But the killers aren’t there for the church’s gold or valuable artwork.
Instead they’re after a priceless treasure: the preserved bones of the Three Magi who once came to pay homage to a newborn savior.
As they flee the carnage, they carry a prize that could reshape the world.
Such is the shocking premise of Map of Bones, the brand-new Book of the Week at TheBlaze Books (and on sale now for the low, low price of $1.99).
The Vatican is in turmoil over the incident, and Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome’s carabinieri is assigned to lead the investigation.
But no ordinary police organization can deal with the bizarre theft and massacre alone, so SIGMA Force – an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department – gets the call.
Answering that call is Grayson Pierce, and he assembles a crack team of scientific and Special Forces operatives to unravel the mystery of the stolen bones.
Together they set out on a twisting trail that carries them to the sites of the Seven Wonders of the World – and to the doorstep of the mystical and terrifying Dragon Court.
An ancient, secret fraternity of alchemists and assassins, the master-adepts of the Dragon Court have plans for the sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind in devastating ways that only the maddest of zealots could desire.
Suddenly Pierce, Verona, and the SIGMA team are the hunted as well as the hunters, forced to use every skill they possess to survive as they follow the bones…until they’re faced with a confrontation in a lost place of history where science and religion will unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.
In the following interview, Rollins discusses his protagonist, Grayson Pierce: