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Going by the pen name of James Rollins, James Paul Czajkowski was born on August 20, 1961 in Chicago Illinois. He is an American writer of mystery, techno-thriller and action -adventure /thriller novels. The former Sacramento, California vet uses a combination of research, imagination and experiences from his travels all over the world to pen explosive and eye-opening books that keep readers turning pages. His experiences in scuba diving and as an amateur spelunker have aided him in writing content for his novels as well. He has also used his James Clemens alias to publish fantasy novels like, Wit’ch Storm, Wit’ch Gate, Shadowfall,(2005) Hinterland(2006), Wit’ch Fire, Wit’ch War, and Wit’ch Star.

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Order of Sigma Force Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sandstorm 2004 Description / Buy
2 Map of Bones 2005 Description / Buy
3 Black Order 2006 Description / Buy
4 The Judas Strain 2007 Description / Buy
5 The Last Oracle 2008 Description / Buy
6 The Doomsday Key 2009 Description / Buy
7 The Devil Colony 2010 Description / Buy
8 Bloodline 2012 Description / Buy
9 The Eye of God 2013 Description / Buy
10 The 6th Extinction 2014 Description / Buy
11 The Bone Labyrinth 2015 Description / Buy
12 The Seventh Plague 2016 Description / Buy
13 The Demon Crown 2017 Description / Buy
14 Crucible 2018 Description / Buy
15 The Last Odyssey 2020 Description / Buy
16 Kingdom of Bones 2022 Description / Buy
17 Tides of Fire 2023 Description / Buy
18 Arkangel 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Sigma Force Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Kowalski's in Love (Short Story) 2006 Description / Buy
2 The Skeleton Key 2011 Description / Buy
3 Tracker 2012 Description / Buy
4 The Devil's Bones (Short Story) ( With: Steve Berry) 2014 Description / Buy
5 The Midnight Watch 2015 Description / Buy
6 Crash and Burn (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
7 Ghost Ship (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of The Banned and the Banished Series as James Clemens

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1 Wit'ch Fire (As: James Clemens) 1998 Description / Buy
2 Wit'ch Storm (As: James Clemens) 1999 Description / Buy
3 Wit'ch War (As: James Clemens) 2000 Description / Buy
4 Wit'ch Gate (As: James Clemens) 2001 Description / Buy
5 Wit'ch Star (As: James Clemens) 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Godslayer Series as James Clemens

# Read Title Published Details
1 Shadowfall 2005 Description / Buy
2 Hinterland 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Jake Ransom Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow 2009 Description / Buy
2 Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Moon Fall Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Starless Crown 2022 Description / Buy
2 The Cradle of Ice 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Order Of The Sanguines Series with Rebecca Cantrell

# Read Title Published Details
1 City of Screams 2012 Description / Buy
2 The Blood Gospel 2013 Description / Buy
3 Blood Brothers 2013 Description / Buy
4 Innocent Blood 2013 Description / Buy
5 Blood Infernal 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Tucker Wayne Series with Grant Blackwood

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Kill Switch ( With: Grant Blackwood) 2014 Description / Buy
2 War Hawk ( With: Grant Blackwood) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of James Rollins Standalone Novels

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1 Subterranean 1999 Description / Buy
2 Excavation 2000 Description / Buy
3 Deep Fathom 2001 Description / Buy
4 Amazonia 2002 Description / Buy
5 Ice Hunt 2003 Description / Buy
6 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 Description / Buy
7 Altar of Eden 2009 Description / Buy

Order of James Rollins Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Unrestricted Access 2020 Description / Buy

James Rollins Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Killer Year: Stories to Die For... 2008 Description / Buy
2 Warriors 2010 Description / Buy
3 Warriors 3 2011 Description / Buy
4 Suspense Magazine July 2013 2013 Description / Buy
5 FaceOff 2014 Description / Buy
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James had a rather blue collar upbringing in Chicago, Illinois. His father worked at Libby’s canning plant while his mother stayed home with his six siblings. He has joked that his life was similar to that of the Brady Bunch. His family ended up moving from Chicago and he graduated from high school in Ballwin, Missouri. He would go on to the University of Missouri-Columbia where he graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He moved to Sacramento, California where he opened his own veterinary practice in the mid-1980s.

The work as a veterinarian who owned his own practice was really hard. James would work 14-18 hour days and in the ten years of owning the practice, he only had three weeks of vacation total. During this time he would write in his free time or on his lunch hour with animals all around him. With the success of his writing, he has flipped the script and now works just part-time as a veterinarian while concentrating on his writing full-time.

James Rollins is the brains behind international thrillers that have so far been translated into more than forty world languages. The sigma series has unveiled some of the world’s unseen parts, historical secrets and scientific breakthroughs; all done with what can only be described as stunning insight and at breakneck speed. The Sigma series has ten thrillers namely The Doomsday Key, The Devil Economy, The Last Oracle, Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Eye of God and the 6th Extinction, The Doomsday Key,and The Judas Strain. He has also written six individual adventure thrillers.

There are also two the Jake Ransom series which are middle grade adventures: Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow as well as Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx. He also co-authored some work with Grant Blackwood in the Tucker Wayne series adventures: The Kill Switch and Wark Hawk. Another of his co-author is Rebecca Cantrell in the Sanguines series which is a best seller with books such as: City of Scream, The Blood Gospel, Blood Brothers, Innocent Blood and Blood Infernal.

Chronological Order of James Rollins Books

The chronological order of James Rollins novels match the publication order.

James Rollins Awards

James Rollins has received several awards for his work that has captured the interests of many fans. Among his awards are the Reviewers Choice Awards Thriller that he won for the Bone Labyrinth. The same book was also a top pick for the RT Book Reviews and got a starred review for the 2015 RT book list. The Doomsday Key 2009 Library Journal earned him a starred review. The Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow was nominated for the Bluebonnet Award while the Judas Strain was a finalist in the suspense category in the 2008 Audies. The sixth Extinction was a top pick in 2014 RT Book Reviews.

James Rollins Books into Movies

Dino de Laurentiis won the rights to produce the books in the Sigma series by Jame Rollins into a movie called Sigma Force. The film will not be adapting any of the novels but will focus on tackling a new story in the world so as to start a franchise. The series is mainly about a Department of Defense program beneath the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. The program is a secret and “killer scientists” use covert research and ops to handle scientific threats. However that was back in2 010 and de Laurentiis passed away soon after. It’s currently still listed as in development.

Best James Rollins Books

These are some of the best books by James Rollins by the reviews of readers on Amazon.

The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel: This novel will seek to answer a question that can only be termed as frightening: Was the United States founded on a lie? The truth lies in the ruins of a lost colony found in the Americas that disappeared in time and that a curse has sent into oblivion. Hence the title; The Devils Colony

The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel: In this book James Rollins provides an apocalyptic view of our future which is predicted by the past long gone. Rollins details the exploits of Commander Gray Pierce as he discovers the truth linking the Roman Empire and its fall, the establishment of Christianity to a weapon

The 6th Extinction: A Sigma Force Novel: The book revolves around a military research station found in a remote area sending a frantic and distressed call that ends with a chilling command: Kill us all. When personnel from a nearby base get there they find everyone dead including the scientist. All living things including insects, plants, bacteria and animals found within for 50 miles are annihilated.

Godslayer Book One: Shadowfall: Another great series by Rollins is the Godslayer series and this is the first book. The people of the Nine Lands live peacefully under the guidance of their gods. When the goddess Meeryn is murdered, the peace that was holding the land together is shattered. A defrocked knight named Tylar de Noche witnessed the murder, but is now the main suspect. He’ll have to find the killer to prove himself innocent and hopefully bring peace back to the kingdom.

When Does The Next James Rollins book come out?

The next book by James Rollins is Arkangel and will be released on August, 6th 2024. It is the newest book in the Sigma Force Series.


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  1. I have read all the Sigma and Sanguine series books and I wish he would write more in both series.
    I am about to start the other series he wrote and I am very excited to found additional titles I hadn’t seen before. I love his research and knowledge about the subjects and how he incorporates fiction with facts.
    James Rollins is one of my favourite authors, right up there with Wilbur Smith and Robert Heinlein.
    I have always loved reading and when I find an author that can captivate my imagination I try to read everything he/she ever wrote.
    Thank God for great stories, it made this past year (Covid 19) a bit easier to bear.

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