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The Last Odyssey: A Novel (Sigma Force Novels, 15) (edició 2020)

de James Rollins (Autor)

Sèrie: 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 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 climatologists and archaeologists 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 atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world-a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo's own work. Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus' famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called 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.… (més)
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Títol:The Last Odyssey: A Novel (Sigma Force Novels, 15)
Autors:James Rollins (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2020), 624 pages
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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. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
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. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
A large piece of ice falls off a Glacier in Greenland revealing a large Arab dhow of Medieval vintage. When the Sigma team starts their investigation, they discover ancient weapons plus mysterious jars of an oil and a map made of gold that seems to show the route of Ulysses on his trek home from the Trojan War.

When some of jars are damaged and strange creatures come out of them with the intention of killing anyone close, experts in archeology and ancient history are contacted. There is also a sinister group who wish to bring the world to an end who are interested in the gold map and how it will lead them to Hell.

Fast moving and gripping narrative. ( )
  lamour | Nov 24, 2020 |
As always James Rollins has provide us with an enjoyable adventure based upon history/legend and modern technology. In this instance our journey is the search for the route that Odesseus, and his companions, endured for 10 years, as they returned home from Troy.

The nightmares and horrors of the world Homer described that Odesseus confronted and overcame are all brought to life as we search for the ultimate horror. It is a life and death adventure to stop that those who wish to use this nightmare to destroy society and gain power over the world.

In many respects James Rollins stories have a very simple basic formula; a group has discovered something from the historic past that they can use to 'change' the world in a very nasty way and our protagonists are called upon to stop them. Hey, not an unusual concept. However, James Rollins does is oh so very good. His stories are well researched and so often bring obscure little known historic events or happenings to the forefront as the latest threat to humanity. To counter this are the members of Sigma Force a darpa quasi military force that serve to investigate and prevent highly secret nightmares from ever become true threats to society.

Rollins writing and story development is, as always, very solid and the writing moves the story along at a very good past. Seldom is the reader disappointed. The thrills are there at every turn and how they get out of seemingly impossible situations are usually very well thought out. Rollins is always creates a very enjoyable read and this one is no different. If you enjoy thrillers, especially those with a historic bent, you will enjoy this book.

I keep on thinking I need to read the Odessey again since I read it in high school. For me that was a long time ago and I do have a good modern translation. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
James Rollins is one of my favorite authors, and I love his Sigma Force series. This one didn't engage me as much as the rest of the series, but it was still good because Rollins is an excellent writer.

As with all of the books in the Sigma Force series, you have to suspend your disbelief and just lose yourself in the story. I usually have no problem with this, but with "The Last Odyssey" it was just so outlandish that I had trouble going with the flow like I usually do. And because I had trouble keeping my disbelief suspended, I couldn't get completely absorbed into the story.

Most of the Sigma crew is back for this 15th book in the series: Gray, Seichan, Painter, Kowalski. However, Kat and Monk make only a blink-and-you'll-miss-them appearance near the beginning of the book, and that's it, which is too bad, because I really like those two characters. Nonetheless, the rest of the Sigma crew are in fine form with important roles throughout the book. Kowalski features quite prominently in this book, and I've always had a soft spot for him because he is so different from the others, so I really enjoyed seeing so much of him.

I can't imagine what Rollins is going to put the Sigma team through for book #16, but I can't wait to find out! ( )
  niaomiya | Aug 11, 2020 |
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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 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 climatologists and archaeologists 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 atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world-a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo's own work. Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus' famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called 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.

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