The Kill Switch (Tucker Wayne Series #1)

The Kill Switch (Tucker Wayne Series #1)

by James Rollins, Grant Blackwood


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From bestselling authors James Rollins and Grant Blackwood, the first installment in an exciting new thriller series based on the Sigma Force novels featuring former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his partner, Army working dog Kane, introduced in the New York Times bestseller Bloodline and the e-original story "Tracker."

Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his military working dog Kane are recruited by Sigma Force to extract a Russian pharmaceutical magnate from Siberia. A scientific genius, the drug tycoon holds the biological key to a new weapon system, a danger engineered from the ancient past to terrorize the modern world.

From the frozen steppes of Russia to the sun-blasted savannahs of Africa, Tucker and Kane must piece together a mystery going back to the origins of life on Earth—before the ancient peril can destroy the heartland of America, and with it, all of humankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062135254
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Series: Tucker Wayne Series , #1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James Rollins is the 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 one of the "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. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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.


Sacramento, California

Date of Birth:

August 20, 1961

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

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The Kill Switch 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
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.
JHPtwo More than 1 year ago
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!
KerrBerr More than 1 year ago
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)
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with James Rollins books by accident. Barnes and Noble had a sale and I bought one of his Sigma Series books, and fell hard. I never really liked Clive Cussler but James Rollins, a different story.      I went back and started The Sigma Series in order, of course skipping the one I read, and I have read several of the stand alone novels too. It was in the Sigma series, that Tucker and Kane were introduced and I loved the pair, plus, one being a dog makes things even more interesting. So when I read that the pair were going to have their own story, I got excited.      I was not disappointed. Kill Switch is a roller coaster ride of twits and turn. A perfect blend of action, characters, twists, science and history. Typical Rollins perfection, even when he is co writing with another, Grant Blackwood.       Love this first installment in the Tucker Wayne spin off from The Sigma Series. I was glad to hear that more novels would come following this perfectly matched pair.      You don't have to be familiar with The Sigma books, to enjoy this read. But if your interested in The Sigma Series, that starts with the prequel book to the series, Sandstorm. This book is definitely worth the time to read.
debfromphilly More than 1 year ago
Really good book...very interesting concept
MrBill13 More than 1 year ago
A page turner that has a predictable ending, but more than enough twists ands turns to hold your interest
Carolcw More than 1 year ago
Loved the main characters! Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Rollins... extremely good
Dean_Kutzler More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 8 months ago
The author clearly did nothing regarding due diligence on how the US Army, specifically Rangers, are organized and managed. Examples: 1. The main character supposedly joined the Army at 17 and is now in his late 20s. When he joined he became an E-1 and, according to the author, left the Army as a Captain. How did that happen? OCS? ROTC? Clearly not West Point. If the character is now 27 it is virtually impossible that he became a Captain in 10 years. Basic training, Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Ranger School, and Airborne would have consumed at least two years. Then if he was sent to OCS that would have added another 6 months and in order to be accepted the character would have to be an E-5 sergeant at a minimum. To accomplish that feat would require 3-4 years active duty on top of what he has already served. Then there is the time it takes to be promoted from 2nd LT (O-1) to Captain (O-3). 2. A Ranger Captain is not a dog handler. He/she is a company commander with a MOS of 11-B. A dog handler is a special MOS (31-K) that is not part of a Ranger Regiment Table of Organization & Equipment (TO&E). All these errors really destroyed any enjoyment that I may have found in the book. Poor research and editing.
Hillsboro 8 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was impressed with the interaction of the handler and the K9, very interesting and informative. Thought the storyline went on too long almost like three books stung together. Too much technical stuff about WMD but some will certainly enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written by the best! This book keeps you reading long after you should have turned off the lights. Well-developed characters and plot. The addition of a military trained canine soldier just adds a touch of perfection and depth to the experience.
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lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I’ve read most of James Rollins books. One of the things that I love about his stories is that he mixes the larger than life scenarios with mysterious events from days long passed. From ancient artifacts and biological weapons to undiscovered creatures and the latest in technology, it’s always a thrilling adventure. I first met army ranger Tucker Wayne and his military dog, Kane, in Bloodlines, a Sigma Force novel. Now they have their own series and I couldn’t be happier. Right out of the gate you’re with Tucker and Kane on the job. How they work as a team is amazing and my favorite parts in the book. Being a dog lover myself, the bond between them touched me in a big way. And also reading from Kane’s point of view brought home their affection for each other. It was sweet how they reassured each other, how Kane was so ferocious in his defense of Tucker, and how Tucker was torn when having to put Kane in danger. From one end of the globe to the other, the deadly duo took on some truly bad guys, or should I say gals. The action was super fast, and some scenes were so intense that I really worried about the outcome. These two talented authors lay it on the line is this fantastic new thriller series. Loved it and Tucker and Kane are now some of my favorite characters.
Lynn-MI More than 1 year ago
This book totally intrigued me from page one all the way to the end --- Kane, a war dog, was particularly deployed as he should be with amazing talents and I adored how the authors followed through with the dogs thoughts as he carried out his given commands! Even though the book is fiction at the end the author explained where all the details came from and how in reality a lot of it was really true or based on true facts. From the Boor War off to today – adventure, spies, murder, suspense! The book just had everything in it and was extremely difficult to put down! There just aren’t enough stars to rate it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for any fan of James Rollins and or dogs Military or civilian. As usual I also learned new things from this book.
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Totally enjoyed this book when is the next book coming out?Hurty please
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