Deep Fathom
Released On: Jul 03, 2001

Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find the Earth burning. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America’s president on board.

Now, with the U.S. on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse, Kirkland must pilot his oceangoing exploration ship, Deep Fathom, on a desperate mission miles below the ocean’s surface. Their devastating secrets await him – and a power an ancient civilization could not contain has been cast out into the modern day. And it will forever alter a world that’s already racing toward its own destruction.

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  • James Rollins is a very refreshing author. I do not even really like books that are classified as thrillers, but I think everyone should read Rollins. In Deep Fathom, I was hooked to my seat for the majority of the pages. In this book, we are transported to an underwater world and an ancient civilization. The end of the world is looming, a typical thrillerish plotline, but why the world is near its end and what happens in an attempt to save it will attract readers to the story.

    I think the thing that attracts me so much to Rollins books is the chance to wonder. I love history, and there is a history theme to his books; I love a bit of fantasy, and there is a bit of fantasy. He finds lost civilizations, ancient cities, and worlds that transport you back in time. Deep Fathom is not officially part of Rollins Sigma series, but I think you should read it before reading Black Order. Not because it is essential, but because Lisa Cummings is in both books. Kailana

    Excerpted from "The Written World," June 21, 2007


  • Q. What are the most memorable locations you've visited researching your novels?
    A. Ah, as I mentioned before: to write is to travel! I’ve been lucky to dive the Great Barrier Reef t ... Read More
  • Q. Women enjoy reading your novels, do you attribute this to your stories or to the fact that so few contemporary novelists writing adventure fiction feature notable female characters?
    A. I think the role of women in popular fiction is rapidly evolving. We’re seeing a whole new slew of ... Read More
  • Q. In your previous novels, you've written strong, well-educated, and adventurous female characters. Is it easier to write male or female characters?
    A. When I first created Ashley, my heroine in SUBTERRANEAN, I purposefully wanted to create a female ve ... Read More
  • Q. You mention scuba diving and archaeology as two of your interests? Were you able to indulge your passion for these activities while researching/writing Deep Fathom?
    A. I always considered writing as a way to write-off trips. For DEEP FATHOM, I went diving on the Great ... Read More
  • Q. How did you come up with the story?
    A. After writing SUBTERRANEAN, where I indulged my interest in caving, I always wanted to do something ... Read More
  • Q. How long did it take you to write?
    A. From initial research to completed manuscript, it took a solid year. ... Read More
  • Q. What steps did you do to take Deep Fathom from an idea into a novel?
    A. I usually start with a “what if?” idea. In the case of Deep Fathom, “what if an ancient power ... Read More
  • Q. When did you begin writing Deep Fathom?
    A. I began the initial research back in 1999, then wrote the novel in the latter half of 99 and finishe ... Read More


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