June 18, 2009

HarperCollins AuthorTracker

I recently signed up to follow James Rollins on AuthorTracker. I think AuthorTracker is a very clever idea from HarperCollins Publishers. I highly recommend signing up for your favourite authors. Below is a summary of the program: AuthorTracker is a service provided by HarperCollins Publishers that helps you stay on top of the latest news about your favorite authors. As an AuthorTracker subscriber, you'll be among the first to know about new books, events, and special promotions—with e-mail messages tailored to your author preferences. Other benefits of being an AuthorTracker subscriber might include: periodic messages from the author(s) you select and alerts when special material is made available, such as early excerpts that you can read online for free in Browse Inside. I received my first newsletter from James Rollins today and it was all about his new book The Doomsday Key (another Sigma Force novel) set to be released in hardcover June 23. Here is the summary from HCP: At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries, to a ghastly crime against humanity hidden within a cryptic medieval codex. The first clue is discovered inside a mummified corpse buried in an English peat bog—a gruesome secret that threatens America and the world. Aided by two women from his past—one his exlover, the other his new partner—Gray must piece together the horrifying truth. But the revelations come at a high cost, and to save the future, Gray will have to sacrifice one of the women at his side. That alone might not be enough, as the true path to salvation is revealed in a dark prophecy of doom. Sigma Force confronts humankind's greatest threat in an adventure that races from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway, from the ruins of medieval abbeys to the lost tombs of Celtic kings. The ultimate nightmare is locked within a talisman buried by a dead saint—an ancient artifact known as the Doomsday Key. Sounds way better than Dan Brown's novels right?!! Here is a quote from my James Rollins AuthorTracker Newsletter: "As to the science in this story, I'll be delving into the genetic engineering of the world's food. What is really going on with this industry? Should we be disturbed? And on a totally different subject matter, I'll also be tackling another disturbing question: what is REALLY going on with the disappearance of the world's honeybees? There is an answer in The Doomsday Key. And the most frightening of all: it's true."

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