2020
Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction
Released On: Sep 29, 2020

Experience the exciting breadth of #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins’s wild imagination and adventurous spirit in this anthology of his short masterworks, including a new full-length novella featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane, as well as nine previously published short stories, gathered together for the first time.

In this breathtaking collection of short fiction, his first-ever anthology, James Rollins brings together ten thrilling stories that dig a little deeper into his creative stomping grounds and open vistas into new landscapes and characters.

At the center of Beyond Borders is the never-before-published novella “Sun Dogs.” While trekking through the Sonora desert, a gunshot thrusts Tucker and Kane into an adventure that challenges their considerable skills. The discovery of secrets known only to the native tribes of Arizona threatens to unleash an ancient force that could irreparably alter the future. It also forces Tucker to make a terrible choice that will shatter his relationship with his soul-bonded companion, Kane. As these partners learn, nothing remains buried forever and old debts must be paid, no matter the cost.

Other stories—each with an introduction by James Rollins—are just as compelling, offering broader insight into this acclaimed master’s fictional universes, including:

“The Pit”: a young dog is kidnapped and brutalized into becoming the bloody champion of a dog-fighting ring. But can this tortured monster find redemption and a path back to the boy who first raised him with love and compassion?

“Tagger”: A pair of teenage street artists must protect San Francisco from a demon who has been seeking revenge for centuries.

“The Devil’s Bones”: In this jungle adventure—the first joint story from Rollins and Steve Berry—Commander Gray Pierce and Cotton Malone must work together using their unique skills to survive a deadly threat.

The stories “The Midnight Watch,” “The Skeleton Key,” “Tracker,” and “Kowalski’s in Love” shine light into some of Sigma Force’s secrets. Who were these characters before they were recruited by Sigma? What solo adventures did they experience? How do these short adventures tie into the larger Sigma universe? Rollins offers some clues.

And rounding out this collection is a pair of entertaining stories “Blood Brothers” and “City of Screams” that complement The Order of the Sanguines series.

Filled with adventure, intrigue, history, and speculative science, Beyond Borders demonstrates Rollins’s remarkable creative powers and is a must-have collection for his many fans.

Here’s a full list of the short stories included in the anthology:

NEW TUCKER AND KANE ADVENTURE
*Sun Dogs

SIGMA SERIES
*Ghost Ship
*Crash and Burn
*Midnight Watch
*Kowalski’s in Love
*The Skeleton Key
*Tracker
*The Devil’s Bones (with Steve Berry)

ORDER OF THE SANGUINES SERIES
*Blood Brothers (with Rebecca Cantrell)
*City of Screams (with Rebecca Cantrell)

EXTRAS:
*Tagger (a YA story from the anthology FEAR, edited by R.L. Stine)
*The Pit (from the anthology WARRIORS, edited by George R.R. Martin)

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Here’s a bit more about “Sun Dogs,” the new Tucker/Kane novella:

While trekking through the Sonora desert, a gunshot thrusts Tucker and Kane into an adventure that challenges their considerable skills. The discovery of secrets known only to the native tribes of Arizona threatens to unleash an ancient force that could irreparably alter the future. It also forces Tucker to make a terrible choice that will shatter his relationship with his soul-bonded companion, Kane. As these partners learn, nothing remains buried forever, and old debts must be paid, no matter the cost.

And as that new story takes place in Arizona, I’ll be signing and doodling a limited number of copies at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale. There’s more information on pre-ordering those rare copies below.

And here’s a full list of the short stories included in the anthology:

New Tucker and Kane Adventure
Sun Dogs

Sigma Series
Ghost Ship
Crash and Burn
Midnight Watch
Kowalski’s in Love (from the anthology Thriller, edited by James Paterson)
The Skeleton Key
Tracker
The Devil’s Bones (with Steve Berry)

Order of the Sanguines Series
Blood Brothers (with Rebecca Cantrell)
City of Screams (with Rebecca Cantrell)

Extras
Tagger (a YA story from the anthology FEAR, edited by R.L. Stine)
The Pit (from the anthology WARRIORS, edited by George R.R. Martin)

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