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Holiday Author Spotlight and Interview with James Rollins

December 15th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Even before starting my blog in late 2008 I was always a big reader and since blogging I have not had much of a chance to go back and re-read very often.  So some of my favorite authors have not been mentioned as often as they deserved.  So I thought during the holidays it would be nice to highlight some of my favorites and I hope you will pick up one of their books either for yourself or as a gift this holiday season.

Today’s author was kind enough to answer a few holiday questions.  So please welcome James Rollins!

Q: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

A:  I come from a large Roman Catholic family of 7 brothers and sisters and it goes without saying that spending time with the family is one of the events I look forward to most.  Often, we celebrate Christmas over at my brother Chucks.  He is an amazing chef and the holiday dinner is always the highlight of the year.  Of course, the most cherished moments for all of us is the time we have with mom, dad and the kids.

Q: Do you plan on making any New Year’s resolutions regarding your writing, life, reading, etc for 2010?

A: I am always researching about new and interesting places to visit and learn that I will incorporate into future books.  I expect that I will travel over to Egypt, Turkey to name just a few place.

Q: If you could get any book (released or not released) or bookish item for Christmas what would it be?

A: As many already know, I am a huge Doc. Savage fan.  How about more unpublished works of Doc Savage!

Q: What has been your favorite book of 2009?

A: Hands done, Steve Berry’s new novel “The Paris Vendetta”.

Q: What book would you give everyone if you had an endless number of copies and why?

A: Map of Bones.  This is one of my favorite novels.

Q: Anything you would like to tell the readers of this interview?

A: Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year!

I want to thank James again for taking the time to answer my questions.  I know this is a very busy time of year and I hope you all enjoyed reading his answers.  One of the reasons I wanted to spotlight James Rollins is because I love his books.   First off I have to plug that his next book, Alter of Eden, is due out December 29 which I am very excited about!


Description from Following the fall of Baghdad, two Iraqi boys stumble upon armed men looting the city zoo. The floodgates have been opened for the smuggling of hundreds of exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles to Western nations, but this crime hides a deeper secret. Amid a hail of bullets, a concealed underground weapons lab is ransacked—and something even more horrific is set free.

Seven years later, Louisiana state veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a fishing trawler shipwrecked on a barrier island. The crew is missing or dead, but the boat holds a frightening cargo: a caged group of exotic animals, clearly part of a black market smuggling ring.

Yet, something is wrong with these beasts, disturbing deformities that make no sense: a parrot with no feathers, a pair of Capuchin monkeys conjoined at the hip, a jaguar cub with the dentition of a saber-toothed tiger. They also all share one uncanny trait—a disturbingly heightened intelligence.

To uncover the truth about the origin of this strange cargo and the terrorist threat it poses, Lorna must team up with a man who shares a dark and bloody past with her and is now an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, Jack Menard.

Together, the two must hunt for a beast that escaped the shipwreck while uncovering a mystery tied to fractal science and genetic engineering, all to expose a horrifying secret that traces back to humankind’s earliest roots.

But can Lorna stop what is about to be born upon the altar of Eden before it threatens not only the world but also the very foundation of what it means to be human?

Does that sound great or what?  His book, Excavation, was the first book I read of his and while it was what got me hooked I have to admit it’s his Sigma series that are my favorite books.  The current books available in the series are:

  • Sandstorm (Sigma Prequel)
  • Map of Bones
  • Black Order
  • The Judas Strain
  • The Last Oracle
  • The Doomsday Key

For just a taste of what these books are like here is the description for the latest installment, The Doomsday Key and read my review here:


Description from Fantastic At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in the heart of St. Peters Basilica. In Africa, a US Senator’s son is slain within a Red Cross camp in Ghana. These three murders on three continents bear a horrifying tie: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a global hunt for a powerful group of industrialists who have a stranglehold on the world’s food supply. Aided by two women from his past, Gray flees a trio of high-tech assassins as he pieces together the clues. But saving the world comes at a high price: Pierce must sacrifice one of the women. Yet even that price might not be enough, for as he soon discovers, the only true path to salvation lies with the Doomsday Key.

I love the characters in this series.  Pierce is a wonderful character made up of brains and brawn, Monk is the faithful sidekick you can’t help but love and Seichan is the nemesis that you never know what is really going on in her head.  Is she good?  Bad?  A little of both?  You will just have to keep reading to find out.  I for one cannot wait until the next book in the series comes out.

If you know someone who loves action packed novels this series is definitely one to pick out for them.

For the full list of Rollins books visit his website.

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3 Responses

  1. J. Kaye

    Great interview! This is an author I haven’t tried yet, but plan on in 2010.

  2. Kayla

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! Thank you so much for having him on! He is my FAVORITE author :)
    And I totally agree with him-I think my favorite book of his would have to be Map of Bones, but that doesn’t diminish any of his other books in the least.
    I was THRILLED when I heard he was writing another book–Now I just need to read this last one >.<

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