Freaky on Fridays: Freaking Over James Rollins


On Tuesday, June 21st 2011 James Rollins is releasing his seventh book in the Sigma series. A description from Amazon:

From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a novel of boundless imagination and meticulous research, a book that dares to answer a frightening question at the heart of America: Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of an impossibility, a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion. A place known only as The Devil Colony

Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery—hundreds of mummified bodies—stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts about the bodies’ origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.

 During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly, burned to ashes in a fiery explosion in plain view of television cameras. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator, a teenage firebrand who escapes with a vital clue to the murder and calls on the one person who might help—her uncle, Painter Crowe, Director of Sigma Force.

 To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will ignite a war among the nation’s most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a frightening chain reaction, a geological meltdown that threatens the entire western half of the U.S.

 From the volcanic peaks of Iceland to the blistering deserts of the American Southwest, from the gold vaults of Fort Knox to the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, Painter Crowe joins forces with Commander Gray Pierce to penetrate the shadowy heart of a dark cabal, one that has been manipulating American history since the founding of the thirteen colonies. 

But can Painter discover the truth—one that could topple governments—before it destroys all he holds dear?


Several years ago I got Tracey to start reading James Rollins’ novels because he really is a terrific writer. She liked his books so much she started to wonder if any of them were going to be made into a movie. Curious myself I encouraged her email him and ask.

Positive he wouldn’t reply she sent it off. After a couple of days with no response she told me he wasn’t going to but I told her to just give him some time. So our debate generated into a bet. I said he would email by Wednesday and she argued he would not.

If I won then she had to help me work on my books in the shed and I don’t remember what she bet because she lost. James did email her and advised several were under option but no concrete plans were in place to make a movie. In this instance I was happy to say I told you so. 

Tickled I sent him an email about our bet and thanked him. To my surprise (I shouldn’t have been) he responded he was happy to help and wished he could get someone to help clean out his shed.  You know I’m sure if he asked every fan he has would be there in a heartbeat. Me, too.

My favorite book by him and the first I read is Deep Fathom. His writing and storytelling has only gotten better since then. I just like the story and the setting in the ocean. He’s one of the few men who can add a romance element, make it sweet and end well.  This impressed me when I read Deep Fathom and I’ve been a fan ever since.

The absolute best thing about his books is they all have a basis in fact. His books are cool because not only does he entertain you but he educates you, too. It’s almost freaky how he sneaks history in.

Kristen Lamb interviewed him not too long ago on her blog and as result they have come up with a fun project. James would celebrate not only with his friends but his fans, too.

To celebrate the release of The Devil Colony they’re having a party over at #DevilColony on Twitter. Party with other fans on Tuesday, June 21.  It s a party to end all parties and lasts for 24 hours. Can you last that long? Oh, yeah and the theme is devilish. Sounds like fun, huh?

What kind of deviltry will they be up to over there? Upload pictures of your devil may care party and win a prize; get chosen for the Wall of Fame and win a big Mystery prize!

James is a NY Times bestselling author and I’m sure he will have lots of friends hanging out at his launch party. Shhh. Maybe even famous ones. Come by and see who will be there.

Want to learn more about James and The Devil Colony?  Here’s a great video:

Did you note that devilish twinkle in his eyes? He’s a cutie, he’s nice, a veterinarian and a wonderful writer. What’s not to freak out over this guy?

See ya at the party!





12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Holly
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 16:00:13

    I’m freaked out because it sounds like mom has a writer’s crush.


  2. Texanne
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 18:10:51

    He is cute–so why have I not heard more about him? Oh, right. I hang out with the cozy mystery crew.
    Now, I’m thinking, this guy is about to do for American History what Dan Brown did for the Vatican.
    Can I be the first on the market with my book “debunking” Rollins’ version of history, anthropology, geology, and oh, whatever else?
    I’ve just started reading thrillers–got some Jeffrey Deavers lying around here. No. Books by Jeffrey Deavers. The writing isn’t knocking my socks off, but the stories are good.
    Thanks for letting me see this trailer, Angela.
    Holly: You are right. People do get writer’s crushes. I’m mad for P. G. Wodehouse, myself. 🙂


    • curiocat
      Jun 20, 2011 @ 19:56:33

      James Rollins writes Dan Brown into the dust.

      Go for it, if nothing else you can prove what he writes is factual.

      You’re welcome Texanne. I hope you’ll enjoy some of his books.


  3. Jenny Hansen
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 02:30:15

    Love the blog, Angela. He is SUCH a nice man!


  4. Diane Mills
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 05:42:03

    Sounds like something I would enjoy reading. I need to visit my local library again.


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  6. curiocat
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 20:01:05

    You’ve got to give him a try, Diane. If the library doesn’t have him let them know they are really depriving their community of an excellent, educational read. Lol.


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  8. ekcarmel
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 11:47:02

    Great book trailer! I’ve heard good things about James Rollins for a while and never get around to reading his books. But this sounds like a really interesting read. My teenager walked in as I was watching it and wants to read it too!


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