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Eye of the God [Kindle Edition]

Ariel Allison
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eye of the god  takes the fascinating history surrounding the Hope Diamond and weaves it together with a present-day plot to steal the jewel from the Smithsonian Institute.

We follow Alex and Isaac Weld, the most lucrative jewel thieves in the world, in their quest to steal the gem, which according to legend was once the eye of a Hindu idol named Rama Sita. When it was stolen in the 17th century, it is said that the idol cursed all those who would possess it. That won’t stop the brilliant and ruthless Weld brothers.

However, they are not prepared for Dr. Abigail Mitchell, the beautiful Smithsonian Director, who has her own connection to the Hope Diamond and a deadly secret to keep. Abby committed long ago that she would not serve a god made with human hands, and the “eye of the god” is no exception. Her desire is not for wealth, but for wisdom. She seeks not power, but restoration.

When the dust settles over the last great adventure of the Hope Diamond, readers will understand the “curse” that has haunted its legacy is nothing more than the greed of evil men who bring destruction upon themselves. No god chiseled from stone can direct the fates of humankind, nor can it change the course of God’s story.



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About the Author

Although she speaks and writes, Ariel Allison is first and foremost the wife of Ashley, and mother of London, Parker, Marshall, and Colby. She has a penchant for adrenaline-infused madness such as rock climbing, running marathons, and jumping off bridges – as if raising four preschool boys were not adventure enough. Her first novel, Eye of the God, released in October 2009, from Abingdon Press. She is the co-author of Daddy Do You Love Me: a Daughter’s Journey of Faith and Restoration (New Leaf Press, 2006), Jesus: Dead or Alive (Regal Books, 2009), and the Justin Case series of children’s books (Harvest House, 2010). In addition, Ariel is also the assistant director of the nationwide book club, She Reads. When not immersed in a book, changing a diaper, or rescuing her dog from the death-grip of a toddler, you can find Ariel loitering in her little corner of cyberspace at www.arielallison.com. She also ponders on life and literature at www.shereads.org. She and her family make their home in Texas, which is, according to her husband, the greatest state in the union.

Product Details

  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426700687
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Original edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNIIO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!! Couldn't put it down. September 25, 2009
By bnt01
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book!! Full of suspense, intrigue and history. I couldn't put it down. It brings so many elements together and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Very well written. The flashbacks flow seamlessly with the rest of the story. I learned so many things I never knew about the Hope Diamond and couldn't help but fall in love with the characters and their personal histories that play such an important part of the story.

I love how the author brought so many different elements to the book. Romance, mystery, suspense and the hurts that we all have experienced in life. If you enjoy a good suspenseful novel, then this is the one for you!
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds are a girls best friend???? June 22, 2010
Format:Paperback
I received this book at the Public Library Association conference in Portland, Oregon as an advance copy.

I am very cynical about Christian fiction, rarely have I found them worth the time to read, they also have a tendency to become preachy or heavily reliant on throwing about the name of Jesus or stretching Christian symbolism beyond the breaking point to fit the plot. Eye of the god did none of these things. It was consistently honest in portraying the thoughts and emotions of the characters.
As hinted at the end of the book I am looking forward to the sequel(s).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Hope October 17, 2011
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This book was offered as a one day Kindle special for $1.99, I still feel cheated. (And be aware, mild spoiler alert.)
These are the thinnest of characters, plucky, beautiful heroine, all vulnerable and yet brilliant, like the gem over which she obsesses. Some very strange father issues, ones that take a highly predictable turn in the latter stages. The bad guys are thoroughly bad, with of course the exception of the roguish anti hero, whose redemption is so far fetched that it requires a massive suspension of disbelief, not even taken in for questioning?). The supporting cast are threadbare thin, pompous boss, angry, former military security chief who seems promising, but is confounded at every turn and eventually seems to evaporate, old, but thin, fit and still really quite attractive elederly couple who make coffee and dispense hugs. We have seen these people hundreds of times in books and on TV, rarely in real life.
The sub story of the Hope diamond was like the Lifetime channel dramatised the Wikipedia Hope Diamond entry. The diamond apparently is flawless, the same cannot be said of the story.
Did not realize that it was supposed to be Christian literature, not even sure what that means. It barely counts as literature. This review sounds mean spirited, and it is not meant to be, it is just not a very gripping book in my opinion, I will try this author again, maybe future plots will have a bit more muscle
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exhilarating inspiring thriller October 3, 2009
Format:Paperback
The art thief ring the Collectors wants the Dali painting hanging in a Rio de Janeiro museum. Smithsonian curator Dr Abigail Mitchell travels to Rio warns the museum's director Dr. Ana Santos about the possible thefts. While they meet, two masked men steal several paintings. They are brothers Alex and Isaac Weld who plan to steal the Hope Diamond from the Smithsonian.

Abby is in charge of the fund raising gala with the Hope Diamond as the centerpiece. Alex poses as a journalist and gets close enough to Abby to place a bug on her so that he and Isaac can listen in on discussions about security arrangements. As he gets closer to Abby, his emotions get entangled for the first time with a mark although he intends to go through with the theft. The theft will be easier because at the last moment it is decided Abby will be wearing the Hope Diamond. When she asks her father for help in recovering it, he dismisses her as he had all his life. She learns Alex betrayed her, but though hurt remains resolute to recover what belongs to the Smithsonian.

This is an exhilarating inspiring thriller starring a heroine who never received her father's affection as a child or an adult yet still covets it and reaches out to him knowing the rejection is coming. Alex gets passed her mental defense mechanisms playing on her need to be loved; his betrayal rips her heart as like her father he affirms men don't care though he feels remorse and regret. Filled with action on three continents, EYE OF THE GOD is a riveting fast-paced thriller, but it is Abby in spite of another let down by a man remains filled with hope who makes Ariel Allison's tale a super read.

Harriet Klausner
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Historical Dreadful September 9, 2011
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What about this book was Christian? Was it that everyone was lying to each other or that history took a backseat to myth?

I could not read any more of the historic chapters after they had Marie Antoinette say "let them eat cake". After showing Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI setting together talking politic (something that would never have happen within a polical marriage) and repeating such a totally debunked story as "let them eat cake" I know that the writer had no knowledge whatsoever. I don't know the history of the Hope Diamond but after finding out that neither did the writer I stopped reading the historical chapter. If something is sold as historic fiction then fine, but don't sell something was fact and then fill it with lies and myths.

The modern or "heist" chapters were ok but as another review already said it was ridiculous how stupid the Smithsonian security was. In fact everything after the "big event" was stupid. I was going to rate this book 3 stars but really after the ending it lost a star.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars
I thought this was a very interesting story. It had my attention immediately. I recognized the potential for numerous plot twists very early on. Read more
Published 5 days ago by E. Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars history of a diamond
I didn't get into the history of the diamond. It was more interesting at the end with a surprise ending.
Published 8 days ago by Virginia Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and Intriguing
I had a difficult time putting this book down because I wanted to know who the bad guys were and who the good guys were. Read more
Published 20 days ago by K.S. Shelby
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the God.
I thought it was an excellent read. It had an excellent section outlining the history of the Hope Diamond, with a background of a group trying to steal it.
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Doering
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, compelling
I couldn't put it down. It made me want to read more of her books. I enjoyed the history lesson.
Published 4 months ago by Karen Piland
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun intrigue!
Well-written. Light reading and entertaining. Some interesting twists.

I particularly like the setting - the Smithsonian. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fanny
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and educational
Very entertaining and informative, lots of twists. This book took me back, realistically, to historical France, early 20th century America, and current day, tying all together for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Better Than Just Okay
I found this to be an easy read. The characters were fairly fleshed out and the plot was well laid. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Flamesprite
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I really enjoyed this book. Very well written and a good story line. Easy read! Highly recommend to all! Enjoy!
Published 7 months ago by MaryAnn
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
A suspenseful book that will keep you guessing until the last minute about the motives of the heroine....is she a good guy or is she a bad guy? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jayhawk Momma
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