The God's Eye View

  • by Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by Barry Eisler
  • 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Well....It's okay. I guess.

I'm a Barry Eisler fan. But...

Every writer has his strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately, this book highlights Eisler's weaknesses. He's very good at the action part, the suspense, the logic. He's not so good at characters. John Rain is/was a perfect vehicle for Eisler, as there isn't much deep thought involved.

That's the first problem with this story. The characters are one-dimensional. Maybe one and a half.

The second problem is the NSA/technology piece. I understand the overall premise. Maybe even agree with it a little. But when he gets down to describing the nitty-gritty details, it's all wrong. He didn't do his research.

Eisler needs a good friend (or a good editor) to tell him when he's riding his personal hobbyhorse too much, instead of writing fiction.

Overall, I'd say the book is okay for burning time, maybe a little bit entertaining. But if someone asked me for a Barry Eisler book, this is not the one I'd recommend.

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- Mary

Gratuitous Sex and Violence + Stock Plot

Was The God's Eye View worth the listening time?

No, not really. Eisler typically does pretty decent characters, but the characters in this book seemed stereotypical and hollow. The whole "person knows too much" + "will do whatever it takes to protect my kid" + "crazy NSA/CIA/Other TLA director bent on having all the power" + "2 dimensional bad guy who has redemption story at the end" adds up to a book that I don't feel is worthy of a credit.

I don't mind violence in books when it helps the plot, but Eisler graphically describes brutal killings in several places as a lazy replacement for taking the time to establish that the antagonist is a bad person - on top of that, because it's so clumsily done, you can see the redemption story coming a mile away.

I also don't mind sex in a book when it helps the plot. This book has 2 lengthy and graphic sex scenes that sound like they were written by a 12 year old boy describing what he thinks sex is like. It's awful. I endured the first one, but the second one had me hitting the 30 second skip button over and over until it was done. Scott Brick could probably pull off these scenes, but the author just sounded excited which was a little disturbing.

On to the technology - the NSA can suddenly use any camera attached to the internet to watch people. Can use the microphone of any device that has an internet connection, can track any person instantly as long as their phone is turned on, blah blah blah. Whether or not this is something that can be done on demand is questionable, but the plot reminds me of the movie Enemy of the State that came out 18 year ago.

If you want something pulpy and that you can ignore entire chapters and not be lost at the end, this is the listen for you. If not, there are much better ways to spend a credit.


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- Nathan R

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio