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City of Screams: A Short Story Exclusive (Order of the Sanguines Series) [Kindle Edition]

James Rollins , Rebecca Cantrell
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins and award-winning suspense novelist Rebecca Cantrell comes a disturbing story of vengeance, bloodshed, and creatures that prowl the night.

In the haunted, war-torn highlands of Afghanistan, amid the ruins of Shahr-e-Gholghol, an archaeology team is massacred in the night. Sergeant Jordan Stone and his crack forensic team are called in to examine the site, to hunt for the perpetrators of this horrific act. But the discovery of a survivor--a child of ten--will shatter all the team knows about life and death. Among the crumbling bones of dead kings, something hoary and murderous stirs out of the ancient past, lurching forward to claim vengeance on those still living. 

Included with this thrilling story is a sneak peek at The Blood Gospel, where the further exploits of Sergeant Stone and his team will be revealed.

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About James Rollins

JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.

The Critics Rave

The New York Times says that his "roguish charm comes from his efforts to persuade readers the story is credible [through] real-life sources for his novel's science, history and geography." Rollins' rare blend of action, suspense, and knowledge was also mentioned by the Huffington Post, which stated that "After Crichton passed away in 2008 he clearly passed the baton to James Rollins, who like Crichton, is a renaissance man."

NPR calls his work "adventurous and enormously engrossing..." and the New York Journal of Books had this to say: "If you're a fan of smart, entertaining adventure fiction, this is your summer beach read writ large....All the science, all the history, and all the locations are masterfully intertwined. The characters are multi-dimensional. And the story is, well, a corker."

The Story Teller's Story

As a boy immersed in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps such as The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger, James Rollins decided he wanted to be a writer. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, Rollins embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary practice. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

Explosive Page-Turning Adventures

The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and his 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 jaunts include book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to give talks, seminars, and media interviews. In recent years, much of James' travel has involved meeting readers in small and large groups, at writing and fan conferences, and even aboard seagoing "seminars." James' mentoring and coaching skills have made him a sought after writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country.

James Rollins is the author of nine thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Devil Colony, Bloodline, and The Eye of God); six individual adventure thrillers; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx.)

About the Author

JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.

REBECCA CANTRELL'S novels have won the Bruce Alexander and Macavity awards and been nominated for the Barry, APPY, RT Reviewers Choice, and Shriekfest Film Festival awards. She and her husband and son just left Hawaii's sunny shores for adventures in Berlin.

Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095IATR2
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Teasing! October 30, 2012
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A riveting quick read jam packed with suspense. A story so full of ancient lore, it will leave you thinking for days. Sergeant Jordan Stone, a team leader for JEFF (Joint Expedition Forensic Facility), a CSI type group of investigators in Afghanistan, receives audio of a perplexing crime committed against a group of archaeologist, he and his team move to investigate scene in the "Cursed City." Accompanied by a nervous archaeology professor, Thomas Atherton, Stone and his men find themselves in the ruins of an ancient city where Genghis Khan slaughtered more than a 100, 000 citizens. Later, Buddhist monks inhabited the area adorning and meditating in the nooks and crannies of rocky mountainous terrain, destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. The story is a fascinating tale full of reality teasing twists!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, absolutely amazing!!!! November 4, 2012
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I've been a fan of Mr. Rollins for several years now and I must say I was a bit wary of the idea of collaboration. Trust me, there are no concerns now. I am so impressed with this story. Ms. Cantrell is next on my "to read" list. I love the e-book leading into the new novel. And I was so drawn into this story. I don't want to give any of the story away. It's a completely new take on ancient mysteries. Sergeant Jordan Stone is an impressive new leading character. The premise is fascinating, and I am hooked! This new series is going to be a huge hit, and I can't wait to read more. You can tell that Mr. Rollins and Ms. Cantrell have done their research,they have a genuine love of telling a story, and they are very good at it! It's going to be a LONG time until January 8,2013. Bravo Mr. Rollins and Ms. Cantrell! The City of Screams is a great introduction into The Order of the Sanguines Series and will certainly leave you wanting more!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a start! October 31, 2012
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I'ma diehard James Rollins fan and new to Rebecca Cantrell's work. Having said that, I'm a new fan!

This E-only novella introduces a military forensic team--think NCIS or CSI. It is led by farmboy turned solider Jordan Stone and his team. They're called upon to investigate a massacre of an archeology team. They find one survivor, a young traumatized girl, and a huge mystery. As Jordan and his team struggle to find answers, an ancient curse may doom them all.

This is clearly a teaser to introduce Jordan and whet the reader's appetite for the authors' full-length debut in January. I, for one, am hooked. The authors had me spellbound from the first few words--masterful opening hook! The idea of combining history, science and military forensic investigation hooked me from the first page and the multi-chapter teaser for the book already has me riveted.

The authors worked together seamlessly--I never felt as if there was anything awkward or choppy about the author voice.

Is it January yet? What about now? :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable Book! December 28, 2012
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The hero of this novel is Army Ranger Seargent Jeff Stone. He is on duty in Afghanistan with JEFF(Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facility).They are headquartered in Bamiyan Valley. The facility recieves a distress call from an archeological team that is doing exploratory work. The facility gets a distress call from the team. It is in a strange language that was spoken in ancient times. Stone is able to get the call interpreted by one of his group named Professor Thomas Thomas Atherton. Stone and a rescue team are dropped off at the camp location by a U.S. Army ranger helicopter. They discover to their horror that a massacare has taken place at the camp site. There is blood everywhere but no bodies. It is then that a fierec snowstorm blows in.While
riding out a snow storm they discover a 10 year old survivor of the massacare. The little girl isd traumitized and in a state of shock.She gives them an incoherent description of what took place. During the night they are attacked by beasts who are wanting to kill them. Sgt, Stone leads the beast to the site of the archeological dig in the Shar-e-Gholghol. He makes a stunning discovery . He is then forced to fight for his life. This is a very good short that you will find very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollins does it again! November 3, 2012
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City of Screams an introduction into James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell new series. It revolves around Sargeant Jordan Stone and his team of military forensic CSI's and a call for help from an archeological dig. Jordan and his team are dispatched to investigate. Once there things begin to become more and more strange. Rollins and Cantrell has created a story with the perfect blend of action, historical intrigue and the unknown. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Andy McDermott, Jeremy Robinson, or David Golemon. If you have never read one of James Rollins books, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a new quilty pleasure. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it ended to soon and that I have to wait until January to get my Sargeant Jordan fix in The Blood Gospel, the first book in the Order of the Sanguines series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to a new series November 1, 2012
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When I finished this story it made want to read the blood gospel even more. I am a big fan of James Rollins but have never read any of Rebecca Cantrells books but I may have to now. this book is just a taste of the new series and does a great job of keeping your interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be skipped and never would be missed
It was a decent story but it was way to short and it really didn't have anything to do with the series that it was implied that it was a part of. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Dave Dilworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, wished it was longer
Good short story, interesting idea, liked the ties to Genghis Khan, would have liked a longer story, but of course this is short story genre!
Published 2 days ago by momsje3
3.0 out of 5 stars was good but short and provided some background to the Blood ...
Its okay. was good but short and provided some background to the Blood brothers books
Published 22 days ago by Deborah Solleveld
4.0 out of 5 stars Really a 3 and 1/2 not a 4.
A quick and interesting read. It kept me interested and turning pages. Worth the money.
Published 1 month ago by Michael E. Davison
4.0 out of 5 stars City of Screams
Loved the book. It was intense. The only problem I had with it, is it was not long enough! Great read, as always, Mr. Rollins!
Published 1 month ago by Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This short story introduces a key figure in the novels that follow. Gives the reader an excellent opportunity to get to know a character that will play a key role in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Hyde McDowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kept me glued to the page.
Published 2 months ago by Rick R.
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling
As always Rebecca and James keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. Looking forward to the next
Published 2 months ago by deb at lake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story. I enjoyed the sanguine séries.
Published 2 months ago by Jan R. Granados
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Wasn't sure I could get into werewolf priests but this series is very good. You just have to seperate fiction from non and try not to be offended by the sacrilege. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donttreadonme
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