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The use of mass market originals as a farm team for hardcovers has lost popularity, but still works occasionally, as with Rollins, whose three mass markets (Deep Fathom, Excavation and Subterranean) displayed a flair for brawny adventure within an exotic locale a flair put to good use in his hardcover debut. A U.S. Special Forces agent walks out of the Amazon jungle and quickly dies of rampant tumors; what's especially bizarre is that this man has two arms, but when he entered the jungle five years before as part of a biopharmaceutical exploratory expedition, which has been lost track of, he had only one. The rest of the novel follows a group of scientists and U.S. military guardians as they trek deep into the jungle in search of the missing expedition and, hopefully, the secret to the regrown arm a secret that takes on vast importance when the dead agent's body, shipped to the States, spreads a disease that threatens to wipe out the American population. Meanwhile, a second, predatory expedition, led by a French psychopath, surreptitiously follows the first, aiming to steal whatever cure the searchers uncover; both expeditions wind up at the isolated home of a legendary tribe and the malignant, giant tree that sustains it. Rollins won't win awards for his prose or characters, though both function smoothly in this boldly drawn entertainment, and there's little here that isn't a variation of some classic adventure trope. His pacing is forceful, however, and his atmospherics rich, with giant caimans and jaguars, mutant amphibians and hungry locusts adding to the mayhem, a high body count and a congenial sense of the ridiculous although Rollins plays it deadpan. This is old-fashioned, rugged adventure in the tradition of Haggard and Crichton, told with energy, excitement and a sense of fun. (Mar.)Forecast: National print ads and California regional author appearances will win Rollins some fans, but the simultaneous release of 12-copy prepacks of his three mass markets manifest this novel's likely fate: respectable hardcover, bestselling paperback.
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"An adventure tale in the grand manner. Rollins takes the reader through the horror and intrigue of the Amazon like no one else. The action never relents." -- Clive Cussler
This is old-fashioned, rugged adventure in the tradition of Haggard and Crichton, told with energy, excitement and a sense of fun. -- Publishers Weekly
"Amazonia is a nonstop, thrill-a-minute ride. This is just the book for Indiana Jones fans!" -- Tess Gerritsen
"Amazonia grabs you by the throat from page one and refuses to let go until the very last page is turned. Rollins is one of the most inventive storytellers writing today...Don't you dare miss this one!" -- Lincoln child
Great book. One of the best I've read in awhile. Will keep you intrigued and not wanting it to come to an end.Published 6 hours ago by KAW22
Downloaded book to my kindle on Fri. 28 and started reading Sat about 10:00 am. Finished about 6:00 pm on Sunday. Started to put it down several times but not for long. Read morePublished 3 days ago by AL LEVERICH
One of my Favorites! Has a lot of action and is extremely fun to read!Published 3 days ago by CPOSharkey
Loved the imagery of the book, the description of the jungle. Good storyline and characyers. Guy must have a great imagination!Published 6 days ago by Lalvarez
James Rollins is one of the best. I constantly reread his books.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect literature! One of James Rollins best jungle adventures and well narrated. Way to go!Published 7 days ago by Herman
I really enjoyed every moment of reading this novel. The story was detailed, action packed and suspenseful. It really makes me think about the unknown. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
Stopped reading this about 100 pages in. Repulsive sub-story line detracted from main story. No redeeming social value. Find something else to read.Published 29 days ago by Linda Karner