“The Last Odyssey: A Thriller” by James Rollins— To Save the World


Rollins, James. “The Last Odyssey: A Thriller”, (Sigma Force Novels), William Morrow, 2020.

To Save the World

Amos Lassen

“To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action.

Even though we all learned about the city of Troy in elementary school, it has been believed to be a myth by many. In the nineteenth century, archeologists uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. We can only wonder whether Troy was real and if so, how much of Homer’s epics The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” could also be true and awaiting discovery.

“The Last Odyssey” is set in the frozen tundra of Greenland. We meet a group of modern-day researchers who have quite a surprise— a medieval ship buried a half-mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts including tools of war that date back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a priceless treasure — a clockwork gold map imbedded with an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism was crafted by a group of Muslim inventors—the Banū Mūsā brothers who were considered by many to be the Da Vincis of the Arab world. They were brilliant scientists who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the map traces the path of Odysseus’s famous ship as it left Troy. The route detours as the map opens to show a fiery river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. This 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 were imprisoned.

When news of Tartarus spreads and word of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there, tensions build and explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians deal with untold horrors. The horrors found in Homer’s tales become all too real and they could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever gains possession of them can use their awesome power to control humanity and its future. Sigma Force must go where humans fear to venture. They must  prevent a tyrant from beginning a global war but first they must cross the gates of Hell.

This mystery here concerns the fall of Troy and the great voyage of Odysseus, a voyage that must now be recreated to save the world. There are twists, turns and surprises all through the plot but to share them would spoil the exciting read waiting for you.

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