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The Last Oracle (Sigma Force #5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  24,816 Ratings  ·  746 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, 434 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by William Morrow
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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
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of my favourite characters in this book😂

Again a wonderful read encompassing all elements such as history, science, suspense and action! This time around it did feel more of a suspence / thriller than previous books.

Among the places you are taken too are Ancient Greece, India and Chernobyl. Shockingly a certain previously missing character is involved with the story too! There were slightly more political aspects and some great head to heads with certain agencies and Sigma....

I really enjoyed
Fuad Fidah
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
বের হবার আগেই, বই পড়ে ফেলার একটা আলাদা মজা আছে। তা অনুবাদ-ই হোক আর মৌলিক। সেই সাথে যদি সুখপাঠয হয়...তাহলে বলাই বাহুলয।

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
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
পরসঙগ- জেমস রলিনস ও সিগমা ফোরসঃ

জেমস রলিনসের বযপারে কোনও একটা অনলাইন মযাগাজিনে পড়েছিলাম, "James Rollins is everything that Dan Brown wants to be." সেসময় রলিনসের লেখার সাথে পরিচিত ছিলাম না বলে তেমন গুরুতব দেইনি কথাটায়। তবে কয়েকটি সটযানড আলোন এবং সিগমা ফোরস সিরিজের বইগুলো পড়ার পর, কিছুটা হলেও একমত হতে বাধয হয়েছি। পেশায় পশু চিকিৎসক এই ভদরলোক লেখালেখি করতে গিয়ে পরচুর রিসারচ করেন, পড়াশুনা করেন। তার ফলশরুতিতে জনম নেয় একের পর এক মাসটারপিস; ইতিহাস,বিজঞান,মনসততব,পুরাণ,ভরমণ,সংসকৃতি,ধুমধাড়াককা একশন-এডভেঞচার
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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Vivone Os
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jos jedna Rollinsova knjiga pročitana. Ovaj put nisam sasvim zadovoljna. Ne znam je li knjiga stvarno lošija ili sam se jednostavno zasitila. Možda nisam trebala tako brzo nakon prošle uzeti novi nastavak.
Uglavnom, i ova je brzog tempa, prepuna akcije, Sigma spašava svijet. Poznat Rollinov recept za uspjeh. Međutim, glavni lik Gray Pierce koji mi je inače odličan, u ovoj knjizi me razočarao. Kroz cijelu knjigu se baš ružno ponašao prema jednom drugom liku. Očekivala sam bolje od njega. S druge s
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
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
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

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
Shahjahan Shourov
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ভাললেগেছে "দয লাসট ওরাকল"। অনুবাদ ও ভাল। তবে "আয়ু" আর "সনায়ু" নিয়মিতভাবে "আছু" আর "সনাছু" হয়ে যাওয়া এবং "মত" শবদটা "এত" হওয়াটা আরামদায়ক ছিলনা চোখের জনযে।

পাঠকের ভালবাসা নেয়ার জনযে গলপে শিশুদের ইমোশান নিয়ে কাজ করাটা সবসময়ই ফলপরসূ। এ বইতেও তার বযাতযয় ঘটেনি। মারতা আর পিওতরের সমপরকটা শেষে গিয়ে মনকে আরদর করে ভীষণ। পাশাপাশি “সিগমা”র সিগনেচার সবকিছুই এ গলপে উপসথিত ছিল পুরোমাতরায়। বাড়তি পাওনা ছিল, “ইমোশান” টুকু। আগের বইটা অরথাৎ “দয জুডাস সটরেইন” এও এই বযাপারটা লকষযণীয়। বইয়ের শেষভাবে এসে যেন জেমস রলিনস অন
Alexander Draganov
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
আকাশ আব্দুল্লাহ

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.
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.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“The Last Oracle”, the 5th adventure in the Sigma Force series employs the signature style of the author Mr. James Rollins that is an heady concoction of cinematic action, adventure, techno thrills, historical fiction and a dash of fantastic.

The book opens with a picture from history in ancient Greek and a scene in the Temple of Delphi featuring the Oracles. The main plot opens in Washington D.C, near the Sigma headquarters with a homeless man dying in the arms of Commander Gray Pierce of the c
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
Jan 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fast-moving novel with a truly intriguing plot, The Last Oracle achieves what might seem impossible—making Greece’s oracles real and relevant to the present time, without veering into fantasy or simplistic adventure. There’s a nice blend of modern world politics, ancient world history, and world-spanning geography. There’s a growing threat that just might promise Armageddon. And there’s a pleasing collection of characters—the novel's clearly built on a series, but it's easy to read on its own. ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
First, please note that this is the first James Rollins book I’ve read. Therefore, I had no knowledge of his style of writing. With that said, I would view "The Last Oracle" as a reasonably good adventure story. However, because the plot rapidly switches between five different venues, I would suggest you read it at only a few sittings. If you’re like me and let a number of days slip by before you again pick up a book, it’s easy to forget characters and where you are in the story.
My major criti
Lori Whitwam
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
শুভঙ্কর শুভ
কাহিনী সংকষেপ উপরেই আছে। আমি আমার বকবকানি শুরু করিঃ
সিগমা সিরিজের ৫ম পরব এটা। এবারেও জেমস রলিনস টানটান উততজনায় রেখে দৌড়ঝাঁপ করিয়ে ছেড়েছে পাঠককে। হলিউড সটাইলের অযাকশন, বৈজঞানিক টারম, আর অভিনব কিছু পরযুকতির বযবহার তো আছেই। সাথে ঘুরিয়েছে একদম ওয়াশিংটন ডিসি টু রাশিয়া ভায়া ইনডিয়া!! পায়থিয়া, ডেলফি, জিপসি এদের সাথেও পরিচয় করিয়ে ছাড়ছে। আর কিছু সাব পলটও আছে বইটাতে। টুইসট গুলাও চমৎকার ছিল। বইটা পড়ে খুবই মজা পেয়েছি, যেমনটা লেখকের আগের বইগুলার বেলায় হয়েছে।

কযারেকটার ডেভেলপমেনটের ভেজাল এখানে নেই। কারন পরায় সবা
May 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Antonio Rosato
Questo libro mi ha fatto storcere il naso già dalle prime pagine... e andando avanti nella lettura la mia impressione ha trovato sempre più conferma. Non dico di essere deluso ma poco ci manca! "L'ultimo oracolo" ha troppa azione, troppe scene e troppi luoghi su cui spostare l'attenzione e troppi personaggi... Per giunta, non avendo mai letto gli altri romanzi di James Rollins incentrati sulla "Sigma Force", non ne conoscevo neanche uno! La delusione più grande? Le scene e le situazioni davvero ...more
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
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
In my opinion, this was the most far out idea for a thriller. Yet, as usual it is based on fact which makes it all the more disturbing. It takes up where the last book left off: Monk is missing and presumed dead. (I didn't want to believe it.) Anyway, a small girl and a Russian man find Gray after a professor Grey knows is shot in front of him. A professor who has been seeking the descendants of the Oracle of Delphi. The trail takes them and another team to India, Chernobyl and the southern Ural ...more
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
Jul 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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“The greatest blessings granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift. —SOCRATES, ON THE ORACLE OF DELPHI” 0 likes
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