The Last Odyssey by James Rollins
review copy; 448 pages
Sigma Force Series #15
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
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
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.
My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.