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The Last Oracle

(Sigma Force #5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  32,560 ratings  ·  925 reviews
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, 448 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by William Morrow
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Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-bought-ebook
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
Tim The Enchanter
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Writing about characters that this reader doss nott care about is a recipe for disaster. 1 of 10 stars
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Freda Malone
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As the world turns in this series, I am riveted to the next adventure as Rollins continues to capture the characters where they have left off. Monk, one of the leading men of the Sigma Team was lost to us in the previous novel, The Judas Strain, and presumed dead. He is back! Yippie!! I love him. He is surrounded by 'gypsy' children who have been genetically altered and kept near Chernobyl where there is a vast amount of radiation, still active. A team of mad scientists have a major use for thes ...more
Candace Salima
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, own-print
The Last Oracle was an excellent addition to the SIGMA Force series with an engaging plot that wraps up a thread left hanging in The Judas Strain.

Outside of SIGMA headquarters, Commander Gray Pierce is caught in a firefight that leaves a man dead with an ancient coin clutched in his hand. After the coin leads SIGMA to a relic traced back to the Oracle of Delphi, the race is on to solve the artifact’s mysteries while keeping it out of the hands of the unrelenting killers on their trail. At the sa
Richard Derus
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: gifted
I read this while I was in the goofy garage during 2014. My delightful friends supported my reading habit, and never once wondered (to me, that is, I have no idea what they said amongst themselves!) why I was asking for Rollins's books.

I wanted to read them because they are very entertaining, have enough plot and character development to keep me distracted from being in a public mental health facility, and are intensely visually told stories with deep sci-fi roots and some supernatural almost-Lo

The Last Oracle, more than any of the previous books in this series, is a non-stop rollercoaster ride. There was no time to take a break, have a coffee or even go out to walk the dogs (don't worry, they did get taken out - just not by me) while I was reading this. It was 48 hours of intensive page-flipping with few breaks.

It starts with a single death and ends with many more. Rollins doesn't pull punches with his novels - he takes us close to the darkest depths
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
oh MOMMA I loved this book. This is one of the few books in a series that the story alone carried it away to 5 stars. It delved into the characters of Monk and Kowalski (I am one of his HUGE fans!!!) and let go of Painter and Grey development. It sure worked for me. I don't know why, but this book dinged a spot in my heart. ...more
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
shades of amazonia:

p306: monk could almost hear his mind flying at speeds beyond normal mentation. after a moment of study, his hands flew over the board, flipping switches with deft assuredness, as if he'd done this a thousand times before.
J Stanley
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
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.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
first book i’ve read by james rollins and i honestly loved it. the facts and history behind the story was really intriguing and i just really enjoyed the story line.
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2019, read-2019
Book 5 in Sigma Force series. A group of scientists unleash a project that could bring the extinction of humankind. History that traces back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi. It’s a race against time to solve the mystery but will the past be enough to save the future. A combination of interesting and boring but still a good read. Should be 100 Pgs shorter. Still looking forward to next book in the series. Recommend to history lovers.
Martin Smrz
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Classic Sigma book, good action, interesting thoughts about powers of mind. If you like the serie it is another good one to read.
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Domenico Giangregorio
Another one bites the dust! Its crazy that I have polished off 9 James Rollins Sigma novels over a 7 month stretch. You would have never heard me say this during my run with horror reading but the adrenaline rush of reading stories that have factual baking is addictive. I understand that the stories can get a little far fetched but I am completely ok with it. Its almost like a guilty pleasure in a way. My question at this point as I am sure it is for so many others, how does he come of with his ...more
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Matt Tandy
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A great adventure, yet missed opportunities within the larger Sigma Force context, The Last Oracle is frustrating at times. The concept of enhanced autistic children is very far fetched, though Rollins makes it work by humanizing the kids, allowing them to feel terror, love and even playfulness instead of being mini super people. There's a lot less chasing ancient clues around the world, however Rollins still lapses into formula, especially with the new scientist who is somehow able to kick butt ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
i thought this was going to be boring without Seichan but it had me full out sobbing over pyotr and marta
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2.5 stars. A shame because I thought book 4 was a great improvement. I will keep reading the series though because I love Gray Pierce.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I rated this book a 3/5 but first to understand my rating you will need general knowledge of the story. "The Last Oracle" by James Rollins is apart of the Sigma Force series following a secret government organization with the main character always being Commander Grey. In this specific inclusion of the series is about the idea of bio-engineering the next prophet and what tragedy would come if done so. The book starts off with a homeless man being assassinated in Commander Grey's hands in Washin ...more
Rupesh Goenka
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story of Last Oracle is a combination of history of The Oracle of Delphi, The Origin of Gypsies, Autistic Savants & Chernobyl Power Plant. The Russians are harboring & manipulating a group of Autistic Savants, increasing their abilities with the help of scientists. Sigma, An American secret military organization is set out to free the children. The persistent sway back & forth of venues from here to there & everywhere spoils the flow of the book. The emotional connect with the children fails ...more
Edmond Gagnon
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmm...I really have to think about this review and why I wasn't crazy about this book. Maybe it's because I read it in spurts, trying to get into and comprehend and many characters and organizations they were from like the FBI, CIA, KGB, ABC, etc.
The story itself was good, with past-paced action, but even that got tiring after awhile-the protagonists saving the world just in the nick of time at the turn of every corner. I can't recall if I've read James Rollins before; his voice and style was e
Charles Vrooman
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that I enjoyed the action and science that James Rollins presents in this novel. The only problem I had was with the jumping around with scenes and subplots. However, he was able to somewhat tie everything together at the end.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Initially, I was very interested in the story line that continued from the previous book, but after a bit, I didn't care that much. I was a little bit dissatisfied as I read this one. Some character development would have gone a long way. What was nice about the first book was the complicated relationship between the main character and his father. There was no time for character development, because the characters never stopped being chased. All of these books follow the same formula. You know e ...more
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