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In this scattered stand-alone from D'Amato, her first thriller since 2004's Death of a Thousand Cuts, Blue Eriksen, a controversial anthropologist at Northwestern University, believes psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, could lead to a cure for drug addiction. That possibility is enough for an international drug consortium, Leeuwarden Associates, to send assassin Felix Hacker to eliminate her, a task that proves unexpectedly difficult. Marcus Holton, a federal agent obsessed with tracking Hacker, and art recovery expert Joseph Stryker, the brother of one of Hacker's victims, also get involved. D'Amato does fine with both Blue's romantic life and the pitfalls of archeological digs in Peru and Turkey that Blue undertakes, but loses focus with a drug summit in Mexico and an imagined ancient burial scene. The contrived ending, in which a bad guy talks too long to an intended target in a gun fight, may disappoint those who expect this author to avoid the usual genre clichés. (Jan.)
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It would be hard to imagine a more riveting opening than the one D’Amato delivers here—a toddler crawling across a heavily trafficked interstate highway. And the action keeps building from this plot strand, as cops try to determine why this apparently well-cared-for tot has no one coming forward to claim it, despite wall-to-wall news coverage. The main plot centers on Blue Eriksen, a Northwestern University forensic archaeologist who has found a drug used by ancient peoples that may cure addiction. An international organization is tracking Eriksen down (without her knowledge), convinced that she is a threat to their drug production and trafficking profits. This main plot is a bit over the top, but D’Amato delivers nonstop action, especially in the portions of the adventure set in Peru. How the plot strands come together is also a little uneven. But it’s fun, and the information throughout on archaeology and paleontology is detailed and intriguing. --Connie Fletcher

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076532606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765326065
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,267,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Controversial archaeologist Blue Eriksen believes that psilocybin is the cure for drug addiction. A mysterious international drug cartel, Leeuwarden Associates, perceives her as a threat. Felix Hacker, a master of disguise, has been assigned to kill Blue. His first attempt is a failure but it leads to a deadly pileup on Chicago's Kennedy Expressway. Unaware that a hit man is stalking her, Blue takes her team of NWU colleagues and students to Trujillo, Peru where they excavate the ruins of Huaca de la Luna. Meanwhile, a drug agent, Marcus Holton, is racing against time to locate Hacker before he murders again.

I was holding my breath during the last suspenseful chapters of Barbara D'Amato's thrilling action adventure "Other Eyes" - an adventure that takes the reader globetrotting to at least three continents and also transports them back in time five thousand years. This superb novel has both endearing and villainous characters who will engender within the reader a wide assortment of feelings such as joy, sadness, loathing and hatred. "Other Eyes" is an extremely interesting, provocative novel that was difficult to put down. D'Amato provides the reader with colorful insights into ancient cultures, especially their religious beliefs in regards to climate changes; drug cartels and drug wars; art theft; and animal behavior.

The novel's stalwart heroine, Blue Eriksen, is a likeable overachiever with an adorable one-year-old son, Adam. Her controversial best-seller "Goddess" has drawn the ire of many religious fanatics who perceive it as a threat. According to "Goddess," most ancient religions are based on the worship of a mother figure such as "Mother Nature." (I strongly agree. Christianity, however, is based on the worship of a father figure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Northwestern University forensic anthropologist Blue Eriksen is known for causing controversy amongst her peers. Her latest assertion comes from her project on the use of hallucinogens in ancient religions. Her study of mummies has led her to conclude that the ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms psilocybin will cure drug addiction; which causes controversy beyond just her peers.

The international Leeuwarden Associates illegal drug consortium wants no interference with their multi trillion dollar industry so they hire assassin Felix Hacker to kill her. Although a top killer, he has trouble completing his mission even as he is part of her team at a field dig. His failure is because Federal agent Marcus Holton and art recovery expert Joseph Stryker have reasons to bring Hacker to justice.

Blue is a fabulous protagonist though some in the anthropology world would label her antagonist. Her family life as a mom and a romance enhances the thriller while the excavations will have armchair readers feel they on site in digs in Turkey and Peru. Although the final confrontation seems wrong as a professional killer acts out of character with death by a thousand words, fans will enjoy the escapades of Blue Eriksen.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ITZME on July 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the historical parts of this novel: Peru, Turkey and Chicago. The story begins with a toddler crawling across a major freeway in Chicago. The toddler is saved by a teenager cutting classes from high school. There is FBI and various other law enforcement group involvement. The main character is Blue Eriksen a Archaeology Professor at the University at Northwestern. She travels to Peru and to Turkey while being hunted by an assassin. Good read.
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