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Guest Blog by Author JAMES ROLLINS!

Today we have a surprise guest blog by an author many of you know - JAMES ROLLINS!

 


 

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty 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 Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

 

Known for building high-octane adventures on a solid science foundation, Jim juxtaposes the familiar with the exotic and then turbo-charges his tales with suspense. Always mindful of historys legacy, Jim reveals how secrets, some hidden for centuries, can change the course of human events. His novels explore how advancing technology can impact society not just by the physical threats of unchecked developments, but also the spiritual and moral challenges that result. The true terror of technology is not the cogs and the wheels, but how it will change us, he says.

 

Jim has brought readers at least one book a year since his first thriller, Subterranean, was published in 1999. His novels have been deemed perfect "summer reads" by reviewers in publications as diverse as People magazine, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly. His books have been translated for readers in 32 countries outside the United States.

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The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and Jims extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, as well as New Zealand, the South Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Recent travel includes book tours and stops across the country and several European nations, meeting readers and giving talks, seminars, and media interviews.

 

In recent years, much of Jims travel has involved meeting readers in small and large groups, at writing and fan conferences, and even at seagoing seminars. Jims mentoring skills and generosity have made him a popular writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country. He is among the core faculty of the annual Hawaii Writers Conference and Retreat.

 

In 2005, Jim joined other luminaries in the genre to create International Thriller Writers, Inc., to recognize and promote the thriller genre, to provide opportunities for mentoring, education, and collegiality among authors and industry professionals, and to grant awards for excellence in the genre. In 2009 Jim served as the Co-President ofITW alongside Steve Berry.

 

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As a boy, James Rollins immersed himself in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps featuring The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger. From there sparked the desire to become a writer himself. Already an accomplished storyteller, spinning elaborate tales that often were at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters, Jim went on to hone his writing skills.

 

Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, however, Jim pursued a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary clinic in Sacramento, California. This hands-on knowledge of, and interest in, medicine and science help shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins' books apart.

 

When Jim is not writing, touring, giving seminars, or making presentations, he can be found spelunking, scuba diving, hiking, and/or traveling. Jim and his two- and four-legged family members live amid chew toys and paleontological treasures in Northern California.

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Jim is on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/sigmaforce

 

His website is here: http://www.jamesrollins.com/site

 

He has an exclusive e-book out now:

 

Tracker 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a stirring story of a soldier and his military war dog who are drawn into a dark mystery tracing back to World War II and a lost treasure tied to the bones of the dead.

 

Off the blustery streets in the medieval heart of Budapest, Captain Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane, rescue a mysterious woman fleeing three armed men. The secret she holds will unlock a terrible treasure, one 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 in the depths of a lost cemetery, truths will be unearthed, treasures exposed, and the fate of all will rest upon the shoulders of one man and a dog whose courage is beyond measure.

 

Included within this thrilling story is a sneak peek at the opening chapters of Bloodline, in which the further exploits of Tucker and Kane will be revealed.



 

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I was excited to see that Jim is also on Pinterest! http://pinterest.com/jamesrollins/

 

He's also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jamesrollins

 

He even has a YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/authorjamesrollins

 

 

 

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Bloodline (Sigma Force Series)  

 

Bloodline (Sigma Force Series)

 

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Immortality is not just within our reach—it is already here.

 

Galilee, 1025. A Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure, a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that promises to change humankind forever.

 

A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman. Commander Gray Pierce is enlisted for a covert rescue mission. Suspicious that the kidnapping masks a more nefarious plot, Gray must confront a shadowy cabal that has manipulated events throughout history.

 

And the danger is only beginning . . .

 

Halfway around the world, a firebombing at a fertility clinic in South Carolina exposes a diabolical conspiracy that goes back centuries . . . a scheme that lies within our genetic code. With time against them, SIGMA must race to save an innocent unborn baby whose very existence raises questions about the nature of mankind:

 

Could you live forever? Would you live forever?

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Guest Blog:


How to Get into Trouble as a Writer


by James Rollins

 

There is the old adage:  Write what you know. For a thriller writer, I believe that’s very poor advice, or at least it should be tempered with the warning: Be careful out there. When it comes to doing research for a novel, some writers are known to go to extremes. I’ve heard tales of authors who have been in war zones, who have interviewed killers, who have worked alongside thieves. All in the name of research.

 

For me, most of my “research” could be classified less as adventures and more like misadventures.  

 

Case in point.

 

I've always been an avid cave explorer, but one of the most frightening episodes of my spelunking career took place while climbing out of the fairly technical cavern, involving lots of rope work. I managed to jam myself midway up a narrow chute, unable to climb or descend. My chest was squeezed between two walls, my left knee turned the wrong way. I remember the team leader, leaning down from above, shining his helmet lamp at me. “You either find a way to un-jam yourself, or you stay down there forever.”

 

Over the course of a long hour--wriggling, sweating, cursing--I managed to creep a millimeter at a time out of the jam. After this event, I had a better understanding for claustrophobia and raw panic. All that “research” went into my novel Subterranean, a story that takes place two miles underneath Antarctica.

 

But Nature was not done with me yet. While researching my thriller, Amazonia, I spent a week in the Brazilian rainforest. Led by an Aussie naturalist, I spent a long hot day hiking through the jungle. The only relief came when we reached a small shaded pool. The water looked clear, so I stripped to boxers, dove in, and spent a good half hour enjoying the cool relief. 

 

After swimming to shore, the guide asked me, “Did you see the caiman?” He pointed to a six-foot-long crocodilian carnivore, basking in the tall reeds on the far side. “No worry, mate,” he assured me. “It's only a small one.”

 

This encounter became incorporated into my novel Amazonia, where caimans do certainly make an appearance…of course, much larger caiman. I think the first one ate an Aussie guide.

 

And the misadventures continued. In Barcelona, I found rifles pointed at me by the Spanish police, who believed I was spying on their equivalent of the CIA. During a taxi ride through rural China, a military patrol decided to search and question the lone American traveler. While touring Rome’s catacombs, the lights went out, leaving our group clawing through dark tombs (this particular mishap became incorporated into Map of Bones).

 

Yet, I still continue to travel for research, to journey into strange places. With each adventure, I find new inspiration. Even Bloodline, my latest novel, arose from a USO tour I took to Iraq and Kuwait. So for you would-be writers out there, be careful… just not too careful. That’s where the stories are.

 

 

 

 

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I absolutely loved your blog. So all your adventures became novels. I have read Subterranean and Amazonia and they were quite terrifying. Excellent reads though!

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Altar of Eden  

 

During your last visit, you suggested that I read ALTAR OF EDEN since my daughter is a vet. I did read it to my husband on one of our drives to the beach house. We both loved it. I have some of your other novels:

 

Deep Fathom 

The Last Oracle (Sigma Force Series) 

Black Order (Sigma Force Series) 

The Devil Colony (Sigma Force Series)     

 

Can't wait to read them!

Eadie - A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Eleanor Roosevelt
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maxcat wrote:

I absolutely loved your blog. So all your adventures became novels. I have read Subterranean and Amazonia and they were quite terrifying. Excellent reads though!


This one is good, too:

 

The Judas Strain (Sigma Force Series)  

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eadieburke wrote:

Altar of Eden  

 

During your last visit, you suggested that I read ALTAR OF EDEN since my daughter is a vet. I did read it to my husband on one of our drives to the beach house. We both loved it. I have some of your other novels:

 

Deep Fathom 

The Last Oracle (Sigma Force Series) 

Black Order (Sigma Force Series) 

The Devil Colony (Sigma Force Series)     

 

Can't wait to read them!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read The Devil Colony not too long ago - another good one!