Just as Homer did in his ancient poems, James Rollins has taken us on his own vision of a current day odyssey. Using as always tidbits of science, facts, conjecture, and derring-do, this author has once again created a story extremely enticing, alarming, and hair raising, especially for those of us who have loved his past endeavors. This is his fifteenth outing with the elite Sigma Force, and this reviewer has read and loved them all. Once more it is up to The Force to save the world!
This adventure starts in Greenland with the discovery of an ancient ship buried in an iceberg. On board this ship is a bevy of danger, medieval danger, weapons of war that are indeed frightening, and a race to the death for those who have come to find this treasure. Within the confines of the ship lies a clockwork gold map with an silver astrolabe which was invented by the Banū Mūsā brothers, ancient Muslim inventors. Amazingly, this astolade when activated, shows the voyage of Odysseus’s ship leaving Troy. Hidden within the map however, are dangers beyond compare and a fiery trail that leads to Tartarus, which in Greek means hell.
Of course there are nefarious people willing to go to the ends of the earth, or in this case hell, to acquire the knowledge of what lies in Tartarus, which I can say is nothing good. As the intrepid Sigma Force race across the Mediterranean, followed by a secret society bent on the destruction and the glorification of earth, the myths and legends of long ago come alive in a most electrifying way.
If a trip to hell and hopefully back again is something you would enjoy, then do pick up this book when it is published on March 24, 2020. It will, as all of Mr Rollins books do, keep you turning those pages and routing for the Sigma Force and of course our planet.
As always, this author provides, at the end of his tale, scientific and historical concepts that certainly do make one think that, in a world where it seems that anything is possible, could something like this be a bit true? Tantalizing for sure!
Thank you to James Rollins, William Morrow, and Edelweiss for a copy of this keep you up late at night book!
and here’s the author:
James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 20 million copies sold. The New York Times says, “Rollins is what you might wind up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together,” and NPR calls his work “Adventurous and enormously engrossing.” Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets–and does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning suspense. A practicing veterinarian, Rollins has pursued scuba, spelunking, and other adventures around the world, and currently lives and writes in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.