New Fiction


Advertisements

Book Review – The Eye of God

eye of godThe Eye of God — James Rollins

A few years ago, Roger Ebert famously reviewed a movie (Tru Loved) after watching only the first eight minutes. Some people were outraged. He eventually apologized, watched the whole thing, and gave it the exact same putrid score of one star. Ebert argued, and I tend to agree, that after decades of reviewing movies, he could analyze the beginning of the film and extrapolate its complete and total crappiness. While I am no Roger Ebert, I must confess that I did not read the entirety of The Eye of God. I read the first 150 pages and stopped. I considered stopping after 40 pages, and after consulting numerous positive reviews, I soldiered on. I considered it again at the 100-page mark, and then I finally gave up. Why did I quit? The plot involves a heavenly body hurtling toward earth that will destroy the planet and everyone on it.  I quit because I didn’t care if the world ended. That’s never a good sign.

Unlike Tru Loved, The Eye of God does not deserve one star. It’s not the work of an amateur. Clearly, many people love Rollins’ novels, and he know how to write to that audience. In fact, The Eye of God has the makings of an interesting story, and I could see it as an excellent summer movie, if placed in the hands of a good director. However the characters are bland, and the dialogue is boring and bogged down with exposition. Conversations between characters are mostly exchanges of explanations. Coincidences abound. I would love to say that I wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I read it, but I was specifically looking for a fun summer book. And despite reading only half the novel, I can say with certainty that the world does not explode in the final chapter. Too bad.

Newly Available Best Sellers


New Fiction


New YA Fiction


New YA Fiction


New Audiobooks