The Eye of God

The Eye of God

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In a masterwork of historical mystery and scientific exploration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins reveals an apocalyptic vision of the day after tomorrow, of a future predicted by the distant past, of a world doomed to burn under The Eye of God

The crash of a U.S. military research satellite in the remote wilds of Mongolia triggers an explosive search for the valuable cargo it holds: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy, the energy associated with the birth of our universe. But the last blurry image from the falling satellite captures a chilling sight: a frightening look into the future, a view of a smoldering eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a mysterious package arrives for the head of Pontifical ancient studies, sent by a colleague who vanished a decade earlier. It contains two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA testing reveals both are from Genghis Khan--the long-dead Mongol king whose undiscovered tomb is rumored to hold the vast treasures and knowledge of a lost ancient empire.

Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma--joined by a pair of Vatican historians--race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity's origins, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013
ISBN: 9780061784804
Branch Call Number: ROL
Characteristics: xviii, 410 p. :,map ;,24 cm

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trbateman
Aug 20, 2016

I always enjoy reading James Rollins' books because I come away having had an exciting adventure, and learning something along the way.

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QED
Jul 04, 2014

Too many things happening which detracts from what could have been a better story presentation.
Okay but not what I expected.

jsureck Apr 16, 2014

Not a bad story, very similar to Clive Cussler novels was a good vacation read.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2013

Another Rollins' science/action story told in constant pounding pace in exotic places to stop Armageddon, see "Summary" quoted from Rollins' web page.

Robert9410 Dec 12, 2013

Relative to Rollins books, this book was "okay." I don't disagree with other commentators that there's a lot going on. For me at least there was TOO MUCH going on and the flow of the story narrative went awkwardly forward - definitely not as smoothly as some of Rollins' other writings. The best analogy I can make in my critique is that of a dinner. One can have a HUGE dinner plate with all kinds of foods - though all the morsels are pretty uninteresting and perhaps even bland. Alternatively, one can have a SMALL dinner with scrumptious and tasty pieces to digest and enjoy. This book is definitely the former metaphorically speaking. Rollins seems to think a great volume of activity in a story makes for a great book. He misses the point that description and suspense buildup (among other qualitative things) trumps a long series of character interactions and activity. There was also too much implausibility and "weak links" of explanation which made the story less enjoyable. Finally whereas Rollins typically uses "true" science to a large extent in his books within novel plots, in this book he breaks that tradition by strongly stretching true science (virtually transforming much into science fiction). That too was disappointing.

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zipread
Oct 30, 2013

The Eye of God --- by James Rollins. Wow! Look at the list of ingredients: a downed research satellite; impending destruction raining on the US caused by a meteor swarm; a dying sea; Chinese triads; North Korean troops; Genghis Khan and ancient relics. And that’s just for starters. Toss in some heavy weaponry and a pinch of torture and you’ve got what you need to bake this latest (2013) of Rollins’ books. To say that it involves action is an understatement. To say that the locales are exotic would also miss the mark. To say that his characters are larger than life without much meat would also hit the nail right on the head. And to suggest that the plot is implausible would also be quite accurate. But then that’s the whole idea behind this genre. Fans of biff, bam action stories will go for this novel. Rollins fans will positively swoon (?)

grace_ellisent Oct 29, 2013

Wow, this Sigma Force installment brings us along on a roller coaster ride, the super intense plot, and the race against time to save the human race. Rollins show off his talents to put the most complex scientific theories into an exciting thriller story. Well Done! Highly recommended ..... with a great ending I would not dare to spoil!

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Harmanc
Aug 02, 2013

Entertaining read, interesting concept. As with most of his books, you have to suspend disbelief, but there's a fair number of interesting characters.

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3dblus
Jul 09, 2013

As usual, Rollins has come up with another entertaining and mind tweaking combination of threat, history and great action.

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jimg2000
Jun 20, 2014

He reached into the crate and removed the second object and placed it beside the skull on the table. It was an ancient book, as wide as his outstretched hand and twice as tall. It was bound in rough leather, the pages secured by crude stitches of thick cord.
“This is an example of anthropodermic bibliopegy,” he explained.
Rachel screwed up her face. “And that means . . . ?”
“The book is bound in human skin and sewn with sinew of the same.”

Harvard Library has examples:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27903742

jsureck Apr 16, 2014

Not a bad story, very similar to Clive Cussler novels was a good vacation read.

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SEBoiko
Jul 18, 2013

So much of life and death is random chance.

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SEBoiko
Jul 18, 2013

To seek and you shall find.

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SEBoiko
Jul 18, 2013

And God doesn't play dice with the world.

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SEBoiko
Jul 18, 2013

Where money flowed, there was always a way to turn a profit.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2013

From Rollins' web page: In a masterwork of historical mystery and scientific exploration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins reveals an apocalyptic vision of the day after tomorrow, of a future predicted by the distant past, of a world doomed to burn under

The Eye of God

The crash of a U.S. military research satellite in the remote wilds of Mongolia triggers an explosive search for the valuable cargo it holds: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy, the energy connected to the birth of our universe. But the last blurry image from the falling satellite captures a chilling sight: a frightening look into the future, a view of a smoldering eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.

At the Vatican, a mysterious package arrives for the head of Pontifical ancient studies, sent by a colleague who had vanished a decade earlier. It contains two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA testing reveals both are from Genghis Khan—the long-dead Mongol king whose undiscovered tomb is rumored to hold the vast treasures and knowledge of a lost ancient empire.

Commander Gray Pierce, and Sigma—joined by a pair of Vatican historians—race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity's origins, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.

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