Friday, April 22, 2011


by James Rollins

Excavation is one of the first three books written by James Rollins. His first three: Subterranean, Excavation, & Deep Fathom were originally published in paperback only and since I don't usually buy paperback books, I had never read them. Now that they're being printed in hard cover, I've gotten around to them.

His books are always fast-paced adventure stories which usually venture into the land of the implausible and preposterous. But I like that every once in awhile. Excavation is no exception. It involves the excavation of an ancient Incan temple high in the Andes mountains of Peru. A mummified member of the Spanish Inquisition is uncovered at the site and is discovered to contain a mysterious gold-like substance in his skull.

The temple itself contains the potential for incalcuable weath and power but also a warning that was left behind by the Spanish monk that it what it contains is best left undisturbed.

Rollins is the author who wrote the novelization of the fourth and hopefully last Indiana Jones movie. Excavation is a good indication of why he was chosen. It's a fun read, but suspend your sense of reason before reading.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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