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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 ...more
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Williammr (first published 2008)
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Tim "The Enchanter"
4 Stars to an Old Friend

When I picked up The Last Oracle as 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
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Logan
I absolutely love the Sigma Force novels by James Rollins, and this one was no let down. He is everything Dan Brown wishes he could be. The stories are smartly paced, well researched, intriguing and funny and thrilling and full of heart. The characters are well crafted and we get so caught up in their personalities, even without boring side plots that reveal their relationships. This one picks up after a very intense cliffhanger, so if you're new to the series I wouldn't suggest starting with th ...more
Jean
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Candace Salima
Sep 18, 2009 Candace Salima rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone.
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
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Linden
Jan 13, 2015 Linden rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult readers but not listeners
Recommended to Linden by: A long car trip

The premise of this story is that the Oracle at Delphi left its genetic heritage in the Romany, formerly called the Gyptians, Gypsies. In a secret project, Russian scientists have been engineering autistic savants through selective breeding, augmenting their abilities with a brain implant.

These children, bred for extra-human talents, will serve as the secret power behind a new world order, with Russian ascendant.n To assist with their advantage, the plot also includes creating disarray in Europ
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J Stanley
Great book. Loved the story. My kind of book that takes history and brings it to fiction to tell a tale that is interesting and hard to stop reading.
Riju Ganguly
Thrillers are, by definition, unputdownable page-turners. Anything else, which an enterprising publisher might con you into buying as a "thinking man's thriller" (as if only thrillers are usually read by readers who are somewhat inferior in cerebral activities), would actually be a drag. What thrillers are not supposed to be, but the very best of them are, are taut narratives with a very emotional & empathetic core. This book, dealing with the history-spanning, heart-pounding and thought-ind ...more
Joy
This was another thriller I couldn't put down and if I didn't need to work I might have finished reading this in one sitting.

In typical fashion, the story starts out with history and slowly involves our Sigma team. I was really interested in the subject of the gifted children. Their talents are fascinating and they're fact, seeing 3 seconds into the future and knowing how much research was done made me appreciate the author's masterful writing.

There's a bit of armchair travelling again, which I
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Nancy Oakes
The first thing any reader needs to know about this book is that it is a work of 'escape fiction,' meaning that you have to be prepared for anything and everything, and you have to be ready to enter into a state of suspension of disbelief. That is, you have to tell yourself that you're willing to accept anything and everything, knowing that it's probably a bit far-fetched or over the top -- and in return, you get a few hours of sheer entertainment to take you away from the mundane. So having mad ...more
Lori Whitwam
As with all Rollins' books, they are far to complex and interwoven to describe adequately in a review.

An elderly Russian man is gunned down outside the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, DC, right into the arms of Gray Pierce, a member of Sigma, a secret government agency that combines scientific brilliance and military skills. The dead man has an ancient coin in his hand.

From the US, to Russia, to India... The Americans, the Russians, the Indians and the Gypsies... all these stories are part of
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Lewis
Exploiting savant talents for military purposes is a fascinating yet horrifying prospect, which makes for a novel story. Kick up the intensity by making it exploiting the talents of autistic savant children who have been biologically altered to heighten their abilities, and you get Rollins' The Last Oracle. This fresh topic appealed to me from the very beginning and kept me turning pages quickly to see how things would turn out.

As you would expect with a Sigma novel, there is ample government se
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Norman
The only other writers that makes me fly across the pages are Agatha Christie and Gail Carriger. James Rollins reminds me of my father, who instead of guided me in swimming, threw me into the water. His characters make no apologies about what they did and do, which makes his novels all the more gripping.

If we are to believe Rollins' world, then nothing in the history is truly what they were written down. This, coupled with the author's countless references sometimes throw an incident a long tim
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James
Wow. Ok, I read this book because I saw a synopsis of it that said, "An international cabal is using autistic savants to bioengineer the next messiah."

...wait, What!?

Ok, I love the National Treasure movies -that is, I know they aren't good, per se, but I find them very enjoyable and entertaining. Last Oracle sounded like it had that same level of preposterousness, so I gave it a shot.

Meh. Would I watch a movie of it? Yes. But that was almost the problem -at times it felt like it was just a simp
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Kim
This was the first James Rollins book I read and glad it was the first. The book hit a core in me as I read the story as it dealt with children, autistic or savant or just the fact they were children is unknown. It was tightly weaved with science and history which made it tie together. It was like watching a movie in slow motion but included thoughts and small details that might be missed on the big screen. It moved me like watching a good movie as I cried by page 410 and hadn't read a book in l ...more
Amanda
There are these books that I read with my husband and this series from James Rollins is part of that. While I don't go out looking for these kinds of books (husband does...) I find the action in Rollins' Sigma Force series compelling and believable.

Sometimes things crop up that make both me and hubbie laugh: like when Director Crowe checks his pager instead of caller ID on his cell phone. Or when there was a typo that made it seem like a villainous character was breast-feed her henchmen instead
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Keith
What do Gypsies, The Oracle of Delphi, bio engineering, Chernobyl, autism and the diverse world of espionage all have to do with each other? Well at first blush I’m tempted to say “not much” but after reading this book I’m confident in saying: “nothing at all”. Although I like “spy craft” novels and I’m fascinated by historical fiction and science fiction, mixing them all together in this story just doesn’t work. Once again I’d like to say that unless believable or at least sympathetic character ...more
J.S. Bailey
My first James Rollins read did not disappoint. The Last Oracle takes an interesting look into human intuition that is eerily plausible. My only complaint about this book is that it seems very "Hollywood," like it would translate well into an action movie. Four stars.
Barbara ★
Oh man James Rollins has hit this one out of the park! The Last Oracle is a book that is going to make you crazy - evil Russian scientists, gypsy children being tortured, radiation poisoning, corrupt black ops leaders and it all goes back to the Oracle of Delphi. A little something for everyone and a thrill ride from the first page to the last. At no point did this novel drag or lose my attention. All I can say is WOW!
Cleo
This is a page turner - an action suspense novel in the style of DaVinci Code and/or Tom Clancey novels. It brings in a lot of historical mythological history - oracles - gypsies - mixed with paranormal ideas - ESP - mediums - and putting these powers in the hands of the bad guys it is imperative they be stopped. It was just far enough off the path that when you have time to take a breath you sort of wonder about the outlandishness of it all. But if you like action suspense I would recommend it ...more
Eric Wright
First of all a confession. I don't enjoy fantasy, witches, werewolves, unbelievable conspiracies...and not much science fiction. So, I dumped this book after 60 to 70 pages. Just not my taste. The plot is beyond belief. At an earlier age I might have persevered out of a sense of duty and guilt to finish a book, once cracked open. The Globe last week had a wonderful article written by a librarian who had felt the same guild but come to the conclusion that if you aren't enjoying a book by page 50- ...more
Joan  McKenzie
I don't like rating or reviewing books. I enjoy almost everything I read. For this forum, I have decided to limit 5-star ratings to those books which (for me) borrowing from the library (print or digital) is not good enough -- I want to have them available to re-read or consult at a moment's notice. If get started on a series with continuing characters, I will probably want to start at the beginning and continue through to the latest book available.

So -- I will say about Rollin's Sigma Force th
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Gumps
It feels like this book was written as a screenplay for a Hollywood blockbuster. Various exotic locations, well you might call the shell of Chernobyl exotic, last minute escapes, plans for world domination, double and triple agents, and energy ramped up to 11. I always find it hard to believe how much can truly happen in a 24 hour period, but this story definitely takes its cue from "24" story telling philosophy.

But does that mean it is good? Personally, I would like the to crank down the action
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Alexander Draganov
A solid novel from James Rollins, which masterfully blends facts and fiction in a great and complex plot, which mixes political thriller, an adventure story and a historical fantasy. In my opinion it could have been a little bit shorter and more effective, but these days authors tend to write very long books. This one is worth the read, though.
Don
What a great read. A combination of a corrupt military system based on a Greek (the ancient Oracle at Delphi)and Indian background to influence an improbable blending of those histories and technology. A plan devilishly devised to cause a worldwide disaster. I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Rollins works.
Ian
I have become a fast fan of Rollins's work! This installation of the Sigma Force series was one of the most fascinating and highly emotional to date. I nearly cried reading during the final moments. As always Rollins is a guaranteed fast, action-packed read and in this book the emotional layer he adds makes it even better!
Skip
Another good Sigma Force book, with autistic savant children working communally to save the world from some crazy Russians. Like prior books, a good mix of history, archaelogy, science.
Lyndi Hardman
Classic Rollins. I go into every one of his novels with a certain set of expectations such as writing quality and style, an interesting history lesson, some archeology and anthropology, and of course a good bit of ass kicking! Yet again Rollins does not disappoint. This time Gray and the rest of SIGMA Force must unravel the ancient mystery of the Gypsy origins and how this ties in with the Oracle at Delphi and how all of this ties to a modern day group of Autistic savants. A group of Russian ter ...more
Peter Mcandrews
I gave this book four stars because I really enjoyed it, but the book was quite confusing for the first half of it. Once things were tied together, it made a lot of sense and questions I had were answered. The book was told from the perspective of many characters, including the antagonists, and I enjoyed hearing what all the characters were thinking rather than seeing it from one view point. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 14 who is interested in autism, bioengineering, Che ...more
Rachel
I really couldn't get into this book. I can't believe how long it took me to finally finish it, and it may have been the final nail in the coffin of my principle that once I start reading something, I have to finish it.

It just did nothing for me. I like this genre, I like Dan Brown (except the latest one), Steve Berry, Scott Mariani etc. I take them for what they are, escapist fiction where you have to suspend logic for the duration! I'm fine with that.

But this book just dragged. Endlessly. Nor
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Yona
Another great book from the series. What more can I say - I love James Rollins!!!!!!
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Other Books in the Series

Sigma Force (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)
  • Map of Bones (Sigma Force, #2)
  • Black Order (Sigma Force, #3)
  • The Judas Strain (Sigma Force, #4)
  • The Doomsday Key (Sigma Force, #6)
  • The Devil Colony (Sigma Force, #7)
  • Bloodline (Sigma Force, #8)
  • The Eye of God (Sigma Force #9)
  • The 6th Extinction (Sigma Force, #10)
  • The Bone Labyrinth (Sigma Force, #11)
Map of Bones (Sigma Force, #2) Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1) Black Order (Sigma Force, #3) The Judas Strain (Sigma Force, #4) The Doomsday Key (Sigma Force, #6)

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