The God’s Eye View — but whose god?

TheGodsEyeViewRecommend, with reservations.

The God’s Eye view is a crisp, taut political thriller, somewhat akin to those once written by the late Robert Ludlum or Nelson DeMille, Ken Follet and their brethren. The title is especially appropriate, as those who choose to read the novel will discover as the story unfolds.

The pace is intense, making it a compelling read that is hard to put down, even when one’s eyes are struggling to stay open enough to squint at the print. The storyline is just plausible enough to make readers wonder, could this be happening? Now? To us? And give us all a few shudders at these thoughts.

All the same, I’m recommending it with reservations because some readers will not care for the explicit sexual scenes, the graphic depictions of violence and the seemingly mandatory obscene and profane dialogue now so very common to political thrillers. I’m probably much in the minority for yearning for a more creative use of language, even among characters who very likely do use such words with abandon.

From what I hear from other readers, though, I believe a few readers are getting tired of the characters who ought to be the good guys instead being the bad guys, while the bad guys are either downright evil, loyal to an egregious fault, or redeemed or redeemable by the love of a good woman. I know, I know — so many otherwise intelligent women want to believe it can happen, but why reinforce their fantasies?

For myself, I’m tired of the explicit sex that now seems required of thrillers. I don’t want to inject myself into the sex lives of others, even fictional characters. Worse, so often the writers get it wrong, ascribing very masculine fantasies and reactions to their female characters or ascribing to the men such patience in preparation that would have my husband falling asleep long before anything remotely romantic could actually occur.

Still, I doubt if most of those who like thrillers will mind these things as much as I, and the male readers in particular may quite like the idea of a woman who is ready and willing and able under any and all circumstances. No matter how uncomfortable or how at odds with the laws of physics.

I did mind, and yet I did like the book. The premise is frightening, yet believable. The writing is first-rate. The characters are, for the most part, believeable, with no more exception than is typically found in politically thrillers and well within the willingness of readers to suspend disbelief. I will likely read more by Barry Eisler, I just wouldn’t want to read too many books like this in succession.

NOTE: Sis received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Her opinions are not easily influenced, nor have any attempts been made to do so. Her advice? Don’t even try.

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