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The Last Oracle 4 Stars to an Old Friend When I picked upThe Last Oracleas my next read, I didn t realize that it had been nearly two years since I read the previous book in the Sigma Series I was quite surprised to see how far I had fallen behind Absence, as they say, only made the heart grow fonder Picking up a James Rollins novel is like sitting down with an old friend The flow of the story and the likeable characters are comforting and familiar While re entering the world of Sigma Force, the Last 4 Stars to an Old Friend When I picked upThe Last Oracleas my next read, I didn t realize that it had been nearly two years since I read the previous book in the Sigma Series I was quite surprised to see how far I had fallen behind Absence, as they say, only made the heart grow fonder Picking up a James Rollins novel is like sitting down with an old friend The flow of the story and the likeable characters are comforting and familiar While re entering the world of Sigma Force, the Last Oracle does little to shake James Rollins from the top of the Action Adventure Genre The Last Oracle intertwines action with history and science We receive a brief history in Gypsy or Roma people and their ancient connections We are also treated to an exploration of the plasticity of the human brain, autism and the scientific connections to things that we may consider mystical As always, Rollins has done his research and integrated seamlessly much like Michael Crichton did.Personally, may favorite Rollins Novels are his stand alone novels I have never come to love the Sigma force as much as his solo reads That said, I did name my son Grayson True story On one level, this novel follows a similar formula to the others in the series Generally, this bothers me and leads to the abandonment of series In the case of this novel and the others in the series, Rollins does a masterful job of crafting an interesting story with an engaging supporting staff.If you have not read any of the other Sigma Force Novels, do not fret if this is the only one you have to read This could be read as a stand alone novel While reading the previous novel would provide context for one thread of the story, the a Sigma Force newbie could read this and enjoy it fully.Another excellent installment in the Sigma Force Series James Rollins is one of my absolute favorite of authors and I anxiously awaited the release of this book after turning the last page of The Judas Strain, which I reviewed on July 27, 2007 Rollins did not disappoint The Last Oracle picks up where The Judas Strain left off From Rollins website I pulled this description, most of which is also the backliner What if you could bio engineer the next great world prophet scientifically produce the next Buddha, the next Muhammad, or even the next Jesu James Rollins is one of my absolute favorite of authors and I anxiously awaited the release of this book after turning the last page of The Judas Strain, which I reviewed on July 27, 2007 Rollins did not disappoint The Last Oracle picks up where The Judas Strain left off From Rollins website I pulled this description, most of which is also the backliner What if you could bio engineer the next great world prophet scientifically produce the next Buddha, the next Muhammad, or even the next Jesus Would it mark the Second Coming or initiate a chain reaction with disastrous consequences A master at combining historical and religious intrigue with edge of your seat adventure, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins brings back SIGMA Force to battle a group of rogue scientists who ve unleashed a bioengineering project that could bring about the extinction of humankind In Washington D.C., a homeless man dies in Commander Gray Pierce s arms, shot by an assassin s bullet But the death leaves behind a greater mystery a bloody coin found clutched in the dead man s hand, an ancient relic that traces back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi As ruthless hunters search for the stolen artifact, Gray Pierce discovers the coin is the key to unlocking a plot that dates back to the Cold War, one that threatens the very foundation of humanity For an international think tank of scientists known as the JASONS has discovered a way to bioengineer autistic children who show savant talents mathematical geniuses, statistical masterminds, brilliant conceptual artists into something far greater and farfrightening all in hopes of creating a world prophet for the new millennium, one to be manipulated to create a new era of global peace a peace on their own terms While halfway around the world, a man wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is, only that he s a prisoner in a subterranean research facility With the help of three unusual children, he makes his escape across a mountainous and radioactive countryside, pursued by savage hunters bred in the same laboratory But his goal is not escape, nor even survival In order to thwart a plot to wipe out a quarter of the world s population, he must sacrifice all, even the children who rescued him From ancient Greek temples to glittering mausoleums, from the slums of India to the toxic ruins of Russia, two men must race against time to solve a mystery that dates back to the first famous oracle of history the Greek Oracle of Delphi I love the way Rollins takes an incident in history and creates a fascinating, page turner which you will not put down until you have turned that last page Yeah, that s what I did I started The Last Oracle while I was waiting in line to see Glenn Beck Live I stopped only to watch the show, and it was well worth watching, then crawled into bed as soon as I got home and finished reading it.This man can write He takes us deep into the mountains of Russia, not far from Chernobyl, tosses megalomaniac Russian determined to rule the world, his crazy mother, secret combinations and organizations, gypsies or Romani and the Greek Oracles at Delphi Mix it all up with the SIGMA force and you ve got a ride that will keep you breathless to the end.This book is a must read I thoroughly and completely enjoyed it And if you ve never read James Rollins before then be prepared Because you re going to head straight to the bookstore or.com to purchase all his other books And believe me, you ll like them all And they ll be a wonderful addition to your home library.Hardcover 448 pagesPublisher William Morrow June 24, 2008 Language EnglishISBN 10 0061230944ISBN 13 978 0061230943Purchase The Last Oracle here Writing about characters that this reader doss nott care about is a recipe for disaster 1 of 10 stars As the world turns in this series, I am riveted to the next adventure as Rollins continues to capture the characters where they have left off Monk, one of the leading men of the Sigma Team was lost to us in the previous novel, The Judas Strain, and presumed dead He is back Yippie I love him He is surrounded by gypsy children who have been genetically altered and kept near Chernobyl where there is a vast amount of radiation, still active A team of mad scientists have a major use for thes As the world turns in this series, I am riveted to the next adventure as Rollins continues to capture the characters where they have left off Monk, one of the leading men of the Sigma Team was lost to us in the previous novel, The Judas Strain, and presumed dead He is back Yippie I love him He is surrounded by gypsy children who have been genetically altered and kept near Chernobyl where there is a vast amount of radiation, still active A team of mad scientists have a major use for these autistic savant young ones and the chase is on when a few of the kids decide to enlist Monks help to escape and save the world from disaster Just amazing how much talent is present in these Rollins novels Always fast paced, intense, factual as well as fictional and riveting I expect at some point this series might wane, fade or fall short, but so far, no, not in this one A W E S O M E O U T S T A N D I N G I read this while I was in the goofy garage during 2014 My delightful friends supported my reading habit, and never once wondered to me, that is, I have no idea what they said amongst themselves why I was asking for Rollins s books.I wanted to read them because they are very entertaining, have enough plot and character development to keep me distracted from being in a public mental health facility, and are intensely visually told stories with deep sci fi roots and some supernatural almost Lo I read this while I was in the goofy garage during 2014 My delightful friends supported my reading habit, and never once wondered to me, that is, I have no idea what they said amongst themselves why I was asking for Rollins s books.I wanted to read them because they are very entertaining, have enough plot and character development to keep me distracted from being in a public mental health facility, and are intensely visually told stories with deep sci fi roots and some supernatural almost Lovecraftian cosmic horror overtones.And this entry in the series was a real pulse pounder Goddesses below us, was it a ride, but we went some serious weird places Unlike the others, I don t think I d ever re read this book The sheer implausibility of the supernatural elementswellwaaayyy over my top And the soap operatic elements with the team were ratcheted up in this one, too, so there was a touch too much for my fullest enjoyment.Suited me down to the ground at a time when anythingor less challenging would ve been impossible to handle This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sigma Force comes up against an unlikely combination of mysteries in this novel autism and nuclear radiation I found the plot of Last Oracle to be less tightly constructed than previous Rollins novels It took me a long time to get into it because it took so long for the plot to take any sort of shape The characters were aimlessly following the clues given by a dead man and an autistic child for over half the book, with no clue as to what their goal was Oddly enough, I found all the characte Sigma Force comes up against an unlikely combination of mysteries in this novel autism and nuclear radiation I found the plot of Last Oracle to be less tightly constructed than previous Rollins novels It took me a long time to get into it because it took so long for the plot to take any sort of shape The characters were aimlessly following the clues given by a dead man and an autistic child for over half the book, with no clue as to what their goal was Oddly enough, I found all the characters except perhaps Kat, Monk, Kowalski to be flatter than ever, even though I knew them from previous novels Most of the new secondary characters seemed either too over the top especially Mapplethorpe or too flat Elizabeth and Rosauro for me to care one way or another about their fates The diabolically evil plot was a bit strange it didn t make a whole lot of sense to me There were too many holes for things to go wrong, to little connection between what they were doing and what they were trying to acheive did they really think they d come to rule the world by spreading chaos Yeah, maybe, but there are too many variables on how that would turn out , and very little explanation of how the flashbacks to the 1950s related to their actions of the 1990s I understand how they came to use the children eventually, but why did they steal them in the first place if they didn t come up with their current evil plan until so much later The best part of the book was the Russian Bad Guys, though They haddimension than any other characters in that they were so committed to both the plan and the children even though those concerns came into conflict You couldn t help but adore Pyotr and Marta and Konstantin I don t really know why Rollins included the little epilogue about Pyotr Marta It was very emotional and special, but I didn t see the purpose it served, other than Rollins hates to kill off his favorite characters Speaking of killing off characters, we obviously get Monk back, big surprise there It s a bit crazy how that happens, but that s the fun speculative part of the book the harnessing of savant intuition and how far that power could stretch OK His relationship with the children was touching He successfully came across as himself, just witout his memories But I was disappointed that Rollins didnt give us any sort of reunion scene for us to witness Monk s initial reaction to finding out who he is I could suspend my disbelief for the speculative aspects of the story that s simply part of reading Rollins fiction But I have come to expect a plotline that sengaging and makes a littlesense within that specualtive realm And while his characters have never been the most compelling, usually they at least serve satisfactorily, unlike this time Well, it would appear that we ll get someof the Gray Seichan storyline next time, which so far has been the most dynamic character relationship I just hope Gray perks up a bit and becomesinteresting In Washington, DC a homeless man dies in Commander Gray Pierce s arms, shot by an assassin s bullet But the death leaves behind a greater mystery a bloody coin found clutched in the dead man s hand, an ancient relic that can be traced back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi As ruthless hunters search for the stolen artifact, Gray Pierce discovers that the coin is the key to unlocking a plot that dates back to the Cold War and threatens the very foundation of humanityAn international think tank of scientists known as the Jasons has discovered a way to bioengineer autistic children who show savant talents mathematical geniuses, statistical masterminds, brilliant conceptual artists into something far greater and far frightening, in hopes of creating a world prophet for the new millennium, one to be manipulated to create a new era of global peace a peace on their own termsHalfway around the world, a man wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is, knowing only that he s a prisoner in a subterranean research facility With the help of three unusual children, he makes his escape across a mountainous and radioactive countryside, pursued by savage hunters bred in the same laboratory But his goal is not escape, nor even survival In order to thwart a plot to wipe out a quarter of the world s population, he must sacrifice all, even the children who rescued himFrom ancient Greek temples to glittering mausoleums, from the slums of India to the toxic ruins of Russia, two men must race against time to solve a mystery that dates back to the first famous oracle of history the Greek Oracle of DelphiBut one question remains Will the past be enough to save the future 5 STARS OR SOMETHING VERY CLOSE The Last Oracle,than any of the previous books in this series, is a non stop rollercoaster ride There was no time to take a break, have a coffee or even go out to walk the dogs don t worry, they did get taken out just not by me while I was reading this It was 48 hours of intensive page flipping with few breaks It starts with a single death and ends with manyRollins doesn t pull punches with his novels he takes us close to the darkest depths 5 STARS OR SOMETHING VERY CLOSE The Last Oracle,than any of the previous books in this series, is a non stop rollercoaster ride There was no time to take a break, have a coffee or even go out to walk the dogs don t worry, they did get taken out just not by me while I was reading this It was 48 hours of intensive page flipping with few breaks It starts with a single death and ends with manyRollins doesn t pull punches with his novels he takes us close to the darkest depths of humanity and some of the atrocities we as a species are capable of committing And if you read the Author s Note at the back, a lot of the experiments Rollins writes about have in fact taken place at some point in our shared history A scary thought oh MOMMA I loved this book This is one of the few books in a series that the story alone carried it away to 5 stars It delved into the characters of Monk and Kowalski I am one of his HUGE fans and let go of Painter and Grey development It sure worked for me I don t know why, but this book dinged a spot in my heart.

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