The Last Odyssey

A Thriller
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
Series: Sigma Force, Book 15
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this pause-resisting thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action.

For eons, the city of Troy - whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad - was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the 19th century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles - The Iliad and The Odyssey - could also be true and awaiting discovery? 

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day researchers stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half-mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts - tools of war - dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold map imbedded with an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism was crafted by a group of Muslim inventors - the Banu Musa brothers - considered by many to be the Da Vincis of the Arab world - brilliant scientists who inspired Leonardo’s own work. 

Once activated, the moving map traces the path of Odysseus’s famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a fiery river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. It is the subterranean world of Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned. 

When word of Tartarus spreads - and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there - tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real - and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity. 

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.

©2020 James Rollins (P)2020 HarperAudio

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The past fights to beknown

This series has taken has threw many adventures but None has Shrouded in mystry has this novel tests are suspense of alternate history and modern enemies who could be anyone.

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Great Greek mythology

James Rollins hit this one out of the park! Only his writings are the ones that keep me up until all hours of the night to hear the end! In The Last Odyssey, Rollins asked the questions, Are the stories told by Homer true? Or What if even some of it were true? Rollins takes these questions & builds an amazing story. His ability to take fact & fiction & build a story around it is only limited by his own imagination! And what a grand story his has created here! What starts out as an incredible find in Greenland, soon has the Sigma crew exploring the islands of the Mediterran & climbing the Atlas mountains. Gray & Joe & the gang come together in their usual blow 'em up, bang bang style that keeps you wanting more. I love that we got to know Joe Kolwalski better here. The race is on between our heroes and the bad guys. But who are the bad guys? Every time Gray & Saichan(sp?) & the gang turn around, someone holy unbelievable betrays their trust. In typical James Rollins fashion, I find myself thinking about his story & history lesson long after the tale has finished. Can't wait for the next Sigma adventure!!

Sadly, the only reason I couldn't do 5 stars was because of the narrator. Christian Baskous did NOT do this story any favors. If it were possible, I'd give it a 4.5. The cadence & dramatic ups & downs of his voice really grates on my nerves. It makes it hard to enjoy the story to it's fullest.

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Disappointed

I did not feel this met the high expectations I usually have for Rollins books. I was not able to finish it. The narration seemed awkward and at times, flat...

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Love His Books

Gotta admit that I love his books. Well, most of them. I found only one book that I didn’t care for. One out of 16 in a series is still pretty good. Concept and execution of the plot is excellent. The pacing is good and exciting. I find I tend to fly through these books when I listen to them.

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This like his previous book was a disappointment for me.

Tough to listen to for me mostly because I’m such a big fan and was disappointed in the story and the narration . Speaking only for myself and asking for myself, where in the heck is Sigma Force!

I give the listen a resounding,? Meh!!!!!!

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No fact and fiction section?

I love your books and I can’t wait for the fact and fiction portion of the. Ok after the story has ended. Was there not a section this time or did audible decide not to include it?