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The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world’s most inhospitable rainforest: a former Special Forces soldier – scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death – who went in with one arm missing…and came out with both intact.

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Hardcover, 420 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by William Morrow (first published 2002)
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Nov 16, 2015 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first books that I ever read in this genre. Up until this point it had only been romance, but my husband talked me into reading it. I am so glad I did. It was scary and wonderful all at the same time. An ex-soldier turned mercenary goes into the Amazonian jungle with one arm. When he comes out he has two arms, but his mind has been altered. A team is sent into to figure out what happened. Once they discover the truth, will they be able to make it out alive? Very good!!
Apr 20, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
With the intrigue,mystery and it's huge landscape of uncharted territory of the Amazon, Rollins takes you on a fun adventure. With a good explanation's on the plant life, their different uses for healing by the natives, to all of the different critters that can be deadly, to the irratating's not a place I would like to spend a night in. Add in the search for a "miracle" drug, a hugh pharmaceutical company that will stop at nothing to be the first to get their hands on it, the action ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Rollins is one of the best adventure writers working today, and this early example of his work is typical of his writing and is a great escape. With his usual blend of adventure, science, politics, culture, myths and a little "what if" and romance added in, Amazonia is another exciting roller coaster ride of suspense. If you need sleep, don't start one of his books, as it's very hard to put them down once started.
A science/military team is going deep into the rainforest of Brazil, followi
Apr 01, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, fiction
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Aug 03, 2011 Michelle♥ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Can I give it 2.5 stars?

I know that this is an earlier version of Rollins' writing and I knew that going into it. But still, I expected more...

There was so much going on in this book, yet it took forever to get anywhere and then the ending just wrapped it up in a pretty bow.

I was intrigued to find out what happened and then when I did find out, I was disappointed.

Some whacked out tree from the prehistoric times still thrived, enslaved people, animals, and plants to its sweet healin
Aug 02, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I bought this book because the author has a reputation for weaving geography into his writing, and being a geographer myself, I wanted to see how well geographic themes worked.

If you are familiar with Clive Cussler, then these novels will resonate. Nathan Rand is this novel's "Dirk Pitt," an intrepid scientist who sets out on an expedition to discover how a former soldier makes it out of the Amazon covered up in cancer yet, miraculously, has regrown a limb. Said soldier was the sole survivor of
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Holy holes in the fence Batman! I found another big time fun read on the rapidly growing favorite reads shelf that fell through the cracks!

Time for another short reivew. (Does two make a trend?...oh, I hope not..)

This was my first introduction to James Rollins and thank God for that! She must have been listening!

All James Rollins stories, save two, that I can think of get the same opening statement..."Fast Paced." This is no exception, however, in this one, I think the balance between speed of
Jason Gusman
Aug 11, 2011 Jason Gusman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on a referral from a friend. He had bought 4 paperback Rollins books and enjoyed them all. After sending me the books they sat on my shelf for over two years before I finally picked this one up. Rollins style is distinct. He writes about outdoor adventures with a twist of history and an explorer, scientist, archeologist, etc. being the main character. Amazonia grabs the reader right off the bat! We are put into a setting of horror as mysticism and curses seem to leave a trail of deat ...more
Alexander Draganov
Words fail me. This book is pure joy, right from the first, till the last page. Great adventure, great mysteries and great action, mixed with likeable heroes, awesome monsters and extremely villainous baddies. And so much more... one have to read it, to understand how terrific it is. The best from Rollins I have seen so far.
Dec 04, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, scifi
Another awesome book by James Rollins who really knows how to churn out quality page turners. Amazonia is a techno action adventure with some cool sf elements thrown in. The main character is Nathan Rand Whose father died while on a mysterious expedition to the Amazon. Nathan is part of a large team sent in to discover what happened to the previous group and hopefully unravel the central mystery.

Carisa Burns
Oct 05, 2011 Carisa Burns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
Wow! I wish I had found this author sooner. I love sci fi thriller movies and have been searching for an author who can give me that same fast paced, interesting action and drama that I feel when watching a movie but everyone has fell short until now. James Rollins has this amazing way of describing action without having the story lose pace and his reveal of the sci-fi creatures and mysteries of the jungle did not dissapoint. It was so creative and not something I would have expected or been abl ...more
I almost read the entire book in one evening, I just couldn't stop. James Rollins is master when it comes to writing adventure books and this book is so incredibly engrossing that I just couldn't stop reading. Just one more chapters, and suddenly it's two hours later. The only drawback? The romance, I don't know why, I just wasn't fond of it. I'm not against romance in adventure book, but I want it to feel real, and the romance between the main characters, well it was just corny, one step away f ...more
This was the September selection for discussion in my Shelfari Mystery & Suspense group. I've wanted to read something by James Rollins but wasn't certain that this was the first I should try. Fortunately, the friend who recommended it (who has never steered me wrong) knew better as this was an exciting experience.

The set up
The story takes place in a remote area of the Amazon jungle. A team is sent there to try to find out what happened to a science expedition four years prior. One of the m
Leah Kautz
I read through this one in a day! The mix of science, religion, mythology and adventure was perfect in this book, and written in a way that made sense without feeling like it was written for a child. The setting was built in a way that made you feel like you were traipsing through the Amazon with them, with great foreshadowing that made me feel like a musical score was about to start up in my head any second.

One thing that I found disappointing though was that this story has SOOO many similariti

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Description: A U.S. Special Forces agent walks out of the Amazon jungle and quickly dies of rampant tumors; what's especially bizarre is that this man has two arms, but when he entered the jungle five years before as part of a biopharmaceutical exploratory expedition, which has been lost track of, he had only one. The rest of the novel follows a group of scientists and U.S. military guardians as they trek deep into the jungle in search of the mis
James Lyon
A great thriller for a long transatlantic airplane ride. However, it became at first too predictable and formulaic, and then just too far outside the realm of reality to retain any form of plausibility. The ending where -- in James Bond fashion -- everything gets blown up, was a bit too cliche. There were also too many well-telegraphed cliches that were apparent 50 pages ahead of time. In other words, for a thriller, there were few surprises, just a lot of chases and gun-play. But then again, I ...more
Carrie Kellenberger
A fast paced adventure thriller that is set deep in the forests of the Amazon, Amazonia is one of those page turners that offers pure adrenaline. This is the type of book that I like to read at the beach or on a long flight, because once you start reading, it's going to be hard to put down.

A scientific expedition led by Carl Rand mysteriously disappears in the Amazon without a trace. Despite a massive manhunt, the team is never recovered and presumed dead. Four years later, a Special Forces sold
Sreeja Nair
Feb 03, 2014 Sreeja Nair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought a book could be this good. I don’t think I will get one more book filled with this much stuff, mystery and action packed adventure. While nearing climax, the story created some kind of chill which I never felt before. Honestly saying I didn’t expect the book is going to lure me like this. I was just thinking, after 200 pages the pace of the story will reduce. It went till 300 pages.. then I forgot all those things in mind.. don’t know when the book ended. I was literally inside A ...more
Jason Parent
Jun 29, 2016 Jason Parent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazonia is the perfect cross between a high action horror-thriller and a smooth science fiction adventure tale. Yes, all those things. A creature feature mixed with Michael Crichtonmixed with Outbreak set in an Indiana Jones/Alan Quartermaine world.

Read this. It's awesome. My only qualms was a somewhat rushed ending.
Will M.
What a huge disappointment. My rating now might change depending on my further assessment of the novel. I'm still contemplating whether I should give it 1 or 2 stars. Most of my 1 star are for my dnf books, so I might go ahead and give this a 2. Lucky bastard, but like I said, it might drop down to 1star one day.

The main problem would be the characters. Almost all of them were flat and dull. Dull to the point that you wouldn't mind them dying. To be honest Kelly and her daughter were the only
Titas (Emperor)
Nov 21, 2014 Titas (Emperor) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, adventure
His arm grew back?!
4yrs ago, a government scientific expedition team lead by Dr. Carl Rand had vanished in the unknown depths of the jungle of Amazon. Now after all these years one of the team members- a special force soldier comes out of the jungle and dies within hours from multiple diseases, scars and molestations. But, he has come out with both of his arm although he had gone in with only one! Now the government decides to lead another expedition to trace back the missing years following the
Partha Pritom
Mar 25, 2015 Partha Pritom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
আমাজন, এক রহসযের নাম। দকষিন আমেরিকার এই রহসয যে বই এর নামেই জড়িত, সে বই এর পরতে পরতে রহসয আর এডভেঞচার জড়িয়ে থাকবে সেটাই সবাভাবিক। আমাজোনিয়া বইটি পড়তে গিয়ে তাই বারবার অবাক হতে হয় আমাজন এর ভয়াল সুনদর অনধকার দেখে। লেখক নিজেই এক জন ভূতততববিদ, তাই কাহিনীর বাইরে যেটা চোখে পড়েছে, সেটা হল আমাজনের বরণনা।

কাহিনীর শুরু বছর আগে এক একসপিডিশনে হারিয়ে যাওয়া সৈনিকের পরতযাবরতন দিয়ে। যদিও লোকালয়ে ফিরে এসে কিছু বলার আগেই মারা যায় সে, কিনতু তার লাশ ঘিরেই শুরু হয় এক নুতন রহসযের। অনেক বছর আগেই এক হাত হারানো এই সৈনিক
Lindsey Rey
Jun 01, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2015
It's official: I am going to read every single James Rollins book in existence!
Jun 16, 2015 Tanner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I gave this book three stars. For the most part I did find myself enjoying the story. It was an interesting read unlike most of the other books I read.

You follow main character Nathan Rand and his adventures. You also follow the O'briars Kelly and Frank.

And the characters were my biggest problem with this story. They were very bland. And I did not connect to any of there story's what so ever. And for me liking and connecting with the characters is a huge thing for me when I read a
Jun 23, 2015 Krbo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piscu koji umeće misteriozne stvari u avanturističke romane Amazona nikako ne može ostati nekorištena :)

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Fuad Fidah
May 24, 2016 Fuad Fidah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 10, 2015 Connor rated it really liked it
[4 Stars] I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! The science involved was absolutely fantastic, and I loved every second of it. Don't worry if you don't know much science though because it's all explained really well as you're reading. I also love to come across characters with my last name. Kelly and Frank O'Brien for the win. It definitely kept me on my toes for the whole duration learning about the native cultures and the different elements of the Amazon rain forest, not to mention all the crazy in ...more
Verdict: DNFed at 59%.

1.5 stars.

Let's begin with the good stuff about this book: I liked the idea of it, the exotic setting, the entire mystery aspect and its medical/science grounds. Also, I really appreciated the fact that the science throughout the book was explained extremely thoroughly - the downside of that being, of course, that the book pretty much read like a textbook.

Characters flat; writing flat; plot flat and repetitive.

I particularly did not enjoy the cheap thrills that kept being
Moumita Hride
Mar 22, 2016 Moumita Hride rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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গত কাল রাতে পড়ে শেষ করলাম, জেমস রোলিনস এর 'আমাজনিয়া'.... যার রেশ এখনো আছে।
গলপের শুরু হয়, সি আই এর সাবেক করমকরতা জেরালড কলারক খুব মুমূরষু অবসথায় উপসথিত হয় এক মিশনারীতে.... কিনতু কয়েক ঘনটা পরই তার মৃতযু হয়। চার বছর আগে সে এক গোপন মিশনে যায় একহাত নিয়ে কিনতু যখন ফিরে আসে তখন তার দু হাতই আছে! এটা কি করে সমভব? কি এমন ঘটেছিল আমাজনের ভেতরে? এদিকে সারা পৃথীবিতে ছড়িয়ে পড়ছে মহামারি হয়ে অজানা এক রোগ। এই বিষয় তদনত করার জনয গঠন হয় ইনভেসটিগেশন টিম.... ... সেই ইনভেসটিগেশন টিমে যুকত হয় নাথান যার বাবার সাথেই মিশ
Horace Derwent
Oct 01, 2016 Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing
No wonder Director Spielberg invited him to write the script

No doubt the screenwriter of the 5th Indiana Jones movie will still be him
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James Rollins is a #1 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 has a knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality that has been hailed by critics and embraced by millions of readers around the world.
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