The Last Oracle – James Rollins

Title: The Last Oracle
Author: James Rollins
ISBN: 0061230944
Pages: 434
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Genre: Historical Thriller
Rating: 3 out of 5

From the dust jacket:

What if you could bioengineer the world’s next great world prophet: scientifically produce the next Buddha, the next Muhammad, or the next Jesus? Would it mark the second coming or initiate a chain reaction with disastrous consequences?

A master at combining historical and religious intrigue with edge-of-your-seat adventure, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins brings back SIGMA Force to battle a group of rogue scientists who’ve unleashed a bioengineering project that could bring about the extinction of humankind.

I’m generally a fan of these types of thrillers; I like to call them “historical thrillers” because they incorporate a certain amount of history into their storylines. Dan Brown falls into this category, as does Steve Berry. This is my third James Rollins novel, and while I enjoyed the other two, and this one to an extent, the only word that comes to mind to describe it is “weird.”

I’ve read the previous two books in Rollins’ SIGMA Force series, Map of Bones and The Judas Strain, both of which were intriguing, though I enjoyed Map of Bones more. The Last Oracle was intriguing as well, but the premise and the unfolding of the plot were just so strange that I had trouble just enjoying the book. I didn’t know much about the book when I picked it up, but the title The Last Oracle implies that there is some sort of history involved; in this case, there isn’t much.

I feel like The Last Oracle could have been better; in the end, it was just too strange for me to be a big fan of it. If you like James Rollins, or if you are looking for a book with great action but don’t really care about believability, I would definitely recommend it, but if you are trying this genre out for the first time, I’d steer clear of this one!


  1. I’ve never read any by this author although I would say I do like historical thrillers. I really enjoy Dan Brown’s writing.

  2. I’ve never read any of Rollins’ work and it sounds like this isn’t the one to start with. Thanks for the review.

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