July 2008 Author of the Month
James Rollins
We are proud to have James Rollins as our July
author of the month.  James has taken us all over
the world and beneath it.  James is a New York
Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling
author.  When he takes time off from writing he is a
Veterinarian in Northern California.  His hobbies of
scuba diving and spelunker have helped him create
some of his earlier works.  James has two books just
released,
The Last Oracle and Indiana Jones and
the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!
What if you could bio-engineer the next great world prophet:
scientifically produce the next Buddha, the next Muhammad, or even the
next Jesus? Would it mark the Second Coming or initiate a chain reaction
with disastrous consequences?

A master at combining historical and religious intrigue with
edge-of-your-seat adventure, New York Times bestselling author James
Rollins brings back SIGMA Force to battle a group of rogue scientists
who've unleashed a bioengineering project that could bring about the
extinction of humankind.

In Washington D.C., a homeless man dies in Commander Gray Pierce's
arms, shot by an assassin's bullet. But the death leaves behind a greater
mystery: a bloody coin found clutched in the dead man's hand, an
ancient relic that traces back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi. As ruthless
hunters search for the stolen artifact, Gray Pierce discovers the coin is
the key to unlocking a plot that dates back to the Cold War, one that
threatens the very foundation of humanity.

For an international think-tank of scientists known as the JASONS has
discovered a way to bioengineer autistic children who show savant
talents mathematical geniuses, statistical masterminds, brilliant
conceptual artists into something far greater and far more frightening all
in hopes of creating a world prophet for the new millennium, one to be
manipulated to create a new era of global peace a peace on their own
terms.

While halfway around the world, a man wakes up in a hospital bed with
no memory of who he is, only that he's a prisoner in a subterranean
research facility. With the help of three unusual children, he makes his
escape across a mountainous and radioactive countryside, pursued by
savage hunters bred in the same laboratory. But his goal is not escape,
nor even survival. In order to thwart a plot to wipe out a quarter of the
world's population, he must sacrifice all, even the children who rescued
him.

From ancient Greek temples to glittering mausoleums, from the slums of
India to the toxic ruins of Russia, two men must race against time to
solve a mystery that dates back to the first famous oracle of history the
Greek Oracle of Delphi.
We rate this book 5
STARS!
How cool was it writing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?

Of course, I was thrilled to be asked to pen this project, but I do remember reading the script for
the first time and experiencing a moment of raw panic.  After Indy’s absence for 19 years,
expectations for his return were huge.  Including my own.  I was going to have to do him justice.  
But as I began working on the book--deconstructing the script, creating internal monologue,
expanding some scenes, adding others--I found myself getting lost in the character.  Soon I was
cracking that whip and crawling through those ancient ruins alongside Indy.  Plus George Lucas and
Stephen Spielberg gave me a relatively free hand in the construction of the novel.  So all in all, it was
a fantastic experience.


What is your favorite all-time book, not yours and why?

I think Frank Herbert’s Dune. It was the first time I think I’ve been that immersed and transported in
a novel.  His world-building and epic scope of the story was inspiring.


What is the worst job you ever had?

Bus boy at a pizza joint.  Plus I also had to clean the bathrooms…pepperonis and beer.  I’ll leave the
rest to your imagination.


If you could solve one mystery for yourself, what would it be?  Ie: Jack the
Ripper, Atlantis, etc.

Atlantis would be cool, but what is it about those UFOs?  I’d like to put that to rest once and for
all…or find out the frightening or enlightening truth about them all.


If you could meet one person, alive or dead, and talk with them for one hour,
who would it be, and why?

I guess it would be my Albert Einstein. I think he figured out more than he ever told anyone…plus I
heard he had a bottomless well of jokes.


I've spoken to some authors that have superstitions when they write, do you
have any?

No, I’m pretty flexible.  I write anywhere and everywhere, in all sorts of odd situations.  If there’s a
pen and paper or computer nearby, I’m writing.


What is on your Ipod right now?

Lots and lots of Bruce Springsteen


I think the villain in the story makes the story.  Do you spend more time on the
hero or villain?

As I have recurring characters, it’s always a blast to create the new villain.


Have you been approached by any movie producers to make one of your books a
movie?

Most of the books have been optioned at one time or another, but nothing has been green-lit for full
production.


When reading your books, there is so much fact associated with them, have you
considered writing a Non - fiction book?

I don’t know if I could dwell on one subject long enough to construct an entire book about it.  I like
to hop too much…from around from one cool bit of new science to the next intriguing historical
mystery.
Exclusive interview with James Rollins!!