KimN ~ The Last Oracle

8 08 2009

The Last Oracle ~ James Rollins

tloI picked up the next book in James Rollins’ ‘Sigma’ series (sort of a series, but each book can be read on its own) for $5 from Chapters and brought it along for a long weekend away at my Uncle’s cabin.  Perfect choice!  This book was a great follow-up to The Judas Strain and I really enjoyed it.  I’m excited to read further in the series – I need to go back to the couple of books that go before The Judas Strain

I really like the way that Rollins weaves together a story that is based on historical events and religious myths, and makes it play out in the present day – the plots that he is able to imagine growing out of these myths are amazing and horrifying.  Good thing we have the trusty hero from Sigma- Gray Pierce – and the other Sigma members… including the surprise, tearful return of an old friend (just a teaser that you will only understand if you’ve read the previous).

I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy a book that teaches me about something, and Rollins doesn’t disappoint.  From learning about Oracles in the days of the Greek, to the history of Romanian Gypsies, to the existence of autistics that have incredible ‘savant’ talents, Rollins takes you on a quick educational spin around the world.  I especially appreciate how Rollins includes a little ‘Fact or Fiction’ section at the end of his novels.  This section informs you of what was actually true in his novels, and what was elaborated on as part of the story.  Interestingly, Rollins very much stays true to the facts and builds his story around those facts by creating the characters and plot around them.

This is an excellent action/adventure/thriller novel and I highly recommend it.

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KimN ~ The Judas Strain

15 07 2009

The Judas Strain ~ James Rollins

jsThis last weekend we went away to Jamie’s uncle & aunt’s cabin up in 100 Mile and low and behold, there was a library in the cabin!  Hundreds of books… it took me a long time to pour over them all to decided which one to read.  After whittling my pile down to 2 books I read the first chapter of each and then continued on with the one that grabbed me the most – The Judas Strain.  I think this book grabbed me because it is exactly like the books I used to love to read (specifically Criton), but exactly unlike the books I have been reading of late (cue Picoult & Niffenegger).  The book focused on biological & historical mysteries and has roped me back in to loving the adventure/thriller genre… I can’t wait to read more and am happy to have discovered a new author (who is apparently a New York Times bestseller… man I miss a lot!).  Prior to picking up this book I had never even heard of James Rollins, but I have a feeling that I will be purchasing more of his novels for sure!