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Deep Fathom [Mass Market Paperback]

James Rollins
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1 July 2001
On The Day Everything Changed Forever...
The millennium's first eclipse of the sun cast a shroud over the Earth. And then catastrophe struck...

On The Day The End Began...
Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. The death toll rises at an unimaginable rate. And in the midst of chaos, Air Force One and America's president have vanished from the skies.

The Sea Revealed A Mystery
Ex-Navy Seal Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find the Earth burning -- and the U.S. on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse. Now, aboard his oceangoing exploration ship, Deep Fathom, Kirkland is on a desperate mission that is leading him to an earth-shattering discovery miles below the ocean's surface. For devastating secrets and a power an ancient civilization could not contain have been cast out into a modern day -- and they will forever alter a world racing toward its own destruction.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Us Imports (1 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380818809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380818808
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Rollins delivers fantastic tales of action and adventure (BOOKLIST)

One of the most inventive storytellers writing today (LINCOLN CHILD)

Rollins takes the reader through the horror and intrigue... like no one else. The action never relents (CLIVE CUSSLER)

Climb on board any mission with James Rollins' tough characters, and we can be assured that we are in for a bumpy - and exhilarating - ride. Pacey and colourful fare (GOOD BOOK GUIDE) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The world is racing towards destruction...The gripping thriller from NEW YORK TIMES bestseller James Rollins. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Escapism 30 Aug 2006
By D. Newstead VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow one of the first books I have rushed into work to write an online review about even before I have finished it. This book is like a cross between Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt,Jack Bauer from 24 and a good helping of Matthew Reilly's Scarecrow plus a bit of Jaws. Great underwater imagination, fantastic characters, great story about the possible end of the world and brilliant excitement, cant wait to get back to it. I read a number of reviews before and bought all his books I can find so looking forward to reading all his others. Can recommend it enough.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend all belief and enjoy! 2 Mar 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Escapist nonsense doesn't come much brasher and bolder than this. Suspend all belief and enjoy the rollercoaster ride that is delivered by this tale of natural disasters shaking up the world. This potboiler has the lot: a traumatised hero, his arch enemy, a love interest, nuclear war, lost continents, magical crystals, you name it.
I would deduct one star for the ending, which smacks a touch of the author having painted himself into a corner and using a cheap trick to get out of it. But, who's complaining? It's all tripe, anyway. Hugely readable and enjoyable nonsense, but nonsense nevertheless.
It would make a mighty fine blockbuster movie, for sure.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By tgaston
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A series of natural disasters bring the remnants of a lost civilisation into the light of day and reveal a mystery that must be solved quickly if the world and all of mankind is to be saved.
Many stories require the reader to take a step back from reality but this novel requires a tremendous leap. That said, the fast paced, action packed adventure makes for an enjoyable read. Despite a slight tendency to lecture in places rather than tell the story, the author carries his improbable plot so well that the pages seem to turn themselves.
The characters have personality and enough depth that you genuinely care what happens to them.
I shall definitely buy the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Author's Books are Compelling Reading 26 July 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Rollins was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. He graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri and went on to establish his own veterinary practice in Sacramento, California. His sense of adventure often takes him either underground or underwater.

This is the another action packed adventure from the author, whose books for me anyway are consistently good and always an enjoyable read. Long may he continue to write them for his growing number of fans. Some writers have an immediate impact and then die away. James Rollins has slowly built his reputation over a period of years, what you might call a slow burner, but all the better for it.

The new millennium's first eclipse of the sun, looked forward to by many people as a natural phenomenon rarely seen in the span of a human lifetime casts a shroud over the Earth. And then catastrophe struck . . .

Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. The death toll begins to rise at an unprecedented rate. And in the midst of chaos, Air Force One and America's president have vanished from the skies . . .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Rollins! 20 Dec 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Rollins has done it yet again with his new novel. While in the past, many of his works are riddled with themes of lost civilizations and their eventual discoveries, i think that Rollins has outdone himself with this novel (in a good way). The first 50 pages are quite hard to get through but once you've passed those, the book doesnt disappoint. It's essentially like reading a movie, the action never stopped! Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too fantastic at times 11 Mar 2014
I actually enjoyed most of the story, but the ending was just utter rubbish. Totally unbelievable, and just a lot of nonsense. I really hated the fact that everybody was still alive - after having gone through the fast-paced first part of the story - and how convenient that the people on board the Deep Fathom were not affected. Good for Jack and Karen, good for Gabriel as well. *sigh*

Also, Karen mentioned that she was one mile below the surface. Since when are 600 metres a mile? And why go forth and back, saying 600 metre one time and then (so the Americans have a clue?) saying 2000 feet. Stick with one or the other.

One thing is for certain, I won't be buying any more books by this author. If I want to read a fairy tale, I will buy a book with fairy tales.
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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting 27 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you like the hero escaping in the nick of time, not this TIME
Most enjoyable bit of adventure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant read from James Rollins 11 Feb 2014
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Yet Another escape into Rollins brilliant story telling, totally a page turner for me and I wasn't disappointed. Very happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and plausible!
What a good read! I am wedded to my Kindle Fire now - what a great tool ... but to the book: I like the way James Rollins brought the reader into the tale gradually rather than... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lindsay R. Bayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep fathom
Great fast action plot and incredible characters. Page turning suspense and twists. Ideal for all readers . Looking forward to purchasing another novel.
Published 3 months ago by Karen Sandiford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Exciting from start to finish. Interesting story line with many twists to keep you absorbed until the very end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neil Bagley
5.0 out of 5 stars deep fathom
One of the best books I've read. I have read all the Rollins novels and would love to read more of Jack Kirkland and company.
Come on Mr Rollins !!
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Brian Hoyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read.
Once again another exciting book from James Rollins with the action moving at fast pace and interesting characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BRIAN MASON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love James Rollins books. I have now got all his books under this name. Very complex stories and wonderful characters.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Brian Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Fathom by James Rollins
Again, another book by this writer which I thoroughly enjoyed, and look forward to
reading the rest of those he has written.
Published 7 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollins does it again!
James Rollins is consistently one of he best action/adventure writers out there. His books are exceptional, and deep fathom is another in a long line of excellent books.
Published 7 months ago by Wrighty
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant New Characters
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very different from Rollins usual stories and I look forward to seeing him write more in this series.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Lorraine Pullen
4.0 out of 5 stars My sweet spot for action fiction
The lost ancients and gun fights, Rollins delivers a cracking read. Thought he'd written himself into an awkward corner at the end, but just about makes it out of the final... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr S J Jones
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