HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

James Rollins

New York Times Bestselling Thriller Author


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  • James Rollins Novels: Where Fact Meets Fiction
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  • The Importance of Giving Back: Rollins’ Work with Veterans and Animals and Why it is Important
  • Rollins’ Work with Authors United for Veterans, a Charitable Fundraising Organization Helping Veterans and their Families



James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels which have been translated into 40 different languages. His critically acclaimed Sigma Force series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” by the New York Times and one of the “hottest summer reads” by People magazine. Drawing from his favorite childhood stories such as the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps featuring The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger, Rollins infuses his stories and keynote speeches with a breathtaking mix of science, suspense, and adventure. He is an in-demand speaker and routinely appears at schools and universities, literary conferences, science fiction and literature festivals, science and technology organizations, and corporations.

Writing at breakneck speed, Rollins has been bringing his readers at least one book a year since his first thriller, Subterranean (William Morrow), was published in 1999. In addition to his many novels, he is also the author of the Sigma Force series and The Blood Gospel series. The Sigma Force Series, which includes Bloodline (William Morrow), The Devil Colony (William Morrow), and The Doomsday Key (William Morrow) among others, follows the story of Commander Gray Pierce of the Sigma Force and a pair of Vatican historians as they race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, discover a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity’s origins, and unearth a long-hidden weapon that holds the fate of humanity. The Blood Gospel series, which Rollins co-writes with award-winning author Rebecca Cantrell, is a haunting, gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a book that is rumored to have been written by Christ’s own hand and said to hold the secrets to His divinity.

Rollins' forthcoming title, War Hawk (William Morrow), tells the story of former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane. They are thrust into a global conspiracy that threatens to shake the foundations of American democracy in this second exciting Sigma Force spinoff adventure.

Known for building high-octane adventures on a solid science foundation, Rollins juxtaposes the familiar with the exotic and then turbocharges his tales with suspense. Always mindful of history’s legacy, Rollins reveals how secrets, some hidden for centuries, can change the course of human events. His novels explore how advancing technology can affect society—not just the physical threats of unchecked advancements, but also the spiritual and moral challenges. “The true terror of technology is not the cogs and the wheels, but how it will change us,” he says.

Before Rollins set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, he pursued a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary clinic in Sacramento, California. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science has served Rollins well and helped shape the research and scientific speculation that sets his books apart from the pack.

In 2005, Rollins joined other literary luminaries to create International Thriller Writers, Inc. The group works together to recognize and promote the thriller genre by providing opportunities for mentoring, education, and collegiality among authors and industry professionals and granting awards for excellence in the genre. When Rollins is not writing, touring, giving seminars, or making presentations, he can be found spelunking, scuba diving, hiking, or traveling. Rollins and his two- and four-legged family members live amid chew toys and paleontological treasures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Praise forJames Rollins:

“Rollins’s roguish charm comes from his efforts to persuade readers the story is credible [through] real-life sources for his novel’s science, history and geography.”

-- New York Times

“Adventurous and enormously engrossing...”

-- Alan Cheuse, NPR

“After Michael Crichton passed away he clearly passed the baton to James Rollins, who like Crichton, is a renaissance man.”

-- Huffington Post

“Rollins combines real-world science with high-octane action to create rousing stories of adventure that are as exciting as any movie.”

-- Chicago Sun-Times

“James Rollins delivers one of the best thrillers of the year in The Devil Colony, an amazing amalgam of history, science and adventure.”

-- Associated Press

“A first-class, breathtaking adventure that will have readers whizzing through the pages. The only thing wrong with this tale: it has to end.”

-- Romantic Times

"...Rollins’ latest thriller should appeal to those who prefer books that focus on serpentine plots rather than multidimensional characters, and it will give readers something scary to think about while vacationing at the beach."

-- Bookreporter.com

Rollins keeps getting better with every novel, and his fast-paced thrillers are feasts for the imagination...If you like all-stops-out, high-concept adventure, this one's for you.

-- Booklist

“Riveting....Rollins gets better with each book, and his position at the top of this particular subgenre remains unshaken.”

-- Publishers Weekly