Today, Hartford Books Examiner extends virtual greetings to James Rollins.
Rollins is the author of “The Bone Labyrinth: A Sigma Force Novel,” out tomorrow from William Morrow. He has previously written ten thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series, six individual adventure thrillers, and two middle grade adventures; Rollins has also co-authored work with Grant Blackwood in two bestselling Tucker Wayne series adventures and Rebecca Cantrell in the bestselling Sanguines series. His books have been translated into more than forty languages. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Rollins established a successful veterinary practice before pursuing a career as a novelist. He continues to volunteer his time and skills in support of his local SPCA.
Advance praise for “The Bone Labyrinth” has been enthusiastic. Booklist awarded the title a starred review, noting: “Rollins’ latest Sigma Force novel once again combines science straight from a Michael Crichton novel and action-adventure out of the works of Clive Cussler….Rollins continues to write intense thrillers that also give readers a better understanding of current scientific theories and principles. Rollins has constructed one labyrinth that readers will not want to escape.” Further, Publishers Weekly heralded the book as “thrilling … [Rollins] knows just how to balance the science and history with ongoing action” while Kirkus praised it as “an altogether satisfying techno-thriller.”
From the publisher:
A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever . . .
In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years in human history, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes us to mankind’s next great leap.
But will it mark a new chapter in our development . . . or our extinction? (Read the full book synopsis here.)
Now, James Rollins reveals a few pages from the book of his life …
John Valeri: As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?
James Rollins: Loud and proud. I even wore a “Keep on Tolkien” t-shirt to high school. Yes, I was that much of a geek.
JV: What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?
JR: I read anything I could get my hands on: science fiction, fantasy, horror, thrillers. I even became hooked on the Bantam reprints of the old pulp novels from thirties and forties: Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Avenger.
JV: What are you reading currently & what is your initial impression?
JR: “Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie. First impression: It deserves all the awards it’s already won.
JV: What one book do you always recommend when asked?
“The Shipping News” by E. Annie Proulx. If you want to experience what can be done with the English language, the true freedom of unfettered prose, read this book. Or pick it up if you simply want a great story.
JV: Which of your own books would you suggest to readers & why?
JR: “Amazonia.” It’s a standalone novel that has all the topics I love to write about stuffed into one book: cutting-edge science, historical mysteries, lost civilizations, and a biological system run amok.
JV: Is there a book or author that readers would be surprised to know you’ve read and liked?
JR: Okay, I’ll admit: I read all of Sandra Brown’s romantic thrillers.
JV: Who is the one author that would, or did, make you weak in the knees upon meeting?
JR: Clive Cussler. I had a chance to interview him at a conference and was tongue-tied through most of it.
JV: Has there been an “I’ve made it” moment in your career?
Still waiting for that moment of realization. As a former practicing veterinarian, I’m still secretly expecting someone to snatch away my pen (or keyboard) and order me go pick up that stethoscope and scalpel again.
JV: What is your greatest literary ambition?
To be read. To entertain. To have someone wear a “Keep on Rollins” t-shirt to high school.
JV: Fill in the blank: Hartford Books Examiner is _____.
JR: … a great way to indulge in all things literary.
With thanks to James Rollins for his generosity of time and thought and to Danielle Bartlett, Publicity Director at HarperCollins, for facilitating this interview.