by RJ Scott
Length: 303 Pages
Characters: Alex Sheridan, Luke MacKinnon
POV: Third person
Book Cover Rating: 5
Oracle is a modern-day story about a mysterious man, an Empath, who appears to be a descendant of the Sybil at the oracle in Delphi. He holds power that, should it fall into the wrong hands, would become a valuable weapon. Young Alex Sheridan washed up on a beach with scars and marks covering most of his body; scars that hide a horrific past and a key to his future. Luke MacKinnon is a shy professor of ancient languages brought in by the U.S. Army to translate documents that could lead to a powerful weapon; a modern-day Oracle. When the two meet, their connection is instant. Can Luke and Alex survive the evil that wants the Oracle’s power?
Alex Sheridan has no memories of life before the age of 7, when he emerged from the sea on the coast of modern Greece. Scarred and scared, Alex was adopted by an American family but knew he was very different from others when he discovered that he not only had unusual powers, but he also had powerful dreams; visions that were not his own, yet were somehow a part of him.
Alex is an illustrated man. The scars on his body, which he’s had styled into intricate tattoos, tell an ancient story and reveal a past life that ended in sacrifice, murder, and betrayal. It is a story that belongs to another, a boy who’d died many centuries earlier in Ancient Greece at Apollo’s temple at Delphi. The boy is sacrificed in the name of greed by a priest who lusts for the power of the Oracle, but he’s spared by Apollo and ascends with the gods to live under their protection for fifty lifetimes before returning to fulfill his destiny.
A directive given by Alex’s murdered lover just before he dies, sends Alex to Greece where he begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding himself and his past – a past that may only be able to be deciphered by one man, Luke MacKinnon, an American professor who is an expert in the history and language of Ancient Greece, and a man whom Alex had met only very briefly a short time before.
Luke is a self professed daydreamer whose life is “anything but normal.” He is dedicated to a field of work that sometimes removes him from his own world and leads him into an ancient past that leaves him little time to connect with anyone but his students. When he’s contacted by the US military to assist them in finding a powerful weapon that was prophesied to exist, Luke finds that the key to its discovery lies in decoding the mystery of “the painted man.” When he discovers that he is a part of that ancient prophesy, his connection to Alex becomes an unbreakable bond that propels them both into danger.
Oracle is a story whose roots are planted firmly in Greek Mythology. The characters are drawn from both mythology and the contemporary, and each had an important role to play in the exposition of the plot. Alex and Luke were strong protagonists, and the bond they were fated to share was deeply compelling and authentic. The book explores the concept of life and relationships controlled by fate and how life is directed when destiny, rather than free will, controls the paths taken. From the introduction to the conclusion, the plot held my attention with a blend of romance, suspense, conflict, and action. The climax of the story and its resolution were emotionally satisfying and well developed. The story, as a whole, was well paced and tautly written. My one and only conflict was the editing issue that made it difficult at times for me to remain in the story. Fortunately, I found the characters, plot, and dialogue to be compelling enough to help me overcome those issues.