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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061965839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061965838
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"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

More About the Author

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Blending science and history, his action adventure novels have been praised as "enormously engrossing" (NPR) and "smart, entertaining adventure fiction" (New York Journal of Books). Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, CA. He currently resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Customer Reviews

This is a very fast paced book, full of action and thrills.
Adeline Lim
Once again, Rollins has created a great adventure story in an amazing environment that he describes in great detail.
C. Utterback
WOW oh WOw just finished reading... could not put book down..
Michener is great

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Costantino on December 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here you go folks, a book seemingly designed for those with ADD. Extreme action, mutated creatures, explosives, giant jaguars, violence( including dismemberment and head shrinking!), a dash of sex, poison, betrayal, technology on the fritz, insects that will eat you alive, pirahnas that will chase you onto land, giant caimans that will jump into trees, a lost tribe, a plague threatening the world, prehistoric plants, and regenerating body parts!
Whew, that's a lot of stuff going on and James Rollins pulls most of it off without a glitch. The characters are strong enough to make you care, the action is most definitely exciting, the various creatures interesting and nasty enough to shock and awe even the most poised reader. So why not 5 stars? Well...
The ending could have been better, there could have been a little bit more surprise when it comes to the realization of who the "mole" is (that was kinda Scooby Doo-ish), and those who deserved horrible demises get dispatched rather quickly.
However, if you have read Rollins earlier work you most likely won't be dissapointed here. No matter how you look at it this guy is damn fun to read, and his books would make excellent movies. I know I'd buy a ticket, and speaking of buying check out Subterrranean and Excavation, both solid actioners.
No Tor-Tors were harmed in the writing of this review.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Don Wagner on April 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I was a boy (1946), I used to lay in bed and listen to a radio show called "I Love a Mystery". It only lasted for 15 minutes each night but use to scare the hell out of me as Doc, Reggie and Jack took on the mystery and majic of the night. This book had the same effect as each night I would read a few chapters about a team of men and women who were trying to locate a group that disappeared 5 years earlier in the amazon. The thrill of the quest which was followed by non-stop action and a little majic had me turning each page slowly so I won't miss a thing even though I was never sure what would happen next. If you want to take a wild ride with James Rollins down the Amazon never knowing what's aroound the bend as you encounter creatures, old enemies and a whole new world, then put on a reading lamp, turn down the lights and sit back, hang on, and enjoy.
I read all the mystery and thrillers on the market and this is clearly one of the best this year.........
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Tortorella VINE VOICE on August 25, 2004
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Judging this book by its genre gives it a solid 5. Rollins gets better with each book. There is enough action to keep you up all night, and though some reviewers have not thought the characters were interesting, I disagree. I felt the characterization was excellent, especially for an adventure novel of this type. It bordered on being too gruesome in its torture details...I don't like that...but all in all this book held me spellbound throughout. The ending was totally satisfying too. I heartily recommend it. (And after you've read this one, be SURE to get Sandstorm! It is even better!)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on March 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is one heck of an adventure. As far as entertainment is concerned, James Rollins will fulfill your needs.
Nathan Rand is the main protagonist. He has lost both his mother and father to the dangerous Amazon. The government would like his help in finding the trail his father took four years ago. It seems a member of his father's original team has shown up alive after four years, but lives just long enough to say a few words to a shaman in a small Amazonian village. He also had a real arm in place of one that was amputated several years earlier. There is something out there that could change the world. Nathan's team includes Army Rangers as well as a group of scientists. The obstacles encountered will leave no man unscarred.
I just love stories like this. High adventure in the vain of Indiana Jones. The writing was so vivid it was like watching the big screen. It has fantasy with sci-fi, it has horror and mutations, and it covers the sciences from archeology to biology to evolution. Jaguars, anacondas, black caimans, piranhas, black ants, and one of the most vicious creatures, a woman called Tshui, are all part of the dangers (at least the normal dangers).
You'll enjoy this escape to the dangerous Amazon.
Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Rowan on August 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
James Rollins is an interesting type of thriller author. A lot of Matthew Reilly fanatics have adopted Rollins as a new favorite, and at first glance it's easy to see why. He writes twisty thrillers with lots of unlikely action, bloodthirsty beasts, and tough heroes. But at the same time, he doesn't quite manage to reach his potential.

I'll start by mentioning his flaws in this novel, and then finishing off with the reason why it is still worth reading. Rollins wants to write a very good action thriller, with three-dimensional characters. But the problem is that he gets stuck in limbo. His action sequences slow down and frequently shudder to a halt as he tries to write descriptive prose, or add some depth to the characters. Now, I am certainly not against either of those practices, but Rollins doesn't really go the whole way on these things either. He gives us just a little bit of depth for each character (depth which more often than not seems generated by some "How to" essay on character conflict, i.e. single parent, early family tragedy, alcoholism, racism, whatever), just enough to make us interested, and then stops.

So that's the problem with his books, or at least most of them. But Amazonia manages to rally for two reasons. One is the sheer pulp fun. This is a guy who has read some Tarzan and Doc Savage in his time. You want head shrinking? You got it. Giant caimans? Right here. What about a tame jaguar? Yep. The giant black cats were a little reminscent of Reilly's "Temple," but not enough to be boring.

But what really saves this book from the haphazard pacing and stunted character development is the hook. The Amazonian plague is really quite intriguing, and the explanation presented is quite possibly one of the best ideas from any thriller in the last couple of years. Really good stuff. So if you like decent adventure thrillers, and don't mind an uneven pace, give "Amazonia" a spin.
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