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Das Blut des Teufels

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  9,760 ratings  ·  377 reviews
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 imag
Published 2003 by Ullstein (first published 2000)
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Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
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Nov 14, 2011 Parvathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Indiana Jones fans, ancient mysteries
Recommended to Parvathy by: Yona
This is the first James Rollins book I have read and I can safely say that after this venture there are going to be more James Rollins books in my future. Never before had I experimented with a book like this which felt like watching a full length Indiana Jones movie. Kingdom of skulls was the first Indiana Jones movie I have watched and this book does go around a similar setting. The book opens with a Dominican priest almost 500 years in the past on the run form a group of Inca warriors and his ...more
Pam (E.P. Scott)
James Rollins combines truth, fiction, technology and archeology and comes up with another exciting and engaging story of ancient Incan tribes, creepy creatures and a substance that is out of this world.

The Short: Henry and his nephew Sam are on an archeological dig site in Peru and they have made a discovery. Henry leaves Sam in charge and heads back to the States with an ancient mummy with the hopes he can prove a theory of his. An old flame, Joan, re-enters his life to help him with the myste
James Rollins has really been filling that archaeological-action-adventure-thriller niche in my library. Although it could be ridiculously melodramatic in places, Excavation was even better than his first book, Subterranean. It spent less time setting things up and practically plunged right into the action and mystery right away. It also rolled along at a brisker pace - I didn't have the need to skim like I did with Subterranean.

Rollins is a fun author; his books aren't high literature, but the
Ernie Jr.
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I normally quite like James Rollins' novels, but this one? Not so much.

Although it is in his usual pseudo sci-fi style of writing which I have no problem with, I don't know whether the reason I wasn't really that sold on this one is due to the rather ridiculous (even for him) plot devices used, that fact that it's not one of his Sigma Force novels (best described as scientists with guns) and so lacks that over-reaching plot strands that connects all those novels, or (more likely) that he seems t
Christopher Fulbright
I love a good adventure novel, and James Rollins is on the cutting edge of the modern action thriller that pits man/woman against some strange discovery and throws them into seemingly unwinnable situations, only to see them (most of them at least) come out the other side on the basis of wit and skill alone. "Excavation" is the type of novel I can't turn down -- jungle adventure, ruins exploration, and intrigue. Yes, I know a million-and-one people think "Indiana Jones" any time you mention such ...more
Brian Steele
I'm beginning to love James Rollins. He merges the Adventure antics of Clive Cussler (minus the bromance) and the contemporary Sci-Fi Horror found in the best novels by Michael Crichton. I loved his book Subterranean and I enjoyed this book even more. Don't get me wrong - you have to suspend belief a good deal and roll with the popcorn, but it's just a fun and exciting tale. I've been eying Deep Fathom and after this, I'm definitely going to check it out.

While a bit more epic in scope, I believe
Exotic Location: Check
Incan tomb: Check
Boobytraps: check
Huge treasure + golden idol: check
Creapy crawlers: check
Hat always on main character's head: check
workers turning against archaeologists: check
evil organisation: check
Short Round (cleverly disguised as Denal): check
Mystical powers: check
Objects get destroyed/lost: check
Indiana Jones: chec... ...wait... Indiana isn't involved?!?

This book obviously shares *some* similarities with the Indiana Jones stories. Not necessarily a bad thing, because
Jan 30, 2008 Rubina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all readers who are into puzzles from long past!!
Recommended to Rubina by: Sheer luck!! Browsing in the book shop
After "The De Vinci Code" - this was one book that I really could not put down - I was actually running with the characters!!! By the last chapter I "was feeling" a little let down - for it was sounding so unreal - BUT by the time I was reading the last three pages - I was completely floored for it really made sense to me - one of the best reads in a long long time!!!

I love James Rollins and I am going to make sure I have all his books!!! :D
Wow, what can I say about this book except what a roller coaster ride, the pacing was perfect. The action never stopped and when I thought I couldn't take it anymore the humor was thrown in at all the right spots. Being that this is the second book I've read of Mr. Rollins I am now a big fan and intend to read more of his books and soon. Making this book a must read for anyone who enjoys action adventure stories.

Samie Foster
Excavation By James Rollins Smoothie Review

James Rollin is the a master of treasure hunting, tomb raiding adventures as Ludlum is to spy novels and as Crichton is to science fiction. It is a bit of a tall claim. But this is my fourth book I’ve read by him and so far it proves to be true. He has not proven me wrong with the exception of the Sigma force novels. So now I’m about knee deep into the James Rollins novels and the latest adventure is called Excavation.

So what is it about? It centers o
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
i can't believe i read/sat through a 450 page book as a kid, liked it and still remember it. it must have been good.
C.K. Burch
I've never read a James Rollins book before, and have only recently been introduced to his works. That said, the first time I cracked this novel open, I stopped reading over a hundred and fifty pages later. To call the opening narrative gripping is an understatement; this is a helluva read right off the bat, hopping between viewpoints and different investigations that offer new info at various points. Unfortunately, Rollins's writing soon slows down, as he keeps things going, but has used all of ...more
Before reading this book, I had read some reviews which mentioned about the plot devices being used to be ridiculous and ending of the book to be totally absurd.But still I had decided to read this book because I don't mind even if the concept in the story is a bit far fetched as long as the book is enjoyable to read with a bit of mystery and suspense added in it.

This book is a mix of contemporary science fiction and archaeology and has got the elements of an action thriller.We also get to know
Jeremy Miller
James Rollins may very well be my favorite author. This book didn't do it for me, even tho it is in the same style of all the books I love by him, especially the SIGMA Force novels. Rollins writes book that I would call a blend of the Sci-Fi, Action, and Techno-thriller genres. This book had all of those elements but the story never hooked me. The character's were dull and predictable and at times that plot seemed over the top. Things kept getting weirder and nothing was ever really explained in ...more
Randy Charles
Excavation by James Rollins depicts a journey throughout and beneath the Andean Mountains in a high tension, mysterious, and earth-shattering adventure. Dr. Henry Conklin is an archaeologist who has just discovered a find that he thinks will change the way researchers and historians view the ancient Incan culture. His find proves to be much more intriguing, much more devastating than he originally thought so he works to find answers in Maryland while his team uncovers an even bigger secret deep ...more
A bit of an Indiana Jones type of adventure/ thriller, along with ancient booby traps and lots of spiders. Ignoring my scepticism regarding the likely hood of the traps still working after 400 years, and whether anyone really could make anything so complex, this was a fast paced enjoyable thriller. Just enough detail to make you either like or despise the characters, and, for me, a good plot. I'm not sure about the ending; I liked it initially, but the more I think about it the less happy with i ...more
Wow! What a read. You don’t read James Rollins for realism … you read it for pure entertainment and this book delivered. Excavation is a fast, paced novel taking the reader around the world as a small group of archaeologists stumble upon on of sciences all-time secrets. In addition, Rollins always seems to have a tie into the religious world, and this book weaved that theme throughout the book. For a quick, entertaining read grab this book, sit down and enjoy.
Tanja Berg
I can't believe how much I enjoyed this! Such a wonderfully written Indiana Jones type adventure story. Certainly a guilty pleasure, but that is the best kind anyway.

In a laboratory in the United States a professor awaits a mummy from an Inca excavation his nephew Sam is doing. Professor Hank has a theory to prove and is pretty upset when it turns out to be a European, which does not correspond to his hopes. The mummy turns out to be a monk, with a cross around his neck. The cross bears mysteri
Great book. Kept me on edge for most of the book.


I realize I just read The Devil Colony and these two books were written a few years apart. However, they both were about nanobots. If I had not read them back to back, I don't think it would have bothered me. Excavation was a great book, the action kept me involved in the book and couldn't put it down. Philip, reminded me of Mr. Smith from the original Lost in Space.
Alexander Draganov
Terrific adventure novel. I'd love to share my thoughts about the plot, but even hints would be huge spoilers. I'll just say that the story is connected with the ancient Inca mysteries and the Holy Inquisition, but in modern times - and everything is connected to a mysterious metal, known as the blood of the devil. Great characters support the interesting plot and the breathtaking action. Highly recommended.
Aiga Malagamaalii
Now the thng I like about James Rollins is he actually takes the time to research all of the information he writes about. He tells us what is true in what he writes in his novels and he tries very hard to keep it as realistic as possible. Seeing as he does this it makes me feel as though I'm right there myself fighting in the jungle, but as usual no disappointment from me, 'Excavation' loved it(:
"Excavation" starts out on an archeological dig in the Peruvian Andes. . It was a fun read and the action never let up. After an unplanned event the main characters in the book are trapped in a cave and have to find their way to daylight again, encountering everything from booby traps, spiders, bats and aggressive, carnivorous mutants. There are two main story lines going at the same time. The group that is trying to survive and return to the world again and a connected story that involves two o ...more
John Thorpe
James Rollins' Excavation is an adventure romp through the Andes following an archaeologist, Dr. Henry Conklin, his grandson, and their team as they explore hidden tombs and a curious new metallic substance following their discovery of an ancient mummy.

While Excavation is a mostly-entertaining read, it was, for me, light on the technological aspects of the story- less techno-thriller and more adventure-thriller. Additionally, although full of violence and intrigue, the suspense never quite rose
As expected with a Rollins read, the action began on page one and has kept me engaged. But I'm not very far along and have encountered an annoying, distracting, persistent anomaly: the African American scholar-athlete-archaeologist, Ralph Isaacson, hails from the Bible belt. The text attributes his homophobia to this background. But this same character, Ralph, has already said "damn" in a gratuitous, profane context three times in the first two pages in which he appears. That does not compute. I ...more
Andrea Patrick
Gosh, this was so terrible I had to quit reading. And I was sitting in a waiting room. Staring into space was better than reading this because my eyeballs were tired from rolling every third sentence.

Full of cliches. Sam doesn't just wear a cowboy hat, it's a "Stetson". In e-v-e-r-y mention. They sit in "stygian darkness". The middle-aged scientists feel awkward about their sexual tension. The black football player hates the gay guy. Albino tarantulas creep out of underground cave. The (Spanish
Yes, the language is just good enough to tell the story; yes, the characters are one-dimensional; yes, the plot is predictable; yes, the book is a lot of fun to read.

Mr. Rollins would not be winning the National Book Award anytime soon but he writes novels that are equivalent of Hollywood action/adventure blockbusters. The story moves along briskly, at every turn there are events that defy logic and physical laws of the world while at the same time keep us intrigued and excited. There is just en
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.
good thrill-ride adventure book, besides the archaeologists aren't the bad guys.
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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, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.
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