The God's Eye View

The God's Eye View

by Barry Eisler


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The God's Eye View by Barry Eisler

NSA director Theodore Anders has a simple goal: collect every phone call, email, and keystroke tapped on the Internet. He knows unlimited surveillance is the only way to keep America safe.

Evelyn Gallagher doesn’t care much about any of that. She just wants to keep her head down and manage the NSA’s camera network and facial recognition program so she can afford private school for her deaf son, Dash.

But when Evelyn discovers the existence of a program code-named God’s Eye and connects it with the mysterious deaths of a string of journalists and whistle-blowers, her doubts put her and Dash in the crosshairs of a pair of government assassins: Delgado, a sadistic bomb maker and hacker, and Manus, a damaged giant of a man who until now has cared for nothing beyond protecting the director.

Within an elaborate game of political blackmail, terrorist provocations, and White House scheming, a global war is being fought—a war between those desperate to keep the state’s darkest secrets and those intent on revealing them. A war that Evelyn will need all her espionage training and savvy to survive, because the director has the ultimate advantage: The God’s Eye View.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503949614
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 250,467
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler’s award-winning thrillers have been included in numerous “Best Of” lists, have been translated into nearly twenty languages, and include the #1 bestseller The Detachment. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he’s not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law.

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The God's Eye View 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
I feel like this books has its share of ups and downs. The beginning was interesting and fairly fast paced where another Snowden may be about to hit the NSA. Then it drags for a while through the middle of the book. There doesn’t seem to be much going on and we still don’t know that the God’s Eye is yet (we don’t learn that until the second half of the book). Then it really kicks into high gear for the last third of the book. While the story was well written I never felt a connection with the characters so I never felt as if I was invested in the story. Overall I felt it was middle of the road, not great but not bad either.
Darcy714 More than 1 year ago
The God’s Eye View is a suspense story in which NSA director General Anders has abused the power of his position, creating a program called God’s Eye which gains access to and utilizes all local and global CCTV networks as well as other types of metadata, ostensibly to prevent terrorist threats. Anders however has begun silencing anyone he deems a threat to him and his program – including whistleblowers. Evie Gallagher, the computer analyst who oversees a large section of programs in the God’s Eye has begun to suspect that the “red flagged” actions she brings to Anders attention are resulting in murders staged to look accidental. Soon Gallagher finds herself in the director’s crosshairs and must get help from an unlikely ally, the director’s hitman, in hopes of surviving. Author Barry Eisler does a convincing job of creating a world of surveillance that is both fascinating and terrifying. Having been a CIA employee himself as well as a black belt, his background lends credence to many scenes – both political and tactical. Truthfully this book didn’t grab me. There was a great deal of gore and violence as well as some particularly graphic scenes of sexual violence which I found off-putting and unnecessary. I should however admit that the current craze for dark and gritty stories often referred to as “edgy” is not one I share. The other issue was that more time was spent on the development of the “bad guys” and their machinations than the protagonists, this made the plot a bit slow on its feet and it was really the last third of the book where the pace picked up. I’ve read other slow starters that I ended up really liking so this isn’t a flaw per se, but given the violence and etc, I didn’t feel the reward worth the work. That being said, this book will appeal to a large audience, especially those who like the darker styles of writers like Gillian Flynn. However, for those like me who may be looking for a Tom Clancy style novel, this isn’t it. The writing was good, it just wasn’t the type of book I enjoy reading. Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this story from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
When Barry Eisler was asked where he got ideas for his books he said, “Direct from the U.S. government.” A former CIA insider Eisler knows of what he writes. Combine that with the ability to create timely, riveting stories filled with what could be tomorrow’s headlines plus state of the art technology and you have a blockbuster thriller - The God’s Eye View. We meet intelligent, intuituve NSA analyst Evelyn Gallagher, a single mother and sole support of her young deaf son, Dash. Little knowing that her boss, NSA Director Gen. Anders, has his own frightening scenario she warns him that her worldwide spy system may be undergoing a major security breach due to a meeting in Istanbul between a senior NSA official and an investigative reporter. She further shares her suspicion that NSA has somehow been involved in removing these people. Her trust is definitely misplaced as Anders now sees her as a threat to his God’s Eye, a data program that collects everything the government wants to know about anyone. Not mundane things such as addresses, amount of debt, but “God’s Eye only looks at what people are trying to hide. “It only listens when people are trying to whisper.” To protect his program Anders has a team of murderous enforcers - Thomas Delgado, a sadist who derives pleasure from inflicting pain and Marvin Manus, a strong man with skills that can kill and is also deaf. Anders cannot let the public know about God’s Eye, but now that there has been a breach and information gathered that could destroy the program stored on a thumb drive, he must find out who has the thumb drive and have that person killed. The lengths he will go to in order to shift attention from what he is doing are horrendous. Eisler makes prime use of his knowledge of spying and hand-to-hand combat to propel his story at a rapid pace. The God’s Eye is a timely thriller that may cause readers to wonder just how much of Eisler’s tale is fiction and how much might be fact.
TheThirtyYearItch More than 1 year ago
Edward Snowden damaged the National Security Administration. Now, years later, current NSA Director General Ted Anders was not going to let that happen again. To do so, after all, would prevent him from keeping America safe; the good of the many v. the good of the few thing, right? Evelyn Gallagher was a dedicated NSA analyst and computer genius. She had developed software that could track nearly all security camera systems in the world and, even more remarkably, identify people using biometric data. When she identified a senior NSA staffer meeting with a journalist known for his work exposing government excesses, it raised a red flag. But when one of those men was dead and the second kidnapped by jihadists and left for dead within hours after reporting her findings to General Anders, Evie started piecing things together, not only about this incident, but others that preceded it. She is immediately torn between her suspicions and the need for her job, not only because of its importance, but because she is the sole provider for her little boy. The God's Eye View is incredibly entertaining, a thriller that travels the world and encounters some of the most dangerous, distasteful people in its darkest corners. Nothing about author Barry Eisler's writing or story telling will keep readers wanting. The book is well balanced between a compelling plot, character development, sex, love, and violence. But the book is more than just a thriller. It is a statement about the degradation of privacy and liberty in America and the world and about the dangers that have resulted and will continue to. About the paranoia that often comes with power. And about how complacently most Americans have allowed it to happen, even want it to happen, as long as it doesn't interfere with their day to day lives. While the story told in The God's Eye View is fiction, there are references to current events, news stories, conspiracy theories, and the methods used to control the media over the last decade and a half. Mr. Eisler goes one step further, provided readers with a list of sources at the end of the book that include news articles, scholarly works, and other links. Whether you read The God's Eye View for the great story, dynamic characters, thrills, or the deeper statement it makes, I'm confident you'll enjoy it. But don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting to remove mobile phone batteries, cover web cameras when not in use, and debate whether it's better to send files unencrypted hoping they won't be noticed versus encrypting but drawing attention to them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because I've read Eisler before, but this time he outdid himself. It is a tale of the NSA running amok throughout the world. The director is an unbelievable micromanager who arranges the disposal of those who prove to be a threat to him. He has two contractors who are possibly the most amoral and frightening individuals I've read of in years. The protagonist is a female NSA analyst who pieces together what is going on and risks her life to put a stop to it. He also manage so take one of the contractors and turn him into a character you care about. Telling more would be a spoiler. Thanks to Net Galley and Thomas and Mercer for an ARC for an honest review. It is excellent reading!
RobertKW More than 1 year ago
My first exposure to author Barry Eisler was in early 2005, when I read his debut novel “Rain Fall.” I have since read six more of his novels, and have loved each one. When I was offered the opportunity by NetGalley to read an early copy of his latest work in return for a review, I jumped at it. The Barry Eisler novels I had previous read all featured anti-hero John Rain, so I was excited to read a stand-alone novel with all new characters. I was not disappointed. Evelyn “Evie” Gallagher, a single mother, with a deaf son, appreciates working as an analyst for the NSA. She has a job that is important, pays well, and allows her to keep her son in a special school tailored to his needs. “The God’s Eye View” opens as she reports to her boss a flag that her computer has sent up after matching the faces of two individuals on the watch list. However, even Evie does not know the extent to which the NSA’s surveillance can reach, nor the danger she has put herself and her son in by continuing her investigation. In the wake of the Snowden revelations, we all know more about the capabilities of those in our government to track our movements and actions in the name of “security.” Barry Eisler plays off these fears in this page-turner deluxe. The characters do not always act as we expect, and the author even elicits sympathy for Manus, the deaf assassin sent to keep tabs on Evie and her son. The relationship and chemistry that develop between these three characters is one of the highlights of the book. The actions the NSA are able to carry out and the intel they are able to obtain through God’s Eye and other technologies are terrifying. What is even scarier is this: most of the last 9% of the digital version is an author’s note detailing chapter by chapter the “facts behind [the] fiction.” Many of the ideas introduced in “The God’s Eye View” come from reality, and that is the biggest scare in the book. If you are paranoid about being surveilled, this book (and its author’s notes) will make you want to find a way off the grid. If you are looking for something to make a long, cold winter day go by in a flash, pick up a copy of “The God’s Eye View,” and fall into its world of desire, desperation, and deceit. Thank you, Barry Eisler, for opening our eyes to the truth all around us!
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Received from Netgalley for an honest review. Government agency spying on everyday people in the name of eliminating terrorism. God's Eye is a fitting name for this story that demonstrates how power can corrupt. The reading list in the back of this publication is extensive and for citizens who want a non-fiction view point might look into these. This story is a bit out of my comfort zone with all the FBI, type plot but the character development is excellent. Romance and the race of good over evil is amazingly told by the author. Evie and Manus are explosive people who grip the reader into their lives. Have never read Barry Eisler before but will do my own investigation into his other works.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
While this book clearly has an agenda, it is still exciting, suspenseful and engrossing. The characters are a little stereotypical, but adding two deaf people to the mix definitely helps the realism. The book starts slow, but develops into a real page-turner. I stayed up at night to finish it, and I dreamt about it.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
NSA Analyst Evelyn Gallagher is divorced and her life revolves around her deaf son, Dash. She’s very, very good at her job at designing facial recognition and camera recognition programs, but she makes a big but accidental mistake. She tells the Director of the NSA Program that she’s suspicious that there are others using a different program. Director Theodore Anders hears her out and offhandedly calms her fears; but later he is determined to have her watched. Add to that the fact that some investigators and now a journalist have coincidentally and accidentally died, all of them connected with the NSA Program. It takes quite a while to discover what the God’s Eye program is all about, but Anders is willing to do anything to make sure no one can connect the dots between the separate parts of the program. Terrorism is widespread throughout the world and Anders believes that unless the American government knows everything that is possibly going on as well as what is really happening, we will be attacked for sure and be losers rather than victors. Now the tension notches up many levels. The investigator Manus who is assigned to watch Evelyn finds himself having feelings he hasn’t experienced for years upon years. He also is deaf because of his father’s abusive, drunken behavior; he’s also a closed book normally to any kind of sentimental feelings. But Dash awakens something gentle and kind and Manus is one notch less of a faithful dog for Anders, something it doesn’t take Manus long to find out. One investigator passes along the secret to a journalist and things rapidly jettison out of control, with Anders out of control and beginning to make things happen that go way beyond the behavior allowed to an American government worker. To say more would spoil what is a vibrantly complex but satisfying plot. This is a story that could be real in our day as we discover terrorists are now communicating through encrypted messages that not even our government can break and terrorist acts occur that are either directed by ISIS or ISIS-like groups or individuals who are copy-cat terrorists but no less deadly. Fans of spy or thriller novels will love this novel by a talented and knowledgeable writer, Barry Eisler – nicely done and highly recommended!