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James Rollins makes stop in Oklahoma City

Best-selling author talks about what inspires him to write his best-selling Sigma Force novels, including the latest, “Blood Line.”
BY Kyle Fredrickson Modified: July 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm •  Published: July 18, 2012

James Rollins knows a thing or two about longevity.

Rollins, a New York Times best-selling author, is on a 17-city book tour in the middle of a Midwest heat wave to promote his latest novel, “Blood Line.” Although the book tackles the mystery of immortality, what Rollins needs these days is more short-term.

“More sleep, I don't know about more life,” Rollins said.

“On average, I'm running on about four hours a night,” he said.

Rollins might not enjoy the arduous schedule of book tours — with a full slate of radio, television and newspaper interviews in between catching flights to his next destination. Over time, he's become used to it.

He's sold millions of copies and had plenty of promotional tours of his Sigma Force series of novels.

Rollins' career took off when he decided to write thrillers that unravel scientific and historical mysteries with thrilling plot lines after a career as a veterinarian in the 1990s.

“Don't call me a former vet, that's a point of contention with me,” Rollins said.

When Rollins isn't on a book tour, he spends time with his family in Northern California.

On Wednesday, he stopped by for an interview at The Oklahoman hours before a book signing at Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City to discuss “Blood Line.”

Q: For people not familiar with your work, tell us a little about “Blood Line.”

A: This adventure deals with the kidnapping of the president's daughter. She is kidnapped from a yacht in the Indian Ocean. A covert military team led by the sharp nose of a military war dog hunts for her through the jungles of Africa to find out where she was taken. They find out that the target of the abduction is not the daughter, it's her unborn child. The child she is carrying may or may not hold the genetic key to immorality.

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