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The Last Oracle by James Rollins
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Apr 08, 09

bookshelves: read-in-2009, thriller
Read in April, 2009

This is the 11th James Rollins novel I have read, and I still never tire of picking up one of his books and letting him take me on an adventure. This one actually has become one of my favorites because of the subject matter involved. As a special education teacher, I have worked with autistic children. It's these children who are placed clearly in the center of this story's action and ideas. It's truly fascinating to see how Rollins weaves the actual abilities of these children, real-world events, and plausible scenarios into a story that moves quickly and thrillingly. The basic outline of the story is that Sigma Force is pulled into a power struggle between two nations over not only the fate of a little girl but also millions of people's lives. Through scientific experimentation that is continuously compared to the actions of the Nazi doctors who experimented on humans, a group of scientists have learned how to manipulate and harness the abilities of autistic children. This story is broken into three simultaneous strands to interweave throughout the novel, each strand just as exciting and suspenseful as the other two strands. Just as in other Rollins' books, characters are put into life-threatening situations, leading to daring escapes and surprising reveals, and much death. History and science are also interspersed throughout, never once becoming boring or confusing. Rollins has truly figured out a way to write these types of books and making them original and truly fun to read. When I had the chance to listen to him discuss this book, I could easily see his enthusiasm for what he does and the care he puts into the research and production of the books. This is clearly seen in all of his books. I look forward to picking up the next in this series.
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