "Great Leap Forward" phenomenon. If you're like me and want to know where people come from, you should defiantly read more on this theory.