Tracker: A Short Story Exclusive [NOOK Book]

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From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a stirring story of a soldier and his military war dog who are drawn into a dark mystery tracing back to World War II and a lost treasure tied to the bones of the dead.

Off the blustery streets in the medieval heart of Budapest, Captain Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane, rescue a mysterious woman fleeing three armed men. The secret she holds will unlock a terrible treasure, one steeped in blood and treachery, tied to a ...

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a stirring story of a soldier and his military war dog who are drawn into a dark mystery tracing back to World War II and a lost treasure tied to the bones of the dead.

Off the blustery streets in the medieval heart of Budapest, Captain Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane, rescue a mysterious woman fleeing three armed men. The secret she holds will unlock a terrible treasure, one steeped in blood and treachery, tied to a crime going back to the fall of Nazi Germany and a heritage of suffering and pain that reaches out from the past to wreak havoc today. In a final showdown in the depths of a lost cemetery, truths will be unearthed, treasures exposed, and the fate of all will rest upon the shoulders of one man and a dog whose courage is beyond measure.

Included within this thrilling story is a sneak peek at the opening chapters of Bloodline, in which the further exploits of Tucker and Kane will be revealed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062233929
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: Sigma Force Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 2,963
  • 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.

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 5, 2012

    James Rollins Does it Again!

    The latest short story from James Rollins is "Tracker" and despite its short length, it's just as gripping as his full length action adventures. Tucker and Kane are a pair of ex-military soldiers traveling together in Budapest when their skills are called upon to help a woman in trouble. The fact that Kane is a dog and the story is sometimes told from his viewpoint is both surprising and heartwarming! This would be a page turner if it had pages...loved it! It's the perfect intro for Bloodline, Rollins' newest Sigma novel due out later this month. You won't be disappointed...especially if you love dogs!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    James Rollins has does it again! Tracker is a short but sweet e-

    James Rollins has does it again! Tracker is a short but sweet e-only short that introduces a new dream team--Tucker and Kane. They're more than partners--this human/canine combination has an unmistakable bond! Tucker needs to call upon every bit of Kane's training in order to help a damsel in distress and her father.

    I loved the introduction of Tucker, and seeing events unfold from Kane's POV was a great treat! Bring on Bloodline, Mr. Rollins! And thanks for this introduction to what will hopefully be the new members of Sigma!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    Fully recommend

    This is a great short story to introduce a new set of characters in the Sigma universe. Definitely leaves you wanting more. Great read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    ****

    Gotta love when dogs are heroes

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    The dog is great

    Kane, Army dog, is amazing!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    WOW!!

    Could not put to down and was very sad when it came to an end! Love this wardog and his handler - can't wait for more!!! I really loved the tidbit of information that the dogs rank was higher than his handler's rank - you'll have to read it to find out why!! Is that really true?! Great story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Engaging short story

    Loved the interaction between the man and the dog. Obviously a lead-in to subsequent full-length novels, this short story is tightly written with believable characters and plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Tucker & Kane intro

    Good intro to their k9 team-up. Looking forward to their adventures continue in a stand alone series as well as pairing back up with the Sigma team.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    reommend

    nice story nothing complex but entertaining is a short story

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Wow!

    This is my first read of this author but it definitely won't be my last!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Nice and short

    Loved getting to know this new character

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    wonderful!

    Mr. Rollins is a vet and I really enjoy the dog's eye view of things he presents. I have had dogs nearly all my life, and enjoy the stories involving our armed forces canines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Looks like three great stories

    Highly recommend

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I loved it. It was fast moving and had great action. I am looking forward to his novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly recommend

    just as good as all his other books

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

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    Not normally my type of story, I prefer my wars to be of the ali

    Not normally my type of story, I prefer my wars to be of the alien or supernatural kind. Real life is too scary sometimes. But, grabbed it as I was wanting to read about a 'man and his dog' and see what it's all about. Very fun indeed. Well written, and fast paced so you just get immersed into danger and intrigue immediately. Think I'll be checking out more adventures with Tucker and Kane soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Great

    This is a great short read (87 pages). in all the books rhat i have read of mr. Rollinsbhe has kept my interest. Hebis a great writer looking forward to read another vook of his

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    Quick Intro to new Character from Rollins

    This was a short but interesting story that introduced Rollins readers to Tucker Wayne and his companion military dog Kane to the Sigma series. A brief story revealing the team efforts between man and dog and the special skills that each bring. This is seek and rescue mission takes place in Budapest and ends up heading to Zanzibar where this team will meet up with the Sigma team in "Bloodline" Looking forward to reading Bloodline next so I can see where this duo goes and what adventures they can bring to the always great Sigma series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Great short story to introduce two new character to Sigma, looking forward to more adventures.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Great story and characters! Bought this book after reading the

    Great story and characters! Bought this book after reading the latest Sigma Force that introduced Tucker Wayne and Kane. Enjoyed both very much.

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