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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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    Dana Kimiko Harada Santa Clara, CA United States 08-02-13
    Dana Kimiko Harada Santa Clara, CA United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2009
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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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    Tara AUBURN, MI, United States 07-31-13
    Tara AUBURN, MI, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, narration was less than stellar"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    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 2003
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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 2006
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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 2009
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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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    Edward Sturm 07-20-14
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    "The Worst Narration Ever"
    Would you try another book from James Rollins and/or Christian Baskous?

    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.


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

    no, not if he reads all of his titles like this


    Was The Eye of God worth the listening time?

    no, again, this was due to the horrific narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Lee Richmond, VA 05-13-14
    Jenny Lee Richmond, VA 05-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Great Sigma Force Adventure"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katheaus LUBBOCK, TX, United States 05-12-14
    Katheaus LUBBOCK, TX, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG Why????"
    What would have made The Eye of God better?

    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...


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

    The s l o w m o n o t o n e reading!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Honolulu, HI 04-13-14
    Michael Honolulu, HI 04-13-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Not his best work....Is sigma getting drawn out?"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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