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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  19,010 ratings  ·  726 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 ima ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Harper (first published July 3rd 2000)
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Shariful Sadaf
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Book:- Excavation
Author:- James Rollins

This book surprised me. I thought it would be a little 'fluff' read- i love history, archaeology, and ancient civilizations so this sounded like it would be a good palate cleanser. It was much better than i thought it would be! I mean the writing is a little redundant, at times too descriptive and others not descriptive enough. A few times i absolutely could not see what the author was trying to describe.

But i loved the variying points of view. I
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
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
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Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
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
Ernie Jr.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Rather, I should say, "I think I liked it" as I read it while heavily medicated (after a surgery and while in a hospital bed). I remember very little: various factions are somewhere in the jungle looking for something...I assume some kind of treasure. I've read other books by this author which I've enjoyed and this book did help pass the time, so thanks Mr. Rollins as I did need all distractions possible. Oddly, I found myself craving a TRUE archeology adventure, so I am now reading "The Lost Ci ...more
Brian Steele
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, scifi, thriller
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
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an adventure! If the synopsis for this book doesn't intrigue you then nothing I can say will do the trick. I love archaeology mysteries and James Rollins just never disappoints. It's thrilling and educational all at the same time. You learn some new facts about the Incas and their customs while taking you through some "Hold on to your chair" life threatening situations. Mystery addicts, adventure addicts, and those that just love a good book will thoroughly enjoy this one. ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: overdrive, audio
The plot was just too preposterous for me. It also had awkward romances and a constant stream of threats, dangers, spiders, etc. followed by inevitable escapes. I did not enjoy any of this. The exploding mummy at the very beginning of the book was a nice touch though.
Trigger warnings: death, murder, blood, gun violence, explosions, horror elements??

This book is ridiculous but in a thoroughly enjoyable way. It's 21 years old now and it definitely has its problematic moments. But I always have a lot of fun reading this. So. There's that.

This book is kind of insane. But in a good way. I think... I mean, I really like the whole idea of an archaeological thriller where there are ancient puzzles to solve or else you die in crazy booby traps and
Nazmus Sakib
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, favorites
a outstanding novel. its 2nd book of james rollins as i read. a great bookish Rizwan vai suggested me Map of Bones (Sigma Force, #2) by James Rollins once to read. that book amazed me so did this one.

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i wish this writer will continuously keep me in the loop.if any body like techno-thriller with historical/fantasy background he/she should give James Rollins a try. happy reading.


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Mar 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2008
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
Riju Ganguly
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
James Rollins is one author whose laundry list might also become a best-seller (if he pursues it), and the reasons were pretty obvious to readers like us who had read him when he were only marking his presence. This novel was a "winner" right from the first page, and when it finally concluded (with sufficient hints that may be elongated into a sequel at a later phase) like many other readers I had also realised that I had been holding my breath for some time. It is a very good read (Rollins' usu ...more
Samie Foster
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Christopher Fulbright
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Angus Whittaker
James Rollins is not a great writer. You must know that before picking up this book. His dialogue is stilted and cheesy, his characters lack character, his romances taste like a corn and cheese casserole. In fact, if this novel was a dish, it would be a combination of lasagna, pizza, nachos, and mac and cheese, with a bit of Parmesan sprinkled on top and a light brie for an appetizer. In short, its cheesy.
If one is willing or able to wade through the sticky cheese fondue, however, they will fin
James Rollins never disappoints. Another fantastic read.
Aaron Daniels
Excavation was a interesting book for me, the second book by James Rollins that I have read, the first being Amazonia. To put it mildly I loved Amazonia, one of my favorite books I have read in the last year or so. Yet, the best I can say about Excavation is that it was alright. What I found with this book is it is basically the first edition of Amazonia. This books seems like a test run for James Rollins where he tried out some ideas and improved on them two years later with Amazonia. I mean th ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Zach Nix
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great, it had a lot of action. An to be honest I wasn’t sure where the story was taking me pretty much the entire way through. This story felt like a huge rollercoaster, and every time you go through a loop and think it is over, you turn the corner to another loop.

I’m fairly surprised that James Rollins isn’t afraid to take risks with his characters, he’s not scared to do what is necessary for the plot to thicken and the suspense to be raised. An like I explained up above I was re
Scott Rhee
James Rollins can write a helluva good action/adventure story. Granted, they are blatantly derivative, but the fact that he doesn’t really hide the fact makes it seem okay.

“Excavation”, published in 2000, essentially “steals” whole plot lines, devices, twists, and scenarios from a myriad of sources, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. Rider Haggard, Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, and all four of the “Indiana Jones” movies.

Rollins does, in book form, what Quentin Tarantino does in film: throw a
Robert Reiner
This is my second James Rollins book and from what I remember of the last book I read of his (Subterranean), this feels like the same exact story. In fact, the author describes the setting as "Subterranean" multiple times throughout this novel so really you could probably interchange the titles of the two books I read and it wouldn't matter.

I'm convinced Rollins is a solid writer because he's got so many books out there at my local B & N and his books tend to get pretty good overall review scor
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read and enjoyed several of Rollins' novels and this one followed along the same formula. (If you read them all in succession, I can see how it can get old and predictable, but every once in awhile I find myself in the mood for this type of suspense). However, while I enjoyed the history and scientific aspect, much of this book seemed really far-fetched. I also couldn't figure out how any of it was supposed to be. It just didn't make a lot of sense. Fortunately, for me, the epilogue kind of ...more
A.R. Voss
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-books
Fastest reading of a five hundred page book I had the pleasure of enjoying for a long time. Great subject matter, story telling and twist and turns with interesting plot and sub-plots. There are certain books at times that you love to read and because they are so enjoyable you tend to read them fast, however, you hate for them to finish. This books was one of those for me. Of course every book will have flaws but the bulk of it was brilliant. I definitely recommend this book, especially to thos ...more
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t like this one as much as Amazonia. I think I liked the characters and the flow more in that one. I had a hard time bonding with the cast (Maggie and Sam were caricatures) and I felt like the plot sped up and slowed down in odd places. The end felt rushed compared to the build up. That being said, the Indiana Jones side of things was very interesting. Rollins always does such a good job making the fantastical into a believable reality.
Mike Adamchuk
In 1538, a Dominican monk is being chased by the natives in the Andes, he commits suicide to avoid capture. His mummified remains are found in the present day by Dr. Henry Conklin. During an examination, his head "explodes" a gold fluid splatters the room. His son, Sam Conklin, discovers a prehistoric site in South America. The site contains strange, hungry creatures and may also contain treasures. Another good yarn by Rollins. He even brings the Inquisition and nanobots into the story. ...more
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
Excavation by James Rollins is a neat adventure novel. It is full of cliches and stereotypes. But at the same time, there are a lot of twists and turns. The novel kept me guessing until the end. Then again, the novel started off strong and became increasingly farfetched. There are some holes in the story that remain unresolved.

An archeologist finds an undisturbed Incan burial site in Peru. He hopes that lab tests on the mummy will prove that the deceased pre-dates the Incas providing evidence t
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James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers. His writing has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold more than 20 million books. The New York Times says, “Rollins is what you might wind up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together.” NPR calls his work, “Adventurous and enormously engrossing.” ...more

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