The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force Series)

The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force Series)

by James Rollins

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062892904
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Series: Sigma Force Series , #15
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 18
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

James Rollins is the author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Hometown:

Sacramento, California

Date of Birth:

August 20, 1961

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Customer Reviews

The Last Odyssey: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ChereiMcCarter 4 days ago
“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!
SheTreadsSoftly 4 days ago
The Last Odyssey by James Rollins is a very highly recommended thriller combining "cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action."It is always a celebration when Rollins releases a new novel! In Greenland, researchers find a medieval ship trapped in the ice whose hold contains Bronze Age artifacts. A clockwork gold atlas embedded with an intricate silver astrolabe is found inside the captain's cabin, along with the remains of the captain. The intricate clockwork treasure was crafted by a group of Muslim inventor the Banū Mūsā brothers whose work later inspired Leonardo Da Vinci. When 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." There are other, frightening inventions/protectors set in place on the ship and they are released by the discovery. The research group is attacked by a modern group related to the Banū Mūsā brothers and hostages are taken. When news of the attack on the researchers and their discovery reaches Sigma Force, they are called to help. They must now protect the world by figuring out how to follow the path laid out by Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey. Those who love mythology can rejoice as that knowledge will pay off and make following the action easier because you'll know what they need to search for along the path of Odysseus. Again, just like previous Sigma Force novels, The Last Odyssey is another exciting addition to the series. Rollins always delivers pulse-pounding, nail-biting action and bases his story on historical facts and current scientific research resulting in a great mix of action, history, and science. The story itself is full of twists and surprise along with the trade-mark action you expect. As usual, do not skip Rollins author's notes at the end about his research for the novel. I've said it before, and I'm going to repeat myself here, but I appreciate the fact that Rollins treats his readers with respect and a nod to their intelligence and ability to comprehend a complex plot. We know all the Sigma Force characters and Rollins adds some new, interesting characters to the mix. I think you can read this as a standalone novel, but having read all the Sigma Force novels I might not be the best judge of that. I do think that there is enough background information provided for the characters that a new reader could enjoy the novel. And everyone will be reading this for the non-stop action, twists, and surprises along the way. If you love action/adventure thrillers and have never read a Rollins novel, now would be a great time to start working your way through all of his novels. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Amy Hubbard 2 days ago
wonderful fast paced read
ShanHutch 5 days ago
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.
S_White_1218 5 days ago
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!