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The Last Oracle: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 5 | [James Rollins]

The Last Oracle: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 5

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 can be traced back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi.
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Publisher's Summary

What if you could bioengineer the next great world prophet: scientifically produce the next Buddha, the next Muhammad, or the next Jesus? Would it mark the Second Coming or initiate a chain reaction with disastrous consequences?

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 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 humanity.

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 far more 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 terms.

Halfway 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 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.

But one question remains: Will the past be enough to save the future?

©2008 James Czajkowski; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Ed Amelia Island, FL, USA 07-10-08
    Ed Amelia Island, FL, USA 07-10-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Maybe an OK book if you like the word 'feral'"

    I listen to a lot of books, but have never been inclined to write a review. The title of my review is joking but true. the author seems to love the word feral, and uses it many many times in this book..way overcooked. While that doesnt make a book a bad read, I'm really not enjoying this book. It is one of those books that jumps around between locations, has several main characters, but none of the characters are developed so there is a serious disconnect from the character. Most of the book is comprised of escape scenes...

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Valencia, CA, United States 09-09-08
    Michael Valencia, CA, United States 09-09-08 Member Since 2003
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    "1 Star is way too generous"

    Three Problems with this book.

    1) Bad Writing. James Rollins tries to write a Clive Cussler-type novel, but because this book is so poorly written it makes Cussler read like Hemingway. The only character that seemed real was the monkey; the rest were so contrived it was embarrassing. Rollins needs to study real conversation between real people and write dialog that matches it. The dialog in this novel was straight out of the Batman TV series.

    2) The narrator didn't help. His "voices" were right out of Rocky and Bullwinkle and I found them irritating. I have listened to biographies that were more exciting to listen to than this. This narrator is better suited to nonfiction and should avoid novels. I do not mean this as an insult.

    3) I am amazed that a publisher thought that this material was good enough to publish. Not just good, but so good it should be an audiobook. So good, in fact, that it should have cheesy music play between random chapters to add drama.

    After 13 hours, just one hour before the climactic ending, I finally couldn't take any more and stopped listening. They finally wore me down and I just didn't care anymore.

    If you like a book that will continually insult your intelligence then this is the book for you.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Austin Texas 08-01-08
    Helen Austin Texas 08-01-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Always a Great Escape!"

    James Rollins books are always a Great Escape...they take you on an incredible journey as well as always a thrilling ride featuring a time crunching escape. There is always a puzzle and The Last Oracle has yet another thrilling puzzle and continuous chase. I appreciate the characters who are strong and yet have flaws. I have read or listened to all his books and each time I am taken with the BOND-ESQUE, DaVinci Code style adventure. OKay so some is totally unrealistic, but Rollins makes it imaginative. Also the narrator is SUPERB, changes voices and accents easily, a pleasure to absord and listen too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, USA 10-11-08
    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, USA 10-11-08
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    "Wasn't for me"

    I enjoyed the fast pace and the characters, but the story didn't hold my attention like I'd hoped it would. I suspect that starting the series from the beginning would have been a huge help here. I recommend starting with the first book if you want to give this series a try.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Compute Alabama 05-25-14
    Compute Alabama 05-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic Read"

    I absolutely love James Rollins and this book was no exception. Rollins makes the unrealistic realistic and makes us think about what will happen if something like this were to happen in today’s world. With what we know governments have done in the past, it really makes us think about how we would react. Fantastic read and thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Lafayette, LA, United States 01-30-14
    William Lafayette, LA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "when is more really more"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Oracle the most enjoyable?

    I like the series and the narration is great


    What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    His emotion while reading draws you into the scene, and paints it beautifully


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the oracle of now


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed it and glad Monk is back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niqster Philadelphia 12-22-13
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    "Same story, different cover..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Oracle the most enjoyable?

    Constant action


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I've listened to quite a few of the books in this series and I'm starting to fall away from it. Some of the things that happen are just to far fetched. Commandos shooting it out on the streets and in churches and government buildings, really? Where are the cops and security. After a while I start to wonder why the top agents are so shortsighted and never really sees things coming. Maybe I just get too involved with the story in these books..


    What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the ability to listen whilst driving.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Why didn't we see this coming?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Wolfeboro Falls, NH, United States 07-28-13
    Jane Wolfeboro Falls, NH, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Best of Series So Far"

    The series has been ok up to this book. For some reason most reviewers didn't like it as much as others in the series. Since I liked it the most, I decided to write my first review.
    Interesting subject matter, gypsies, with a new twist on a "Russia verses USA" plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew starkville, ms, United States 03-18-13
    Andrew starkville, ms, United States 03-18-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Last oracle a thrilling story with ending twists"
    Would you listen to The Last Oracle again? Why?

    Yes. It was a good thrilling book. I probably missed some details the first time


    What other book might you compare The Last Oracle to and why?

    Any other sigma force book


    Which character – as performed by Peter Jay Fernandez – was your favorite?

    Hank


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darrel POCATELLO, ID, United States 01-08-13
    Darrel POCATELLO, ID, United States 01-08-13
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    "I JUST DID'T LIKE THE STORY"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    YES; THEY MIGHT LIKE IT


    What could James Rollins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    NOTHING, I JUST DIDN' CARE FOR THE STORY


    Which character – as performed by Peter Jay Fernandez – was your favorite?

    NONE


    Did The Last Oracle inspire you to do anything?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    NOT AT THIS TIME; WLL PROUBLY LISSEN TO AGAIN

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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