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Name:  James Czajkowski  

Pen Name: James Rollins or James Clemens


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1961 in Chicago, Illinois

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Czajkowski was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Czajkowski is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. He writes under one of two pen names - James Rollins or James Clemens. His ''Sigma'' series, written under the pen name of James Rollins, has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" by the New York Times. In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Czajkowski unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets. His knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.Along with the books listed below, he has also penned several ebooks including: ''The Skeleton Key'', ''Tracker'', ''The Midnight Watch'', ''City of Screams'' and ''Blood Brothers''.Czajkowski is a veterinarian and currently resides in El Dorado Hills, California.

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Altar of Eden /
ISBN: 0061231436. OCLC Number: 310398962

William Morrow,. .

Pregnant veterinarian Maura Kelly, along with U.S. Marshall Jack Menard, risks everything, including the life of her unborn child, to unravel the mystery of a smuggler's cache of mutated animals, a puzzle that involves fractal intelligence, stem-cell research, and a secret history of the Book of Genesis.

Amazonia /
ISBN: 0061965839. OCLC Number: 613190238

Harper,. .

When the lone survivor of a scientific expedition into the Amazon stumbles out of the jungle to die mysteriously in a small village--a man who had only one arm when he went in but two when he came out--the government asks Nathan Rand, the son of the expedition's leader, to try and retrace his father's footsteps and discover what happened.

Black order :
ISBN: 0062017896. OCLC Number: 70590094

Morrow,. .

A fire in a Copenhagen bookstore leads Commander Gray Pierce into a mystery that is connected to horrific Nazi experiments, an insidious madness affecting Buddhist monks, a possible mythological beast run amok in South Africa, and a century-old plot that threatens to destroy the current world order.

Blood infernal /
ISBN: 0062343270. OCLC Number: 896806802

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"The third installment in the bestselling gothic series, about an ancient order who speak the truth behind Christ's miracles and strive to protect the world from evil."--

Bloodline :
ISBN: 0061785660. OCLC Number: 795505408

William Morrow,. .

A yacht bearing a young American couple is attacked by Somali pirates, leading to bloodshed and the violent kidnapping of the pregnant woman on board. To aid in her rescue from the lawless and war-torn jungles of coastal Africa, Sigma Force enlists the aid of a unique search team.

Deep fathom /
ISBN: 0061965820. OCLC Number: 47250888

HarperTorch,. .

As solar flares and earthquakes wreak havoc upon the Earth, Air Force One and America's president vanish and ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland must embark on a perilous mission below the ocean's surface to save the world from destruction.

Excavation /
ISBN: 0061965812. OCLC Number: 456180770

Harper,. .

High in the Andes, Dr. Henry Conklin discovers a 500-year-old mummy that should not be there. While deep in the South American jungle, Conklin's nephew, Sam, stumbles upon a remarkable site nestled between two towering peaks, a place hidden from human eyes for thousands of years. Ingenious traps have been laid to ensnare the careless and unsuspecting, and wealth beyond imagining could be the reward for those with the courage to face the terrible unknown. But where the perilous journey inward ends-in the cold, shrouded heart of a breathtaking necropolis-something else is waiting for Sam Conklin and his exploratory party. A thing created by Man, yet not humanly possible. Something wondrous ... something terrifying.

Hinterland /
ISBN: 0451461304. OCLC Number: 181594989

Roc,. .

When a skull, deformed and corrupted by dark Graces, is discovered, former Shadowknight Tylar must discover the mystery behind it, a quest the leads him into the heart of the Hinterland, a desolate region from which no Shadowknight has ever returned.

Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull /
ISBN: 0345502884. OCLC Number: 276175116

Del Rey,. .

Daring adventurer-archaeologist Indiana Jones returns in an all new, action-packed saga, in the novelization of the fourth, long-anticipated Indiana Jones movie.

Innocent blood :
ISBN: 0061991074. OCLC Number: 858355005

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"The second installment in the bestselling gothic series, about an ancient order who speak the truth behind Christ's miracles and strive to protect the world from evil - from the winning writerly combo of James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell"--

Jake Ransom and the howling sphinx /
ISBN: 0061473847. OCLC Number: 670476092

Harper,. .

When Connecticut middle-schooler Jake and his older sister Kady are transported back to Pangaea, the strange world of lost civilizations, they must find the truth behind the mythic Fire Opal Eye in order to survive.

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's shadow /
ISBN: 0061473812. OCLC Number: 262883979

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

Connecticut middle-schooler Jake and his older sister Kady are transported by a Mayan artifact to a strange world inhabited by a mix of people from long-lost civilizations who are threatened by prehistoric creatures and an evil alchemist, the Skull King.

Map of bones :
ISBN: 0062017853. OCLC Number: 57341993

Morrow,. .

When a group of parishioners is burned to death in a German cathedral, the U.S. sends in the SIGMA force. The tragedy is more than a case of arson; someone has stolen the priceless treasure stored in the cathedral's golden reliquary: the bones of the biblical Magi, the legendary Three Kings.

Sandstorm /
ISBN: 0062017586. OCLC Number: 54461979

William Morrow,. .

Twenty years after a wealthy British financier disappears near the site of a lost fabled city, the man's daughter leads an expedition of scientists in search of the city, which harbors a powerful but dangerous energy source.

Shadowfall /
ISBN: 0451460502. OCLC Number: 57069608

Roc,. .

The murder of Meeryn, goddess of the Summering Isles, by a mysterious dark entity draws the sole witness to the crime, Tylar de Noche, a crippled and disgraced former Shadowknight, into a dangerous battle against friends and foes alike, when the dying goddess heals his broken body, as he seeks to bring down the ultimate godslayer.

Subterranean /
ISBN: 0061965804. OCLC Number: 641211400

Harper,. .

Archaelogist Ashley Carter and a team of specialists attempt to explore a labyrinth deep beneath the ice at the bottom of the Earth, a deadly maze that holds things that should not be disturbed.

The 6th extinction /
ISBN: 0061785695. OCLC Number: 903634483

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A remote military research station in Utah sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighbouring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles has been annihilated. The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a new form of death buried under miles of ice.

The blood Gospel /
ISBN: 0061991058. OCLC Number: 827260196

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After a shocking discovery in Masada, Israel, Sergeant Jordan Stone, Father Rhun Korza and Dr. Erin Granger, racing against time to recover a book written by Christ's own hand, must contend with a force of ancient evil with impossible ambitions and a secret sect within the Vatican called the Sanguines. City of screams: Sergeant Jordan Stone and his forensics team attempt to save a child and defeat what lurks beneath the ruins.

The bone labyrinth :
ISBN: 0062381652. OCLC Number: 914329877

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"In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years of 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? 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. In the remote mountains of Croatia, an archaeologist makes a strange discovery: a subterranean Catholic chapel, hidden for centuries, holds the bones of a Neanderthal woman. In the same cavern system, elaborate primitive paintings tell the story of an immense battle between tribes of Neanderthals and monstrous shadowy figures. Who is this mysterious enemy depicted in these ancient drawings, and what do the paintings mean? Before any questions can be answered, the investigative team is attacked, while at the same time, a bloody assault is made upon a primate research center outside of Atlanta. How are these events connected? Who is behind these attacks? The search for the truth will take Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force 50,000 years into the past. As he and Sigma trace the evolution of human intelligence to its true source, they will be plunged into a cataclysmic battle for the future of humanity that stretches across the globe. and beyond. With the fate of our future at stake, Sigma embarks on its most harrowing odyssey ever--a breathtaking quest that will take them from ancient tunnels in Ecuador that span the breadth of South America to a millennia-old necropolis holding the bones of our ancestors. Along the way, revelations involving the lost continent of Atlantis will reveal true mysteries tied to mankind's first steps on the moon. Gray Pierce and his team will face their greatest threat: an ancient evil, resurrected by modern genetic science, strong enough to bring about the end of man's dominance on this planet. Only this time, Sigma will falter--and the world we know will change forever. One of James Rollins's most ambitious stories to date, The Bone Labyrinth combines science, adventure, historical mystery, archaeology, technology, and legend in a brilliantly inventive tale that connects early man and the fate of the Neanderthals, while exploring the evolution of human intelligence from its wellspring to where we, as a species, may be headed next. Full of ingenious twists, it is a pulse-pounding epic from a master storyteller at the pinnacle of his creative powers"--

The devil colony /
ISBN: 0061785652. OCLC Number: 730414101

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After a mountainside massacre yields a grim message, Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force, must join with Commander Grayson Pierce and an unlikely ally if he is going to get to the root of a conspiracy that stretches back to a lost prehistoric colony in America.

The doomsday key :
ISBN: 006123141X. OCLC Number: 456181093

Harper,. .

The Sigma Force must solve a centuries-old secret involving coded prophecies about dark events leading to a future apocalypse.

The eye of God /
ISBN: 0061785679. OCLC Number: 850222953

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Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force set out to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.

The Judas strain /
ISBN: 0062017926. OCLC Number: 745091929

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From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions. In a savage and sudden coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy ship into a floating bio-weapons lab. A world away, SIGMA's Commander Gray Pierce thwarts the murderous schemes of a beautiful would-be killer who holds the first clue to the discovery of a possible cure, then joins forces with the woman who wanted him dead. As a relentless madman dogs their every step, Gray and his unlikely ally are pulled into an astonishing mystery buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code.--From publisher description.

The kill switch :
ISBN: 0062135260. OCLC Number: 900647728

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Recruited by Sigma Force to extract a Russian pharmaceutical magnate, who holds the biological key to a new weapons system, from Siberia, former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his military working dog Kane must solve an ancient mystery before the modern world suffers a fate worse than death.

The last oracle
ISBN: 9780061688232. OCLC Number: 868028419

Harper Audio,. .

An ancient relic, a murdered man, an international think tank of scientists known as the Jasons who have discovered a way to bioengineer autistic children, and a plot to wipe out a quarter of the world's population have two men racing against time to solve a mystery that dates back to the first famous oracle of history--the Greek Oracle of Delphi.

The last oracle :
ISBN: 0062018019. OCLC Number: 182573653

Morrow Avon,. .

An ancient relic, a murdered man, an international think tank of scientists known as the Jasons who have discovered a way to bioengineer autistic children, and a plot to wipe out a quarter of the world's population have two men racing against time to solve a mystery that dates back to the first famous oracle of history--the Greek Oracle of Delphi.

War hawk :
ISBN: 0062135279. OCLC Number: 883146604

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"Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane are thrust into a global conspiracy that threatens to shake the foundations of American democracy in this second exciting Sigma Force spinoff adventure from New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Grant Blackwood. Tucker Wayne's past and his present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She's on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son. To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the U.S. government. From the haunted ruins of a plantation in the deep South to the beachheads of a savage civil war in Trinidad, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a mystery that leads back to World War II, to a true event that is even now changing the world. and will redefine what it means to be human. With no one to trust, they will be forced to break the law, expose national secrets, and risk everything to stop a madman determined to control the future of modern warfare for his own diabolical ends. But can Tucker and Kane withstand a force so indomitable that it threatens our very future?"--

Wit'ch fire /
ISBN: 0345417062. OCLC Number: 40930491

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On a fateful night five centuries ago, three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power. But before she can even comprehend her terrible new gift, the Dark Lord dispatches his winged monsters to capture her. Fleeing the minions of darkness, Elena is swept toward certain doom--and into the company of unexpected allies.

Wit'ch gate /
ISBN: 0345442644. OCLC Number: 47665333

Del Rey,. .

Elena's allies are dispatched to the far corners of the world to destroy the Dark Lord's Weirgates while Elena herself must travel to her enemy's lair.

Wit'ch star /
ISBN: 0345442652. OCLC Number: 53381642

DelRey/Ballantine Books,. .

Elena, having separated from her companions after they destroyed the three deadly Weirgates, heads to the beautiful city of A'loa Glen to recover, but a spy informs her one Weirgate is still open and Elena must once again embark on a mission to stop the Dark Lord, finding the bonds of love and magic tested while on her journey.

Wit'ch storm /
ISBN: 0345417089. OCLC Number: 44448084

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Elena, a blood witch not yet in control of her powers, sets out with her warrior protector and a band of renegades to find a mystic tome that holds the key to the defeat of the Dark Lord, who seeks to use Elena for his own purposes.

Wit'ch war /
ISBN: 0345417100. OCLC Number: 44128790

Ballantine Pub. Group,. .

The wit'ch Elena and her band search the island of A'loa Glen for the Blood Diary that will help Elena defeat the Dark Lord.