The Last Odyssey

The Last Odyssey

A Thriller

Book - 2020
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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. When word spreads of the cache of miraculous weapons - tensions explode in this volatile region. 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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780062892966
Characteristics: xvi, 437 pages ;,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm.


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Jul 15, 2020

There is a genre of fiction that I call “archaeological thriller”. These novels have some historical context (through archaeology) added to the story line. One of the masters of that genre is JAMES ROLLINS. His latest is THE LAST ODYSSEY, a Sigma Force thriller.

Sigma Force (part of DARPA) is a secret government agency whose headquarters is located below the basement of the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. It is tasked with righting wrongdoing in the world.

As in many of his previous books, James Rollins starts with a brief historical background and finishes with more of the same. That saved me a lot time looking up references. Leonardo da Vinci and the Greek poet/historian Homer figure prominently in the story line.

Between 1100 and 800 B.C.E. three great civilizations in the eastern Mediterranean fell from power. They were the Mycenaeans, the Hittites and the Egyptians. The author calls this World War Zero. They were supposedly defeated by a fourth yet unknown civilization. Some writers have called them the Sea Power. Sigma Force undertakes the task of trying to stop a mysterious present day organization who is trying to unlock the apocalyptic powers of the Sea Power.

The story begins in Greenland in an ice cave in the Helheim Glacier (the largest in Greenland) newly open to the sea, An Arab Sambuk (a ship from about the 9th century) is discovered with a mysterious and dangerous cargo. On the ship is an automated, three dimensional map that contains a spherical astrolabe (very rare). Only one is known to exist at Oxford University. In addition, there radioactivity present as well.

Most of the Sigma Force regulars are operational in this book. These include Commander Grayson Pierce, his Korean born wife Seichan (formerly as assassin), Joe Kowalski Sigma’s muscle/explosives expert and his girlfriend Maria Crandall an anthropologist/archaeologist.
Added to this crew are Dr. Elena Cargill a marine/naval archaeologist (daughter of a prominent U.S. Senator), Father Finn Bailey from Vatican Intelligenza, Monsignor Sebastian Roe head of the Vatican Holy Scrinium (a papal private library), Douglas MacNab a climatologist and Rabbi Howard Fine another archaeologist formerly with Israel’s Antiquities Authority.

In opposition are members of an evil secret society that wants to destroy civilization and rebuild it in their image, mostly in a religious format. They want to establish a new Messiah (Christians) or Mahdi (Muslims) and other religious leaders. Their leader is called the Son of Moses. His second in command is Nehir Saat (Daughter of Moses) and her very large in size brother, Kadir.

There is a book long chase by plane and boat from Greenland to the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. There are firefights and explosions galore. There are some romantic interludes where needed. JAMES ROLLINS once again proves that he is a masterful storyteller. Once again, there are some interesting historical notes and factoids. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Jul 11, 2020

An interesting read. I enjoyed how Rollins tied in Greek mythology from the Odyssey into current times and how things from over a thousand years ago could be used to start a new world order. It stretches the imagination and credibility, almost like a Harry Potter book.

May 18, 2020

I liked the book. It was a quick read. I enjoyed the description of all of the exotic locations around the world. This story was a typical Sigma Force novel with crazy-tight deadlines to stay ahead of the bad guys, ties to ancient history, and lots of action. I do question how Gray Pierce is such an expert on everything that he can at least keep up with a world-known expert on the Greek Dark Ages. I also found all of the 1000 year old nuclear-powered automatons stretched credibility a more than usual. The tie-ins to Homer's Odyssey and to all of the Greek myths was interesting. I wish the author would have slowed down the scenes with lots of fast moving action enough to provide better descriptions of what was going on, the surroundings, etc. I felt like he was in too much of a hurry and rushed the story more than necessary.

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