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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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    Ward Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 08-26-13
    Ward Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 08-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Poorest narrator I've listened to."
    What would have made The Eye of God better?

    A better narrator I lost interest in the book and it was hard to get through.


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

    A poor effort, I've never had to struggle to finish any sigma series books before this one.


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

    No, he's terrible.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I hate when narrators change in a series, it's usually never better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Naperville, Illinois, United States 08-16-13
    Sandra Naperville, Illinois, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2004

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    "It hurts to not love a Rollins book."

    I've read over the reviews of Eye of God and agree with a great many of them.

    I'm a huge Rollins fan. I have listened to all of his books at least once and prior to Blood Line I listened again to all of the Sigma books. So, it does make me sad not to be able to give this book a more glowing review. If you're a Sigma fan it's worth the investment of time simply because you have to know what happens to a cast of characters I've grown to love. For anyone who has not read a Sigma book this is not the place to begin. You have to start at the beginning and grow to know these people.

    My biggest problem with this book was the narrator. I feel sorry for him because of all of the bad reviews. For some reason I don't remember him being this bad in Blood Gospel. Maybe I have just gotten used to the regular Sigma narrator. I found that his ability to keep a difference in Asian and Italian accents as sounding different to be a real distraction. I would much prefer Peter Fernandez or Scott Brick. I will read a book narrated by Scott even if I don't know the author.

    I was deeply shaken by the death of one of the main characters. Those of you who have read/listened to will know who I'm referring to. I actually sobbed. The last chapter was a comfort and I hope that the person in that chapter finds the person that I have always wanted them to be with. Some may understand this and some may think that it's just the way the story had to go.

    The fortunate thing is that by the time next summer's Sigma book comes out I'll have re-listened to all the Sigma books (except this past one) and will be ready to get back on the train and see where Rollins takes us.

    I liked the book - I just didn't love it the way I have so many other Rollins/Sigma books.

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    C.O. Chicago, IL 08-13-13
    C.O. Chicago, IL 08-13-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Sorry Mr. Rollins, but the narrator ruins the book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book itself isn't bad. It doesn't have the same feel as the previous 8.


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

    NO NO NO! I could barely finish the book with his reading.


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    Frederick Irvine, CA, United States 08-13-13
    Frederick Irvine, CA, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "An Absolute Mess"

    Normally, I enjoy Mr. Rollins for what he is -- a good and believable storyteller. It is the adjective that fails miserably in this story. Usually I can suspend disbelief with the best of them. Heck, I enjoy science fiction, fantasy, historical novels and just about every genre there is. But this book just never works for me. You can only pile too many impossible events together until the whole story dissolves into an unintentional black comedy. I will note one scene (spoiler alert) to illustrate my point. Two Sigma operatives join forces with an underworld assassin and a Chinese Triad to raid a North Korean Prison Camp. Huh? I got the feeling that Mr. Rollins was never sure whether he was writing sci-fi, adventure or history. In the end, it just does not work.

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    Marjo Hoover, AL, United States 08-12-13
    Marjo Hoover, AL, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Confusing Narration Distracts from the Story."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator's inability to distinguish between a far Asian accent and an Italian accent was disturbing, distracting and weakened the flow of the story. This is my least favorite of the Sigma Stories. I could not distinguish among the characters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Average


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

    Taylor Mali--Mike Rowe--Casey Stegall. Anyone would have been better.


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

    I hope the following episodes return to the pace,intrigue, and strong story lines all the other Sigmas have had.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never listened to a narrator who so ruined the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Compute Alabama 08-01-13
    Compute Alabama 08-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book!"

    I always enjoy James Rollins' books and this one was no exception. I did not care for some of the theology and it definitely doesn't change what I believe, but it was an essential part of the book. This book has it all - history, intrigue and science all wrapped up into an exciting story. The characters have become old friends as I've read the Sigma Force series, and this helps the reader enjoy the book. Can't wait for his next book.

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    Alison Alameda, CA, United States 06-29-13
    Alison Alameda, CA, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Non-Stop Thrill Ride!"
    Where does The Eye of God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Eye Of God kept me up most of last night in the most pleasurable, heart-pounding way possible. I love this audiobook! I am new to the Sigma Force series so every chapter was a revelation to me. I love the intricacy of the characters as well as the story lines. I mean, wow, Mr. Rollins packs so much history and politics and science and technology into this book - I was torn between surrender to the breakneck pacing of the narrative and wanting to experience some of the more rip roaring chapters over again right away. My heart is still pounding as I write this. Can't think of a better recommendation than that, truly. Can't catch my breath!


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

    Oh my goodness, yes. Edge-of-seat maintained quite nicely, thank you.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Baskous – was your favorite?

    Christian Baskous creates every character with grace and a richness of detail that makes his narration absolutely cinematic. This is a complicated story, with lots of characters and very big, explosive and exciting action. Mr. Baskous is a marvelous narrator and his performance throughout this long and detailed story is supremely evocative and energetic. Each nuance of intimacy is carefully expressed, just as every bold and startling plot point builds in intensity and magnitude. Instead of talking about a favorite character, I totally recommend listening to Chapter 22 (Chapter 18 in the book - I can't figure out why it isn't the same as on my Kindle). This chapter is literally explosive and showcases an amazing line up of characters, major and minor, all different and distinct from one another; it is irrefutable evidence of Mr. Baskous's astonishing talent with voice and character on a vast artistic scale.


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

    I think you would have to say yes, I did have an extreme reaction. My heart was racing throughout this book. I stayed up all night and into the morning to listen to it. I couldn't stop myself. It was like watching a movie that I couldn't take my eyes off of. Honestly, it reminded me of watching Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time way back when (ok, so I admit to being in the over-50 crowd!). I got lost in the action and in a way it was over too soon which is saying something about a novel that is fourteen hours plus in length.


    Any additional comments?

    I originally bought this audiobook because I loved an earlier novel of Mr. Rollins's, Blood Gospel. I enjoyed The Eye of God even more. In fact, I bought the novel for my Kindle this morning when I got done listening to the audiobook. I will definitely buy more of the Sigma Force novels, as audiobooks and in the Kindle versions. I want to know more about all of these fabulous characters!

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