From Publishers Weekly
An unlikely premise propels Myers's latest novel, which is long on car chases and shoot- 'em-up action and short on execution, especially since the first 50 pages leave readers confused rather than intrigued. Emotionally withdrawn former Special Forces Op agent Charlie Madison's deaf adolescent niece, Jazmin Lutzer, shows up in his California music store with a pack of gunmen at her heels. He's immediately catapulted into mysterious events that will span the globe, which involve FBI agent Lisa Harmon, an Islamic terrorist cell, the Mossad, and some Catholic priests. Key to the plotline is "the Program," a means of using sound vibrations to capture the "voiceprint" of God from ancient rocks, but its presence-and absence-may threaten various religious beliefs. In the wrong hands, it could also destroy the world. Myers, the author of more than 80 books, is also a screenwriter, which may explain the action-fueled plot and dialogue-heavy pages. Jazmin's point of view is unsuccessful, some phrases seem odd ("With a rage greater than any diarrhea..."), and the contrived ending raises questions (if so many people have been healed by the voice, why is Jazmin still deaf?). Faith fiction aficionados may find the concept interesting, but its rendering lacks subtlety or depth.
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Charlie Madison, a former Special Forces operative, is thrown for a loop when his 13-year-old niece bursts into his music store, claiming her parents have been kidnapped by people who are looking for a computer program they wrote. He’s even more astonished to learn what the program does: it translates seemingly ordinary speech patterns into the voice of God. With his niece in tow, and aided by a beautiful FBI agent, Charlie tries to track down the kidnappers and find the program. This is a very accomplished novel and a very thought-provoking one, too. Myers, who has been a best-selling author of inspirational fiction for years, seems ready to break out to a larger audience. He uses the traditional thriller framework to tell a story that is, ultimately, about faith and religious exploration, but he tells it in a manner that will draw in fans of The Da Vinci Code as well as readers of Christian fiction. The novel is that rare thing, a piece of religious fiction that will appeal to general readers, regardless of their beliefs. --David Pitt