Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book Review: The Last Oracle

The Last Oracle (A Sigma Force Novel)The Last Oracle by James Rollins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As escape fiction, The Last Oracle definitely entertains and engages the reader in a great variety of intriguing topics: ancient prophecy, parapsychology, nuclear ambition and new world order, just to name a few.

I think this book starts off with an iron fist, sags in the middle, and then offers a speedy and fitting ending. Since I don't expect much realism in thrillers, I applaud Rollins for his use of exact detail to illustrate his terrific imagination. But even in lands of make-believe, there is some expectation of reasonable believability.

In this novel, I struggled with Monk's story and how it finally circles back to Sigma Force. For me, Kowalski's comic relief distracts from moments when the stakes are quite serious. The characters and ambitions are very interesting, but the connecting of dots definitely reads as contrived to me.

I enjoyed escaping into The Last Oracle, but The Judas Strain fascinated me.

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