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Old 12-04-2009, 04:54 PM   #1
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I just finally got caught up with James Rollins Sigma series by finishing The Doomsday Key.

I am trying to read the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, but I can't get into it.


I want something along the lines of a James Rollins type book.

You know action, with a lot of science talk, and puzzles, and religious type overtones.

His next book is not coming out until the 29th, so I am looking for something else.

I like Indiana Jones type stories, and been really into those right now, but I also love historical fiction, and sci-fi and horror type stuff as well.

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Check out the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. Here is the description for the first book "The Templar Legacy" via fantastic.fiction.co.uk.




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The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was-and its true nature could change the modern world.

Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts-and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he'd left behind.

It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton's former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who's far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she's not alone. Competing for the historic prize-and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses-is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command.

Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world-and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:40 PM   #3
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http://www.literature-map.com/

This is a fantastic site for helping to choose authors who are like someone you really like.

Just type in James Rollins and you will see authors who are close to his name on the map. The closer they are to the main author means that their books should be something that you would like.

I like James Rollins, Jack DuBrul, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Steve Berry and have been told by member, cbell, that I would like Mathew Reilly also. (Their names are all close together, so this map must be pretty good)
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:34 AM   #4
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After I'd finished the Sigma series, I also felt kind of lost, and it was probably a fortnight before I started searching for something completely different... I found The count of Monte Crisco, and just couldn't put it down...

Now, that I'm cured of my Rollins addiction, I'm reading a wide variety of e-books...
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:43 AM   #5
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Thanks for that link, Dreams. Very useful -- here's karma to ya.

By the way, folks, if anyone wants to pop into the site of my own wee publishing house (www.bewrite.net), just drop me a line and I'll send over ebook versions of anything that catches your eye free of charge for the rest of this year. PDF only so far, I'm afraid, but a wide range of genres.

ntmarrATbewrite.net (use the @ sign). Cheers. Neil
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:02 AM   #6
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http://www.literature-map.com/

This is a fantastic site for helping to choose authors who are like someone you really like.

Just type in James Rollins and you will see authors who are close to his name on the map. The closer they are to the main author means that their books should be something that you would like.
Very interesting site. I'll have to spend some time testing it. They have Tony Hillerman and Peter Bown about as far away from each other as possible, but I like both of them.

Regards, Alex
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After I'd finished the Sigma series, I also felt kind of lost, and it was probably a fortnight before I started searching for something completely different... I found The count of Monte Crisco, and just couldn't put it down...

Now, that I'm cured of my Rollins addiction, I'm reading a wide variety of e-books...


Yeah that is how I feel. I remember reading Sandstorm and being blown away by it.

Though I am starting World War Z right now. I saw a lot of great things about that.

Hey don't worry though December 29 we can get our James Rollins Fix. Altar of Eden I think it is called. It is a single Story, and the Next Sigma Book is in July 2010. I forget the title it is on his page.

That website is a great site. Thanks for that. Karma for you. I heard about Steve Berry I may try him next.

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Old 12-07-2009, 01:37 PM   #8
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If you like action and science you might consider The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman
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http://www.literature-map.com/

This is a fantastic site for helping to choose authors who are like someone you really like.

Just type in James Rollins and you will see authors who are close to his name on the map. The closer they are to the main author means that their books should be something that you would like.

I like James Rollins, Jack DuBrul, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Steve Berry and have been told by member, cbell, that I would like Mathew Reilly also. (Their names are all close together, so this map must be pretty good)
Thank you for the link, Dreams, this will come in handy!
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Try Mathew Reilly - Australian Author. Starting with '7 Ancient Wonders' - followed by '6 Sacred Stones' and 'The 5 greatest Warriors' . His other books are good too, but don't fall in the same genre. In that I also like Douglas Preston.
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Thanks all for the suggestions, I need to make a booklist on board on Books now lol.

Katti's Cat, those titles sound right up my alley, and cassidym, That book sounds really interesting.

It is funny, before James Rollins, I mostly read books by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and horror type books. Once I read Sandstorm, I think it was when it first hit paperback, I was just hooked to those type of books.

So Thanks for your all your suggestions.
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That website is a great site. Thanks for that. Karma for you. I heard about Steve Berry I may try him next. Thanks.
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So Thanks for your all your suggestions.

You're all welcome, I like to play on that site when I want to check on authors.

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Try Mathew Reilly - Australian Author. Starting with '7 Ancient Wonders' - followed by '6 Sacred Stones' and 'The 5 greatest Warriors' . His other books are good too, but don't fall in the same genre. In that I also like Douglas Preston.
It's nice to have another person suggest the same author member cbell suggested to me. I definitely will have to check him out.
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Rock, have you tried Wilbur Smith's 'Ancient Egyptian' series? It starts with River God, which is absolutely fantastic, much better than Rollins IMHO.
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Never heard, but definitely will check that out.

Better than Rollins though? mm that is tough. Though I must thank Rollins, I read Dan Browns Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code before I read Sandstorm, and now I cannot even read a Dan Brown book. He is all over the place, with his writing and everything.

So I should thank James Rollins for making me realized that even more lol.
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Better than Rollins though? mm that is tough.

....trust me, I've read both and Smith gets the nod by a long neck!!
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