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Excavation Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2010
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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.
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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.)
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 525 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061965812
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061965814
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.23 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rollins puts you right into the story and uses many factual, historical and/or scientific garnish to liven things up!
I admit I'd put off reading both Amazonia and Excavation because I felt the titles were kind of blah. But I'm really glad I didn't judge these books by their titles!
What could one ask for more......
Well written with loving side of humanity and good humor.
I did not enjoy Excavation as much as Subterranean and Amazonia, but that's just personal preference. Excavation is a good read and exciting. As with both those novels, I would recommend Excavation for teenage boys and older. There is some language and violence, but nothing that wouldn't be heard or seen on TV, and its a small price to pay to get teenage boys reading. That being said, my father-in-law loves these books as do I.
As I said, "Excavation" gets pretty fantastic before its over, but I suppose it's no more difficult to accept that most scifi I've read. It was fun and the action never let up. Its all very shallow, there are no deep concepts being explored here, but scifi fans and those who enjoy the kind of techno-thrillers by writers like Crichton (although it isn't quite as polished as Crichton's work) will like this book, as well.
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This just didn't have the wittiness or the intelligence of Subterranean or the reminiscence of Jurassic Park that I found so intriguing. It's more Indianna Jones; wham, bam, thank you ma'am. There's no cleverness and even he tries, he borrows so heavily from his own works but with no flair that it's painful. Instead this relies heavily on guns, the shooting of guns and a highly improbable series of events led by a chain of coincidences and things dropping into our characters laps from the heavens.
Clutsy and unintelligent... possibly a declined Indianna Jones book. Also the ending stank. I can't say why because spoiler but come on, basic laws of physics, biology and reality are not made for smashing for the lols and giggles!