“Gripping a first-rate nail biter.”. —Tampa Tribune. James Rollins—the author of. Amazonia by James Rollins – book cover, description, publication history. The use of mass market originals as a farm team for hardcovers has lost popularity, but still works occasionally, as with Rollins, whose three.
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Rollins’ experiences and expertise as an amateur spelunker and a certified scuba diver have provided content for some of his novels, which are often set in underground or underwater locations. Rollins was born in Chicago. His undergraduate work focused on evolutionary biology. He graduated from the University of MissouriColumbia in with a doctorate in veterinary medicine D.
Soon afterward, he moved to Sacramento, Californiawhere he established his veterinary practice, licensed July 24, For 20 years my paycheck was coming from my veterinary degree and my writing was my hobby, and I thought it would be really cool to flip that around. Veterinary medicine is much harder. It’s a, hour-a-day job.
I owned my own practice, had 24 employees. In the 10 years I ran my own practice, I had three weeks of vacation total.
I started writing during my lunch hour at the clinic—dogs barking, cats meowing—so now I can write anywhere. Now, he’s flipped that equation: All I do with my veterinary degree now is remove genitalia. Rollins found the authors of the Doc Savage series inspirational as a youth and acquired an extensive collection of the popular s and s pulp magazine stories.
He also enjoyed L. Lewis ‘ Chronicles of Narnia. Additionally, he was inspired by Jules Verne and H. Wells whose works he used as a springboard for creating similar contemporary novels filled with what he refers to as “the three M’s of fiction: Czajkowski sold his first novel, Witch Fireunder the pen name James Clemens, through Terry Brooks ‘ publisher.
Brooks had been one of the judges for a writing contest at the Maui Writers’ Conference in MauiHawaii in which James had entered a manuscript he had recently completed. Beneath the ice at the bottom of the Earth is a magnificent subterranean labyrinth, a place of breathtaking wonders—and terrors beyond imagining. A team of specialists, led by archaeologist Ashley Carter, has been hand-picked to explore this secret place and to uncover the riches it holds. But they are not the first to venture here—and those they follow did not return.
There are mysteries here older than humanity and revelations that could change the world. But there are also things that should not be disturbed—and a devastating truth that could doom Ashley and the expedition: The caverns are inhabited by an entire subterranean ecosystem of primitive mammals—some intelligent, others savage, all beyond the reach of today’s knowledge.
In Perulow in the AndesDr. Henry Conklin discovers a year-old mummy that should not be there.
While deep in the South American jungle, Conklin’s nephew, Sam, stumbles upon a remarkable site nestled between two towering peaks, a place hidden from human eyes rollind thousands of years.
Ingenious traps have been laid to ensnare the careless and unsuspecting, and wealth beyond imagining could be the reward for those with the courage to face the terrible unknown. But where this perilous journey ends—in the cold, shrouded heart of a breathtaking necropolis—something else is waiting for Sam Conklin and his exploratory party. A thing created by Man, yet not humanly possible. Four years ago, all contact with a U. Now, one of its members staggers into rollibs Christian mission but dies within hours.
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Two years before the expedition, while in Iraq, the CIA operative’s left arm was amputated at the shoulder. Photographs of the corpse and fingerprints reveal that the arm has grown back perfectly. Unable to comprehend this inexplicable event, the United States CIA establishes a special team to return to this impenetrable secret world of unforeseen perils and to follow the dead man’s trail.
On arrival, they enlist Nathan Rand, the son of the lost researchers’ team leader. A mysterious plague, that threatens the Earth’s entire population, leads back to Gerald Clark. This means the lost expedition’s destination, which holds the key to the cure, must be discovered at maazonia cost.
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But the nightmare that awaits Rand and his team of scientists and seasoned Wmazonia. Army Rangers dwarfs any danger they may have anticipated.
After an Alaskan game warden rescues a man from a crashed plane and saves him from subsequent attack by foreign soldiers, his ex-wife’s piloting skills take them all to the man’s intended destination, a US research base on the Arctic ice, set up following the discovery by advanced ice-penetrating sonar of a derelict Russian scientific base buried within a massive iceberg, Ice Station Grendel, where the personnel all died decades earlier.
A Russian submarine amazoia the son of the station’s former commander also approaches, ostensibly to retrieve the bodies found by the Americans. Both sides know the station contains vastly important scientific secrets, worth fighting for, but neither side knows quite how the jammes will fight, or how Grendel itself will complicate matters.
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In an atmosphere of mistrust and fear, the Alaskans and the scientist overseeing the sonar project have unexpected roles to play, while in the midst of terror, unexpected allies, and betrayals, neither side can afford to lose. InRandom House commissioned Rollins to write the novelization of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skullthe eponymous, American adventure science fiction film.
The story starts outside the Baghdad Zoo immediately after the Battle of Baghdad After being decimated during the invasion of Iraqthe floodgates have been opened for the smuggling of hundreds of exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western nations.
However, this crime hides a deeper secret. The crew is missing, but the boat holds a live cargo: Initially, Polk assumes it is part of a black market smuggling racket. Then she discovers disturbing deformities that make no sense.
Also, the animals all share disturbingly heightened intelligence. To uncover the truth about the origin of this strange cargo and the threat it poses, Polk must team up with a man who shares a dark and bloody past with her, now an agent with the CBP. The chief operatives in SIGMA combine highly trained military skills with specialized scientific knowledge. The Force’s purpose is to investigate and to secure sensitive information that could be a threat to the United States; its functions are a combination of counter-terrorismresearchand covert operations.
These novels are intended to be read in chronological order. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America’s president on board. Now, with the U. There, devastating secrets await him—and a power of an ancient civilization.
And it will forever alter a world that’s already racing toward its own destruction. This book was not originally part of the SIGMA Force series, but its characters were frequently featured in the series’ later novels.
Meanwhile, in the British Museuma private collection is destroyed; the cause can not be explained. Their quest takes them into the Arabian Desertto a long-buried threat that may bring about the end of the balance of power. The main character, Crowe, is intelligent, fearless, resourceful, and romantic. The magi rollinss gold, frankincenseand myrrh to the Christ child; their bones may bring destruction to the world, if they are allowed to rollijs in the hands of the thieves who stole them, for these bones may not be bones at all.
This novel features Dr. Lisa Cummings first introduced in Deep Fathomwho begins a relationship with one of the team.
The outbreak’s source and the key to the cure are based on the Hindu temple complex of Angkor Wat. The book also marks the apparent death of Dr.
Kowalski acts as Gray Pierce’s sidekick in this and following stories. Pierce’s parents are captured and held hostage by sadistic Guild operatives Annishen and Amen Nasser. Sigma Force battle a group of rogue scientists who have unleashed a bioengineering project that could bring xmazonia the extinction of humankind.
An international think-tank of scientists discover a way to bioengineer autistic children who show savant talents, in the hope of creating a world prophet who can be manipulated to amaonia a new era of global peace on their terms.
The Doomsday Key starts with three murders on three different continents. Each shares a puzzling, hideous disfigurement, but otherwise no other obvious connection. A clue links the father of one victim, an influential U. Crowe takes rllins of the team to Oslowhile an unexpected phone call from a traumatized Rachel Verona has Grayson rushing all over Europe, ending up in a high-security prison in France.
Crowe and his team fly over the Arctic Circle to land in Spitzbergen. Ultimately, it is revealed that the characters are dealing with an ancient, fungal parasite that was discovered and used first by the Egyptians and then, later, by eleventh century Celts and Druids as a bio-weapon. In this short story “Seichan is ripped out of the Sigma series for an adventure all her own”. She and a young urban explorerwho has tattooed on his body a map of the Catacombs of Parisawaken in a Paris hotel after having been kidnapped and drugged, to find deadly electronic collars fastened around their necks.
They are tasked to rescue the kidnapper’s son, “who has fallen under the sway of the nefarious leader of an apocalyptic cult”. The trail leads amazpnia into “the dark necropolis beneath the City of Lights”. Seichan and her guide must battle the clock, as the cult leader has wired the catacombs with bombs. This short story includes a sneak peek at the first 70 pages of The Devil Colonyin which a amzaonia unlocked by the skeleton key plays a key role. The team attempts to track down a lost map, journeying — among various farflung places — to Fort Knox and the grave of Meriwether Lewis.
Rollins refers to secret codes used by Thomas Jefferson and Lewis. The coded message leads Crowe to John Trumbull ‘s painting depicting the presentation of The Declaration of Independence. In the medieval heart of BudapestCaptain Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane, rescue a mysterious woman fleeing three armed men. They are after the secret she holds, which will unlock a terrible treasure steeped in blood and treachery, tied to a crime going back to the fall of Nazi Germany and a heritage of suffering and pain that reaches out from the past to wreak havoc today.
In a final showdown, truths are unearthed and treasures exposed. This “short story exclusive” includes a sneak peek at the opening chapters of Bloodlinein which further exploits of Tucker and Kane are revealed.
The president’s daughter is kidnapped by mysterious doctors who seek her baby. President Gant’s family is revealed to be a driving force behind the Guild, with their bloodline stretching back for centuries. Jack Kirkland, from the novel Deep Fathommakes an appearance.