I adore James Rollins, he can not only make me identify with the characters and their emotions but to often mimic their physical reactions. In one book there is a secondary story that runs parallel to the main and meshes in the last 3rd of the book. the MC is so absorbed in one point in reading the parallel story he jumps when another character taps him on the shoulder. I literally was also startled. I recommended the book to my sister who having enjoyed it said she loved the part where the MC gets tapped on the shoulder and jumps because she also jumped being so caught up in it.–that good writing with good story.