In The Eye of God, a Sigma Force novel, New York Times best-selling author James Rollins delivers an apocalyptic vision of a future predicted by the distant past.
In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.
At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.
Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force set out to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.
©2013 James Czajkowski (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
The book was a good fast-paced action adventure!
Gray Pierce is awesome! There were a lot of new characters in this book, so we really didn't get to hear about any one in particular.
I didn't like ANYTHING about this reader. What happened to Peter Jay Fernandez?? This guy was awful. He couldn't do accents. His Italian sounded like Vietnamese, etc. He couldn't even do an American accent for the narration. It really made the book hard to follow and I was wishing for it to be over as soon as possibly. I literally might buy the book because he ruined the experience for me.
Don't change readers, especially after the last one was spectacular.
I enjoyed the story, as I have with all of James Rollins' Sigma Force novels. However, the narration was awful. All the accents sounded Asian, including the Italians. I think I would have enjoyed this story much more if I would have read it myself.
Due to the very poor narration I do not think this book is enjoyable for anyone who is not already a Sigma Force reader.
Anything not narrated by Christian Baskous.
The narrator has no ability to mimic an Italian or Asian accent. He sounded like a comedian trying to tell a joke about a specific nationality and using stereotypical pronunciations. The previous narrator, Peter Jay Fernandez,was quite good at separating male and female characters voices and providing specific voices for each that were believable. This narrator has no ability to provide individual character voices, not even for male and female characters making it more difficult to follow the story..
The story is in line with the previous Sigma Force series but is definitely running out of steam. Without some new characters and better narration this will probably be my last read for this series. I might not even finish this one.
It is a tall order to weave the lost treasures of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan, the approach of Comet Icon (ISON?), dark energy, a wrinkle in the space-time continuum, and the end of the world into one coherent story. Rollins almost manages this feat. My biggest problem was that while the characters were engaged in mortal combat, I didn't care about them. Maybe this is because I'm new to the series. Rollins seemed to assume that I knew and loved them already. Would a bit more character development be too much for the veterans of the series?
As other reviews have noted, the narration was not good. Not only did all of the Asian voices sounded the same, they all sounded like a bad kung fu movie.
The book also suffers by trying to be both a suspense novel and a science fiction novel. It falls a little short on both counts. Good science fiction (IMHO) only breaks one law of physics. This story invents quite a bit of "physics" surrounding dark energy.
I did finish the book. I wasn't wild about the magic in the last chapter either.
I tried to like this book, gave up and tried to just finish it, but I just can't can't - Despite the bit of melodrama, pseudoscience jargons I probably could've finish the listening due to the interesting plot, however the narrator is a different issue. I'm not sure how to describe except that he likes to increase his pitch every few words for no apparent reason. - its really weird and hard to describe- its like someone constantly getting excited for no reason - I would've rather an automated computer read it to be frank.
Absolutely! This book has it all. Suspense, Intrigue, Action, Excitement, with just a tiny bit of romance thrown in.
Certainly! I could hardly wait to hear what would happen next!
The voices were spot on and I had no trouble differentiating the different characters. He definitely allowed the suspense to flow as the author intended!
Yes but I can't say it on without spoiling it for someone else. Also the end of the book. Just knowing I have to wait for the next one! Come on James write FASTER!
I will definitely be listening to this book again as life has a way of intruding and I may have missed something! :)
The author is not the problem with this book as I have read and enjoyed many and most of his books. The narration was terrible. the orator used inflections in all the wrong places, and the accents were not even close. Trying to listen to this book was so difficult that on many occasions I lost the story line as the guy speaking just made it too hard to follow.
no, not if he reads all of his titles like this
no, again, this was due to the horrific narration.
I am a huge fan of the Sigma Force novels by James Rollins. I love their combination of history, religion, science, and intrique. In The Eye of God the world is once again on the brink and only Sigma can move fast enough to save it. Not only do they have to find and neutralize a relic that is putting a comet on a collision course with Earth but they also have to deal with the Chinese Triad, North Koreans, and a meglomaniac Mongolian who believes he is Genghis Khan reborn.
This book delivers a powerful story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I ususally like the narrators of James Rollins' books but this one fell short. In particular, I didn't like the way he voiced the female characters. The accent and inflection he uses for Saichan, Rachel and Vigor is also extremely annoying. Having said that, this book is definitely worth reading or listening to. Just prepare yourself for the narrator.
Used the original reader that you used for all the previous books!! Why change? The guy reads in mono tone.. its painful to listen to after reading the first 8 books.. I had to speed the voice up 1.5 times just to make it tolerable... I loved the books and started the series because I read the dust jacket for the Eye of God at the bookstore.. I really was looking forward to this book and you killed it with your choice of reader...
The s l o w m o n o t o n e reading!!!
Poor performance and mediocre story at best. I am a die hard fan of the series and I had trouble getting through this one. As other reviews stated, the narrator is not good, but the story is not a whole lot better.
This story does have the same race against the clock urgency to it, and I like the intelligence of the dark energy discussions. I even like the new character, the African American female scientist. But this book is missing an arch nemesis, a "specter like" organization that is trying to manipulate the world as sigma races to overcome the best laid plans.
I will read the next book in the series, but I hope the publisher finds a better narrator.
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