What if you could bioengineer the 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.
In Washington, D.C., a homeless man dies in Commander Gray Pierce's arms, shot by an assassin's bullet. But the death leaves behind a greater mystery: a bloody coin found clutched in the dead man's hand, an ancient relic that can be traced back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi. As ruthless hunters search for the stolen artifact, Gray Pierce discovers that the coin is the key to unlocking a plot that dates back to the Cold War and threatens the very foundation of humanity.
An international think tank of scientists known as the Jasons has discovered a way to bioengineer autistic children who show savant talents--mathematical geniuses, statistical masterminds, brilliant conceptual artists--into something far greater and far more frightening, in hopes of creating a world prophet for the new millennium, one to be manipulated to create a new era of global peace . . . a peace on their own terms.
Halfway around the world, a man wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is, knowing only that he's a prisoner in a subterranean research facility. With the help of three unusual children, he makes his escape across a mountainous and radioactive countryside, pursued by savage hunters bred in the same laboratory. But his goal is not escape, nor even survival. In order to thwart a plot to wipe out a quarter of the world's population, he must sacrifice all, even the children who rescued him.
From ancient Greek temples to glittering mausoleums, from the slums of India to the toxic ruins of Russia, two men must race against time to solve a mystery that dates back to the first famous oracle of history--the Greek Oracle of Delphi.
But one question remains: Will the past be enough to save the future?
At the start of bestseller Rollins's rousing fifth Sigma Force novel (after The Judas Strain), the group's leader, Cmdr. Gray Pierce, encounters a homeless man as he's crossing the Mall in Washington, D.C., near Sigma Force's secret lair far beneath the Smithsonian Castle. The man, who's really an MIT neurology professor, collapses in Pierce's arms and dies after passing him a strange coin, thus kicking off a far-flung adventure whose plot threads include the Oracle of Delphi, autistic savant children with strange implants behind their ears, Gypsies, power-mad Russians bent on unleashing enough radioactivity to poison the world, rogue American spy agencies and genetically enhanced wolves and tigers. Lots of absorbing scientific information and tantalizing sentences like "With two rifles strapped to his back and a boy and a chimpanzee in tow, Monk marched down the pitch-black tunnel" keep the pages flying by. 10-city author tour. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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1 . Why isn't this a movie yet!
Posted September 27, 2010 by ChrisPA , Uniontown, PAFor me this was an excellent introduction to Rollins' novels. A perfect, believable blend of science, fact and fiction which makes the suspense contained within the covers of this book all the more exciting. This and his other books really do leave you with something to think about
2 . Fabulous!
Posted July 13, 2009 by Wanda , Arlington, ALAs always James Rollins does not disapoint his fans. I think this may be my favorite. I love the fact all his novels are based on facts or legends and take them to the next level fictionally. I can't wait to read Doomsday Key. Way to go James, keep them coming!
3 . Good Sigma story
Posted February 26, 2009 by Geoff , Boulder, COIf you like James Rollins' previous works you like this was as well...good, enjoyable read, however it did bog down a little bit towards the end. While I enjoy the Sigma stories, I wish Rollins would go back to the stories and style of some of his earlier works.
4 . The Last Oracale
Posted July 27, 2008 by Joanna , West Sacramento CaliforniaI enjoy the way Dr. Rollins puts a story together, suspenseful but with lots of information. .It is nice that a great author put forward such sympathetic characters with Autism and does a good job of informing people about a misunderstood ailment and the people who suffer from it, and their potential as students and adults.
I have a grandchild with Augsbergers. He is quite intelligent; has a photographic memory, but no social skills, Because people don't understand his syndrome his life is very difficult .I have read many articlesabout Autism, and Dr Rollins is acurate with his information
June 23, 2008
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