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Amazonia Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2010
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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
From the Author
About James Rollins
JAMES ROLLINS is a #1 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.)
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Not that "Amazonia" is boring or slow. Far from it. However, when I read a thriller, I want a page turner. I want my fingers tired from flipping so fast, my eyes suffering fast-reading fatigue. Neither happened. Oh, there were, of course, fabulous sections of thrill when that adrenaline rush pumped through, but it was not sustained. In fact, it was not until the last 50 pages or so before that rush kicked in and held to the last word, leaving the reader ready for a sequel.
How quickly can I name the most exciting episode? Easy--crossing the swamp as a short cut to the distant mountains, the final destination in this novel of naturally occurring exoticism--plagues, plants, population. By-passing the swamp would take several days for this expedition, days the group does not have. They lash together tree trunks, using fallen and chopped vines. Then they're off. Oh, look at the little hillocks jutting just so above the water. Did one just move? It did. It's a 120-foot caiman! If you're ignorant and/or forgetful like me, let me remind you that a caiman is an alligator. That's right. You're in one of two rafts sitting on top of a swamp in this eerie land of the Amazon and you watch the bulging eye of this monstrous, prehistoric creature rise up, submerge only to explode back up, sending the neighboring raft into the air, dumping contents and people into the same water as that caiman. Yep, a mighty blood pumping episode!
The group makes it to the mountains, to the source of a special healing product, although this same product induced the rapidly spreading, world-wide plague in the first place. At last they will face the Blood Jaguars, an ancient race of Indians, who become even more fascinating when their truth is learned. But all this is part of that last 50 pages. Part of that truth lies in the myth of the tree.
Do I recommend this book? Well sure, especially if you like exotic adventure with AMAZING (Rollins chose the Amazon, I'm just playing with it) and fantastic creatures and things that happen first through fact then magnified through imagination. Consider the Yggdrasil in Norse mythology or the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden. However, my personal vote goes to Tor-Tor.
Who on earth, and in their right mind, wouldn't want to read about that? I would love to see the book turned into a movie - if only to see the mutant animals dreamed up out of this author's mind. This is a bonafide action/adventure/thriller. No 'ifs, ands or buts' about it. There is a twist or turn on every page. There is the perfect blend of fiction overlaid with just enough science to make it believable. This tale has murder, giant jaguars, lost indigenous tribes, mutant animals and a truly, mind-boggling mystery at it's core. The research achieved for writing this book makes me feel like Jim was jotting down actual events instead of making them up.
A James Rollins book is the best place I know of where a person can escape, ignore what's going on around them, and get lost in another world. A world that seems so real, you never want to leave! It has been quite a while since he has written a stand alone book. His Sigma Force series is so wildly popular with his fans. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed.
James Rollins is an expert at "Catastrophising" everyday life and painting a world that is scary, exhilarating, thrilling and extreme. If you are in the mood to travel to far off, exciting, exotic locals then open up any book by James Rollins. It gets a little scary out there, so you might want to take a friend along with you.
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, It has an,interesting concept,that is quite different. Than usual