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The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9 | [James Rollins]

The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 07-03-13
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Sigma Does it Again"

    I wish I could bounce back like the sigma force guys. It is the same every book The guys get beat up in every chapter of the book. In this book Cotton gets shot, stabbed , blown up and beat to a pulp, not only does he not die but he pulls a McGuyver to win the day. Even though it is the same stuff every book, I still love and read everyone. I would say authors like James Rollins would be running out of believable material but what do I know. Good book worth the read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Lakebay, WA, United States 01-13-14
    Teresa Lakebay, WA, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Change of narrator downgrades the story line"

    I have tried to listen to this story three or four times, but have been unable to do so because listening to the current narrator so destroyed the experience for me. Finally forced to check out the written version from the library because I really wanted to finish the book. Sometimes a story line can be forever linked to the voice of a particular narrator and this was true of Peter Fernandez.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Kimiko Harada Santa Clara, CA United States 08-02-13
    Dana Kimiko Harada Santa Clara, CA United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "HORRIBLE READER!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was a good fast-paced action adventure!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Christian Baskous’s performance?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Don't change readers, especially after the last one was spectacular.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David MARYDEL, DE, United States 07-30-13
    David MARYDEL, DE, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So So Story...TERRIBLE NARRATION"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Due to the very poor narration I do not think this book is enjoyable for anyone who is not already a Sigma Force reader.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything not narrated by Christian Baskous.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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..


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 07-23-13
    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, poor character development"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex palo alto, CA, United States 07-11-13
    Alex palo alto, CA, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Had to return this."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    n/a


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Rollins? Why or why not?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Polar Bear Lover Millington, TN, United States 07-06-13
    Polar Bear Lover Millington, TN, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This book has it all. Suspense, Intrigue, Action, Excitement, with just a tiny bit of romance thrown in.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Certainly! I could hardly wait to hear what would happen next!


    What does Christian Baskous bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely be listening to this book again as life has a way of intruding and I may have missed something! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-15-15
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from James Rollins and/or Christian Baskous?

    I was disappointed with the change in narrator in this series. Christian Baskous can't do the accents very well and the changes he made in the character voices were not for the better


    What was most disappointing about James Rollins’s story?

    This story was too unbelievable. While I understood where he was headed, it was unrealistic to think that the US would not contact the REST OF THE WORLD if they truly believed that the earth was going to end in 4 days. Seriously.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Baskous’s performances?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Oliphant/ Ryder System, Inc. Miami, FL USA 02-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to listen to reader. Almost stopped listening"
    Would you listen to The Eye of God again? Why?

    No. Too long, did not like the reader


    What didn’t you like about Christian Baskous’s performance?

    Sing song up at the end of sentences.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Curtis 01-13-15
    Joy Curtis 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An amazing adventure"

    I loved this book in the Sigma Force series. James always takes us on an amazing adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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