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The Last Odyssey

(Sigma Force #15)

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To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action.

For eons, the city of Troywhose legendary fall was detailed
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ebook, 464 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by William Morrow
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Matt Cavanah This is the fifteenth novel in a series, so there is a lot of backstory that might put some questions in your mind. Generally, Rollins does a good job…moreThis is the fifteenth novel in a series, so there is a lot of backstory that might put some questions in your mind. Generally, Rollins does a good job of "recapping" relationships and events from the last entry early on.

So, you could read it as a standalone, but Rollins has crafted a very long series of events in the Sigma universe. If you're at all interested, go back to Sandstorm and start at the beginning.

But it's not totally required. It's kind of like watching the movie before reading the book. You'll see some gaps that could use filling in, but you can watch without having read it. (less)

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Marialyce
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 harrowing stars

Just as Homer did in his ancient poems, James Rollins has taken us on his own vision of a current day odyssey. Using as always tidbits of science, facts, conjecture, and derring-do, this author has once again created a story extremely enticing, alarming, and hair raising, especially for those of us who have loved his past endeavors. This is his fifteenth outing with the elite Sigma Force, and this reviewer has read and loved them all. Once more it is up to The Force to save
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Rizwan
Jul 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Okay, for the first time in several recent years, a Sigma Force plot is finally sounding really interesting to me without being that same-old same-old "meh"... I mean, beginning with the mere mention of Troy, then typical James Rollins-ian historical mysteries and conspiracies based on freaking The Illiad and The Odyssey? Odysseus ship and his mythical epic voyage across the world?? Tartarus??? HOLY. SHIT.

P.S. I think the title could've been better, The Last Odyssey is a bit too derivative as
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Sheila Beaumont
I won this advance reader's copy in a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to the author and William Morrow/HarperCollins.

This is only the second Sigma Force thriller I've read, and the first was a long time ago. It's a riveting tale of adventure in which the team goes on an expedition in search of Tartarus (the ancient Greek Hell) in the hope of saving the world from a fanatical apocalyptic cult. I loved the mix of action and adventure with ancient mythology, which has long been an interest of mine.
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Cherei
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Last Odyssey is going to blow your socks off!! OMG!! It was like reading one of the first Sigma books! Rollins put so much of himself into the research of the book and masterfully weaves in one of the oldest myths in mans history into modern-day bad guys wanting to bring about the end of the world as we know it. Of course, they envision that they will become the new order and have total control if they fulfill their mission. Thank goodness the Sigma Force and Darpa are there to take them on. ...more
Steven
I'd like to extend a big thank you to the publisher, Harper Collins, for mailing me a physical advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

James Rollins' Sigma Force is one of my favorite series. It's one I've followed for over a decade, and new installments never fail to have me tearing through the pages at a breakneck pace. This one was no different, and might have been one of the best in the series so far. I wasn't able to put it down... and I started it on a flight to Walt
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Sahitya
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Rollins has always been the author I turn to when I need some escape from reality, and Ive never needed more escape than right now in the middle of the pandemic. And I got so much more from it than I expected.

Theres usually an equal amount of historical and scientific themes that play out in a Sigma Force novel but this was slightly different and I found that refreshing. This book takes the mythological route, concentrating on Homers The Odyssey and various other Greek myths and
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FanFiAddict
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 9.5/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force #15) for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

The Last Odyssey is an absolute triumph of a novel. 0-60 in less time than a Porsche 918 Spyder, this novel never lets off the accelerator and shows off Rollins chops in a way everyone can appreciate. How in the world have I never given this series a shot until now?

From the brief blurb above, you can pretty
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Kate
How I love the Sigma thrillers! I look forward to them every year and this one, the fifteenth did not disappoint. This time the mystery concerns the fall of Troy and the great voyage of Odysseus, a voyage that must now be recreated to save the world. As usual with these novels, there's lots of detail, great locations and some fun set pieces. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Joan
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I have read a number of Sigma Force novels. Rollins is a master at combining history and science and imagination and a bit of fantasy. The result is an exciting and thoroughly engaging adventure.

This novel centers on a plot to bring about the end of the world, so to speak. Actually, the desire is to generate a global war Armageddon. A fanatic Christian thinks it will bring the Lord's return. Fanatic Muslims think it will identify their last leader. A rabbi thinks the Messiah will finally
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Brittany ☾
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just won this book from a Goodreads giveaway! :) I'll update the review and rating when I finish reading.
Shannon
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
James Rollins usually does a good job straddling the line between history and fantasy, making us believe something could have happened or could be true, even though it is completely fictional. With this book, he went too far into the realm of the unbelievable.

The Odyssey has got to be one of the coolest subjects he's ever used for a Sigma Force novel, but he uses it in such a way that it actually was quite boring at times. It sounds really interesting: what could the true history be if the
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itchy
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: electronic
brief synopsis:
Sigma needs to stop the apocalypse.

setting:
Rome, Italy
Sermilik Fjord, Greenland
Reykjavik, Iceland
Helheim Glacier, Greenland
Tasiilaq, Greenland
Takoma Park, Maryland
Washington, DC
Ankara, Turkey
Castel Gandolfo, Italy
Çanakkale Province, Turkey
Tyrrhenian Sea
Cagliari, Sardinia
Palma, Spain
Tunisia
Agadir, Morocco
Strait of Gibraltar
High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Marrakesh, Morocco
Republic of Congo

named personalities:
Francesco del Giocondo - a rich Florencian merchant
Lisa - Francesco's young,
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Devin Drennen
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a Goodreads Giveaway win. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the perfect mix of mythology and thriller
Louisa
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, another fantastic book! Loved the Greek history and stuck, fantastic read! Loved it! Loved seeing the pair as parents!
Ray Palen
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's a blurb on the bag of the latest novel by James Rollins, THE LAST ODYSSEY, in which he is referred to as 'the heir to the best of Michael Crichton'. I wish to make a slight alteration to this accolade. My personal impression, having read everything by Mr. Rollins, is that his work resembles a combination of the best of authors Dan Brown and Michael Crichton --- but infused with a lot more fun.

Having dozens of novels to his name, most of them being a part of the Sigma Force series,
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Mark Muckerman
Ok, so here we go . . .

1. I got this one as a free ARC copy, so the price was right. :)
2. It's an easy read and easy to rip through in a couple of hours.
3. James Rollins has reliably and consistently delivered a "James Rollins book".

That being said, it's just another James Rollins/Sigma Force book, and perhaps even worse than his usual mediocre tripe.

At best, the plot is thin and the writing hollow. In classic Rollins style we're presented with an initial plot line that could be a great story,
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Madeline Walz
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win an advance copy, and Im so glad I did! This was yet another amazing Sigma adventure. What makes these books so good, I think, is that these lost worlds Rollins creates are completely plausible! ...more
J Garcia
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is a must read. First time reading books by this author. He is one amazing author.
Rebecca Minnock
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gray's parental leave is interrupted by a call from Crowe. Leaving their new baby with Monk, Gray & Seichan head to Greenland to start their mission. Kowalski & Maria play a big part in The Last Odyssey, and the more I see of Kowalski, the more I like him.

The Last Odyssey is Rollins at this absolute best - historical mystery, mythology and full of action from start to finish. I read it in a day! 
Annarella
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mr Rollins can surely write a book that will keep you on the edge till the last page, one you cannot put down.
I loved this mix of action&adventure, mythology and mystical events. It's a well written story, highly entertaining and I loved every moment.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
S Belcourt
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a thrill-ride. Rollins does again, only better.

Perfect as a stand-alone title, Rollins brings the new reader up to speed quickly,
while building on decades of character development within Sigma Force.

Fans of Rollins know that he weaves travelogue, science and history into each story, in varying proportions. Prepare for a history (and mythology) intro in The Last Odyssey, moreso than heavy science.

Enjoy!
Ronie
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sigma Force AND The Iliad & The Odyssey? Yes, please! And then we get the bonus of Kowalski ("I always wondered what it would be like to be a goldfish flushed down the toilet.").
Joshua
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from a goodreads giveaway. Ive read all of the Sigma Force books over the years. James Rollins is one of my favorite authors. This book was just as good as the others in the series. Rollins provides plenty of historical detail as well as ancient science and adds plenty of action as always. Overall, this is a good read. ...more
David V.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received as an ARC via my employer Barnes & Noble. Started 2-10-20. Finished 2-13-20. Mr. Rollins (my favorite author) has produced another fantastic "myth-adventure". This time the "what if"is, what if the Iliad and the Odyssey were based on real events, including automatons, fire that could not be extinguished by water, Cyclops, Minotaur,the gateway to Hell, and more other-worldly events. The Sigma Team travels from Greenland to Turkey to other parts of the Mediterranean area in order to ...more
Jennifer
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a Goodreads Giveaway Win and I was hooked from the beginning. I have read all of the Sigma Force novels and Rollins latest adventure did not disappoint. Always a perfect blend of history and the present with the fate of the world at stake! I would definitely recommend this book. ...more
Robert Bilyeu
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling tale in the Sigma Force series. Since I have an upcoming trip to Greece planned it made this story all the more fascinating. The weaving of history and mystery was expertly done in a way only Rollins can, leaving you learning more about our past and cautious about our future. Plus as a new parent myself it was great to share that bond with Gray and Seichan, making this one of my favorite entries into the story thus far.
Scott Caswell
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoyed previous books by James Rollins, this book will not disappoint! As usual Rollins uses history, and in this case, some mythology to weave a story that leaves you flying through the pages! Rollins always has a way of constructing a story that makes me want to grab his reference material and dig deeper into the background of the story! Also he blends in some new characters with the usual cast and leave you hoping these new characters have new rolls in Sigma in future novels. So sit ...more
Heather
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite Sigma Force Novel yet! I love it and I am still realing from emotions from reading this book. I got an advance readers copy. This book is amazing and I love it so much and can't wait to see what James Rollins will do next. If you want to know more about my thoughts on this book, check out my reading blog.
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Natasha
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The action was good and I love Greek history. So it was a great for me.
Read Dream
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An ancient middle-eastern vessel has been uncovered, frozen for centuries inside a glacier in Greenland. The cargo that remains is almost impossible to believe. Dr. Elena Cargill is called to the site for her expertise in nautical archaeology. She discovers on board a priceless map, along with a unique astrolable. The other "artifacts" on board are much more sinister. Barely escaping with her life, she is kidnapped by another party who also seems to be interested in the priceless cargo...and ...more
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James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers. His writing has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold more than 20 million books. The New York Times says, Rollins is what you might wind up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together. NPR calls his work, Adventurous and enormously engrossing. ...more

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