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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061965820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061965821
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Rollins is a very refreshing author. I do not even really like books that are classified as thrillers, but I think everyone should read Rollins. -- The Written World

From the Author

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.)

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 great action and suspense novel that keeps you reading until the end.
I found myself reading in all hours of the night because I couldnt put it down and when I did I couldnt wait till I had time to pick it back up again.
It's very exciting and has just the right touch of science fiction to accompany the action of this thrilling story.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B. Larson on August 2, 2001
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When I picked up James Rollins' Deep Fathom, I was a bit nervous. I loved Excavation and I liked Subterranean, but I thought that they were almost the exact same plot. I was nervous that Deep Fathom would be another Excavation and Subterranean. Was I wrong! This book grabbed me from page one and would not let me go. I really liked how this book really did not focus on the supernatural, or non-human enemy, but rather had an enemy that was human, and with revenge as a driving force, it was very believable.
I also liked how this story had two different locations, under the ocean, and then in the risen ruins of an ancient city. I think this added to the overall enjoyment of the book. Rather than just be stuck in the came cave, we jumped from undersea to ruins, back to undersea, to a naval battle...and so on. It kept things moving at a great pace.
I would say that this book is James Rollins' best work to date, and I cannot wait to read his next novel!
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Tortorella VINE VOICE on September 3, 2002
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I bought this book solely because it was written by James Rollins, and I remembered how very much I had enjoyed his previous book, Subterranean. I must admit I found this to be another action-packed thriller which entertained me thoroughly. It's a near future almost science fiction tale that somehow comes off as entirely believable while you're reading it. If you like high-paced adventure at its best, this book will not disappoint you. It started out just a bit slow, but after a few chapters I was enthralled by the story and remained on the edge of my seat throughout the book. The ending was spectacular! So often, authors fail to tie up loose ends or I am unhappy with the ending situation, but in this case, the ending was as satisfying as the rest of the story.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Girod TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2005
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I have read several of James Rollins' novels, and realize they all pretty much follow a similar pattern, extremely good looking protagonists with haunted pasts, Special Forces trained bad buys, ancient civilizations, strange artifacts that help the protragonists along their way, etc. And that is not a knock on the author or his books, as he has found a successful pattern why not stick with it? I like the way Rollins creates his characters, and he has a great way of injecting them with the right touch of personality to make them endearing. And though most of Rollins' stories are grounded in science (beliveable or not is up to the individual reader) he doesn't get as technical as Michael Crichton or Ken Follett, which allows the reader to stay glued to the story. "Deep Fathom" was the perfect choice to take to the beach with me this summer, and made for a great summer read. The story isn't heavy, the characters and situations they are put in are fun to read about, and there is an abundence of action that really keeps you turning the pages. Think of "Deep Fathom" as you would one those special effects heavy summer blockbuster movies, lots of fun while there, but forgotten about almost as soon as it's over.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "miss_caprice" on June 30, 2001
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Without giving anything away, this book likely has something for everyone who enjoys the action/adventure genre. Natural disasters, world chaos, a missing Air Force One and the president, ancient civilizations, romance, name it and you'll find it in this novel - even including a Canadian! This third novel by Rollins has more refined character development than his previous novels while at the same time, keeping the mystery and the adventure on an even keel. If you enjoyed his previous novels, you won't be disappointed with this one. In my opinion, Rollins easily ranks up there with the likes of Preston and Childs, DuBrul and other action/adventure writers. In fact, so far, he's demonstrating consistancy in his writing unlike some of the other writers who seem to lose momentum after their first success and is in fact in the process of surpassing some of the other household name action/adventure authors. Anxiously awaiting the next novel! Monsieur Rollins, you make reading a pleasure as always... ;-)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Engle on July 16, 2001
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Every Summer, I look forward to a new James Rollins book. His books are just plain fun! This one is definitely my favorite so far. After all, who isn't interested in lost civilizations, political intrigue, adventure on the high seas and a little romance? When Mr Rollins' new book arrived, I was in the process of finishing another book, however, my eye kept wandering over to Deep Fathom. Finally had to give in and start reading and didn't stop till I was finished. Mr Rollins gets better with each book he writes. Loved the lost civilization angle on this one and as I stated at the end of my review of his last year's book.....please Mr Rollins keep them coming and write fast!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Starr on June 28, 2002
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This was my first Rollins book and I found the story extremely enjoyable. As soon as I finished it I went out and bought every other book he has written. Readers beware - I found that Deep Fathom was very different from Subterannean, Excavation, and Amazonia, going more for the science fiction genre than these other titles. I have read all of Lincoln Child/Douglas Preston and Rollins is a comparable if not equal story teller. If you like Rollins, I would also recommend Child/Preston, Greg Donegan, Matthew Reilley, Robert Doherty. NOTE: Doherty's Area 51 series has a slightly different genre but its close enough to recommend to people who enjoy. Donegan/Doherty are pen names for the same author, the former used for the Atlantis series.
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