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The Last Oracle: A Sigma Force Novel

The Last Oracle: A Sigma Force Novel [Kindle Edition]

James Rollins
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"Global chases, exotic locations, ancient secrets and evil science: it¿s the Da Vinci Code meets Michael Crichton." (DEATHRAY)


"Global chases, exotic locations, ancient secrets and evil science: it's the Da Vinci Code meets Michael Crichton." DEATHRAY

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1343 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (18 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409102114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409102113
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

James Rollins decided to become a writer as a boy immersed in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps such as The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Although his talent emerged and grew, writing was not James' original profession. Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, he embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

The exotic locales of James Rollins novels have emerged as a hybrid between imagination, research, and James' extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe, as well as New Zealand, the South Pacific, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. Recent travel includes book tours and stops across the country and several European nations to meet readers and give talks, seminars, and media interviews.

In recent years, much of James' travel has involved meeting readers in small and large groups, at writing and fan conferences, and even aboard seagoing "seminars." James' mentoring temperament and coaching skills have made him a sought-out writing instructor and guest speaker for workshops, symposia, conventions, and other forums throughout the country. He is among the core faculty of the annual Maui Writer's Conference and Retreat.

James Rollins is the author of seven thrillers in the bestselling Sigma Force series (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, and The Devil Colony, Bloodline); six individual adventure thrillers; the blockbuster movie novelization, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; and the Jake Ransom middle grade series (Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, and more coming in 2013). The ninth Sigma Force adventure, The Eye of God, is coming in Summer 2013.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rollins knocks another one out of the park!!! 22 Sep 2008
Quite simply - this guy is a genius. I read this in two hours i could not put it down. My favourite book of the year and that is saying something!!!! the plotline is tight and fast paced and just plain flawless. You can tell the author enjoys writing the characters and has decided to flesh out a few characters which he only explored last book Kowalski - just brilliant Bonding over cigars ( wish we had seen his pov though). Glad the sword of damocles is still only hovering on Monk- love that character.
If you like Dan Brown ..... dont read this you will be shocked by the brilliance of this writer compared to mr brown and not be able to function - it is such a shame that it took that trashy novels release to bring Jrollins to our shops in enough quantities as he is far superior.

Once again sir - you write beautifully and i wait with breathless anticipation for the next installment of the Sigma force novels!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on Track 13 Oct 2008
After a less than stellar effort with his previous novel 'The Judas Strain', this is a definite return to form for James Rollins. It doesn't diverge greatly from his tried and tested formula. Sigma are back, along with the mix of science, pseudo-science and contemporary science fiction that usually forms the backbone of a typical Rollins novel. There is also a selection of boo-hiss bad guys, some dangerous animals, several parallel, interconnected plot-lines, and a hint of spiritualism thrown in there for good measure.

In contrast to The Judas Strain however, this latest book remains comparatively streamlined. Rollins doesn't pile too many sub-plots on top of one another and avoids extraneous events or blind alleys. There are no killer-squid equivalents in here, for example. That's not to say that the book doesn't jump around the globe. It manages to take in the US, India, the Ukraine and Russia within its pages, but none of it feels tacked on. This gives it a feeling of far greater cohesion and focus, keeps it moving at Rollin's usual lightning pace and means that excitement levels are maintained.

There are criticisms to be levelled of course. Monk's miraculous return from apparent death is rather weak; and his inclusion at the heart of the plot of The Last Oracle is tenuous. The book would not have been weaker without him, and his inclusion comes across primarily as Rollin's being unwilling to actually kill off any of his main characters. The bad guys are also a pretty weak bunch and none of them stick strongly in the memory. Equally their plot for world domination is overly complex and doesn't really work as a palpable threat.

Despite these flaws however, The Last Oracle is an enjoyable slice of OTT action adventure. It doesn't rewrite any rules in terms of what to expect from a James Rollin's novel, but its a definite return to form that will please existing fans and should attract new ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Last Oracle 6 Aug 2011
Being the 5th Sigma novel I felt as though I'd missed some the background action and understanding of the group. However this did not dissuade me. Although somewhat far-fetched I did enjoy it.

The autism twist was great and the neurological implants was a great idea. The idea of the of the Gypsy origin was great and a lot of the book was clearly well researched.

I'm going to go back and read the first 4. If this ones anything to go by, they should be a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another cracking read 28 Oct 2009
By Misty
these books are the literary equivalent of an action movie - so check your brain in at the door and enjoy the ride. Yes Monk's story is a bit beggering of belief - but I refer you back to my first comment! Gritty realism this isn't.

this is a good addition to the series - so if you've read the others you know what to expect, and if you haven't - although this would work as a standalone you may as well go back and start at the beginning of the series, you'll get more out of it.

I really liked the character Marta and enjoyed the development of her role, the ideas around autism, the story of delphi and the gypsy migration. All well covered and without the usual predjudice you often get in these areas.
BTW I've read Temple Grandin's animals in translation and would heartily recommend it

PS I agree with another reviewer here who says these are a better read than Dan Brown. I would also add that Matthew Reilly is another author of a similar type if you like this kind of thing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really hard to put down! 28 Oct 2009
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I was gripped from the moment I picked it up - and was disappointed when I reached the end - but only because I had been so engrossed that I wanted it to go on for ever!
Having enjoyed all the Sigma force novels that Rollins has written so far, I was looking forward to the next adventure in the series - and this one was certainly no disappointment. As is typical of Rollins, this book is a strong blend of historical fact which he has managed to embed into a gripping plot and introducing a range of spectacular locations - from Delphi to the Taj Mahal and deep into the Punjab, where an amazing discovery is made.
The usual characters feature strongly - Gray Pearce, Painter Crow - and, amazingly, Monk - presumed dead at the end of the last novel, returns - but not without a range of new problems. He also manages to introduce some new, unusual but nonetheless believable characters, including a group of talented autistic yet savant children and some gypsies. The baddies are believable - yet hissably bad - so much so that you really long for them to get their come-uppance!
The quote that inspired this book is an intriguing one, which sets one thinking - especially those of us who have any real knowledge of autism, aspergers and savants, is this one by Dr Temple Grandin, who says `If by some magic, autism had been eradicated from the face of the earth, then men would still be socializing in front of a wood fire at the entrance to a cave'. Hmm - certainly food for thought!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Oracle
Great book!
Published 3 days ago by elu69
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 1 month ago by Fiona Calabuig
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
I found this book as brilliant as all the other sigma novels but also quite sad. Utterly fascinateing and the description brilliant as usual
Published 3 months ago by blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
It is/was a good read. I followed the series. It was at times a bit bland but otherwise, was fine
Published 4 months ago by H.E.Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
Excellent read...a true page turner. The characters and storyline keep you enraptured from the first page. A thoroughly good read.
Published 11 months ago by Blackcat42
5.0 out of 5 stars brlliant
james rollins is a master of mixing history into modern day realism. the sigma force novels are truly a masterpiece
Published 12 months ago by robert michael lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
Just the sort of book I enjoy. Have enjoyed all of the James Rollins books I have read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a cross between Indianna Jones and '24' with lots... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anne Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...
James Rollins is brilliant at bringing the past alive and weaving it into our lives now, and the future.. I love the Sigma characters and how they solve the mysteries. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jayne Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to form
After what I thought was a poor outing from the Sigma Team in the Judas Strain they return here right back on form. Read more
Published 18 months ago by N. Gambles
5.0 out of 5 stars book rating
The Last Oracle (Sigma Force 5)

James Rollins novels are always a good read and the drawings always good a good guide as to the story plot.
Published 20 months ago by LES JOHNS
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