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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Rollins Narrator: John Meagher Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780061958595
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A real page-turner…Rollins keeps the story in overdrive, with plenty of twists and turns before the final shocker.”

    Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “The action moves quickly from cliffhanger to cliffhanger, and no adventure fan could think of putting it down.”

    Tampa Tribune

  • “It’s something of an insult to characterize novelist James Rollins as a cross between Clive Cussler and Dan Brown as some have done, since his work has considerably more depth and range than either of his fellow thriller writers…Rollins delivers.”

    Charleston Post and Courier

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe Peters | 2/17/2014

    " The ending was extremely disappointing. If there had been a plausible scientific explanation at the end of the book, I would've given it 4 stars. But, in the last chapter, it seemed like Rollins was out of ideas and fell back on a lame, cop-out ending (it was all the aliens!!!). DUH? What the . . .? It made me SO mad that I had wasted all the time reading the book. I wish I could say it was worthwhile. I definitely do *not* recommend. There are far better adventures out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stef | 2/12/2014

    " My favorite character died 1/3 through the book. It just wasn't the same after that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Temaire' | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this book! It really creeped me out at some points! This is definetly a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyed the adventure but thought it was a bit too much at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mozes Rodriguez | 12/24/2013

    " Pretty good read...Rollins delivers again with an action packed story about hidden Incans, strange space material...I like the way his story is always fast paced and always a cliffhanger on every chapter...me likes the Rollins! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Longley | 12/16/2013

    " Another good Indiana jones type caper "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Constantine | 12/15/2013

    " This is one of those books that speed-reading was written for. Not much depth in either the plot or the characters but for what it is it is a quick fun read. The book is a Raider's of the Lost Ark type of Archeological adventure set in South America amongst the ruins of the Incas. Along the way a bit of stuff thrown in here and there. If you have a flight and not much else to do this may be fun (but there may be better stuff out there too). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/13/2013

    " Entertaining ideas, but the characters and writing style are very juvenile. I liked reading it, don't get me wrong...but I could feel my brain rotting. :) He's best at keeping the action going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/5/2013

    " Even better than his first, Subterranean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 11/26/2013

    " Loved this book! Very great! I just loved it! And the power! It was great, loved reading it, and I really wanted to hurt the bad guys, becuase they were how they were. Yep :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Tanner | 11/6/2013

    " Not my favorite of his novels in the least. I felt like I couldn't really connect to the characters, but the science and mythology he interweaved was great. I felt like I learned something. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike Caulfield | 10/11/2013

    " Strong start, devolved into boring gore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/19/2013

    " it was eh.... how it started was pretty good... but the ending was eh.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 9/14/2013

    " This book was good. Action, adventure, Incas, modern day Spanish Inquisition monks. It had a little of everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Una | 8/7/2013

    " Easy read, not very well written. It's entertaining. (read it for work) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/7/2013

    " Since "Amazonia" was the first James Rollins book I read I must judge all others by it. And "Excavation" was interesting but I wasn't taken by the plot. It was equally exciting and dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/13/2012

    " Rollicking good fun... just enough science mixed with thrills and Indiana Jones inspired scenes. Will definitely check out his other tales! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Holmberg | 8/25/2012

    " Amazing! i couldnt put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti Shimp | 3/22/2012

    " Burried secrets, danger and lots of adventure. Good characters. Some of it is hard to believe but intriguing none the less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/18/2011

    " Sooooo interesting! I've convinced my husband to read some of these & he can't put them down either! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D D | 12/6/2011

    " While this book was not as enthralling as the others I have read, it was well put together with a different twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/23/2011

    " There was so interesting phrasing and ideas in this, but it wasn't my favorite of Rollins' books. The ties to the Inquisition and religious ideas were good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 5/15/2011

    " Very interesting story involving archeology and ancient religious mysteries. Was kind of let down by the ending, but a nice unusual book. Will probably read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanzila | 5/14/2011

    " really nice and gripping book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 5/13/2011

    " It was ok. I found something lacking... the characters didn't grab me like they have, for example, in the Sigma Force series.

    A fun premise though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2011

    " Half Indiana Jones, half M. Crition. Very much like congo. A good read but a little predictable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yona | 4/14/2011

    " The story is nice- about the lost Incan tribe, but in the end it was a little unbeliveable, but still it was well written. I`m giving it 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimpieschel | 4/12/2011

    " so far it's very exciting!

    typical james rollins suspense (and I mean this in a positive manner)!

    Finished THE book, again really excited. If you love James Rollins you will also love this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 4/3/2011

    " This was a fun, exciting adventure novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian | 3/28/2011

    " Good overall, James dose it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fernanda | 3/9/2011

    " A nice thriller but that's it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobi | 3/7/2011

    " kinda pissed me off when Ralph died. only black character so how predictable is that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 3/4/2011

    " Cannot go wrong with anything he's written. Mixes science, history, and lots of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/4/2011

    " My fist book by James Rollins and I loved it. Good detail, great storyline and lots of action with a touch of romance tossed in for good measure. Exciting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/12/2011

    " Sooooo interesting! I've convinced my husband to read some of these & he can't put them down either! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/28/2010

    " Think Indiana Jones, The Da Vinci Code, and Aliens all rolled together. It had action and suspense but too many things that just didn't make sense. "

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About the Author
Author James Rollins

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, he has a knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality that has been hailed by critics and embraced by millions of readers around the world.

About the Narrator

John Meagher is a graphic designer and voice-over artist. He is also the author of the Tales of the Left Hand series, which he started writing as a side project to practice his narration skills. He lives in Virginia with his family.