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In this short story "Seichan is ripped out of the Sigma series for an adventure all her own". She and a young urban explorer , who has tattooed on his body a map of the Catacombs of Paris , awaken in a Paris hotel after having been kidnapped and drugged, to find deadly electronic collars fastened around their necks.

They are tasked to rescue the kidnapper's son, "who has fallen under the sway of the nefarious leader of an apocalyptic cult". The trail leads them into "the dark necropolis beneath the City of Lights". Seichan and her guide must battle the clock, as the cult leader has wired the catacombs with bombs. This short story includes a sneak peek at the first 70 pages of The Devil Colony , in which a clue unlocked by the skeleton key plays a key role. The team attempts to track down a lost map, journeying — among various farflung places — to Fort Knox and the grave of Meriwether Lewis.

Rollins refers to secret codes used by Thomas Jefferson and Lewis. The coded message leads Crowe to John Trumbull 's painting depicting the presentation of The Declaration of Independence. In the medieval heart of Budapest , Captain Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane, rescue a mysterious woman fleeing three armed men.

They are after the secret she holds, which will unlock a terrible treasure 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, truths are unearthed and treasures exposed. This "short story exclusive" includes a sneak peek at the opening chapters of Bloodline , in which further exploits of Tucker and Kane are revealed. The president's daughter is kidnapped by mysterious doctors who seek her baby.

President Gant's family is revealed to be a driving force behind the Guild, with their bloodline stretching back for centuries. Jack Kirkland, from the novel Deep Fathom , makes an appearance. Additionally, Lady Kensington, from Sandstorm , is mentioned. The novel deals with the quest for immortality , nanotechnology , and microengineering. The Vatican receives a package containing the skull of Genghis Khan , along with a book wrapped in his skin, leading the team to Mongolia.

All the while a nearing comet interferes with the imagery of an orbital satellite, causing it to show an image of America's Eastern Seaboard in flaming ruins. The 6th Extinction details the SIGMA team's fight against a geneticist with a nefarious agenda for handling the extinction of species. The team travels from California, near Yosemite National Park , to the tepuis of the northern Amazon rainforest , and to the ice caves of Antarctica. In The Midnight Watch released November 3, , [12] in the dead of night, a faceless enemy hacks into the Smithsonian Institution's network of servers, but it is only the first strike masking a larger attack.

To rescue a biologist trapped in the National Museum of Natural History and to discover the true intent behind an assault that grows bolder and bloodier by the minute, Sigma Force must unleash its most headstrong operative —Joe Kowalski. An amazing discovery is made when an earthquake reveals a subterranean Catholic chapel in the remote mountains of Croatia. An investigative team finds the bones of a Neanderthal woman as well as an elaborate cave painting depicting an immense battle between Neanderthal tribes and monstrous shadowy figures. Before they can question what the painting means and who this enemy is, the team is attacked.

SIGMA sends operatives to look into both cases, but does not realize these events may be connected. Plunged into a battle for the future of humanity, Commander Pierce and his SIGMA colleagues uncover the true source of human intelligence. Crash and Burn is a Sigma Force short story released on November 15, ,. The Seventh Plague released December 13, , [15] reveals a threat to the modern world hidden within the pages of the Bible. It starts with the sudden reappearance and death of archaeologist Professor Harold McCabe. Two years ago he was thought lost in the Sudanese desert during a search for proof of the ten plagues of Moses.

The professor's autopsy reveals someone had started mummifying his body while he was still alive. When the medical team who performed the autopsy falls ill with a strange disease which quickly spreads throughout Cairo , a colleague of the professor reaches out to Painter Crowe.

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It also features a character from Rollins' first book, Subterranean. The Demon Crown , released on December 5, [17] unfolds as an ancient species of deadly parasitic wasp is unleashed upon the islands of Hawaii, where Gray and Seichan are wrapping up their vacation.

Teamed with Kowalski and a trio of native Hawaiians, the pair must uncover the perpetrators and bring them to justice as Kat, Monk and the newly appointed Librarian of Congress Elena Delgado follow a trail of clues left across Europe by James Smithson , the mysterious founder of the Smithsonian Institution, to discover a possible way to contain the outbreak. Gray and Seichan face a personal crisis as an old enemy makes a daring comeback. Gray is thrown into action as he discovers his house ransacked, his lover missing and his best friend's wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor.

Left without any leads, Gray and his team turn to a brilliant neurologist to get answers from the only witness, the comatose Kat. What Gray learns sets the team on a quest for answers to a mystery that reaches as far back as the Spanish Inquisition and to a reviled and blood-soaked medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum The Hammer of Witches. What he uncovers reveals a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation. Crucible , formerly titled The Hammer of Witches , was released on January 22, According to CinemaBlend : "The film won't adapt any of the six existing novels, but will tackle a brand-new story within the world with the aim of starting a franchise.

He reported that a screenplay was well underway and that they are looking at a couple of different directors. So things are moving. The five-installment Banned and the Banished series is about a girl named Elena who "ripens into the heritage of lost power". When the goddess Meeryn is murdered the peace is shattered, and Tylar de Noche — a defrocked knight who, as sole witness, is now sole suspect — must find the killer and prove himself innocent. Tylar turns to Delia, a priestess and love interest, and to Rogger, a thief wise to the ways of the criminal underworld.

Slogging hither and yon for scraps of clues, the three begin to suspect that the supposedly pacific gods are in fact engaged in an ongoing struggle for power and control. The self-absorption of the gods and the apathetic ignorance of the people form stumbling blocks on Tylar's quest. Failed Shadowknight Tylar witnessed the death of a god, whose blood healed his deformities but branded him a Godslayer and a hunted criminal.

In this second volume, Tylar's struggle for the truth is vindicated when he is officially reinstated as a Shadowknight. Yet this is a trap, revealed as Sithryn forces flow from the Ice Eyrie to wage a deadly siege, trapping Tylar and his friends. But even Tylar's skill and magic cannot save the Citadel of Tashijan, ancient Shadowknight headquarters, for something foul lies at the heart of their Order.

The Cabal has infiltrated the inner council and Tylar and his allies must flee for now there can be no refuge from evil. On the FAQ section of his website, Rollins announces plans for further novels: "There are more plans for the Godslayer books.

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The working title for Book Three is God-Sword. Besides continuing the storyline, it will discover much more about Laurelle, her past, and her perilous journey to a god hidden in the heart of a volcano. God-Sword will finish the first trilogy. And there may be a second trilogy with many of the same characters.

Once the fifth is done, the entire series is slated for publication, each book coming out 6 months apart, starting with a re-release of the first two. Rollins collaborated with the mystery writer Rebecca Cantrell to write several works in the Order of the Sanguines series comprising a trilogy published in print and digital formats, plus a number of short fiction e-books : City of Screams , a novella set in Afghanistan ; [29] The Blood Gospel ; [30] Blood Brothers , an e-short; [31] Innocent Blood ; [32] and Blood Infernal Rollins collaborated with the thriller writer Grant Blackwood to write multiple works in the Tucker Wayne series of military thriller novels: The Kill Switch [34] and War Hawk From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The Bootlegger. Days of Rage. The Gangster. The Diamond Hunters. The Guilty. David Baldacci. The Survivor. Vince Flynn. Two Graves. Odessa Sea. Half Way Home. Hugh Howey. October No Fortunate Son. The Great Zoo of China. Matthew Reilly. The Ambitious City.

Scott Thornley. Gold Mine. A Scream of Angels. Erasing Memory. James Rollins. Map of Bones. The 6th Extinction.

The Demon Crown. Black Order. The Last Odyssey. March The Devil's Bones. The Midnight Watch. The Devil Colony.

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Kowalski's in Love. Crash and Burn. The Doomsday Key. The Kill Switch. The Bone Labyrinth. They named the kitten Ditteaux pronounced Ditto. I love their sense of humor and knew Lorna would have to work at that facility. I thought I was making this creature up, but a couple of months ago, I stumbled upon a scientific article about a Chinese snake born with a fully functional reptilian limb poking out of its flank. For the curious, a quick Google search will bring up a picture of this snake. It just goes to show that nature is full of surprises. Always another book or two or three. Then, as mentioned above, the next big Sigma book comes out in the middle of summer.

I also have two short stories in a pair of upcoming anthologies.

It started with lunch. I was having a conversation with my editor at HarperCollins. I wanted to spin exciting stories of suspense, adventure, and exotic locales. So I told my editor at that lunch that if I were ever to tackle a veterinarian story it would still have to be a thriller. Based on that conversation, the story began to build in my head. From there, the story grew quickly. And yes, like in all my novels, many people do die.

For the first time as an author, I got to follow the old adage: to write what you know. Of course, that applied only to the veterinary aspects of the story. For other details, I spent way too much time out in the swamps, learning such details like alligators like marshmallows, raccoons are good swimmers, and July is a very bad month to be out in the bayou.

I also just listened.

Altar of Eden

And of course, I ate my way through the culinary masterpiece that is New Orleans. Such is the sacrifice an author must make. After writing six Sigma novels, I was ready to tackle an independent story, one free of baggage and recurring characters. It was also a chance to return to my writing roots. My first five novels were stand-alone adventures. Each book was an attempt to capture some of the spirit of adventure found in the pulp novels that I grew up reading, paired with the wild imagination of writers such as H.

Wells, Jules Verne, and H. Rider Haggard. The quote comes from his novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, where strange experiments are performed on animals. I love New Orleans. There is simply no other city like it in the United States. Despite the hurricane, the city abides.

There remains an unmistakable vibrancy to the place, a rich blend of cultures, and a haunted quality that has been speaking to authors for ages. Fill out the form below to create a review for altar-of-eden. Your review will have to be approved first before it will show up on the site. Please select what book this review is for. Check if this is a reader submitted review. View Prev View Next. Share This:. International Editions: Browse. FAQ Q. And I see you decided to make Dr. Lorna Polk a woman. Actually, you have a huge female following.

How are you able to get inside the mind of a woman so well and what made you want to write from the point of view of a woman for this book? Since then, that percentag Read More. A: When I was in veterinary school, half of the class was composed of women. Another aspect of your thrillers that appeal to women is the romantic themes throughout your series. Does Lorna have a romantic interest?

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A: She does. Do you believe in the notion that animals can think together? Do you believe this type of intelligence already exists? One of the scientific A: Something is definitely going on, something beyond our current understanding.