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Amazonia [Kindle Edition]

James Rollins
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From the author of ALTAR OF EDEN and MAP OF BONES comes another fantastic mystery adventure, this time set deep in the Amazon jungle.

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The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world's most inhospitable rainforest--a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing . . . and came out with both intact.

Unable to comprehend this inexplicable event, the government sends Nathan Rand into this impenetrable secret world of undreamed-of perils, to follow the trail of his vanished father . . . toward mysteries that must be solved at any cost. But the nightmare that is awaiting Nate and his team of scientists and seasoned U.S. Rangers dwarfs any danger they anticipated . . . an ancient, unspoken terror--a power beyond human imagining--that can forever alter the world beyond the dark, lethal confines of . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 829 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056A3HXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, 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.

James Rollins decided to become a writer as a boy immersed in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps such as The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Although his talent emerged and grew, writing was not James' original profession. Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, he embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and James' extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, as well as New Zealand, the South Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Recent travel includes book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to meet readers and give talks, seminars, and media interviews.

In recent years, much of James' travel has involved meeting readers in small and large groups, at writing and fan conferences, and even aboard seagoing "seminars." James' mentoring temperament and coaching skills have made him a sought-out writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country. He is among the core faculty of the annual Maui Writer's Conference and Retreat.

James Rollins is the author of seven thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, and The Devil Colony, Bloodline); six individual adventure thrillers; the blockbuster movie novelization, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, and more coming in 2013). The ninth Sigma Force adventure, The Eye of God, is coming in Summer 2013.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Early Work 4 Dec 2006
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James Rollins is an author who until recently was little known in the UK, his early novels having not been published on this side of the Atlantic and being only available as imports. With the success of the Da Vinci Code however, publishers have been rolling out any book on their lists that bore even the merest similarity to that juggernaut & Rollins recent novel, 'Map of Bones' was therefore thrust onto British book buyers. As a result of its subsequent success, despite the fact that it bore little similarity in tone or plot to Dan Brown's novel, the decision has obviously been made to release Rollin's back catalogue, including Amazonia.

Originally published in 2002 Amazonia is, as the title suggests, a tale set within the unexplored reaches of the Amazon jungles. Like Rollins other work it is a mixture of action, adventure, science, and science-fiction.

The plot centers around the discovery of a sole survivor of a lost expedition into the Amazonian interior, whose physical state when he is founf found, dyingm suggests he and his companions may have stumbled across a medical miracle somehwere deep with the jungle. A party of soldiers and civilians is thrown together and dispatched to try and trace the missing expedition and the source of their discovery. Along the way they find themselves confronted on all sides by dangers both natural, un-natural and very human.

For those who have read other Rollins novels this short plot description will sound reasonably familiar. What unfolds certainly bears a close resemblance to his other early works such as Excavation. In fact in many ways Amazonia is something of a retread of the plot of Excavation, with its reliance on natural dangers, lost tribes and hidden conspiracies.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 29 May 2006
By Rum1977
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although there are numerous comparisons to Dan Brown, I would not entirely agree, James Rollins's novels are far more action-packed and energized.

As with all other novels by James Rollins, this is great and grips you instantly. The story is both descriptive and fast-paced. The developed characters lets you feel for them and in some cases, despise them. What I like the most is the nice mix of characters.

There is no point in delving into the plot too much, you've probably read it already. The focus of the plot is based on a group of different skilled people being brought together on a journey though the Amazon forest, desperately seeking a cure for a rapidly spreading global disease, whilst being followed by a group of gold-diggers, purely interested in the wealth that can be gained and will stop at nothing. This has everything: hero, heroine, enemies, comics, annoying characters, greed, betrayal, romance, action, in this case, a lot of action and facts. It is a nice and clever story with a lot to keep you entertained and eager to reach to the end.

There are parts of this story that you may find far-fetched and unbelievable, but really this is fiction. James Rollins may take parts to the extremely, this is what makes the story, as inevitably you can never guess the ending.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Gripping, Satisfying Adventure! 16 Feb 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are a fan of Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), you will LOVE James Rollins!
When an unknown white man stumbles out of the jungle, a padré insists on helping him against the advice of the local shaman, who insists that the man's body must be burned immediately upon his death. The shaman says that the man bears the mark that he is a slave of the Ban-Ali tribe, and that none must help the Ban-Ali. The padre discovers some identifying information in the man's pocket, and arranges to notify the United States, who collects the body (since it turns out the man is a former government agent, missing for several years). It turns out this man has re-grown a missing arm, complete with correct fingerprints. When the body is shipped back to the United States, it leaves a trail of destruction wherever it passed, as the new pathogen is transmissible by air.
The U.S. government wants to investigate how the regeneration was possible, and to retrace the missing man's movements, when he went into the Amazon as part of a scientific team. Meanwhile, a French pharmaceutical company hires spies to follow the team into the Amazon, and steal whatever the American team can find.
In the jungle, they encounter terrifying creatures sent by the Ben-Ali. Eventually, some of them arrive in the Ban-Ali homeland area, in which numerous species thought to be extinct are existing. They find some amazing things upon arrival in the Ban-Ali homeland, including solving the mystery of what happened to the former expedition, which had vanished without a trace.
This is a great thriller that is hard to put down. I thought the characters were great, and I really liked all of the main characters. (People do die horrific deaths along the way, but not the characters you like most.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazonia 27 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The review above relates the story so I won't repeat it.
If you are a fan of action novels with a hint of sci-fi this could be the best book you have read in the past few years. The plot is good and after the first couple of chapters the pace hots up. The story soon becomes "unputerdownable" long periods of breath holding are required while reading. The last couple of chapters get a bit sci-fi I admit, but there is nothing way out. I have lent my copy to several friends most of who have read the book in one session, its that kind of story. For me this is a five star book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For sheer escapism, this guy’s writing has the lot.
Adventure, drama, intrigue, mysticism, natural wonder, earth magic – and that is pretty much all in chapter one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jules
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Great book
Published 1 month ago by Batty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic adventure, can't get enough of this author.
Published 2 months ago by Ania R
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down, neither could all ...
I could not put it down, neither could all the other members of the family who got "hooked in" in the first chapter. Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Exciting story and easy reading!
Published 2 months ago by tim l
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with it
Bought to add to my James Rollins collection of books. Very happy with it.
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Published 4 months ago by Mr J Partington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good value for money and would definitely shop again. Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by M. Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read if you like Rollins
I've been to the Amazon and loved reading this book there,. Full of the adventure and love interest you expect from Rollins.
Published 6 months ago by kathy redman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
Another fantastic book from James Rollins. What else to say? It is definitely worth reading. The price won’t break your bank either. What’s not to like? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Katarína
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