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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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    Edward Sturm 07-20-14 Member Since 2010
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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.


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    Jenny Lee 05-13-14
    Jenny Lee 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.

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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!!!


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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?"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Shelley Cash 04-08-14

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    "bad narrator"
    Would you try another book from James Rollins and/or Christian Baskous?

    this is the first time I've lisened to Christian baskous . unless it is something I absolutely cannot do without, I will not buy anything else narrated by him. cannot keep voices straight and tries to 'embellish' at the wrong times.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    YES! I had to really concentrate to listen.


    Do you think The Eye of God needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    of course, James Rollins is great.


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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-28-14
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I respectfully disagree"

    There were three narrators before Mr. Baskous, each had their own strengths. I have not yet finished this story, but I like the tying together of the stories. I love Mr. Rollins history, science-fiction, and story. I like that Mr. Baskous just reads the book, not trying to do voices or accents. I am enjoying this story and can't wait for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Camp south carolina 03-14-14
    C. Camp south carolina 03-14-14

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    "who's speaking? everybody sounds the same"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of God the most enjoyable?

    the story is a bit out there, but James dies like his sci fi. it's not my favorite sigma story but it's good.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't think I would have changed a thing.


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

    no.no.no. the inflections, the cadence, everything was just off. I usually don't review audio books but I actually starting reading this book before I switched over to the audio version. if u read the first chapter then listen you can see what I mean. I can't believe the Rollins camp signed off on this.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    good story, bad performance. I hope it was a one time thing but I don't think I will knowingly purchase another book by this narrator

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    Lee Delaware 02-23-14
    Lee Delaware 02-23-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Good storyline, but I did not like the new reader"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of God the most enjoyable?

    The storyline was good, carrying on from the prior Sigma Force novels with the same characters. The plot line was a good mix of science and reality, giving you a sense of realism that the story could be happening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of God?

    When they found to tomb of St Thomas


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Baskous?

    I really like Peter Jay Fernandez from the prior Sigma Force books. I also like David Aaron Baker or John Bedford Lloyd.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never have that luxury, a great audible book for me has me trying to listen whenever I can. This book, however, was not that desirable due to the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H.s. 02-19-14
    H.s. 02-19-14
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    "Narrator killed it for me"
    Would you try another book from James Rollins and/or Christian Baskous?

    I will avoid purchasing any further books narrated by Christian Baskous. I usually love James Rollins, especially the Sigma Force novels but this one was just...bad.


    If you’ve listened to books by James Rollins before, how does this one compare?

    Ok, so usually I lurve me some Sigma force novels but this one could have used a different narrator, less characters and fewer challenges. I felt like the author had ADD and couldn't decide on which character and problem to focus. The historical ties were thin and didn't seem as well researched and solid as Rollins' usual work. Disappointing.I really hope he uses another narrator for his future books. I kept picturing the characters as being mentally impaired and/or drunk due to the "accent" given them by the narrator and the way he changed reading speed from one word to the next. Couldn't wait for this novel to end so the author would shut up.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes! He narrated Innocent Blood also and it was even worse.


    What character would you cut from The Eye of God?

    Many of them were superfluous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad United States 01-28-14
    Brad United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Where's Peter Jay Fernandez???"
    Would you listen to The Eye of God again? Why?

    After so many books done by Peter Jay Fernandez, why would you switch to Christian Baskous?? Very hard to tell the different characters apart throughout the whole reading. I wouldn't listen to this again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Hard to follow and get engaged with the book since I couldn't tell who was who sometimes.


    Any additional comments?

    Sigma style book as usual. Love this series. If you can't tell, don't love the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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