Tuesday, July 5, 2016


The God's Eye View
by Barry Eisler

I listened to the audiobook version of this book, which was read by the author. The one word I would use to describe the book is: disturbing. Disturbing on several levels.

The book is set in a post-Edward Snowden NSA. The gist of the story is that Snowden’s revelations about the NSA were the tip of the iceberg, as far as their capabilities and their intent. A power-hungry NSA director is heading up several secret projects that are designed to gather data on everyone on a scale that made me pause and wonder. Is the technology described in this fictional book possible? Or, is it already in place monitoring our daily lives?

Our protagonist Evelyn is on the inside of the NSA and she notices that several people she has recently tracked turn up dead. Though their deaths seem separate and by different methods, she becomes suspicious and then horrified to think that her work could have caused their deaths. She just wants to protect her deaf son and keep him safe. A separate viewpoint comes from one of the NSA director's secret “enforcers” whose blind loyalty to the director becomes distorted when he meets Evelyn and her son.

Full of action and intrigue, The God’s Eye View does contain graphic violence when the enforcers set out to silence those trying to expose the director’s secrets. And, in the end of the book, you will be wondering: who really is the good guy?

Lola Nichols
Information Specialist
Sharon Forks Library