Spelunker, scuba diver, and all-around adventure junkie James Rollins sold his veterinary practice in Sacramento, California, to concentrate full-time on writing -- his thirst for thrills clearly informing his bestselling novels, including Black Order, Subterranean and The Judas Strain.
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August 20, 1961
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|Rollins's Latest||Selected Works|
|The Judas Strain|
Deep in the Indian Ocean, a terrifying plague washes to shore -- but this is only a harbinger of the true doom to follow. In its deadly wake, all life on the planet is threatened. From the high seas of the Indian Ocean to the dark jungles of Southeast Asia, from the canals of Venice to the crypts of ancient kings, SIGMA Force must piece together a mystery that threatens all life on our planet. The only hope for survival lies hidden in the most startling place of all: within the language of the angels.
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Ice Hunt (2003)
Map of Bones (2005)
The Judas Strain (2007)
James Rollins chronology
|Advice for the Aspiring|
|"While I do believe in the old adage 'Write Everyday,' I also also believe you should 'Read Every Night,'" Rollins explains in our interview. "The best teacher of the craft is simply a good book. As you write and struggle with difficulties in your own writing, each book you read can teach you aspects of the craft. Why re-invent the wheel, when you can learn by example?"|
|The Shipping News|
"This book taught me how creative the written language could be, both in roller-coaster twists of vocabulary and the playfulness of her structure," Rollins says of Annie Proulx's The Shipping News. "Plus it’s a darned good story of a downtrodden character set in the strangeness that is Newfoundland."
Rollins talked with us about another favorite read, Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. Here is a perfect storm of high concept (dinosaurs cloned and brought to modern life) and thrilling execution," he raves. "It was what I strive to achieve." Read our interview with Rollins to learn about more of his all-time favorite books, including: