- Series: Sarah Weston Chronicles (Book 3)
- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Medallion Press (November 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160542627X
- ISBN-13: 978-1605426273
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,583,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sarah Weston’s latest adventures and archaeological pursuits have taken her to Greece, where she is working with her American colleague (and sometimes romantic interest) Daniel Madigan, cataloging artifacts from a nearby dig. . . . It’s full of riddles and codes like The Davinci Code, and it’s got the archaeological mystery mixed with the occult that made both Indiana Jones and The Mummy so popular, plus the action and a badass heroine like Lara Croft Tomb Raider!”
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Action, adventure, romance and historical mysterywho could ask for more? The Oracle is a great read.”
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Although each book in the Weston series can be read as a stand-alone, there is clearly a story arc involving the series’ two lead characters, one that enriches each book and makes the series more than just a collection of independent thrillers.”
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The Oracle is a fast-paced, well written novel about the nitty gritty and often treacherous world of antiquities black marketing, related to the ancient Oracle of Delphi.
D.J. Niko runs two timelines; that of Aristea, the last Oracle (or priestess) of Delphi, back in 393 CE, and Sarah Weston in modern day, pursuing an important artifact related to the Oracle. I like Aristea’s story running along intermittently with the present as it gives us a window into the world where the sacred objects that garner so much interest now come from and to see past and present action occurring in the same Greece location.
In modern day, the continuous action sequences of Sarah’s and Daniel’s pursuit and investigations on the obelisk stake make me a feel like I’m in a James Bond film as we travel to different locales to uncover the mystery. There’s good flow, and sense of urgency throughout and we are treated to military and Russian villains, and Syrian IS. The oracular artifact is of great interest to these and other groups as it can give them enormous power.
I like Sarah as a strong female protagonist; she’s smart, and brave. As the story focuses more on the race to find out the truth about the artifact and why a mysterious group is after it, there’s not really enough room to develop a romance between Sarah and Daniel though there’s a thin subtext about it throughout. However, they do have a special and very solid connection.
The Oracle is based in the fabulous cultural heritage of Delphi and the author has obviously done a lot of research so there’s a certain amount of info relay. Niko writes some wonderful descriptions, but sometimes I felt the story a bit dry. I also found the type script technically is just large enough that you have to continuously keep scrolling the pages fast which kept my finger always on my mouse (or maybe I was anxious to see what’s happening next!). I also really liked the secondary characters that add a lot to the story.
I would definitely recommend The Oracle as a great read for those who love action- oriented novels on the background of ancient Greek history and linked directly into important issues of our times.
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I liked how the book went back and forth between the 4th century and the present day. Since the story dealt with a 'collector' seeking relics relating to Delphi, it was especially nice to read about the front end of the omphalos' history.
The human nature tendency toward greed and self-interest shows in both ancient and modern times. No big surprise there.
The so-called 'Christian' conquerors of the region imposed their religion on the indigenous population, declaring any other beliefs as devil-worship and viciously attacking any who opposed them. Aristea and her associates just wanted to practice their rituals in solitude, regardless of the fact that no pilgrims came (due to the threats from the government). Nope. So sorry. Our way or the highway.
Modern-day Greece (in the book) is not much better, if at all. Various groups are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. The object? All the 'bad guys' are after certain artefacts they believe will bring them great economic or political power, or allow them to extract revenge for (perceived) wrongs.
Thank goodness there are people like Sarah and Daniel, who are willing to intervene, even in the face of danger. Both these individuals are not paragons, and that makes them all the more real. Daniel has PTSD from a plane crash. Sarah makes important decisions before she has all the facts, leading to needless separation from Daniel, one of the few true friends she has.
You want a tale with a finely-muscled caped crusader hero and a hothouse flower heroine? Get a comic book. On the other hand, if you want a thrilling story with plenty of action and danger, get The Oracle by DJ Niko. Seriously. Soon.
(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)
Present day: Sarah and Danny are in Greece when the key to the Oracle’s cave is the target of thieves. But Danny is hiding something, and his duplicity causes a rift between the partners. Add to that a neo-pagan terrorist and long-lost Pythagorean knowledge, and it got a bit jumbled. The narrative lacked flow and the writing was disjointed. Now that it seems Sarah and Danny have found their happy ending, I feel fine parting ways with them.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.