The Kill Switch (Tucker Wayne Series #1)

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From James Rollins and Grant Blackwood comes the first in an exciting new series featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military dog, Kane, ripped from the pages of Sigma Force for their first solo adventure.

The mission seems simple: extract a pharmaceutical magnate with the secret to a deadly bioweapon from Russia. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call from Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force, thrusts Tucker and Kane into a ...

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Overview

From James Rollins and Grant Blackwood comes the first in an exciting new series featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military dog, Kane, ripped from the pages of Sigma Force for their first solo adventure.

The mission seems simple: extract a pharmaceutical magnate with the secret to a deadly bioweapon from Russia. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call from Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force, thrusts Tucker and Kane into a race to rescue Abram Bukolov from assassins backed by a shadowy Russian general.

Hunted and betrayed at every turn, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a horror out of the past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world. It will take all of their skill, talent, and trust in each other to discover the key to stopping an ancient peril with the power to destroy the world.

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This new Sigma Force thriller series starts ominously with a very primordial threat. American intelligence receives that an ancient microbiological substance holds the potential to be either a miraculous elixir or an ultimate weapon in the hands of whoever possesses it. Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his working dog Kane are sent deep into Russia to infiltrate the well-guarded labs and extract a brilliant scientist; but even that mission once completed could prove to be only the first stage of a very dangerous escalation.

Publishers Weekly
★ 02/17/2014
This exceptional military thriller, a spin-off from bestseller Rollins’s Sigma Force series (Bloodline, etc.), introduces U.S. Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his four-footed partner, a small Belgian shepherd named Kane. After a short stint protecting a Russian billionaire, Tucker signs on with Sigma Force, a unit working for the ultra-secret Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His job is to smuggle pharmacological tycoon Abram Bukolov out of Russia. Bukolov’s reasons for fleeing his country are murky, but it eventually becomes clear that he has the key to a virulent life form that has the potential to destroy all the plant life on Earth. Meanwhile, Gen. Artur Khazin of Russian military intelligence hires freelance mercenary Felice Nilsson to prevent Bukolov from escaping. The action careens across Russia and into South Africa, where Tucker and Kane must go underground to find the deadly life form. Rollins and Blackwood succeed brilliantly at depicting interspecies communication. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (May)
Chicago Sun-Times
“James Rollins knows adventure.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“James Rollins is a master of international action and intrigue.”
Brad Meltzer
“From the hidden Indian treasure, to the Fort Knox secrets, to the conspiracy at the beginning of the United States The Devil Colony gives you every reason why you’ll want to be a member of Sigma Force.”
Lincoln Child
“Amazonia grabs you by the throat...Rollins is one of the most inventive storytellers writing today. Don’t dare miss this one!”
Steve Berry
“A spiraling, high-octane adventure, loaded with cutting-edge technology and jam-packed with action and mayhem. This pulse-pounding thriller moves at mach speed. James Rollins is clearly at the top of his game.”
Lee Child on The Devil Colony
“Nobody—and I mean nobody—does this stuff better than Rollins.”
Associated Press on Bloodline
“The science... reads like the best of Michael Crichton. The machinations of government read like the best of David Baldacci. And the action and thrills read like the best of Clive Cussler. Rollins takes the best of all of these and creates an amazing thriller unlike any other.
Crimespree Magazine on THE KILL SWITCH
“A fantastic adventure story with non-stop action [that] shows the close bond between dog and partner, and the readers will fall in love with this canine and his handler.”
Bookloons.ocm on THE KILL SWITCH
“Readers who have enjoyed the Sigma Force series will not only find this an entertaining thriller, but the collaboration of these two accomplished authors also adds another dimension to this exciting series.”
Monsters and Critics on THE KILL SWITCH
“[T]his fast moving story delivers plenty of the tension laced action readers expect from Rollins. The bond between Tucker and Kane is the best part of the tale.”
Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
Late in the second Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902) in South Africa, a primordial material, to be later known as LUCA, sickens and kills a party of Afrikaners in a remote cave. Kept hidden for over a century, this strange organism has been rediscovered. Will it lead to scientific advancement or devastation in the modern world? Former U.S. Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his military working dog, Kane, are recruited by Sigma Force to extract from Siberia a scientific genius, Russian pharmaceutical magnate Dr. Abram Bukolov, who just might know where to find the elusive LUCA, and the key to its control. Getting Bukolov out proves to be no easy task—the Russian military and GRU spy network, including the beautiful and ruthless Swedish sniper Felice Nilsson and Russian Gen. Artur Kharzin, have plans for LUCA that echo the worst Cold War nightmares. VERDICT The taut and complex story sprints across the globe from Russia to Istanbul to southern Africa to the United States, and offers a diverse cast of well-developed characters and a tightly woven plot that intrigues, excites, and doesn't let go. This is the first volume in a new subseries of the Sigma Force novels focusing on Tucker Wayne and loyal and fearsome Kane. Highly recommended for thriller readers. [See Prepub Alert, 10/20/13.]—Vicki Gregory, Sch. of Information, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062135254
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Series: Tucker Wayne Series , #1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 16,770
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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.

In addition to his New York Times bestselling collaborations with Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood is the author of three novels featuring Briggs Tanner: The End of Enemies, The Wall of Night, and An Echo of War. A U.S. Navy veteran, Grant spent three years as an operations specialist and a pilot rescue swimmer. He lives in Colorado.

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 June 7, 2014

    Highly recommended

    I like Tucker Wayne and his dog so this was quite entertaining for me. It moves right along and keeps you on your toes. I didn't want to put it down. I'm hoping there will be more in the series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Predictable

    Though the plot was predictable and the writing tedious at times, I still liked the book. It was unique in the way it handled the Tucker/Kane relationship. As usual in a Rollins novel, there was allot of action, but the parts that were clearly intended to be a surprise were not much of a surprise. Still a good read, if somewhat tiriesome at times. Stephanie Clanahan

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2014

    Very workman like Rollins. But a hint of things to come.

    I am a fan of Rollins. I did like Tracker. That said this installment featuring Kane and his master is a bit formulaic. It makes a better travelogue - should you ever want to go to the Siberia/Volga or Namibia. There are the requisite twists and turns of the plot and supporting characters that earmark a Rollins story. If you are expecting a Sigma or Sanguine quality story then this will disappoint you. But it is only the first in a series. I do hold out hope for a more satisfying story featuring Kane and the other end of his lead to be produced.

    I am not trying to be cute by referring to Kane's master as "end of the lead", but I can't remember his name as he is not a very satisfying character. It might be a better series if Kane shakes his master and randomly finds new ones in future stories. Some who might or might not like dogs, but not too "Lassie" in the plot.

    The title refers to an arcane scientific symbiosis of plant material - without giving too much away. It was rather predictable.

    Read this if you like Rollin's stories, I did. Read this if you liked the short "Tracker". If you are new to Rollins, read the Sigma series or the Sanguines series. They are fun reads. I hope this series gets better. I like Kane - Good Doggy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Very disappointed

    Predictable long winded sad to spend the money i am a rollins fan and was eager for this book but the story let me down still like reading kanes thoughts

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Great read

    Really good book...very interesting concept

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    Mr. Rollins never fails to entertain, and I loved this rollickin

    Mr. Rollins never fails to entertain, and I loved this rollicking adventure. I am a huge dog lover (I have a professional Therapy Dog), am very familiar with their behavior, training, and personalities, and Kane was portrayed and rendered very realistically. I loved that Mr. Rollins and Mr. Blackwood stepped outside of the genre norms with two formidable female villains instead of the standard evil male villain (although we got one of those too!). Although vastly different in their methods, skills, and style, both women were equally deadly. LOVED the line about "getting some new shoes" (won't give that one away). The setting and scenes were realistic, the action and plot fast-paced and well-constructed, and the story progression seamless and perfectly executed. Another suspenseful, blistering page turner from the master of action and adventure. I love Tucker and Kane and their harmonious teamwork, and eagerly look forward to their next adventure. Kudos and bravo Mr. Rollins and Mr. Blackwood!

    Kerry Alan Denney, multiple award-winning author of SOULSNATCHER (Lazy Day Publishing, May 2014) and JAGANNATH (coming February 2015 from Permuted Press)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

    Love the concept; Tucker and Kane, man and good friend. I must

    Love the concept; Tucker and Kane, man and good friend. I must admit I jumped through the pages once in awhile, something I have never done before with Mr. Rollins books. On the whole, the story was good, and I can't wait for the second novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    What a ripoff

    This is no book at all. I am disappointed in Mr. Rollins.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It keeps moving along with no chan

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It keeps moving along with no chance to take a breath. I look forward to seeing more stories in this spinoff. The relationship between Tucker and Kane is truly special, I can only imagine if Abel had survived what the story lines might have been.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Thriller lovers take note

    A page turner that has a predictable ending, but more than enough twists ands turns to hold your interest

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Great!

    Loved the main characters! Great story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Great book

    Really enjoyed this book and hope to see more of the series, but hope to also see more of the Sigma Force series. Great adventure books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Very good

    Typical Rollins... extremely good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    Kill Switch is filled with action-packed adventure.  Many twists

    Kill Switch is filled with action-packed adventure.  Many twists and turns keep Tucker and Kane busy in this thriller, while they search for an organism that can 'kill' a deadly contaminant from the beginning of life, accompanied by an unlikely team.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    A rip-snorter

    Maybe not great liturature, but cotton candy for the brain. A rip-roaring adventure and a fun read. I've read many of Rollin's books and they have never failed to entertain. Beats the heck out of television. Keep'um coming.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Unique and interesting!

    This story had more twists than a German pretzel. I have never read anything by these authors before, but will again! The interaction between characters, including animals and humans, was amazing. Only the editing left something to be desired. Very enjoyable. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    great read

    high energy book. fast book. interesting characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Love the duo with the dog

    Love the duo with the dog

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Brooke

    Where is that? (Sorry i couldnt respond i was in the car the whole time)

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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