The Last Odyssey by James Rollins
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. For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be a myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses, and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery? In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day researchers stumbles on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half-mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold map embedded with an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism was crafted by a group of Muslim inventors—the Banū Mūsā brothers—considered by many to be the Da Vincis of the Arab world—brilliant scientists who inspired Leonardo’s own work. Once activated, the moving map traces the path of Odysseus’s famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a fiery river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. It 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, imprisoned. When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity. Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.
Cover of The Lost Odyssey by James Rollins

Book 3 of
Started Reading 📖 – January 14, 2021
Finished Reading 📘 – January 14, 2021
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Some parts of it was exciting and interesting and some bit of info-dump.

Jan 01 – 03, 2021

The first week of Twenty Twenty-One wasn’t that great a start.

  • Max had been diagnosed with a minor variant of chickenpox. As a result, we decided to stay back at Palaniyarpalayam instead of returning to Chennai on the 2nd as planned.
  • With the decision to stay taken, planning for work and school was a concern. The lack of internet connectivity is always the bane here at Sophia’s place.
  • Getting back to work with almost a fortnight off from work, being productive right away might be a problem. The decision to stay back also doesn’t help. Luckily, I do not expect a rather hectic workload for the first couple of weeks in 2021.
  • I’d archived my earlier version of this blog for a newer version this year. Most of my time has been spent in adding functionalities to the site.
  • Food tracking is back this year and I guess I might have to start losing the extra pounds that I’ve gained over the holidays.
  • I also kicked off my reading with a Green Lantern graphic novel. I plan of doing a Books of 2020 post soon.
  • I also posted my first note based on my . I hope to publish more posts/articles from my zettelkasten. As of now, Obsidian is the tool of choice.
  • Since Max is confined to a room, both of us watched both Wonder Woman movies, Wonder Woman and WW84. He loved both movies. My chances of making him a DC fan are increasing. 😀

THE GREEN LANTERN VOL. 2: THE DAY THE STARS FELL
Wherever Hal Jordan goes--from the crumbling city inside his Power Ring, to a fantasy planet of wizards and dragons--an entire Multiverse of allies old and new await to help him in his quest. But even though Hal can always count on partners like Green Arrow and Carol Ferris to be in his corner...he'll have to face his greatest challenge alone. The evil Blackstars have created the ultimate engine of destruction: the Anti-Matter Lantern. Now a journey into the anti-matter universe will take Hal to the very edge of reality--where the Green Lantern will have to make his final stand!

Book 1 of

Started Reading 📖 – January 1, 2021
Finished Reading 📘 – January 2, 2021
My rating: ⭐

The art was wonderful but the stories weren’t that great.