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The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels Book 9) Kindle Edition

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Rollins’ latest Sigma Force thriller verges on science fiction. A satellite crashes in Mongolia, but before it does, it transmits what appears to be an image of Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C., in ruins. The image, it turns out, is time-shifted from the very near future by about 90 hours (there’s a rather laborious scientific explanation for how this could happen). As Painter Crowe, head of Sigma, tries to understand the situation, operative Gray Pierce learns of an ancient relic that seems to predict imminent disaster. In four days, the end of the world begins, and can even the highly skilled Sigma team stop something as big as that? As usual, there’s a historical element to the story—this time involving Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and Genghis’ legendary hidden treasure—but it’s the fast-paced action that carries us through to the end. Sure, the Sigma Force novels are formulaic (modern-day threat, ancient mystery, a team of experts who risk their lives to avert disaster at the last minute), but when the formula generates this much excitement, should we really mind? --David Pitt


"Rollins's roguish charm comes from his efforts to persuade readers the story is credible [through] real-life sources for his novel's science, history and geography." -- New York Times

"Adventurous and enormously engrossing..." -- Alan Cheuse, NPR

"After Crichton passed away in 2008 he clearly passed the baton to James Rollins, who like Crichton, is a renaissance man." -- Huffington Post

"If you're a fan of smart, entertaining adventure fiction, this is your summer beach read writ large. . . .All the science, all the history, and all the locations are masterfully intertwined. The characters are multi- dimensional. And the story is, well, a corker." --Mark Sullivan, New York Journal of Books

"Rollins has done it again. Real history and science play a key role in all of the action, which never wanes...Definitely keep an eye out for this one." -- Library Journal (Starred Review)

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  • File Size: 1554 KB
  • Print Length: 643 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Blending science and history, his action adventure novels have been praised as "enormously engrossing" (NPR) and "smart, entertaining adventure fiction" (New York Journal of Books). Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, CA. He currently resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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132 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The quote above is the final sentence of the first chapter of James Rollins' latest Sigma Force thriller, The Eye of God. In other words, it's just another low-stakes drama from this master of disaster. This time around, the prologue opens in AD 453 with the death of Attila the Hun. From there, we quickly move to present-day Rome, with our old friends Vigor and Rachel. (Already, things are off to a good start!) Vigor is consulting with his niece about a mysterious package he's just received from an old friend--a priest declared dead more than a decade prior. The package contains an artifact, a human skull etched with Jewish Aramaic. "I believe this relic is an example of early Talmudic magic practiced by Babylonian Jews." It also contains a book bound in human skin. And these artifacts are pointing towards a coming apocalypse with a very imminent date.

Meanwhile... At an air force base in California, "something's gone wrong." So says Sigma's Painter Crowe, who happens to be in attendance. A special camera has been tracking a comet's progress through space, trying to collect "proof that the comet was shedding or disturbing dark energy in its wake." After a few pages of fairly sexy physics talk, remote data is retrieved: "It displayed a satellite view of the eastern seaboard of the United States, the photo taken as the satellite blazed a trail across the sky. It was detailed enough to make out the major coastal metropolises. Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C. Every city lay in a smoldering ruin." So, you've got your ancient prophecies lining up disturbingly with your weird space-time science anomaly prophesies. Ladies and gentlemen, we are off to the races!
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97 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Zon Alum on February 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
No spoilers. I don't like leaving bad or mediocre reviews but feel I must balance out the overwhelming praise. 5-star books either are so good that I don't want them to end...or I can't wait to see how they will end. Here, I had to force myself just to get to the ending and be done with it. I didn't care how the story ended or what happened to any of the characters.

I wanted to like it and accepted the unrealistic premise but just couldn't get past a few things:

1) Too many characters. Gratuitous characters were introduced throughout the story who did nothing more than take away focus of the characters I was interested in. I would skip entire paragraphs just to be able to follow along and get back to the compelling characters/plot lines. (I don't need a guy's entire life story like the fact that he he has a fiancee in New Mexico if all the guy does is stand around and only appears at several points in the story).

2) Atrocious dialogue. How can an author create such a creative and mind-bending premise, and be so articulate about the geographic and historic settings, resort to such B-movie dime store dialogue? Why does Zachowski (or whatever his name is) even talk? (Ex, action scene, main character takes out bad guy and tosses Z bad guy's gun..."Christmas is early this year" ... or main guy/main girl tandem to take out different bad guy and Z says, "remind me never to get you two mad at me.") What a bunch of well-worn drivel.

3) Too many attempts at plot twists. Obstacle obstacle obstacle obstacle. There is no flow. It's just one problem after another that wears the reader out. I got to the point where I just didn't care anymore.

4) Too unrealistic in the details.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
James Rollins has done it again. The Eye of God is a gripping tale of science, history, adventure, and mind boggling theories of how reality, as we understand it, may not be reality at all. The Eye of God pulls you in when a satellite sent out to study the dark energy of a comet crashes to Earth, after sending one last image of the Eastern Seaboard of the US in a smoldering ruin. At the same time a package bearing strange artifacts is delivered to the Vatican for Mosignor Vigor Verona from a colleague who disappeared a decade before. Inside is a skull etched with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin, the skin of Genghis Khan.

The SIGMA crew we have all come to know and love is dispatched to different Asian countries to investigate the scientific and historical aspects of the comet and dark matter. Rachel Verona and her Uncle Vigor join forces once again with SIGMA to help follow the historical trail that lead back to major historical figures such as Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, St. Thomas, all the way back to Adam and Eve.

The way James Rollins seamlessly includes scientific theories on dark energy, quantum physics, the multiverse theory, and quantum entanglement will draw you in and keep you thinking for days after you've finished the book. It all comes down to a these questions... What is reality? Are we all just a 3D hologram? And what happens to us after we die? Does our energy just leave the universe forever? Or is what we perceive as death not even real? Is it possible that our consciousness just moves to another form of a different reality, to live out the rest of our lives on the other side of the same coin?

This book guarantees you will come to question everything it is that you think you know.
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