James Rollins - Author

About the Author

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.

 

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Featured books by James Rollins

Subterranean

Subterranean

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

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 time, 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: they are not alone.

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The Devil Colony

The Devil Colony

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2012

December 2012 Book of the Month. The discovery of hundreds of mummified bodies deep in the Rocky Mountains sets in train a series of events that threaten the western side of the USA with a geological disaster and raises questions about the very founding of America. It’s time to call in Sigma Force. If you love these exhilarating fast-paced, big conspiracy thrillers, a la Da Vinci Code, then James Rollins is now the master!

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Amazonia

Amazonia

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2011

August 2011 Book of the Month. Fans of Clive Cussler or Dan Brown will love this fantastic mystery adventure,  set deep in the Amazon jungle. Man’s aggressive explotation of the deep amazon jungle threaten to unleash dark forces into the world at large.

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Altar of Eden

Altar of Eden

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/10/2010

A speculative thriller with genetic engineering at its heart and a race-against-time finale.  It’s good, fast paced stuff with plenty of human interest and likeable main characters, less so the supporting cast!

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Ice Hunt

Ice Hunt

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/2010

We’ve been fans of James Rollins for quite some time now and his latest thriller is another fantastic, action packed adventure. He really knows how to build the tension and action scenes will leave you breathless. A really good read.

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The Last Oracle

The Last Oracle

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2009

A mix of science, adventure and mystery that blends ancient secrets with cutting-edge technology as Commander Pierce and the SIGMA Force save the day again – great stuff. Comparison: Dan Brown, Raymond Khoury, Michael Byrnes.   Click the screen below to watch James Rollins discuss this book.  

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Sandstorm

Sandstorm

Author: James Rollins Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/05/2010

An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means.Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed. Evidence exposed by the tragedy suggests that Ubar, a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert, is more than mere legend...and that something astonishing is waiting there.The two extraordinary women and their guide, Omaha Dunn, are not the only ones being drawn to the desert. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Painter Crowe, a covert government operative and head of an elite counter-espionage team, is hunting down a dangerous turncoat and the trail is pointing him toward Ubar.What is hidden below the sand is more than a valuable relic of ancient history. It is an ageless power that lives and breathes. Many lives have already been destroyed by ruthless agencies dedicated to guarding its mysteries and harnessing its might. The end may be at hand for Kara, Safia, Crowe, and all of the interlopers who wish to expose its mysteries, as it prepares to unleash the most terrible storm of all...Performed by John Meagher

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Bloodline

Bloodline

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2013

A page-turning, high-concept adventure from the king of the genre. Galilee, 1025. Infiltrating an ancient citadel, a Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure long hidden within the fortress's labyrinth: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power. A power that will change humankind for ever. A millennium later, Somali pirates kidnap the President's daughter. Commander Gray Pierce is enlisted for a covert rescue mission in the African jungle. And halfway around the world a firebombing at a fertility clinic in South Carolina exposes a conspiracy that goes back centuries and lies within our genetic code. SIGMA must race to save an innocent unborn baby whose very existence raises questions about the nature of humanity, asking: could you live for ever? Would you live for ever?

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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

The NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author returns with a gripping, high-concept adventure thriller in the Sigma Force series - for fans of Dan Brown and Michael Crichton. A remote military research station in Utah sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! By the time help arrives every living thing for fifty miles has been annihilated. And blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and life on Earth balanced on a knife edge. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a new form of death buried under miles of ice, and the coming extinction of mankind.

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Other books by James Rollins

Kingdom of Bones

Kingdom of Bones

Author: James Rollins Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2022

From #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins, the latest riveting, deeply imaginative thriller in the Sigma Force series, told with his trademark blend of cutting-edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action. It begins in Africa . . . A United Nations relief team in a small village in the Congo makes an alarming discovery. An unknown force is leveling the evolutionary playing field. Men, women, and children have been reduced to a dull, catatonic state. The environment surrounding them-plants and animals-has grown more cunning and predatory, evolving at an exponential pace. The insidious phenomenon is spreading from a cursed site in the jungle - known to locals as the Kingdom of Bones -and sweeping across Africa, threatening the rest of the world. What has made the biosphere run amok? Is it a natural event? Or more terrifyingly, did someone engineer it? Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force are prepared for the extraordinary and have kept the world safe, vigilance for which they have paid a tragic personal price. Yet, even these brilliant and seasoned scientific warriors do not understand what is behind this frightening development-or know how to stop it. As they race to find answers, the members of Sigma quickly realize they have become the prey. To head off global catastrophe, Sigma Force must risk their lives to uncover the shattering secret at the heart of the African continent-a truth that will illuminate who we are as a species and where we may be headed . . . sooner than we know. Mother Nature-red in tooth and claw-is turning against humankind, propelling the entire world into the Kingdom of Bones.

The Starless Crown

The Starless Crown

Author: James Rollins Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2022

The Starless Crown by James Rollins

Unrestricted Access

Unrestricted Access

Author: James Rollins Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Experience the exciting breadth of #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins's wild imagination and adventurous spirit in this anthology of his short masterworks, including a new full-length novella featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane, as well as eleven previously published short stories, gathered together for the first time. In this breathtaking collection of short fiction, his first ever anthology, James Rollins brings together twelve thrilling stories that dig a little deeper into his creative stomping grounds and open vistas into new landscapes and characters. At the center of Unrestricted Access is the never-before-published novella Sun Dogs. While trekking through the Sonora desert, a gunshot thrusts Tucker and Kane into an adventure that challenges their considerable skills. The discovery of secrets known only to the native tribes of Arizona threatens to unleash an ancient force that could irreparably alter the future. It also forces Tucker to make a terrible choice that will shatter his relationship with his soul-bonded companion Kane. As these partners learn, nothing remains buried forever and old debts must be paid, no matter the cost. Other stories-each with an introduction by James Rollins-are just as compelling, offering broader insight into this acclaimed master's fictional universes, including: The Pit : a young dog is kidnapped and brutalized into becoming the bloody champion of a dog-fighting ring. But can this tortured monster find redemption and a path back to the boy who first raised him with love and compassion? Tagger : A pair of teenage street artists must protect San Francisco from a demon who has been seeking revenge for centuries. The Devil's Bones : In this jungle adventure-the first joint story from Rollins and Steve Berry-Commander Gray Pierce and Cotton Malone must work together using their unique skills to survive a deadly threat. The stories The Midnight Watch, The Skeleton Key, Tracker, and Kowalski's in Love shine light into some of Sigma Force's secrets. Who were these characters before they were recruited by Sigma? What solo adventures did they experience? How do these short adventures tie into the larger Sigma universe? Rollins offers some clues. And rounding out this collection are a pair of entertaining stories Blood Brothers and City of Screams that complement The Order of the Sanguines series. Filled with adventure, intrigue, history, and speculative science, Unrestricted Access demonstrates Rollins's remarkable creative powers and is a must-have collection for his many fans.

The Last Odyssey

The Last Odyssey

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2020

One of the world's best storytellers. -Huffington Post For eons, the city of Troy-whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer's Iliad-was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer's twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles-The Iliad and The Odyssey-could also be true and awaiting discovery? In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day researchers stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half-mile below the ice. The ship's hold contains a collection of artifacts-tools of war-dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain's cabin is a clockwork gold map imbedded with an intricate silver astrolabe. Once activated, the moving map traces the path of Odysseus's famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a fiery river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea-the subterranean world of Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. When word of Tartarus spreads, the phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer's tales are all too real-and whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity. Now, Sigma Force must prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war and cross the very gates of Hell. [Rollins] is what you might end up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together. -New York Times Book Review

The Last Odyssey

The Last Odyssey

Author: James Rollins Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action. For eons, the city of Troy-whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer's Iliad-was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer's twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles-The Iliad and The Odyssey-could also be true and awaiting discovery? In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day researchers stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half-mile below the ice. The ship's hold contains a collection of even older artifacts-tools of war-dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain's cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold map imbedded with an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism was crafted by a group of Muslim inventors-the Banu Musa brothers-considered by many to be the Da Vincis of the Arab world-brilliant scientists who inspired Leonardo's own work. Once activated, the moving map traces the path of Odysseus's famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a fiery river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. It is the subterranean world of Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned. When word of Tartarus spreads-and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there-tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer's tales are all too real-and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity. Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.

Crucible

Crucible

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2019

[Rollins] is what you might end up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together. -New York Times Book Review Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend's wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak-until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to unlock her mind long enough to ask a few questions. What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history-a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul? When it comes to the blending of action, adventure, history, and science, there is no other author who does it better than Rollins. -Booklist

The Demon Crown

The Demon Crown

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Bone-chilling. -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) One of the best in the series. -Booklist (Starred Review) To save mankind's future, the members of Sigma Force must make a devil's bargain as they join forces with their most hated enemy to stop an ancient threat in this gripping adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins. Off the coast of Brazil, a team of scientists discovers a horror like no other, an island where all life has been eradicated, consumed, and possessed by a species beyond imagination. Before they can report their discovery, a mysterious agency attacks the group, killing them all, save one: an entomologist, an expert on venomous creatures, Professor Ken Matsui from Cornell University. Strangest of all, this inexplicable threat traces back to a terrifying secret buried a century ago beneath the National Mall: a cache of bones preserved in amber. The artifact was hidden away by a cabal of scientists-led by Alexander Graham Bell-to protect humankind. But they dared not destroy it, for the object also holds an astonishing promise for the future: the very secret of life after death. Yet nothing stays buried forever. An ancient horror- dormant in the marrow of those preserved bones-is free once more, nursed and developed into a weapon of incalculable strength and malignancy, ready to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world. To stop its spread, Commander Grayson Pierce of Sigma Force must survive a direct attack on the island of Maui. To be there first has always been the core mission of Sigma Force, a covert team forged to be America's front line against emerging threats. But this time, even Sigma may not be able to decipher the deadly mystery, one that traces back to the founding of the Smithsonian Institution. With each new discovery, the menace they hunt is changing, growing, spreading-adapting and surviving every attempt to stop it from reconquering a world it once ruled. And each transformation makes it stronger . . . and smarter. Running out of time and options, Commander Grayson Pierce will be forced to make an impossible choice. To eradicate this extinction-level threat and expose those involved, he will have to join forces with Sigma's greatest enemy-the newly resurrected Guild-even if it means sacrificing one of his own.

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Author: James Rollins Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/10/2017

FromNew York Timesbestselling author James Rollins comes an electrifying short story, in which the battle over a lost treasure leads to murder, betrayal, and the revelation of a shocking mystery hidden aboard the . . . Ghost ShipThe discovery of a burned body sprawled on a remote Australian beach shatters the vacation plans of Commander Gray Pierce. To thwart an ingenious enemy, he and Seichan are pulled into a centuries-old mystery surrounding a lost convict ship, the Trident. The vesselwith a history of mutiny and stolen treasurevanished into the mists of time, but nothing stays lost forever. A freak storm reveals clues scattered across the Great Barrier Reef, but following those clues willlead to bloodshed and savagery, for where this ghost ship is hidden is as shocking as the mystery behind its disappearance. It will take all of Grays ingenuity and Seichans deadly skills not only to survivebut to stop an enemy from destroying everything in his path.Included with this short story is a sneak peek at the upcoming Sigma Force novel,The Demon Crown, where events here lead to Sigmas most harrowing adventure to date.

The Seventh Plague

The Seventh Plague

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Fans of Clive Cussler, Steve Berry, and Michael Crichton should...have Rollins on their mandatory reading list. -Booklist ( Starred Review ) Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archaeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, stumbles out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers that someone had begun to mummify the professor's body-while he was still alive. When his remains are returned to London for further study, alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who had performed the man's autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. It appears that Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises. Are those plagues starting again? Then a mysterious group of assassins leaves behind a fiery wake of destruction and death, erasing all evidence. Sigma Force turns to the archaeologist's daughter, Jane McCabe, for help. She discovers a puzzling connection to a shocking historical mystery that involves the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Now Sigma Force must confront a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world's children ...decimating humankind forever. [Rollins is] what you might end up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together. -New York Times Book Review on The Bone Labyrinth

Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn

Author: James Rollins Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/11/2016

From #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a shocking short story, where a chance mishap leads to the discovery of a weapon like no other in. . .Crash and Burn.On a transatlantic flight, the two black sheep of Sigma ForceSeichan and Kowalskimust set aside their mutual dislike as a mysterious fiery force knocks their aircraft out of the sky. This unlikely duo must use every skill, weapon, and bit of ingenuity to survive a night on a remote volcanic island, where their only refuge is the haunted, bat-plagued grounds of a seemingly deserted resort. But something horrific awaits the two, something born of the latest science but rooted in our basest human instincts. To survive they will need to learn to work togetherbut even then, it may be too late. Included with this short story is a sneak peek at The Seventh Plague, which raises the question: If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened, could they happen again? The frightening answer: Yes.

The Bone Labyrinth

The Bone Labyrinth

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever ...In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years in human history, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes us to mankind's next great leap. But will it mark a new chapter in our development ...or our extinction? In the remote mountains of Croatia, an archaeologist makes a strange discovery: a subterranean Catholic chapel, hidden for centuries, holds the bones of a Neanderthal woman. In the same cavern system, elaborate primitive paintings tell the story of an immense battle between tribes of Neanderthals and monstrous shadowy figures. Who is this mysterious enemy depicted in these ancient drawings and what do the paintings mean? Before any answers could be made, the investigative team is attacked, while at the same time, a bloody assault is made upon a primate research center outside of Atlanta. How are these events connected? Who is behind these attacks? The search for the truth will take Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force 50,000 years into the past. As he and Sigma trace the evolution of human intelligence to its true source, they will be plunged into a cataclysmic battle for the future of humanity that stretches across the globe ...and beyond. With the fate of our future at stake, Sigma embarks on its most harrowing odyssey ever-a breathtaking quest that will take them from ancient tunnels in Ecuador that span the breadth of South America to a millennia-old necropolis holding the bones of our ancestors. Along the way, revelations involving the lost continent of Atlantis will reveal true mysteries tied to mankind's first steps on the moon. In the end, Gray Pierce and his team will face to their greatest threat: an ancient evil, resurrected by modern genetic science, strong enough to bring about the end of man's dominance on this planet. Only this time, Sigma will falter-and the world we know will change forever.

Midnight Watch

Midnight Watch

Author: James Rollins Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/11/2015

From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a lightning-paced short story, in which a major attack on U.S. soil can only be stopped byThe Midnight WatchIn the dead of night, a faceless enemy hacks into the Smithsonian Institutions network of servers, but it is only the first strike masking a larger attack. To rescue a biologist trapped in the National Museum of Natural History and to discover the true intent behind an assault that grows bolder and bloodier by the minute, Sigma Force must unleash its most headstrong operativeJoe Kowalskito do what he does best: lay waste to anything between him and his goal. From a daring rescue to a cross-city chase like no other, Kowalski will discover the shocking truth hidden in the most unexpected of places: the heart of the National Zoo.Included with this short story is a sneak peek at The Bone Labyrinth, where events that unfold here explode into one of Sigma Forces greatest adventures of all time.

Jake Ransom Complete Collection

Jake Ransom Complete Collection

Author: James Rollins Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/12/2014

Bestselling novelist James Rollins brings to life the adventures of Jake Ransom, who became an orphan when his archaeologist parents disappeared on a dig three years ago. They left behind tokenshalf of an ancient coin for Jake, and the other half for his sister Kadythat fit perfectly into one of their famous discoveries. When everything falls into place, Jake and Kady find themselves in the mysterious, bizarre world of Pangeahome of vicious raptors, bloodthirsty plants, and dark Mayan and Egyptian rituals. And whatever caught their parents is still hungry.The books described as "e;Indiana Jones for tweens"e; are perfect for fans of Alex Rider, Percy Jackson, and National Treasure. Includes Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow and Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx.

Sigma Force Novels 1

Sigma Force Novels 1

Author: James Rollins Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/11/2014

Sigma Force Novels 1 by James Rollins

The Eye of God

The Eye of God

Author: James Rollins Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

A gripping, high-concept Sigma Force adventure from bestselling author James Rollins. When a US military satellite crashes into the remote wilds of Mongolia, a desperate search begins. The satellite contains a code-black physics project - research linked to the birth of our universe. And the last blurry image from the satellite offered a terrifying glimpse of the future. Meanwhile, a mysterious parcel arrives at the Vatican, containing a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound with human skin. DNA testing reveals that both are from Genghis Khan - the Mongol King whose undiscovered tomb is rumoured to hold the vast treasures and knowledge of a lost empire. Commander Gray Pierce and SIGMA race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity, and a weapon that holds the fate of humanity.

Last Oracle and The Doomsday Key

Last Oracle and The Doomsday Key

Author: James Rollins Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/12/2013

Last Oracle and The Doomsday Key by James Rollins