The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force, #15)
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 Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery?In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day researchers stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half-mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold map imbedded with an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism was crafted by a group of Muslim inventors—the Banū Mūsā brothers—considered by many to be the Da Vincis of the Arab world—brilliant scientists who inspired Leonardo’s own work.Once activated, the moving map traces the path of Odysseus’s famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a fiery river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. It is the subterranean world of Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.

The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force, #15) Details

TitleThe Last Odyssey (Sigma Force, #15)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 24th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062892904
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Adventure, Action

The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force, #15) Review

  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    Here's another author I'm done with. Despite numerous stories read, (yawn) he just bores me. 1 of 10 stars
  • Rizwan
    January 1, 1970
    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 T 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 The Last Oracle, though I guess I understand the straight-forward reason behind it.
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 harrowing starsJust 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 th 4.5 harrowing starsJust 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 the world!This adventure starts in Greenland with the discovery of an ancient ship buried in an iceberg. On board this ship is a bevy of danger, medieval danger, weapons of war that are indeed frightening, and a race to the death for those who have come to find this treasure. Within the confines of the ship lies a clockwork gold map with an silver astrolabe which was invented by the Banū Mūsā brothers, ancient Muslim inventors. Amazingly, this astolade when activated, shows the voyage of Odysseus’s ship leaving Troy. Hidden within the map however, are dangers beyond compare and a fiery trail that leads to Tartarus, which in Greek means hell. Of course there are nefarious people willing to go to the ends of the earth, or in this case hell, to acquire the knowledge of what lies in Tartarus, which I can say is nothing good. As the intrepid Sigma Force race across the Mediterranean, followed by a secret society bent on the destruction and the glorification of earth, the myths and legends of long ago come alive in a most electrifying way. If a trip to hell and hopefully back again is something you would enjoy, then do pick up this book when it is published on March 24, 2020. It will, as all of Mr Rollins books do, keep you turning those pages and routing for the Sigma Force and of course our planet. As always, this author provides, at the end of his tale, scientific and historical concepts that certainly do make one think that, in a world where it seems that anything is possible, could something like this be a bit true? Tantalizing for sure!Thank you to James Rollins, William Morrow, and Edelweiss for a copy of this keep you up late at night book!
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  • Sheila Beaumont
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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.A well-told story, highly recommended.
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  • Skip
    January 1, 1970
    Gray and Seichan are home with their newborn, when all hell breaks loose in Greenland. A centuries-old dhow is discovered and an exploratory team is attacked by automations and green fire. Joe Kowalski, his girlfriend (Maria), and a local teenager stage a daring rescue but their primary objective Elena (scientist) is taken hostage and whisked away by a submarine by unknown foes. Sigma is scrambled by Elena's father, a U.S. Senator, and Gray/Seichan head off to the Vatican's summer palace, where Gray and Seichan are home with their newborn, when all hell breaks loose in Greenland. A centuries-old dhow is discovered and an exploratory team is attacked by automations and green fire. Joe Kowalski, his girlfriend (Maria), and a local teenager stage a daring rescue but their primary objective Elena (scientist) is taken hostage and whisked away by a submarine by unknown foes. Sigma is scrambled by Elena's father, a U.S. Senator, and Gray/Seichan head off to the Vatican's summer palace, where they try to piece together. James Rollins has once again mixed history and legends (in this case Homer's Iliad and The Odyssey, as well as some of the Dark Age, when Arabs led the world in science and innovation. The bad guys are looking to cleanse the world by opening the gates or Hell (Tartarus), ending in a fertile valley in Morocco, having traipsed through the Mediterranean, following the path of Odysseus and tectonic plates. Always interesting is Rollins explanation at the end, separating fact from fiction.
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  • Cherei
    January 1, 1970
    “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 man’s 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 “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 man’s 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. If you're not familiar with the old Greek myths... You will get to learn about their stories that have been passed down for millennia! I love how Rollins rolls out the tapestry and the reader can easily follow along without having to feel like they wished they'd paid more attention in English classes as a kid when they reviewed all of the Greek and Roman gods! If you loved the cheesy, claymation movies of "Jason and the Argonauts" then, "The Last Odyssey" is about to become one of your favorite books of all time! The Sigma Force finds itself in a perilous quest to protect mankind. I wasn’t sure how Seichen was going to be written into the story and WOW!!! She’s even more bad-ass than before! Of course, the entire Sigma Force is in full force doing everything they can to solve one of the oldest mysteries that will have a major consequence on the planet if they don’t get there in time! James Rollins masterfully combines the best traits of science using modern-day reasons to rationalize mystical occurrences in the book. It kept me on the edge of my seat through all of the twists and turns! Rollins has written a MUST READ, fast-paced, page-turner that I highly recommend to all who love thrillers and the further adventures of Sigma Force!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Universal Studios Park ride into hell and since it is a ride...you come out alive :) I love the exploring of ancient history and adding some real time fantasy/science and ending up with these tales involving a cast of characters we have come to love.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    Another thrilling Sigma adventure that keeps the pages flying by right up until the end. And it true Rollins fashin, the ending pulls extra hard at the heartstrings. I can't wait to see what happens next.
  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    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 D 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 Disney World and finished it while there. You might not know this about me, but I'm a HUGE Disney junkie, so the fact that I was focused on this book while I was there means this was a REALLY GOOD one.We find ourselves following the path of Homer's Odysseus, straight into the bowels of Hell itself.There are twists, turns, betrayals, cute monkeys, ancient technology, and loads of adventure.Pick this one up. You won't be disappointed. But seriously, seriously, start the series at the beginning!
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    James Rollins has always been the author I turn to when I need some escape from reality, and I’ve never needed more escape than right now in the middle of the pandemic. And I got so much more from it than I expected. There’s 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 Homer’s The Odyssey and various other Greek myths and reimag James Rollins has always been the author I turn to when I need some escape from reality, and I’ve never needed more escape than right now in the middle of the pandemic. And I got so much more from it than I expected. There’s 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 Homer’s The Odyssey and various other Greek myths and reimagining if they were all actual historical events that took place. We also get to know about some of the most acclaimed scientists and inventors of the Arab world and their creations were definitely very eye opening. I found the idea that innovations that happen in one kingdom/civilization are then used by others to build up on and that’s how more innovation propagates across the world fascinating to read about. When we are talking mechanical inventions, Leonardo da Vinci can’t be far behind, so his addition was fun. There is also a theme about the different versions of the coming apocalypse across religions and the zealots among them who want to do everything they can to bring it on sooner. I loved the way the author weaved all these threads together to create such an entertaining adventure tale. And as usual, all the locations that the characters are jet setting to are wonderfully described and I always wish I could jump into the pages to visit them myself. It’s always very comforting meeting these characters because I’ve known them for almost a decade and they feel like my friends now. And after all this time, seeing Gray and Seichan as parents felt surreal. They are still struggling with their new found parenthood which actually made them feel more human than the usual badass persona they always project. Kowalski also gets a great arc to shine in this book and he always comes across as gruff and grumpy but we get to see how much of a heart of gold he has and what lengths he will go to protect his team. There are also many other new side characters and I was amazed by how I could never guess who among them was trustworthy and who was a villain. The author kept hitting me with betrayal after betrayal and I was happy to be shocked. To conclude, this was a lot of fun and just the bit of relief I needed at this tense time. If you have followed this series since the beginning and have ever thought the storylines had become repetitive, then I promise you that you’ll find this book to be refreshing and a lot more adventurous. I don’t know if I can recommend it as a stand-alone but if you wouldn’t mind taking on a huge series that is a mix of great action, lots of history, and some very cool advanced science and tech stuff, you should totally start from Sandstorm.
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  • FanFiAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 9.5/10Thanks 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 mu Rating: 9.5/10Thanks 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 much gauge that I loved the stew out of this book. It is a thrill-ride ratcheted up to 11, filled with history, mythology, monsters, and so much more. Twists and turns aplenty, plus characters you can really stand behind and fantastic work-building. I really never wanted it to end.Considering this is Book #15 in the series, and Book #1 came out sixteen (16) years ago, have I been living under a friggin rock? How have I seriously not known about this series because I now want to read all of them. If TLO is any indication of what I have been missing out on, woohoo am I in for a treat.Good news for all of you who are in the same boat as me: The Last Odyssey can be easily read, understood, and enjoyed as a stand-alone. I cannot say for sure if that holds true for the others in the series, but this adventure feels tight-knit enough to not have you scratching your head too much (though the storylines Rollins weaves could have you re-reading pages here and there).If shootouts, hidden treasures, monsters, conspiracies, and historical/mythological elements in stories are in your wheelhouse, look no further. Oh, and if you want more, James will be a guest on my podcast tonight (3/17), so look for the episode to drop on 3/18!
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    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 Odys 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 Odyssey really happened? Where might Odysseus have gone and what might he have seen? Sounds intriguing. But the author takes the story away from his usual science and history blended thrill ride into more of a Pacific Rim/Transformers mash up with about as much likelihood of ever happening as both of those movies combined. He really jumped the shark with this one. And with such an intellectual topic, the author seemed to think his books needed more car chases, more collapsing buildings, and more shootouts than ever before. At times, there was too much action of the explosion type and not enough action of the plot type. Just not enough happened for big swaths of the book and then too many ridiculous things happened all at once. I'm pretty disappointed in Mr. Rollins with this book but I'm hopeful he'll be back on form with the next Sigma novel.I received an ARC of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    I hate to give low stars for Sigma Force, but I can't get into The Last Odyssey.
  • Ronie
    January 1, 1970
    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."). 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.").
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    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 appea 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 appear. They combine forces and the only hope for the world is Sigma Force.What a great adventure. There are interesting locations, like an under glacier cave in Greenland and a bronzed cave in Morocco. There are ancient maps and documents Sigma Force must interpret. There are ancient mechanical beasts and modern warfare tactics. It all adds up to action galore, sometimes generating over the top suspense. And what I like best about Rollins' books is that he always includes an “Author's Note to Readers: Truth or Fiction” at the end of the book. He gives the sources for his ideas, including historical and scientific aspects. He distinguishes myth and fact and identifies details in the book based on actual geography and past events. He clearly identifies the parts of the book generated purely by his own imagination.This is a good novel for readers who like plenty of action interspersed with bits of the personal lives of those in Sigma Force. I especially liked the thought provoking aspect of the novel in religious devotees trying to force the hand of God.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Brittany ☾
    January 1, 1970
    I just won this book from a Goodreads giveaway! :) I'll update the review and rating when I finish reading.
  • itchy
    January 1, 1970
    brief synopsis:Sigma needs to stop the apocalypse.setting:Rome, ItalySermilik Fjord, GreenlandReykjavik, IcelandHelheim Glacier, GreenlandTasiilaq, GreenlandTakoma Park, MarylandWashington, DCAnkara, TurkeyCastel Gandolfo, ItalyÇanakkale Province, TurkeyTyrrhenian SeaCagliari, SardiniaPalma, SpainTunisiaAgadir, MoroccoStrait of GibraltarHigh Atlas Mountains, MoroccoMarrakesh, MoroccoRepublic of Congonamed personalities:Francesco del Giocondo - a rich Florencian merchantLisa - Francesco's young, brief synopsis:Sigma needs to stop the apocalypse.setting:Rome, ItalySermilik Fjord, GreenlandReykjavik, IcelandHelheim Glacier, GreenlandTasiilaq, GreenlandTakoma Park, MarylandWashington, DCAnkara, TurkeyCastel Gandolfo, ItalyÇanakkale Province, TurkeyTyrrhenian SeaCagliari, SardiniaPalma, SpainTunisiaAgadir, MoroccoStrait of GibraltarHigh Atlas Mountains, MoroccoMarrakesh, MoroccoRepublic of Congonamed personalities:Francesco del Giocondo - a rich Florencian merchantLisa - Francesco's young, beautiful and enigmatic wifeMichelangelo - an upstartLeonardo da Vinci - an ingenius, arrogant craftsmanFrancesco - Leonardo's apprenticeLeo X - a popeFrançois I - a French kingIsmael al-Jazari - a brilliant artist and the chief engineer for the Artuklu PalaceMuhammed, Ahmad and al-Hasan aka Banū Mūsā (the Sons of Moses) - three Persian brothers who authored a Persian volume of mechanical devices from the ninth centuryMūsā (Moses) - an important prophetCirce - a great and cunning goddessHomer - a poetOdysseus - a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer's epic poem the OdysseyHades - the god of the dead and the king of the underworldPersephone - Hades' wife and queenElena Cargill - a pretty, white-blond nautical archaeologistKent Cargill - Elena's father; a senator representing the great state of MassaschusettsDouglas 'Mac' MacNab aka McViking - a Canadian climatologist; an auburn-bearded mountain of a manConrad Nelson - a geologist for Allied Global MiningIndiana Jones - a fictional tenured professor of archaeologyJohn Okalik - a skiff pilot; an Inuit elder with a leathery round face and unreadable black eyesChristopher Columbus - an Italian explorer and colonizerJoseph 'Joe' Kowalski - a former navy seaman, now Sigma's demolition expertMaria Crandall - Joe's girlfriend; Elena's former colleaguePainter Crowe - Joe's bossBaako - a western lowland gorillaDaedalus - the mythic master craftsman of the GreeksTom Cruise - an American actor who starred in Top GunPullman - the Poseidon's commander who looked way too much like Tom CruiseHans Jørgen - a Danish officerNuka - John's grandson; a young, black-haired kid who looked to be no more than fourteenWonder Woman - a fictional superheroGrayson 'Gray' Pierce - a Sigma commanderSeichan - a tiger mom; a former assassinJackson Randall 'Jack' Pierce - Grayson and Seichan's five-month-old sonKathryn 'Kat' Bryant - a Sigma captainMonk - Kat's husbandHarriet and Penny - Kat and Monk's rambunctious girlsLisa - Painter's wifeJF Kennedy - John F Kennedy, a polarizing Roman Catholic former presidentNehir Saat aka Bint Mūsā (Daughter of Moses) - a dark woman with a scar that split her lower lip and carved a pale path down her chin and along her throatFinn Bailey - a priestJames Bond - a fictional British Secret Service agentVigor Verona - a former member of the intelligenzaSebastian Roe - a professor at the university and a longtime member of the intelligenza who resembles VigorApollonius - presumably Apollonius of Perga, a Greek geometer and astronomer, possibly the inventor of the astrolabeHipparchus - a Greek astronomer, geographer, and mathematician, possibly the inventor of the astrolabeAl-Nayrizi - a Muslim mathematician who likely invented the spherical astrolabeMūsā ibn Shākir - a great astronomer who was born in Khorasan in northeast PersiaHunayn ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir - the treacherous fourth Banū Mūsā brotherEsra - the forty-eighth Mūsā's first wife who was killed by a Kurdish bombMuhammad - the prophetIsa aka Jesus Christ - a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leaderMary - Jesus' motherSatan - the devilMahdi (the guided one) - a twelfth imam, a divine caliph and descendant of MuhammadFirat - the forty-eighth Mūsā; a Turkish ambassadorReynaldo - a young MPBossard - a Swiss Guard majorLeo XIII - a seventeenth-century popeJulius - a fourth-century popePius the Tenth - a twentieth-century popeCopernicus - Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance-era polymathGalileo - Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineerNewton - presumably Isaac Newton, an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and authorThomas - one of the Twelve Apostles of JesusDomitian - a Roman emperorHermes Trismegistus - may be associated with the Greek god HermesMedea - a witch; niece to CirceStrabo - a Greek historian from the first centuryHephaestus (Vulcan in Roman) - the Greek god of blacksmiths, metalworking, carpenters, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metallurgy, fire, and volcanoesPandora - not a real woman, but something artificially created by the god HephaestusPrometheus - the titanZeus - the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religionKadir - a heavy-browed, dull-eyed giant; Nehir's older brotherHuri (angel) - Nehir's daughterGenghis Khan - Emperor of the Mongol EmpireNasir al-Din al-Tusi - a scholar who first bore the title of MūsāAeschylus - an ancient Greek tragedianAgamemnon - a king of Mycenae in Greek mythologyEuripides - a tragedian of classical AthensJason - an Argonaut; a mythical warrior; subduer of the Colchis BullsHerodotus - an ancient Greek historianAlcinous - king of the PhaeaciansHoward Fine - a bespectacled rabbi with salt-and-pepper gray hair; a former archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities AuthorityIcarus - the son of Daedalus who died when he flew too close to the sunArtemis - the huntressAchilles - a hero from the IliadApollo - the god of musicMinos - a kingLaelaps - a bronze hunting hound built by Hephaestus for King MinosApollonius - Apollonius of Rhodes, an ancient Greek author, best known for the ArgonauticaTalos - a giant bronze guardian of the island of Crete; an animated guardianSimonedes of Ceos - a Greek poetAeolus - a king who gave Odysseus' crew a bag of windsSophocles - one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survivedAristophanes - a comic playwright of ancient AthensPtolemy - a first-century Roman geographerSan Giovanni aka John the Baptist - a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early 1st century ADCleopatra - the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt'Chuckles' - a guard under the employ of Nehir, possibly a Son of MosesHercules - a Roman hero and godTchaikovsky - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer of the Romantic periodPolybius - a Greek historian of the Hellenistic periodKalki - the final incarnation of VisnuVisnu - one of the principal deities of HinduismZechariah - a Hebrew prophetDaniel - a prophetJeremiah - one of the major prophets of the Hebrew BibleDavid - the third king of the United Monarchy of Israel and JudahEzekiel - a Hebrew prophetHumpty Dumpty - an English nursery rhyme characterEphorus - a fourth-century historianPausanias - a second-century AD writerAtlas - a huge-shouldered god who was punished by Zeus to hold up the skies at the edge of the worldCharlie Izem - a young, experienced river-boat captain; also a zoology studentAggie - short for aghilasse (lion in Tashelhit); a macaqueDamocles - a character who appears in an anecdote commonly referred to as the Sword of DamoclesHeron of Alexandria - a brilliant engineer from the first century ADCharon - the old man who ferried souls across the River Styx into HadesAbd Al-Qadir - one of Hunayn's crew who sacrificed himself to ford the poisonous lakePhilo of Byzantia - a Greek engineer who built his own serving maidsCharybdis - a monstrous maelstrom, a ship-destroying whirlpool from Homer's OdysseyScylla - a giant amphibious sea creature that killed several of Odysseus' menAhmad - Nehir's second-in-command; a Son of MosesMedusa - a GorgonUranus - the primal Greek god personifying the sky and one of the Greek primordial deitiesGaia - the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deitiesCerebos - the three-headed guardian of HellJoseph Kyenge - a Congolese chief zoologist for the Virunga National Parkhuh?:p70: "Add a cape to this spandex, and I bet I'd look like Wonder Woman."p347: (view spoiler)[It snapped at the Son's outstretched arm, swallowing it whole, ripping it off at the shoulder. Blood spewed high as the man fell forward--revealing a glimpse of the massive bulk of a black dog.Ahmad tried to get away.Less in fear of the monster than--The grenade exploded behind him. The dog's head blasted apart. Shrapnel from both the grenade and pieces of the dog peppered Ahmad's back. But her second-in-command wore full-body armor. Though wounded and knocked to his hands and knees, he crawled out onto the gold stairs. (hide spoiler)]Kowalski had certainly come to play.Heavy suspension of disbelief needed.(view spoiler)[Monk and Kat are sidelined, again. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    I love James Rollins and I am a huge fan of this series but unfortunately I have found the series to be hit or miss lately. I loved the last book, Crucible, but I was not happy with The Demon Crown that came before it. It looks like Rollins is back to what annoys me in this series because I was bored with this one. I am especially sorry to say that as I love that the backdrop of this one is The Odyssey. I always love the historical elements so I was excited about this book but it was not enough I love James Rollins and I am a huge fan of this series but unfortunately I have found the series to be hit or miss lately. I loved the last book, Crucible, but I was not happy with The Demon Crown that came before it. It looks like Rollins is back to what annoys me in this series because I was bored with this one. I am especially sorry to say that as I love that the backdrop of this one is The Odyssey. I always love the historical elements so I was excited about this book but it was not enough to save this one. This story was far too boring and dry for me. Instead of an action packed adventure with the team this novel is really a long road trip, that just happens to mostly be nautical, and include abductions and bad guys chasing. Even that honestly sounds more interesting than the execution of this one. The team is Gray, Seichan and Kowalski. For reasons that I don’t understand our characters are having various existential crises’ which annoyed me. For Gray it’s adjusting to fatherhood, and again for reasons unknown it’s referenced that he’s not as in shape as he was. For Seichan it’s about the adjustment of becoming a mother when she was a trained assassin. Kowalski is his relationship with his girlfriend. Personally I don’t think Rollins excels at writing about the characters inner struggles and it’s not what I want to read about in his books. I want adventure with unexpected real science and history surprises. I love Monk and really missed his humor. To make matters worse Rollins introduces a new character who dominates a lot of the book. She’s a fine character but just not emotionally satisfying as we have no connection to her. He did the same thing in Crucible but I found that character more interesting and she had a lot more reason to take up pages than this one. I cannot recommend this one, even for huge fans of this series. If you decide to skip this one than you will not have missed much as far as the characters go. There is one potential ramification that will be carried into the next book and will have to be addressed. I have to say that one hit me and played on my emotions. Which is an annoying point that Rollins can write better than he did in this book where I never felt emotionally invested or interested in these characters. This book was dry dry with a lot of talk and very little payoff. By the time we hit the climax and the action I didn’t really care anymore and just wanted to be done. This one was hard for me to get through and I had to force myself to pick it up time and again to finish.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Great ReadAnother amazing adventure with Sigma Force. James Rollins never fails to deliver a fast paced, action pacted, page turner. Now to wait impatiently for the next one.
  • J Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    This series is a must read. First time reading books by this author. He is one amazing author.
  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, another fantastic book! Loved the Greek history and stuck, fantastic read! Loved it! Loved seeing the pair as parents!
  • Devin Drennen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a Goodreads Giveaway win. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the perfect mix of mythology and thriller
  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    Sigma Force is forced to embark on a dangerous journey in order to save the world in this exciting and twisty new adventure by James Rollins. For centuries, the legendary city of Troy was a myth until its walls were uncovered in the nineteenth century. Now Homer’s twin tales of monsters, myths and more in the Iliad and The Odyssey are up for question. What is myth and what is fact?When an archeology find in Greenland glacier is discovered with artifacts from the Bronze age, questions arise even Sigma Force is forced to embark on a dangerous journey in order to save the world in this exciting and twisty new adventure by James Rollins. For centuries, the legendary city of Troy was a myth until its walls were uncovered in the nineteenth century. Now Homer’s twin tales of monsters, myths and more in the Iliad and The Odyssey are up for question. What is myth and what is fact?When an archeology find in Greenland glacier is discovered with artifacts from the Bronze age, questions arise even as danger mounts. In the captain quarters is a map and a globe made by the famous Banu Musa Brothers that trace the journey of Odysseus and the hidden realm of the titans in Tartarus. Now as Sigma is drawn into the race against tyrants and more as the word of its weapons and more gets out. Now Sigma must take the famed journey and enter the gates of hell in order to stop a global war a tyrant is determined to provoke.Wow is all I can say after devouring this wonderful action-packed ride that James Rollins creates in THE LAST ODYSSEY. Filled with science marvels, historical gems and a threat to contemporary day world, the author creates a story that will leave you on the edge of your seat till the very last page is read. I love this author’s books as he weaves a story filled with historical facts and myths, science marvels and more that somehow work in his Sigma Force series and add in colorful and yet complex characters, well, lets just say, get ready for a wild ride each and every time you pick up one of this author’s books. Filled with twists and turns, this story flows smoothly, delivering you on a journey that may or may not be true in real life and you can’t help but be drawn into the world he has created as you fly alongside these amazing characters as they race against the clock to stop destruction yet again. THE LAST ODYSSEY is full of amazing characters and being the fifteenth book, I can honestly say this author tops his last release spectacularly. Some Easter eggs are thrown in that will shock you to the core and I flipped the pages eager to see where this author’s story ill take you next. I have my favorites within the Sigma Force characters and I couldn’t help but gasp is few times as they got in one adventure after another. Ad in some new characters to help things along, well you got the makings for a wild, action packed ride that will leave you breathless till the end.THE LAST ODYSSEY is a wild ride and one you can not put down. So, strap in, get ready for an adventure of a lifetime and enter the gates of Hell with the Sigma team. Just don’t forget to breath along the way as you get caught up in the adventures and twists of the story. I can not wait to see where this author goes next because each time, I think he can’t top himself; he succeeds beyond my wildest imagination.This is an objective review and not an endorsement
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  • Blaine DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers for providing me with a free unedited copy of this book in return for an honest review. I enjoy Jame Rollins writing, and prior this I have read 3 of his SIGMA Force series and liked each of them. I have others on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Yet when I got the chance to obtain this book I jumped at it. I prefer to read books in order but for James Rollins I will make the exception and I am happy I did. This was a wonderful thriller and along Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers for providing me with a free unedited copy of this book in return for an honest review. I enjoy Jame Rollins writing, and prior this I have read 3 of his SIGMA Force series and liked each of them. I have others on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Yet when I got the chance to obtain this book I jumped at it. I prefer to read books in order but for James Rollins I will make the exception and I am happy I did. This was a wonderful thriller and along the way we pick up so much historical information that it really brings the book to life. We have a plot to bring about Armageddon. Yes men are going to try and induce this by following Homer's Odyssey and other Arabic writers to find the Gates of Hell to bring about this event. No sense telling more. It is action packed, well written and very fast paced. When I read this all I could think of was the classic 1963 movie "Jason and the Argonauts" with the innovative stop-motion animation. So many of the obstacles that SIGMA must overcome remind me of that film. This book was heading for a 5***** until the last 50 or so pages. When the story no longer covers the evil masterminds behind this plot, and trust me these guys are evil, the book loses what I enjoyed the most for the majority of the book and becomes a just one action packed page after another, to the point of unbelievability. A very good effort and I am glad I got the chance to read this and will definitely go back and read his others on my shelf.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    What if the Odyssey was based on real events? Troy, once thought to be mythic, proved to be a real place. What if there is a way to trace Odysseus's journey and find the gates to Tartarus?I really enjoyed this book! Of course, the characters of Gray, Seichan, Painter, and Kowalski are like old friends, having read all the previous Sigma Force books. Aside from the adventure, we also see Gray and Seichan adjust to the new reality of being new parents. There is also Kowalski and his girlfriend, Ma What if the Odyssey was based on real events? Troy, once thought to be mythic, proved to be a real place. What if there is a way to trace Odysseus's journey and find the gates to Tartarus?I really enjoyed this book! Of course, the characters of Gray, Seichan, Painter, and Kowalski are like old friends, having read all the previous Sigma Force books. Aside from the adventure, we also see Gray and Seichan adjust to the new reality of being new parents. There is also Kowalski and his girlfriend, Maria, whose relationship is going through a rocky phase. But the main story, starting with a frozen dhow in Greenland and culminating in a search for Tartarus, is fast-paced and fun. Gray and his team is up against a secret group called the Apocalypti. True to their name, the Apocalypti is dedicated to bringing about the Apocalypse. It is timely, since it does feel like we are living during the end-times. James Rollins has crafted another wonderful story that deftly mixed history, mythology, and science. If that's your jam, then this is a good book for you.
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  • Pierre Tassé
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Odyssey may be my last book by Rollins. The book seemed (and was) very long. This was nothing like his previous books...or maybe I was defending him too much with his last books. He always earned 3 or 4 stars with his ingenuity but with this book he is relegated to 2 stars from a disappointed reader who was just anxious to finish this story.
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  • Luka
    January 1, 1970
    'Knowledge is never truly lost. It moved, shifted, grew, evolved, but ultimately, endured. Even when buried and forgotten, the deepest truths found a way of shaking off the dust of time and revealing themselves again.'So, although I do like this whole Sigma universe, this book just didn't resonate with me. This one just became too unbelievable and fantasy-driven at one point (which is also one thing that is kind of new). On the other hand though, after reading all of the books from the series, I 'Knowledge is never truly lost. It moved, shifted, grew, evolved, but ultimately, endured. Even when buried and forgotten, the deepest truths found a way of shaking off the dust of time and revealing themselves again.'So, although I do like this whole Sigma universe, this book just didn't resonate with me. This one just became too unbelievable and fantasy-driven at one point (which is also one thing that is kind of new). On the other hand though, after reading all of the books from the series, I just feel like it's being too repetitive (yet again, we have villainous siblings as part of the story, monkeys, etc.). Rollins created so many loveable characters, it's a shame we don't see more of them. I think it's time to move from Gray and Seichan as the main characters and to further explore characters as Monk, Painter, Kat, Joe... even Bailey. It would be smart, refreshing, but still connected.
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  • Ray Palen
    January 1, 1970
    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, Rollin 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, Rollins has proven to not only be a prolific writer but one who seems to improve with each successive release. These Sigma Force characters and their families are living, breathing people who the reader actually cares deeply about. This makes taking a seat alongside them for another adventure both a privilege and an immense pleasure.THE LAST ODYSSEY opens, like most of Rollins' novels, with a historical back-story that is important to understand as events unfold rapidly during the start of the actual novel. This time around, we kick off with a line from the Greek poet/writer Homer who said: 'The journey is the thing'. That quote is important, but not as much for what it says than where it came from. Much of this novel follows along with the classic works of Homer, the poems THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY. These epic poems have been translated many times as they recount the Trojan War and what follows. In this novel, their interpretation plays a big part in helping both the good guys and bad guys find a place on the map long since lost or thought as merely a fable --- the Gates Of Hell!Through Homer's words, we see the collapse of three great empires: the Greek Mycenaeans, the Anatolian Hittites, and the Egyptians. The battle has been referred to by some historians as World War Zero. However, all three of those empires were wiped out by a nameless Fourth Empire. A civilization so mighty and forceful that they easily defeated the afore-mentioned empires and then simply vanished into the past. Could Homer's depiction of gods and monsters have been true, and if so, did these beings represent the legendary Tartarus or Hell?This is what drives Leonardo Da Vinci and his student, Francesco, in the novel's prologue. Leonardo along with Pope Leo X discover an ancient folio that Da Vinci reads with much fervor, for the text quite possibly reveals the entrance to Hell. We then jump to present day where archaeologist Dr. Elena Cargill is with a small team in Greenland operating below a large glacier and following a local map to lead them to their destination. They find an abandoned wooden ship and inside it many treasures, including an ancient map that they sought. They don't get much chance to enjoy their victory as they are suddenly attacked by a heavily armed group that appears to be Middle Eastern. They are able to capture Elena while the rest of her team get away by traveling deeper within the glacier. It is here where they come upon horrors their eyes have never seen before. Luminescent bronze crabs of multiple sizes and a fire-breathing beast that resembles a combination of bear and bull --- possibly the impetus for the ancient beast named the Minotaur. These creatures can only be called by one word --- Demons.The head of Sigma Force, Painter Crowe, calls in the team Commander Grayson 'Gray' Pierce, and orders them to get to Greenland at once. The first team, with Sigma Force members Joe and Maria, arrive to try and rescue Elena and the artifacts she found. They are unsuccessful in rescuing Elena, and also lose Joe to the enemies in their effort. Maria, though, is successful in claiming the main artifact --- the ancient Astrolabe --- a spherical key that can unlock special ancient maps to reveal where Tartarus may actually lie.Gray and the rest of the team are being sent to the Vatican, where may lie the map that the Astrolabe may read --- once they rescue Maria and her small group. Instead of going to Vatican City, they are sent to Castel Gandolfo, Italy, where they are met by Father Bailey and Monsignor Roe. The map in question was the same one that Pope Leo X had commissioned Leonardo Da Vinci to create from the ancient Arabic text they had found. This map, when operational, would lead to the gates of Hell. The map that Roe shows them is said to be opened by the Daedalus Key. Perhaps their Astrolabe can serve this purpose. Just as they begin to read the findings on the map the city of Castel Gandolfo is attacked by heavy fire --- once again, the same group that now has Elena and Joe as captives.Both sides have their own pieces of the puzzle that will supposedly end at Hell. The other side, now identified as Arabic, are warned of trespassing on the area known as The Forge Of Hephaestus. This will require them to travel to where even angels fear to tread! Joe eventually escapes during a skirmish between the two sides and finds his way back to Sigma Force. Meanwhile, Elena is greeted by perhaps the biggest surprise of all --- her father, Senator Cargill. It turns out the good Senator has aligned himself with the Muslim faction that has captured her. He figures that whether it be Christian or Muslim in nature, the two both want the same thing --- the Apocalypse. Senator Cargill has deluded himself into believing he will be the new King David of the world that remains after the End Of Days is brought about. At least we now know their reason for finding and conjuring up Hell.Sigma Force is completely unaware of Senator Cargill's role in this chess game. Their next move is to go to the Island of Sardinia where an old Rabbi friend of Roe's can expertly speak to the unknown history that will guide them to Tartarus. They are attacked once again and this time the other side claims both Monsignor Roe and Rabbi Fine. The two sides will continue to battle and trade captives until they reach their final destination. It is appropriate that the last section of the novel is aptly named The Gates Of Tartarus. There is nary a chance to catch your breath in this novel that is so expertly plotted and researched it will make you wonder why these ancient secrets have not already been discovered. Or, in the case of THE LAST ODYSSEY, defending and guarding the artifacts so no one ever finds Tartarus. A simply terrific read that ranks as one of James Rollins' finest novels to date. Reviewed by Ray Palen for Book Reporter
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  • Mark Muckerman
    January 1, 1970
    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, o 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, only to be destroyed by Rollins' actual writing and once again left unsatisfied by his underdeveloped plot and painfully quick pacing, weak storylines & tangents, and in this case a plot line SO farfetched it quickly blows through the boundaries of absurdity. Rollins should just do story treatments and then sell them to better writers.No spoilers here, but as I read the book I just kept shaking my head as the plot went further and further off the rails. I guess at this point he's just cranking out garbage for his loyal fan base as fast as he can and laughing all the way to the bank.
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