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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 eleven previously published short stories, gathered together for the first time. In this breat 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 eleven 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 twelve thrilling stories that dig a little deeper into his creative stomping grounds and open vistas into new landscapes and characters. At the center of Unrestricted Access 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 are 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, Unrestricted Access demonstrates Rollins’s remarkable creative powers and is a must-have collection for his many fans.


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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 eleven previously published short stories, gathered together for the first time. In this breat 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 eleven 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 twelve thrilling stories that dig a little deeper into his creative stomping grounds and open vistas into new landscapes and characters. At the center of Unrestricted Access 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 are 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, Unrestricted Access demonstrates Rollins’s remarkable creative powers and is a must-have collection for his many fans.

30 review for Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    This is collection of 12 short stories. Most of them were previously published, including The Devil's Bones with Steve Barry that was part of Faceoff. Most stories came with author's note; what's true, what's not. I borrowed this book for the last story, Sun Dogs featuring Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane. 4 Stars. I really miss this series! - Kowalski’s in Love 3.5 stars - The Skeleton Key (Seichan's story) 3 stars - Ghost Ship (Gray Pierce and Seichan) 3.5 stars - The Pit (a dog story) 4 stars This is collection of 12 short stories. Most of them were previously published, including The Devil's Bones with Steve Barry that was part of Faceoff. Most stories came with author's note; what's true, what's not. I borrowed this book for the last story, Sun Dogs featuring Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane. 4 Stars. I really miss this series! - Kowalski’s in Love 3.5 stars - The Skeleton Key (Seichan's story) 3 stars - Ghost Ship (Gray Pierce and Seichan) 3.5 stars - The Pit (a dog story) 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce

    Always a favorite author of mine, James Rollins has created in is collection of short stories, a look at some of my favorite characters and how they came about plus their deering-do and courage. Always such fun stories with the aura of science hanging in the background, these stories are both easy to read and keeps one on the edge of their seat. My favorites are the ones that involve Tucker and his dog Kane, and wonderfully explore the relationship between an animal and his partner. Truly seen is Always a favorite author of mine, James Rollins has created in is collection of short stories, a look at some of my favorite characters and how they came about plus their deering-do and courage. Always such fun stories with the aura of science hanging in the background, these stories are both easy to read and keeps one on the edge of their seat. My favorites are the ones that involve Tucker and his dog Kane, and wonderfully explore the relationship between an animal and his partner. Truly seen is the wonderful camaraderie and affection both of these characters hold for one another. As always, I can depend on Mr Rollins to provide an exciting story, or in this case stories, that allow me an escape to a world of intrigue and danger. I definitely recommend this book to those of us who love the courage and thrill ride each book of Mr Rollins engenders.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A collection of James Rollins's short stories to date, including a new one, featuring Tucker and Kane from Sigma Force, Sun Dogs. The stories are accompanied with anecdotes and author's notes into the science presented in the stories, just like his novels have. Sigma Force Between the Numbers Kowalski's in Love - ★★★★ Your typical Kowalski story. Through a combination of bumbling and bulldozing his way through a situation, he manages to save the day. This little ditty is how he was introduced t A collection of James Rollins's short stories to date, including a new one, featuring Tucker and Kane from Sigma Force, Sun Dogs. The stories are accompanied with anecdotes and author's notes into the science presented in the stories, just like his novels have. Sigma Force Between the Numbers Kowalski's in Love - ★★★★ Your typical Kowalski story. Through a combination of bumbling and bulldozing his way through a situation, he manages to save the day. This little ditty is how he was introduced to Sigma Force. It's short, but any fan of the Sigma Force novels is going to like this. This was originally printed in an anthology book called Thrillers. The Skeleton Key - ★★★★ Seichan wakes up with a shock collar around her neck and two hours to stop a doomsday cult from blowing up Paris. Thus begins an underground adventure among the catacombs. Even though Seichan has left the Guild at this point, she's very much the cut throat Seichan I love. Leads into The Devil Colony. The Midnight Watch - ★★★ Nice little short story featuring Kowalski crashing headlong through an adventure with computer expert Jason Carter. This leads into Bone Labyrinth. Ghost Ship - ★★★★ Gray and Seichan are travelling in Australia when they get involved in some betrayal off the coast of Australia. Rollins manages to pack in a lot of action in a very short story, only about 25 pages long. Leads into The Demon Crown. Crash and Burn - ★★★★ Kowalski and Seichan crash land on an island full of zombified people. It's a cool Halloween-ish type tale that leads into The Seventh Plague. This was the best one of Rollins between the numbers Sigma Force stories yet. Tracker - ★★★ A short story introducing Tucker and Kane before they appear in Bloodline. Tucker and Kane are a former military K-9 unit from Afghanistan. Now they travel the world helping those they come across who need it. I love the interaction between Tucker and his dog Kane. The Devil's Bones- co-written by Steve Berry - ★★★★ A nice, short little ditty teaming up Gray Pierce of Sigma Force and Steve Berry's Cotton Malone. They both are after the same neurotoxin in the Amazon. I haven't read any of the Cotton Malone books but I'll be checking them out now. First appeared in the anthology Faceoff. The Order of the Sanguines Between the Numbers - co-written by Rebecca Cantrell City of Screams - ★★★ This is the lead in to The Order of the Sanguines trilogy. It follows, Sgt. Jordan Stone, who is stationed in Afghanistan when he's sent to help some archeologists who have been attacked. When they get there the bodies are all gone and strange things are afoot. It ends with Jordan's team being sent to Masada, Israel where The Blood Gospel begins. It's a solid introduction to a new character and series from James Rollins. Blood Brothers - ★★★ A little between the numbers story from The Order of the Sanguines detailing how the vampire, Christian, joined the Order. It was a nifty little story of the bonds between brothers. Tagger - ★★★★ A young woman is able to impart magical protection by tagging buildings. She is beset upon an ancient adversary and must stop it from causing a massive earthquake in L.A. First appeared in the anthology, Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror. The Pit - ★★ Jesus, this story was rough. It's about a dog who was kidnapped from his family and turned into a fight dog. To be honest, as a dog lover, I wanted to punch James Rollins for not only putting me through this, but the fictional dog in the story. Reading about this dog's "training" (more like torture) made me so f%ing angry. I know he was trying to be realistic but it was very upsetting. Rollins said he wanted to write something to impress George R.R. Martin but I'll take the Red Wedding over this any day. This story was originally printed in Warriors. Sun Dogs - ★★★★ Newly written for this anthology, Sun Dogs returns us to Tucker and Kane in the Sedona desert when they investigate a gunshot. It delves into Vortexes rumored to exist in the area around Sedona.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamee Pritchard

    I am a long time fan of James Rollins and have read all of his series and single titles. It's wonderful to see a collection of short stories that highlight characters from those stories as well as introduces new characters/series. I appreciated Rollins' author's notes, as I love understanding the author's writing process and his train of thought, particularly when it comes to long-lived series and adapting to new writing styles and storytelling modes. I would truly read anything that Rollins wro I am a long time fan of James Rollins and have read all of his series and single titles. It's wonderful to see a collection of short stories that highlight characters from those stories as well as introduces new characters/series. I appreciated Rollins' author's notes, as I love understanding the author's writing process and his train of thought, particularly when it comes to long-lived series and adapting to new writing styles and storytelling modes. I would truly read anything that Rollins wrote because he's proved to be consistent with his storytelling. He delivers each time with historical, scientific, and technological insight all perfectly wrapped in an adventure thriller. I highly recommend this collection.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This is a great collection of short stories that hits the spot while you wait for James Rollins' next book to come out. It really helped that I have read most of his books. The Pit was a tough read but the end saves it. Sigh. Back to waiting. This is a great collection of short stories that hits the spot while you wait for James Rollins' next book to come out. It really helped that I have read most of his books. The Pit was a tough read but the end saves it. Sigh. Back to waiting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittney ♡

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is amazing. It collects all of the short stories that take place in the Sigma Force universe (one of my favorite series of all time) along with two excellent short stories from the Order of The Sanguines series. Combined with the Tucker Wayne and Kane stories that are in this, it becomes a veritable smorgasbord of excellent fiction. I also loved the Author's notes, particularly in the Sigma Force stories. It tells you what the stories fall in between the books in the series. As for the This book is amazing. It collects all of the short stories that take place in the Sigma Force universe (one of my favorite series of all time) along with two excellent short stories from the Order of The Sanguines series. Combined with the Tucker Wayne and Kane stories that are in this, it becomes a veritable smorgasbord of excellent fiction. I also loved the Author's notes, particularly in the Sigma Force stories. It tells you what the stories fall in between the books in the series. As for the other short stories in it, "Tagger" was a wonderful story (one I could see turning into it's own series) and I enjoyed "The Pit" as well. It must be difficult to see things from a dog's point of view, but between the Tucker Wayne stories and "The Pit", Rollins does an excellent job. P.S. I will be reading the Sanguines series ASAP. SPOILERS I will say that this book contains one big-time trigger warning: animal abuse. In "The Pit", the dog's second owner is a real sadist, and the pit fights are brutally written. And in "Sun Dogs", Tucker's dog Abel is killed very violently. Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC. All opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I would love to have a dog like Kane. I'm not usually a fan of short stories but this is a great collection written by a great author. I've read many of his books in the past and I look forward to reading more from him as a break from reading my mythology books. I would love to have a dog like Kane. I'm not usually a fan of short stories but this is a great collection written by a great author. I've read many of his books in the past and I look forward to reading more from him as a break from reading my mythology books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alan Baker

    Best selection of short stories ever. Many, many years ago I read excavation and one that Rollins was going to be a great author. I have every book that h e has written and enjoyed them all. He is a really great author, one of the best.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction by James Rollins is a very highly recommended collection of twelve short stories. Eleven were previously published and one is a new novella featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. In between the stories Rollins explains how and why the story came about and where it was previously published. This is a collection that fans will enjoy. Contents include: Kowalski’s in Love: A Sigma Force story featuring Joe Kowalski and a perfec Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction by James Rollins is a very highly recommended collection of twelve short stories. Eleven were previously published and one is a new novella featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane. In between the stories Rollins explains how and why the story came about and where it was previously published. This is a collection that fans will enjoy. Contents include: Kowalski’s in Love: A Sigma Force story featuring Joe Kowalski and a perfect start to the collection. The Skeleton Key: A Sigma Force story featuring Seichan. The Midnight Watch: Sigma Force story featuring Painter Crowe, Jason Carter, and Joe Kowalski Ghost Ship: A sigma Force story featuring Gray Pierce and Seichan on vacation. Crash and Burn: A Sigma Force story featuring Seichan, Kowalski, Tracker: A Captain Wayne Tucker and Kane story The Devil’s Bones: Commander Gray Pierce and Cotton Malone must work together using their unique skills to survive a deadly threat. A joint story from Rollins and Steve Berry City of Screams: An Order of the Sanguines story featuring Sergeant Jordan Stone and written with Rebecca Cantrell. Blood Brothers An Order of the Sanguines story featuring Arthur Crane written with Rebecca Cantrell. Tagger: A pair of teenagers need to protect San Francisco from a demon. The Pit: A young dog is stolen and turned into a fighter. (Warning, you may cry.) Sun Dogs: New novella with Wayne Tucker and Kane that shows " how grief is etched in bone and sacrifice is never forgotten." Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2020/0...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    This gives you a good overview of most of the characters that this author writes about. I loved each of these short stories. Keep them coming. I received a copy of this book from edelweiss for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Loved every page...even the emotionally draining ones for a dog lover like me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Really enjoyed this book of short fiction! Rollins has the ability to draw you up and carry you along within each of these stories! The Pit and Sun Dogs pulled at my heart strings! Great stories!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    I enjoyed reading every page of this book. This was the first book I have read by this author and would love to read more by them. There are twelve short stories included some previously published my favorite was blood brothers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    K-BRC

    I recommend you to read these short stories and novella to see how well these go together, and to see just how this started. I highly recommend this book. #amreadingshortstories

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bill Huffman

    More like a 4.5, but not a 5. The Kowalski stories and Sun Dogs novella were worth 5 stars on their own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    Great compilation of stories, in a short story format are very easy to fly through the pages, there is one, indeed "completely different", The pit, which has very disturbing descriptions of dog fights and how these are trained for them, it's raw, disgusting but awesome in the quality of writing. Great compilation of stories, in a short story format are very easy to fly through the pages, there is one, indeed "completely different", The pit, which has very disturbing descriptions of dog fights and how these are trained for them, it's raw, disgusting but awesome in the quality of writing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Snow

    This collection of short(er) stories by James Rollins features several Sigma Force side adventures, including a crossover with a popular character of author Steve Berry. It also includes two shorts set in the supernatural "Order of the Sanguines" series that he co-wrote with Rebecca Cantrell, and two other non-Sigma stories. From the Sigma Force roster of characters, there were two Tucker and Kane stories that I enjoyed the most. The duo are a former military K-9 unit, and I loved that part of ea This collection of short(er) stories by James Rollins features several Sigma Force side adventures, including a crossover with a popular character of author Steve Berry. It also includes two shorts set in the supernatural "Order of the Sanguines" series that he co-wrote with Rebecca Cantrell, and two other non-Sigma stories. From the Sigma Force roster of characters, there were two Tucker and Kane stories that I enjoyed the most. The duo are a former military K-9 unit, and I loved that part of each story is told from the dog's point of view as he interacts with Tucker. In fact, the book closes with an all new novella featuring the duo, called "Sun Dogs," set in the mystical area of Sedona, AZ. Other favorites from the book include the YA fantasy story "Tagger," in which a pair of teenage street artists must protect San Francisco from a demon who has been seeking revenge for centuries. I also enjoyed "Blood Brothers," one of the two "Order of the Sanguines" stories, that incorporates the supernatural in a telling of two long lost half-brothers. The only story I have mixed feelings about is the horror story "The Pit," about a young dog that is kidnapped and forced into becoming the bloody champion of a dog-fighting ring. I appreciated the uniqueness of the story being told from the dog's point of view, but the dog-fighting scenes were so brutal and hard to read. I'm giving Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction by James Rollins a 4 out of 5 stars. (I received an advance e-book copy for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinion is honest, and as always, my own. )

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Nijhoff

    This collection of short fiction was nothing short of very good and very entertaining. Easy to pick up to read a story and almost every one of them adds something to the “universe” and characters created by James Rollins. Most of the stories are set just before or after one of his other regular books. I especially enjoyed the additions to the Sigma Force series and the two stories of the Order of the Sanguines The Blood Gospel The synopsis of all stories can be found here: Unrestricted Access: Ne This collection of short fiction was nothing short of very good and very entertaining. Easy to pick up to read a story and almost every one of them adds something to the “universe” and characters created by James Rollins. Most of the stories are set just before or after one of his other regular books. I especially enjoyed the additions to the Sigma Force series and the two stories of the Order of the Sanguines The Blood Gospel The synopsis of all stories can be found here: Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction so I won’t repeat all that info here. Next to the characters of his existing work there are some stand-alone stories like “Tagger” and “the Pit”. The latter left me almost in tears. It’s quite incredible how James manages to write a story from a dog’s perspective and give it that much emotion and feeling. I was quite sceptical when I started, but he proved me completely wrong 😊 A hardcover copy signed by James Rollins (yes!) of this collection of stories cost me quite some cash (it also had to wing its way from the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale Arizona to the Netherlands) but it was worth every penny. Highly recommended!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Keshia

    A solid 4 stars. “Most of us carry a small percentage of Neanderthal genes, some of us more than others” - Kowalski waited for someone to glance in his direction. I will start this review with a confession. I have never read anything from James Rollins before. It’s not my typical genre of book so when I saw this available as a Goodreads giveaway I thought it would be a good introduction since they are short stories/novellas. The very first story “Kowlaski’s in love” was hilarious and super enter A solid 4 stars. “Most of us carry a small percentage of Neanderthal genes, some of us more than others” - Kowalski waited for someone to glance in his direction. I will start this review with a confession. I have never read anything from James Rollins before. It’s not my typical genre of book so when I saw this available as a Goodreads giveaway I thought it would be a good introduction since they are short stories/novellas. The very first story “Kowlaski’s in love” was hilarious and super entertaining. It was like watching an action flick movie but instead a book. Not knowing that this was a regularly written about character left open the opportunity for my imagination and ran with it I did. I really like Kowlaski’s character throughout the stories and can see why he is a frequent flyer. After reading a few stories I realized that they all had tie in’s to the authors other works (that is until the end of the book) and I read them, enjoyed most of them but I do think I might enjoy them more if I knew the body of work. My favorite short stories are the final two that had no tie ins to his other body of work. Here we really see Rollins shine. The Pit managed to make me feel a wide range of emotions in just a few short pages. I can’t imagine doing the research for that story but I’m thankful that the author wrote about it as I hope any dogfighting is put to an end. Thanks for the fun read and I think I’m going to look more into this Kowlaski fella’s series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mark Mekkes

    I know that the nature of a short story collection tends to be somewhat hit and miss. But with the backlog of characters that James Rollins brings to Unrestricted Access, it's a lot harder to find those "misses". Every story has exactly the kind of plot twist, adrenaline rush excitement that he has perfected over the years. If you do have a problem with any of these stories, it may be because he does bring together all of the genres in which he's worked over the years. So you may be startled to f I know that the nature of a short story collection tends to be somewhat hit and miss. But with the backlog of characters that James Rollins brings to Unrestricted Access, it's a lot harder to find those "misses". Every story has exactly the kind of plot twist, adrenaline rush excitement that he has perfected over the years. If you do have a problem with any of these stories, it may be because he does bring together all of the genres in which he's worked over the years. So you may be startled to find some fantasy mixed in with the more science based adventures. On the other hand, if you're willing to come at this with an open mind, you may find some pleasant surprises. Of course another advantage to a short story collection is that if you do find something that you don't like, it's short and you'll quickly move on to something that is closer to what you expect. So if you' are a James Rollins fan, this is a must have. If you don't know who James Rollins is, this is a great opportunity to test the waters in a few of his series to see if there is something that would appeal to you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    I’ve been a fan of Rollins for something like 2 decades, experiences my first journey with him from a busted and falling apart copy of Subterranean. Needless to say I became an instant fan and have remained loyal ever since...even through his rather weak and lame Order of the Sanguines series and the bust of a novel Crucible back in 2019. That being said, ive previously read the majority of Unrestricted Access’s short stories. Still though, those that I had read were nice to revisit and the few I’ve been a fan of Rollins for something like 2 decades, experiences my first journey with him from a busted and falling apart copy of Subterranean. Needless to say I became an instant fan and have remained loyal ever since...even through his rather weak and lame Order of the Sanguines series and the bust of a novel Crucible back in 2019. That being said, ive previously read the majority of Unrestricted Access’s short stories. Still though, those that I had read were nice to revisit and the few I haven’t were (mostly) nice additions to the Rollins catalogue. I’ll skip the Sigma stuff as those are readily available at the tail end of like 5 or 6 full lengths. Since there’s have all been published before, I’ll just say these are classic Rollins, blending science and action in enjoyable, 25-30 page stories. My favorites of these are “Midnight Watch” and “Tracker”. It’s the last 2 stories that really stick out and make Access required reading. Both “The Pit” and “Sun Dogs” are Rollins in peak form, using animals as main characters and invoking emotions that many authors can’t even begin to achieve.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Perkins Jr.

    Restricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction was a tasty treat of a read! Being a huge James Rollins fan, I was very excited to see what this collaboration of sorts was going to offer. Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. The beauty is that all these short stories and novellas are all in the same collection at the same time. I have previously read many of the short stories and tie-in included, however the new stories “Sun Dogs,” “The Pit” and also “Tagger” were big highlights of this new c Restricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction was a tasty treat of a read! Being a huge James Rollins fan, I was very excited to see what this collaboration of sorts was going to offer. Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. The beauty is that all these short stories and novellas are all in the same collection at the same time. I have previously read many of the short stories and tie-in included, however the new stories “Sun Dogs,” “The Pit” and also “Tagger” were big highlights of this new collection. A huge Sigma Force fan as well, I was over the moon to revisit several of the older stories (Tucker Wayne and Kane) (The Order of Sanguines) that have been previously released. Filled with touches of mystery, suspense, thriller, and action, Rollins also mixes in dashes of history, fantasy and science to amp up these adventures. Great characters and many who we have grown to love and look forward to seeing where new adventures and challenges will take them!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    James Rollins is best known for his Sigma Force books where a secret team working for DARPA saves the world from various evil schemes. The concept reminds me of the Joe Ledger series. And just as with the Ledger books, Rollins has done several short stories set in the Sigma universe to explore stories that don't fit with in the novels or are used to introduce characters and their backstories. In a large part, that is what Unrestricted Access is - a collection of Sigma short stories which have ap James Rollins is best known for his Sigma Force books where a secret team working for DARPA saves the world from various evil schemes. The concept reminds me of the Joe Ledger series. And just as with the Ledger books, Rollins has done several short stories set in the Sigma universe to explore stories that don't fit with in the novels or are used to introduce characters and their backstories. In a large part, that is what Unrestricted Access is - a collection of Sigma short stories which have appeared elsewhere except for "Sun Dogs," the final story. Also included is "The Pit" which is told from a dog's point of view and "Tagger" which is a quick urban fantasy tale. Since I have not found time to fit the Sigma books in my reading list yet, I had only encountered one of these stories - "The Devil's Bones" - before, but I am now likely to have to take the time to read more Rollins.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    James Rollins writes engrossing, fascinating novels, full of excitement and adventure. He includes science and new discoveries within his story. At the end of each story, he describes how much of the science is actually true. Great formula. Unfortunately, his short stories are too repetitious. He has condensed that winning formula into several short stories. They each feature a member of the Sigma Force team but the story is the same for each one. After five in a row, I had trouble reading the s James Rollins writes engrossing, fascinating novels, full of excitement and adventure. He includes science and new discoveries within his story. At the end of each story, he describes how much of the science is actually true. Great formula. Unfortunately, his short stories are too repetitious. He has condensed that winning formula into several short stories. They each feature a member of the Sigma Force team but the story is the same for each one. After five in a row, I had trouble reading the sixth. There are other stories in the book that were written many years ago and have been featured in other anthologies. None are really impressive until you get to the last one, "Sun Dogs." Here is James Rollins at his best. Exciting, adventurous, emotional and very touching. If you read any story in this book, this is the one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Denise Newton

    https://denisenewtonwrites.com/?p=2220 The plots are tight, with a fast pace, plenty of action and often a neat twist at the end. Each story has a short introduction by Rollins and readers of his longer works will be interested in the connections with characters or settings from his novels. If you are a fan of the genre, the twelve stories in Unrestricted Access will have you turning the pages to find out ‘what happens next’. Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction James Rollins https://denisenewtonwrites.com/?p=2220 The plots are tight, with a fast pace, plenty of action and often a neat twist at the end. Each story has a short introduction by Rollins and readers of his longer works will be interested in the connections with characters or settings from his novels. If you are a fan of the genre, the twelve stories in Unrestricted Access will have you turning the pages to find out ‘what happens next’. Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction James Rollins

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 Short stories by James Rollins? I like most of his series but I wasnt sure how the short format would work for thrillers. There were interesting stories from the Sigma Force and Tucker Wayne & Kane worlds, but I wanted more of the archeological fun stuff that I adore. I wasn't a fan of the first in the Blood series, so it wasn't surprising that I was not into those stories. But I'm sorry to say that I did not like the The Pit story. I know that was one Mr Rollins seemed most proud of, but it 3.5 Short stories by James Rollins? I like most of his series but I wasnt sure how the short format would work for thrillers. There were interesting stories from the Sigma Force and Tucker Wayne & Kane worlds, but I wanted more of the archeological fun stuff that I adore. I wasn't a fan of the first in the Blood series, so it wasn't surprising that I was not into those stories. But I'm sorry to say that I did not like the The Pit story. I know that was one Mr Rollins seemed most proud of, but it was too painful and heart-wrenching to me. However, I did really like the author's notes before the stories and thought they were a perfect setup for setting the stage, even for the ones I was not a fan of. I think this book would be best for fans of his series and not first timers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    jeremy dierst

    This author again strikes gold with a great bunch of short stories. Some are origin and others are just for entertainment value. Every one is look into the author soul and writing style. If I was reading this author for the first time, I would start with this novel. One of his stories really struck a chord with me, The Pit. It just shocks me how people can be so cruel to animals in this way and find it entertaining. I feel anybody that trains these animals to be fighters, should be thrown in the This author again strikes gold with a great bunch of short stories. Some are origin and others are just for entertainment value. Every one is look into the author soul and writing style. If I was reading this author for the first time, I would start with this novel. One of his stories really struck a chord with me, The Pit. It just shocks me how people can be so cruel to animals in this way and find it entertaining. I feel anybody that trains these animals to be fighters, should be thrown in the pit with their animal( with no weapon or defense of themselves), as justice rendered. I look forward to the continuation of the sigma series and the Tucker and Kane books also.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mairi Krausse

    James Rollins is an excellent story writer, whether short stories or books. He grabs your imagination and keeps your attention all the way to the end. His characters are very well fleshed out, and totally relatable. I finished this book in two days, starting late one evening and finishing the second afternoon. One of these stories was so relatable that I cried near the end, which I must tell you, the tears make it difficult to read. But it was still so good I could not stop reading. If you can o James Rollins is an excellent story writer, whether short stories or books. He grabs your imagination and keeps your attention all the way to the end. His characters are very well fleshed out, and totally relatable. I finished this book in two days, starting late one evening and finishing the second afternoon. One of these stories was so relatable that I cried near the end, which I must tell you, the tears make it difficult to read. But it was still so good I could not stop reading. If you can obtain a copy of any of his books, you’ll be a fan for life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Adams

    I did not expect to like this collection... but I ended up loving it. The first few short stories were fairly typical and as I was already familiar with all the characters but, although I have read everything I could find by this author, including ones with Kane and Tucker, I was most impressed by the dog stories. Okay, I admit I'm a dog lover so these really got to me. In tears as I write this, I look forward to the next Rollins book....and hope for more featuring the three heroes Abel, Kane and I did not expect to like this collection... but I ended up loving it. The first few short stories were fairly typical and as I was already familiar with all the characters but, although I have read everything I could find by this author, including ones with Kane and Tucker, I was most impressed by the dog stories. Okay, I admit I'm a dog lover so these really got to me. In tears as I write this, I look forward to the next Rollins book....and hope for more featuring the three heroes Abel, Kane and Tucker.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Usually I am a literary fiction reader, but during the pandemic I have found action/thrillers to be a great escape. I recommend UNRESTRICTED ACCESS for those feeling hemmed in. Although at first Rollins was reluctant to write short stories, he has proved to be an expert at creating well-crafted stories unfolding in a number of exciting environments. I also found his author's notes at the end of each story (What's True, What's Not) entertaining and enlightening. Usually I am a literary fiction reader, but during the pandemic I have found action/thrillers to be a great escape. I recommend UNRESTRICTED ACCESS for those feeling hemmed in. Although at first Rollins was reluctant to write short stories, he has proved to be an expert at creating well-crafted stories unfolding in a number of exciting environments. I also found his author's notes at the end of each story (What's True, What's Not) entertaining and enlightening.

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