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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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    Patricia Savannah, GA, United States 07-06-13
    Patricia Savannah, GA, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    Would you try another book from James Rollins and/or Christian Baskous?

    Love the Sigma Force Books, however this story seemed really farfetched and the poor narration was not on the par with the story. Will read more Rollins - won't listen to Baskous again.


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

    Peter Fernandez or Scott Brick


    Any additional comments?

    When a new book in a series I like is released, I go back and listen to the most recent one to "gear up" for the new one. This narrarator was not able to keep me focused on the story,and I found my attention wandering. Disappointing!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Brannon AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-17-13
    Brannon AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but not great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The storyline is compelling but the performer takes away a great deal from the overall experience. His accents are horrible, can't tell the difference from an Italian to a Korean to a VietNamese accent. Also, the reader's New England native accent makes things a little comical in points. Plus, the awkward pauses remove a great deal from the flow and sounds like someone trying to add drama while at the same time he reads some sentences very quickly when they shouldn't be. Overall, I found myself straining to get through the book when normally I'll miss sleep to finish a Sigma Force novel. Also, there isn't a truly menacing villain that lends to anything resembling tension. But hey, a good Sigma Force novel is still worth every penny.


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

    Nope. Missing that really villainous villain, instead we got more Snidley Whiplash.


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

    Anyone, even my 3 year old niece.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Downingtown, PA, United States 07-03-13
    Bill Downingtown, PA, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Could not finish the book"

    The narration was very poor. It really made the story hard to follow and stay tuned in. I really could not get past the narrator accents.
    The story may have been good, just not sure.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jason BUCKNER, MO, United States 07-02-13
    Jason BUCKNER, MO, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome story bad Narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Just didn't seem to go with the other Sigma books.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration!! Took a lot away from the story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Houston, TX, United States 07-11-13
    Larry Houston, TX, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story...but"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of God the most enjoyable?

    I am a HUGE James Rollins fan. I own all of his books in Hardback and Audio. But I have to say that the reader of this book was not good. I am sure he is a nice person but when you cannot distinguish between an Italian accent and a Vietnamese accent then this is not a good thing. Hire Scott Brick the next time.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 07-08-13
    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't Change the Narrator in the Series..."
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Did the narration match the pace of the Story? Hmm... When you've listen to previous 8 books, and have developed a minds eye for the characters. So when you change the narration of the book to a different person, it throws the whole book off. I tried to describe this to my wife... Its like taking a favorite television show, and changing the actors completely, and going on like nothing has happened...I got through the book, but it wasn't the enjoyable experience that I was hoping for...


    Any additional comments?

    I do realize that there are circumstances to these things, and that sometimes changes have to be made... But I hope that the people who make up these decisions, realize how it will impact the book, and possibly the sales...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim St. Louis, MO, USA 07-04-13
    Jim St. Louis, MO, USA 07-04-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Not sure Im going to make it..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    ...to the end of this book. I have over 500 books in my Audible Library, never have i had a Narrator that was this bad.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-04-13
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story, Poorly Performed"

    I have to agree with the other reviewers: Audiobook publishers should not change narrators in the middle of a series ... unless, of course, they switch to a 𝘣𝑒𝘵𝘵𝑒𝘳 narrator -- which they didn't, in this case -- or the original actor becomes unavailable. Peter Jay Fernandez -- the original narrator of Rollins' Sigma Force Series -- did a good job narrating the previous episodes, so why did the publisher switch to a less accomplished actor? Did Fernandez get too expensive? Too busy? Did he get sick? I know that he didn't die, at least as of this writing .... As previous reviewers have pointed out, Christian Baskous -- the actor chosen to narrate "The Eye of God" -- does not have Fernandez' acting chops, semi-spoiling this audiobook. I still recommend this audiobook to inveterate Rollins fans -- like me -- but prepare yourselves for awkward, amateurish, distracting narration. In Baskous' defense, I can safely say that he has a nice voice. Perhaps he will, in time, develop into a better audiobook narrator.

    As for the story, "The Eye of God" extrapolates Rollins' stellar trajectory. (I am excluding "The Blood Gospel" from that trajectory, since Rollins had a debilitating co-author for that one.) Rollins fans already know that they need to pretty much completely suspend disbelief whenever they pick up a Rollins audiobook. "The Eye of God" continues that trend, and continues Rollins' joyous exploration into the weird world of quantum physics -- in this case, Dark Energy (again -- see "Deep Fathom"). If you enjoy opening your mind to outlandish speculation, then I think that you will probably enjoy "The Eye of God," even despite its unfortunate choice of narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise United States 07-11-13
    Denise United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "OK Book...Terrible Narrator!"
    Would you try another book from James Rollins and/or Christian Baskous?

    I like James Rollins books. I would never, ever listen to another book narrated by Christian Baskous. He ruined the story completely,


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Fun story- had to quit because of the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely 100% off base in reading. The worst I have ever heard.


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

    Total disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Please pass on the reviews about the narrator.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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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