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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1St Edition edition (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446697990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446697996
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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 Emotionally withdrawn former Special Forces Op agent Charlie Madison's deaf adolescent niece, Jazmin Lutzer, shows up in his California music store with a pack of gunmen at her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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From Booklist

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

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Hi.
Thanks for checking up on me. Probably best to go over to my web site: www.Billmyers.com for biography information. And if you're really bored, there's my fan site over on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/pages/Bill-Myers/44983396181 Oh, and one last thing. If you're a student and your class reads one of my books, I'll do a 'meet the author' 30 min question and answer session by speakerphone with your class from my office here in California. If you're a reader's group, the same thing goes...in which case I'd recommend ELI to really get the discussion juices flowing - at least until THE GOD HATER comes out in 2010. Thanks for stopping by!
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Fast paced and edgy with unique characters and a doozy of a storyline, The Voice is a cracking good read for men and women.
Rel Mollet
These books, including the Voice, are a wonderful thrill-read for believers, and a wonderful introduction to the concepts of faith for a non-believer.
Thomas C. Dulaney
Thank you Bill for all the amazing books you have written as they give us wonderful stories to challenge our minds and heart.
M. Katzenberger

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Hopkins on April 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Voice by Bill Myers is exactly the type of novel that makes one wish they belonged to a book club - it is jam-packed with all sorts of jumping off points to spark excellent discussions. Regardless of your faith, or lack thereof, this book is bound to strike a resonant chord within. It's a work of fiction, but that needn't stop one from pondering and wanting to probe further into some of the ideas put forth. I love a book that can really make me think, and this one accomplishes that goal admirably.

Charlie Madison is ex Special Forces - a man who found religion, prompting him to retire from his life of government-sanctioned violence. Unfortunately, there were many who were not willing to let him go `peacefully into that good night,' and he pays the ultimate price when his family is murdered. He becomes only a shell of his former self, and all but drops out of the human race when he is rudely yanked back into reality when his niece, whom he hasn't seen in years, comes dashing into his music shop, being chased by men with guns. Making a split-second decision, Charlie Madison's life is forever changed.

Charlie's sister and brother-in-law have been kidnapped by religious extremists who are after a computer program they wrote that interprets what is believed to be the recorded word of God. Searching for Jazmin's parents and racing against the many different groups of religious radicals and government entities bent on using and/or destroying them and their program, Charlie and his niece travel the globe with danger dogging their every move.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By emerson on May 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
THE VOICE is an interesting thriiler that provides both inspiration and suspense. There is just plain too much action at the start; so much so that for the first 40 pages or so the reader has a hard time understanding what is going on. (This lack of comprehension mirrors that of the hero so maybe that was an intentional device by the author ??) The reader and protagonist are confused about what is going on.

However, once the story line evens out it is a fascinating read.
The basic premise is that God's voice has been captured with modern technology and has a benefit that brings the potential for huge economic benefit to the possessor (perhaps not surprising considering whose voice it is). Dark industrial political and religious powers strive for control of this power.

Yes you have to suspend a lot of disbelief and the concept runs the danger sort of reducing God to a distant magicial genie like entity . . . and you'd likely be better off spiritually reading the Epistles to Ephesians and Colossians I'm sure . . but for entertainment value its a good buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
For years, Bill Myers has given us thought-provoking thrillers that blend biblical ideas with fast-paced action. From "Blood of Heaven" and "Threshold," to his "Forbidden Doors" YA series, to "Eli," he has entertained us with consistent and strong storytelling skill. I'll admit, though, that I fell off the Myers bandwagon a few books back. Was it the marketing? The ideas behind the stories themselves? After hearing great feedback on "The Voice," I had to check this one out for myself.

"The Voice" is vintage Myers. He takes a cool concept (the idea that someone has figured out a Program by which to "capture" the universe-defining Voice of God) and throws in a few desperate criminals and unlikely heroes. Soon, the deaf daughter of the Program's designers is on the run with her ex-Special Forces uncle, and they alone have the opportunity to thwart multiple nations who want the Voice for their own various purposes. Some see the Voice as a potential weapon. Some want to hide the truths it unveils. And so on.

This sounds fun and over-the-top...and it is. It also sounds like a great chance to explore spiritual ideas about God's existence and His creative power...and it is that, as well. Myers has a way of breaking complicated ideas down into manageable bites. Because of this, perhaps, I felt like I was reading a YA novel at times, a book geared for an audience looking for a car chase every fifty pages (which you will find here) or a fist-fight every other fifty (also to be found). While these provide cheap thrills, that's all they are. I was much more interested in the details of Mt. Sinai, of the Rome connection, and of the Mossad's angle from a theological viewpoint.

This is a page-turner, no doubt about it. I was wowed once again by Myers' ideas and translation of those to the page, but I was hoping for a little more depth, along the lines of his "The Face of God." Still, for summer entertainment with a spiritual punch, Myers continues to deliver.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on June 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is one great "Mission Impossible" story. It's full of suspense, bad guys doing what it takes to get their hands on the secret weapon, bombs exploding and lots of gun fire. Charles Madison, X-FBI agent is one lean mean fighting machine. He's just like the energizer bunny - takes a licken and keeps ticken! When Jazmin runs to her uncle Charlie for help, all heck breaks lose. Her parents have been captured by the enemy because they want the technology her parents have developed. Jazmin explained the top secret research her parents have been working on that could change the world, and how we hear and see God.

Charlie is a little overwhelmed as Jazmin explains all this scientific stuff (he wasn't the only one). Later on, a priest attempts to explain the project again (hooray). He says that the whole world can be reduced to patterns and mathematical formulas - including "the voice", which would be the greatest mathematical formula ever discovered!

Why could such a discovery be a threat? Why would everyone want the "voiceprint" of God? According to Gen. 1:4 "God said, let there be light," and there was light. He spoke it into existence. In John 1:1 it says "In the beginning was the Word ("spoken" word) , the Word was with God, and the Word was God". It also says in the bible that the "rocks will cry out His glory if we don't praise Him". I always thought this was a figure of speech - not something that could actually happen, or something that I could hear for myself. Whoever owned this technology (according to Jazmin and the Priest) would be able use God's power. In this story they have discovered power in the vibration of rocks - they wanted to use it for good - others wanted to use it to destroy their enemies.
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