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Oracle (Oracle #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  428 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Alex Sheridan. An empath with no memory of his early childhood. His body is covered in patterns and scars that he has tattooed as a permanant reminder.

Luke Mackinnon. A Professor of ancient languages. The US army think that he is the person to find the answers they need. Words in an ancient script that will lead them to a weapon to win the war of all wars. Others simply wa
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 17th 2010 by Silver Publishing (first published August 7th 2010)
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Wow, I really liked this one!! I started to read and couldn't stop. The suspense kept me fascinated till the end.
I don't want to tell to much, but not only Alex and Luke are a great couple, but also Chris and Griff. Really good!!
Don Bradshaw
This was a great read with likable characters and a good pace. Alex Sherridan is a thief with paranormal abilities but no memory of his youth before age 7. He was washed up on the shores of Greece with scars carved into his body which he later had tatoos along the lines of the scars. Luke McKinnon is a linguistic scholar hired to interpret ancient Greek scrolls in an an attempt to discover the Oracle at Delphi. When he meets Alex with his tatooed scars and abilities their lives become intertwin ...more
Karen K
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The plot that promised to be original and intriguing in the beginning somehow deteriorated into an average story in the second part the book. I found the writing style rather chaotic, with constantly changing POVs, the characters impulsive and a little bit on a hysterical side most of the time, either "out of right words" as the author herself put it or on a chatty side just at the wrong moments.
However, this is my personal opinion. 2 stars.
Oracle: in ancient Greece
the person (such as a priestess) through whom a god was believed to speak
the place (such as a shrine) where people went to ask questions of an oracle

Many moons ago when I was but a wee unicorn I wasn’t into princesses and fairytales, I liked Hot Wheels and got my fantasy fix from Greek mythology. I’d already read quite a few of R.J. Scott’s books when we asked her to be our Author of the Month and I’d been wanting to read Oracle forever. It was an easy pick for me to fig
Serena Yates
Jul 17, 2010 Serena Yates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
I do love me a story with a good mystery that needs solving, and one with paranormal and mythological overtones makes everything even better. Add the riddle of a "forgotten" past, scars that nobody can explain, and some international thievery and intrigue, and I am one happy reader. Oh yes, and the romance is great as well! Oracle has all of that and more suspense than you'll know what to do with, and the best news, now that I finally got around to reading it, is that a sequel will be out very s ...more
Jul 17, 2010 Betryal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be my last review for some time and I feel RJ warrants one on this book. For you, RJ.

There is so much details(s) in this book that I couldn't even begin to grasp the research that might have been involved to producing a great story or maybe it's just the works of a sound mind with unlimited imagination and visionary that goes beyond what most can comprehend.

The plot, the places, the characters depict and make a combination which gives this story one hellova an impact that at times coul
Diane Adams
Jul 17, 2010 Diane Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Oracle is much more than just another bit of m/m erotica. The romance is there, but it is woven through out a plot as compelling as it is complex. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters are engaging and believable, the back story vibrant and brilliantly presented. RJ Scott produced an incredible work as a first book. Oracle is story telling at it's best, and I highly recommend it.
Nov 07, 2010 Leaundra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great great read! It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it:-)
Jan 16, 2011 Lauraadriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 19, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, kindle, m-m
An Empath who holds the power to the Oracle, mixed in with Greek mythology. Great concept to a story i really wanted to enjoy.

Alas, I didn't feel the connection with the characters at all. I needed more depth into the story, more than I needed the erotic love scenes, as steamy as they were.
Elisa Rolle
Dec 23, 2010 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
4.5 stars-
So I stayed up too late finishing this book and fell asleep trying to write the review, so what? NO judging! Seriously, it was one of those books that I kept saying that I would put down as soon as I finished this chapter or this section or this page and I just never managed to.

Basically take a little Greek mythology and combined it with a modern day love story and you get this book. I enjoyed the characters and the way the story unfolded. I liked the secondary characters. I wish we
Sadly, I'd rate this somewhere between 1 and 2 stars. But I rounded to 2 for the sake of it.

I'm sorry to say I didn't find the characters convincing. (view spoiler)
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
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Sep 28, 2011 Byron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-read
Great story and very out side the set of most m/m romance. The erotica side was well handled and whilst not explicit, I would rate it at a HOT level.

Characters - hmmm well this is one of the reasons it's not sitting higher on the star's. They are fairly well handled but there are times when the characters just 'randomly' jump personality traits and honestly this was annoying as all hell. More so in the middle of the book.

Plot - This was a great thing, once it started - I thought I'd picked up pw
Dec 16, 2011 Julesmarie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, nook
I really wanted to like this book. Really, really wanted to. The empath concept is fascinating to me, then add in some greek mythology and some covert millenias-old organizations bent on world domination and that sounds like a recipe for some fun. Plus, I've thoroughly enjoyed the other books I've read by RJ Scott. I was disappointed that all of the fun elements in this book weren't handled as well as they could have been.

The Alex's empath thing was never explained effectively. At times closene
Dec 19, 2010 Camilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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Well this was a fun, light, quick read. Of course my little Classicist’s heart was made very happy with all the ancient Greece references. I do enjoy a entertaining adventure story and this had some nice elements of that. In the end it just felt a little unrefined and had some dangling ends that left it at fun but not fantastic.

Alex Sheridan has been different his whole life. He can do things others can’t. While he has no memories of his early childhood his younger years were made more difficult
Nov 26, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like a good supernatural thriller, with a bit of man loving on the side then this is like hitting the jackpot kidz.

American Alex Sheridan and his partner Earl of Enstone, Edward du Chauncey are a professional thieves of relics and artefacts sold on the underground blackmarket. It's the perfect job for them. Edward the brain and connections to get them access to all the right exhibition openings and Alex the Brawn, of the supernatural kind, not the comic book type of super powers either.

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Jaymes’ Review:

Oracle by RJ Scott is in one word beautiful. You have to take the journey with Alex to find that beauty but it’s there and it will bring a smile, and a few tears, to your face.

I was intrigued by the summary. I was further enthralled when my inner Classicist was given a unique and intriguing interpretation of the Oracle. I have always had a fondness for all things Greek or Roman myth related, much like Luke, and this didn’t disappoint.

Alex and Luke were destined to be together alth
Aug 18, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again, series
SlashReader: I have to say that I was less than impressed by this modern reinterpretation of the legend of the Oracle of Delphi. The idea was great, and there were some good parts to this novel but overall, I had some larger issues. The whole plot was interesting, but sort of unteathered. I would have believed that there was a secret sect waiting around from the past for the Oracle to appear but how did the military get involved? Where they get started going down this track? Ecetera, if there wa ...more
On the up side, the author knows her grammar (or her editor does, it's not relevant) and is capable of putting together whole paragraphs without making her reader shudder with horror. This is not a given in this sub-genre.

That is all, I am afraid.
Although the basic assumption is interesting (classical Greece not being popular among fantasy writers) and the author curiously manages to create single pages of nearly spotless writing, all in all this novel lacks it all: plot, which is clumsy and har
Fani *loves angst*
Let me say first, that the famous town of Delphi is most definitely NOT set on an island. Basic research could have told anyone that. Better to use a fictional site/city if you don't want to bother yourself with research or set limitations to your creative writing.

The 'romance' or what little of it I got to see since I DNFed it at 50%, was the usual 'fated to be mates' that almost always translates to insane attraction and not much else. The suspense part, was chaotic, disorginised, unbelievable
Jul 11, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a story about two people, Alex and Luke thrown together by destiny. A destiny surrounding Greek mythology and the legend of the Oracle.

The plot was well intertwined with the past and the present. It's a suspenseful adventure that will have you guessing as to what happens next.

I was drawn in by all the characters, especially Alex. The author did a wonderful job with the development of these characters.

There were a few things that bothered me. First, I would have wanted more background on
A well written, complicated and entertaining book with it's backbone firmly planted in Greek Mythology. Alex is a fascinating character. Found on a beach in Greece at the age of 7, covered is mystical scars and without any memory of his previous life. He's highly emphatic and doesn't know what the markings mean.

There are characters from the past and present, some good and some evil but all play an important role in moving the story forward. When Alex meets Luke there's an instant connection...a
Jan 16, 2011 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, rj-scott
I won't comment on the specifics of the story because everyone of the reviews on this site have done a great job of that. It seems that this story had a little for everyone, mystery, myth, romance and tastefully done (and placed) sex scenes that give more to the story rather than sex for the specific object of sex.

I also wanted to comment on RJ's writing style. The more she writes the more sophisticated her writing style becomes. I'm looking forward to more from her and she has moved up on my "m
Oct 25, 2010 Tj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Loved the book. Alex was such a closed up man due to his gifts. His only consolation was Edward, but Edward was killed. (Hey, who didn't cry!) His lovers last words send him to Greece. Luke is a expert at ancient languages and meets Alex for the first time at a museum where Luke is to do a translation and Alex is stealing the scrolls Luke is to translate. This is also the night Edward is killed. Luke and Alex meet again when both are pulled into the mystery of the Oracle's return. Luke and Alex ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Terry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love R.J.Scott books and the precis of this book seemed really interesting but something did not quite gel properly with Oracle and I can not put my finger on what exactly is wrong. I wondered for a long time after getting a third of the way into the novel if maybe R.J. had come up with the story and had a ghost writer actually flesh it out because this is not the normal flowing writing style I have come to expect.

Glad to have read it BUT can not say it is one of RJ's best.
Mandy Beyers
I enjoy R.J. Scott's books for their uniqueness and writing. Her worlds are each so different from each other and this was no exception, with Alex as the (view spoiler)
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