City of Screams: A Short Story Exclusive [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062262561
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Order of the Sanguines Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 12,668
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

James Rollins

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.


New York Times bestselling thriller author Rebecca Cantrell's novels include the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series and the critically acclaimed YA novel, iDrakula, which was nominated for the APPY award and listed on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. She, her husband, and son just left Hawaii's sunny shores for adventures in Berlin.

Biography

James Rollins is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of Black Order, Map of Bones and other adventure thrillers. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Ontario, Canada, and St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in veterinary medicine. And like most veterinarians, he presently shares his home with a Golden Retriever, a Dachshund, and a sixty-five year old parrot named Igor. Rollins currently practices in Northern California, and when not writing or working in his veterinary practice, he can often be found underground or underwater as an amateur spelunker and scuba diver. These hobbies have helped in the creation of his earlier books Subterranean, Deep Fathom, Amazonia, and Sandstorm. His thriller, Black Order, skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists across the country, winning the author countless new fans, and was proclaimed by People magazine as one of last summer's "hottest reads." Map of Bones was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the most likely to win over Dan Brown's faithful audience, and the New York Times rated the book as one the summer's top crowd pleasers.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Rollins:

"I often get asked if I still practice veterinary medicine. While I don't practice full-time, I still do volunteer. I work with a group that traps stray cats, brings them to the shelter, where I spend a day spaying and neutering them. It's basically eight hours of removing genitalia. It's a hobby."

"I am a TV junkie. I have two Tivos and they are constantly full."

"My first job was to flip pizzas. I once got a pie spinning that was ten feet across. I had to spin it on my back to keep it going. Yet, I still love pizza."

"Two hobbies I love -- caving and scuba diving -- are also essential research for my novels. Case in point:

I've always been an avid cave explorer, from the vast systems in Missouri to the lava tubes of Hawaii to the tighter squeezes of the California foothills. But one of my most frightening episodes also allowed me to better describe claustrophobia in my novels. While climbing out of the fairly technical wild cavern, involving lots of rope work, I managed to jam myself midway up a narrow vertical chute. Hung up on my ascending gear midway up the chute, I found myself unable to move up or down. My chest was squeezed between two walls, my left knee turned the wrong way. I could not maneuver, and there was not enough room to get a rescue climber to me. I was trapped. I remember the team leader, leaning down from above, shining his helmet lamp at me. ‘You either find a way to un-jam yourself, or you stay there forever.'

So over the course of a long hour -- wriggling, sweating, cursing, and clawing -- I managed to creep a millimeter at a time out of the jam. After this event, I had a better understanding for panic and the determination born of pure desperation, essential ingredients for to writing thrilling fiction.

But spelunking through caves was not my only ‘research' lesson. Two decades ago, I also took up scuba diving and went on dive trips all around the world: Monterey Bay, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia. I particularly remember one trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I was informed by the dive master to beware of the many hazards found in the region. ‘On land, Australia has seven of the ten deadliest snakes. The seas are worse. Box jellyfish can kill in minutes. Local sea snakes are some of the most toxic. But worst of all is the stone fish. It looks like a stone, but its spines are loaded with paralytic poison. So be careful what you touch.'

And down we all went, buddied up in pairs, enthusiastic and excited. I dropped toward the reef and adjust my buoyancy until I'm floating just above the reef. All around spread amazing sights: giant clams, a flurry of colored fish, an astounding variety of coral. But I miscalculated my buoyancy, my weight shifted, and I planted a hand into the sand to stabilize my tumble, careful of the razor-sharp coral. Inches from my thumb, a jagged rock suddenly sprouted fins and swam away. I met the gaze of my buddy diver. His wide eyes firmed up the identification. The deadly stone fish. And I had almost slapped my hand on its back. As the fish scurried away, I understood at that exact moment how little Nature cared about the life of a scuba-diving novelist. Down here, Nature ruled. We were only visitors.

This mix of respect and terror is brought to life in my latest novel, The Judas Strain."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sacramento, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 20, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    more from this reviewer

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    A great beginning!

    A shorter story than what I was used to from Rollins, but it is basically just a primer/teaser for a new series that Rollins will be writing with Cantrell.

    If you like Rollins you will definitely like where this new series appears to be going. His mix of science, mystery, military and 'other', seems to mesh well with Cantrell's style. I have not read any books by Catrell before, but will certainly look her up now.

    Basically a CSI team of special forces is how I would sum them up. They are sent to a murder/massacre scene at an archaeology site. Of course finding out what really happened and by who/what is the story.

    Enjoy

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    If you¿re a James Rollins fan like I am, I jumped at the change

    If you’re a James Rollins fan like I am, I jumped at the change to review an exclusive short story called City of Screams. Things are happening right and left in the 60 pages that comprise this introduction to the full-length novel, Blood Gospel which you’ve got to find!
    Jordan Stone hears the screams coming from a small town in Afghanistan. He sees the girl lying terrified on the bed in the hut. He also sees her taken away by creatures that speak a language so old that virtually no one can translate it.
    What happens to Jordan and his crew and to the people in the succeeding chapters is what makes Rollins one of my favorite authors – you just never know what will happen. Just when you’ve got it all figured out nice and cozy he throws in something that really rocks you.
    Do yourself a huge favor – go get Blood Gospel, keep the lights on and cuddle up with an afghan to protect you and read this one!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Good intro to Sgt Stones team

    Good intro to Sgt Stone & preview of Blood Gospel. I can tell this is going to be more of a supernatural tale rather than just action/science story.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Do not buy

    While its billed as a short story, it's actually the first few chapters of the actual book! It sucks that instead of offering a free sample of the book, they are making you pay for it by having it seem like this is a separate short story. Very deceptive and not how they should be promoting books.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Great read. Keep them comomg!

    Another book that kept me up all night. Did not want to put it down. Rollins books always leaves me wanting more.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Good deal

    Rollins usually writes greats thrillers and stories. For 99¿ im still not surprised to see people complaining. Buy it, its cheaper than a pop at the gas station!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Anonymous

    NO SAMPLE, NO BOOK!

    7 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    highly recommended must read

    i always want more

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Review

    No sample to read!

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Good

    Great as always.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Precursor

    This is essentially the intro to one of the characters from Blood Gospel and it os a great intro. Can't wait for book two of the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Exciting Thriller

    I love James Rollins so gave this book a try. Didn't know what to expect but the authors made a good team and kept you guessing to the very end. Finished it and and went on to purchase the next collaboration, The Blood Gospel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    City of screams

    This was a joke. Thirty pages? A rip off.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    I enjoyed this as I have all the James Rollins books I've read.

    I enjoyed this as I have all the James Rollins books I've read. :) The only con was that it was over too soon!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Great short story

    More great work from James Rollins

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Thought I was getting a full book. Love Rollins. Even though t

    Thought I was getting a full book. Love Rollins. Even though this is a short story , it was extremely good. The best part about it was that it introduced me to The Blood Gospel. After reading the intro for that, I had to order it. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Very Good Book

    Really enjoyed this book. ROllins has done it again. Moves along and tells a good story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Lala

    Chickens dont fly

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    It won't open. Just says it will be available on Oct 30.

    It won't open. Just says it will be available on Oct 30.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Stan☺

    After countless hours, she finally unpacks the last box, sighing from hard work and looking at her new home. "This one is a keeper," she said to Rolo, who was already sprawled across the couch with his head on his paws. "Nook City may have been fun, but this...this Nook City will be better. Even then, I'll still stay here anyways since I'm gonna be a hermit crab now. No more moving!" She sat down on the recliner and pulled out a Warriors book, touching her necklace, which was crystal clear on a simple string, partially encased at the top in a fancy metal casing that let it hang from the string.

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