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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. It was a good thrilling book. I probably missed some details the first time
Any other sigma force book
YES; THEY MIGHT LIKE IT
NOTHING, I JUST DIDN' CARE FOR THE STORY
NOT AT THIS TIME; WLL PROUBLY LISSEN TO AGAIN
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
Wish there was a follow up to this one.
Enjoyed the entire reading and was sorry to see it end.
Mr. Rollins did good with this one and would recommend it if you enjoy his work.
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