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In The Eye of God, a Sigma Force novel, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins delivers an apocalyptic vision of a future predicted by the distant past.
In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy—and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.
At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long dead Mongol king Genghis Khan. Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force set out to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.
About the Author
James Rollins is the author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Date of Birth:August 20, 1961
Place of Birth:Chicago, Illinois
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The Eye of God
By James Rollins
HarperCollins PublishersCopyright © 2013 James Rollins
All rights reserved.
November 17, 7:45 A.M. PST
Los Angeles AFB
El Segundo, California
Panic had already begun to set in.
From the observation deck above the control room, Painter Crowe
read the distress in the sudden cessation of idle chatter among the techni-
cians in the room. Nervous glances spread up the chain of command and
across the floor of the Space and Missile Systems Center. Only the base's
top brass were in attendance at this early hour, along with a few heads
of the Defense Department's research divisions.
The floor below them looked like a scaled-down version of NASA's
flight control room. Rows of computer consoles and satellite control desks
spread outward from a trio of giant LCD screens affixed to the back wall.
The centermost screen showed a map of the world, traced with glowing
lines that tracked the trajectories of a pair of military satellites and the
path of the neighboring comet.
The two flanking screens showed live feed from the satellites' cameras.
To the left, a curve of the earth slowly churned against the backdrop of
space. To the right, the glowing blaze of the comet's tail filled the screen,
casting a veil over the stars beyond it.
“Something's gone wrong,” Painter whispered.
“What do you mean?” His boss stood beside him atop the observation
General Gregory Metcalf was the head of DARPA, the Defense De-
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partment's research-and-development agency. Dressed in full uniform,
Metcalf was in his fifties, African-American, and a West Point grad.
In contrast, Painter simply sported a black suit, made more casual
with a pair of cowboy boots. They were a gift from Lisa, who was on a
research trip in New Mexico. Half Native American, he probably should
have balked at wearing the boots, but he liked them, especially as they
reminded him of his fiancÃ?e, gone now a full month.
“Something's got the OSO spooked,” Painter explained, pointing to
the operations support officer in the second row of consoles down below.
The lead mission specialist moved over to join his colleague at that
Metcalf waved dismissively. “They'll handle it. It's their job. They
know what they're doing.”
The general promptly returned to his conversation with the com-
mander of the 50th Space Wing out of Colorado Springs.
Still concerned, Painter kept a keen eye on the growing anxiety below.
He had been invited here to observe this code-black military mission not
only because he was the director of Sigma, which operated under the aegis
of DARPA, but also because he had personally engineered a piece of hard-
ware aboard one of the two military satellites.
The pair of satellites—IoG-1 and IoG-2—had been sent into space
four months ago. The acronym for the satellites—IoG—stood for Inter-
polation of the Geodetic Effect, a name originally coined by the military
physicist who had engineered this project for a gravitational study. He had
intended to do a complete analysis of the space-time curvature around the
earth to aid in satellite and missile trajectory.
While already an ambitious undertaking, the discovery of the comet
by a pair of amateur astronomers two years ago quickly shifted the proj-
ect's focus—especially after an anomalous energy signature had been de-
tected out there.
Painter glanced sidelong to his neighbor on his left, noting the lithe
form of the researcher from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Only twenty-three, Dr. Jada Shaw was tall, with a runner's lean phy-
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sique. Her skin was a flawless dark mocha, her black hair trimmed short,
highlighting the long curve of her neck. She stood in a white lab coat and
jeans, with her arms crossed, nervously chewing the edge of her thumb-
The young astrophysicist had been whisked from Harvard seventeen
months ago and ensconced in this code-black military venture. Clearly she
still felt out of her league, though she was doing her best to hide it.
It was unfortunate. She had no reason to be so nervous. She had
already won international recognition for her work. Using quantum
equations—calculations well above Painter's intellectual pay grade—she
had crafted an unusual theory concerning dark energy, the mysterious
force that made up three-quarters of the universe and was responsible for
its accelerating cosmic expansion.
Further proving her prowess, she had been the only physicist to note
the small anomalies in the approach of this celestial visitor blazing in the
night sky—a comet designated as IKON.
A year and a half ago, Dr. Shaw had tapped into the digital feed of
the new Dark Energy Camera, a 570-megapixel array engineered by the
Fermilab here in the States and installed at a mountaintop observatory
in Chile. Using that camera, Dr. Shaw had tracked the comet's passage.
It was there that she had discovered anomalies that she believed might
be proof that the comet was shedding or disturbing dark energy in its
Her work quickly became cloaked under the guise of national security.
A new energy source such as this had vast and untapped potential—both
economically and militarily.
From that moment forward, the ultrasecret IoG project was repur-
posed for one goal only: to study the potential dark energy of the comet.
The plan was to fly IoG-2 across the comet's blazing tail, where it would
attempt to absorb that anomalous energy detected by Dr. Shaw and trans-
mit it back to its sister craft orbiting the earth.
Luckily, to accomplish this task, engineers had to only slightly modify
the earlier mission satellite. A part of its original design included a perfect
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sphere of quartz buried in its heart. The plan had been to set that sphere
to spinning once the satellite was in orbit, creating a gyroscopic effect
that could be used to map the curve of space-time around the mass of
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Jams Rollins has quickly become one of my favorite authors due to his unique ability to combine science, mthy, intrigue and adventure into a carefully woven story that keeps you enthralled for every single page. His latest book is no exception. The premise is again totally believable and the characters well defined and interesing. The entire Sigma series is well worth reading.
Rollins does it again and reinforces my opinion that he is a great storyteller. He is most definitely my favorite author. If you enjoy thrills mixed with science and myth, you will enjoy this, as well as all, of his books. I eagerly await his next one! CM
Been a Rollins fan for a long time and have read all the Sigma books. This one was a little bit of a disappointment. It just didn't grab my attention like his other books. By the end of the book I was just trying to finish it so I could move on to another book. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent book. But by Rollins standards, it just doesn't meet my expectations. It just seems that he rushed it.
After reading my first James Rollins book in the Sigma Force Series I went back to the very first book and started reading them in order. A great series and group of characters. Each book slightly different from the others but a thread that runs so true through each book. Just finished the latest - "The Eye of God". Another masterpiece. Hope this isn't the last of the series - The Sigma Force colleagues in Rome will be missed, but hopefully more to come. Looking forward to more James Rollins books. Especially great reading on long international flights.
Excellent blend of science and myth. Will have you thinking about the book's premise long after you finish it. Highly recommend all of Rollins' books.
With his characteristic combination of cutting-edge science and revolutionary history, James Rollins takes readers on another thrill ride in this ninth installment in the Sigma Force series. This time the very fabric of the universe hangs in the balance. Sigma astrophysicists have been tracking the comet IKON as it travels through space, and in an effort to harness and better understand the murky but promising concept of dark energy, they send the IoG satellite through its tail in a space-time venture—a dangerous experiment that could have literally earth-shattering consequences. When the satellite crashes back to Earth, the Sigma team must take immediate action to recover it and to deal with the dark energy within four days—a timetable that is suspected to indicate the end of the world. At the same time, an Italian priest receives a strange object from a friend he believed to be dead, a seemingly posthumous gift that is tied to the legendary Mongolian ruler Ghengis Khan and that depicts the same apocalyptic calendar. The two must join forces to solve a scientifically and historically significant two-part mystery regarding Khan’s undiscovered tomb and the exact location of the ill-fated IoG satellite. Their quest takes them to the far reaches of the globe, with much of the action occurring in Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. Sadistic enemies who will stop at nothing to accomplish their own despotic goals threaten the project, and the Sigma operatives, along with their allies, are taxed to their limit as they fight against both corruption and time. As usual, Rollins provides the roller coaster ride and pulsating action that his fans have come to expect and anticipate. Perhaps the most intriguing and alluring aspect of his work is its strong factual basis, as explored in the brief “Notes From the Historical Record” and “Notes From the Scientific Record” sections at the beginning of the story and the concluding “Author’s Note to Readers: Truth or Fiction,” in which Rollins refers to the book’s main concepts and events and explains the true-life foundation for each. Not designed for the casual reader, “The Eye of God” cannot be classified as light reading; it deals with hefty and often mind-boggling scientific concepts and detailed historical situations that task readers’ comprehension and imagination skills to the max and may necessitate extra research. As such, Rollins’ work is best suited to those who enjoy scientific extrapolation and historical musing, with a robust thread of adventure and action—think Indiana Jones meets the Science and History Channels. The outcome, nevertheless, is very rewarding and thought-provoking, and the novel’s ending, in particular, proves to be stunning and unexpected and begs consideration. Enter into this other-worldly journey with caution and prepare to be astounded!
This is part of The Sigma Force Series. Much better if you read it in order, trust me. Sandstorm is the first in the series. The last book in this series wasn't one of my favorites. Eye of God is what made me fall in love with James Rollins writing. The right balance of action, history, science. Twist and turns. One of those books in a series that has some major changes in characters lives. I found it hard to put the book down when I hit the last five chapters or so. Typical Rollins rollercoaster. The tell tale of a good story, is when it's really hard to put it down. Rollins is back, and in prime form with this tale. What more could one want in a tale: a dash of romance, a comet that could end life on Earth, a race to discover the truth before it's too late, a good sprinkling of character conflict. Perfectly balanced for am entertaining read. If you haven't been following The Sigma Force missions, it's never to late to start.
WHOA. I could NOT put this book down! This is not my usual genre at all - an intoxicating alchemy of espionage, religion, the supernatural .... vampires. I don't do vampires. I don't read about vampires. I don't like vampires or stories about vampires. And yet there are vampires in this story and I still could not put it down! The story isn't about vampires; they're an integral piece of the puzzle that makes this book so intriguing. The description provided here by BN gives you the gist of the story but you have to read it to experience the chills and thrills. I HIGHLY recommend this book and can't wait to read the rest of the Sigma series!
Thrilling read, seamless integration of new characters and as always a thought-provoking take on where science and religion meet
Truly amazing as always. Exciting, adventurous, and edge of your seat.
As always love the book. Just couldn't put it down!!
While I don't think this was my very favorite of all the stories, it was a great read!!!!! Lots of action, suspense, old friends, new friends, unexpected twists...a definite must-read! I was a little saddened at the direction the storyline took in some parts but I guess it was inevitable. I look forward to seeing where the storyline goes next!
Loved this book, fast pace and interesting. Didn't want to put it down.
Very thought provoking book.
WOW ! What does two priests, Genghis KHan, Attila the Hun, North Korea and Special Ops have in common ? This book ! So much fun, action and adventure I can’t believe I haven’t been reading this Series. Awesome cast of characters with a mind blowing storyline will take you around the world and keep you keep you wAnting more. Incredible.
Another great book by James Rollins, and especially his Sigma Force series. I've learned, from reading other series, that you should read them in order, and it applies here as well. Never a dull moment, as evidenced by the many other reviewers here for this book. I am rather late to the James Rollins party as most of the reviews for this book are 800+ days old, but am catching up. Two more books to go in the series and I will then be ready for a new book by this author. I have determined that I am a big fan of the 'thriller' genre, having read all of Vince Flynn's books (alas, no more since his death at an early age) and am up to date with all of Brad Thor's books. Check them out as well if you are not familiar with their work.
Once again Rollins hit it out of the park
An absolutely gripping tale. Probably my favorite of the Sigma Series to date.
I haven’t read James Rollins sigma force series before so I had no idea what to expect. If you took religion, science, history, highly intelligent, versatile people, in a race across the globe, in a heart racing, pulse pounding timeline; full of escalating danger, history meeting current events, to prevent annihilation of the world by Castro strophic event. You’ll have “The Eye of God”. It starts with 3 characters, Gray, Seichan, and Kowalski in Hong Kong looking for clues of Seichan’s mother. They are briefed about a global catastrophe which was captured in a satellite image, after it came into contact with a dark energy of the universe. The “Eye of God” image shows the world in ruins, which could be our future in just 4 days unless something can divert it. Jada Shaw, an astrophysicist, Monk Kokkalis, and Duncan Wren are sent to Mongolia to collect the fallen satellite, to salvage the footage of the camera. Meanwhile Father Jossip, has come out of hiding and sent his most valuable ancient relics, a human skull and a book wrapped in human skin to Father Vigor Verrona and his niece Rachel, with the warning that the world could end in 4 days. Our 3 groups of people race against time, enemies, and mysterious clues and finally come together to stop the ending of our world as we know it. I loved the characters, each bringing their own expertise and character flaws to the story. I loved Duncan Wren, who has magnets surgically put into his fingertips, which help him sense electromagnetic fields. Is it really possible that people are having this done? Dr. Shaw and her theories of Dark Energy, and quantum theories, seemed really out there. I loved her theory of how we are in many lives at once and when we pass, we just go back into another one of our beings. It made stop and think about the possibilities. I give it 5 out of 5 magical stars!