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When jewel thieves attempt to steal the Hope Diamond, Dr Abigail Mitchell stands in their way. Abby's faith is put to the test as she confronts the father who abandoned her, the betrayal of the only man she has ever loved, and the possibility that she may lose her life because of the legendary gem....

Title : Eye of the God
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ISBN : 9781426700682
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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Eye of the God Reviews

  • Caroline
    2019-05-13 18:28

    Is the Hope Diamond cursed? Does it bring misfortune to those who own it? The famed diamond, stolen from the eye of a sculpture of Sita in India, has traveled great distances and continents, and with its journey, it has built an history that fascinates. Currently housed in the Smithsonian Institute, the Hope Diamond is claimed to have been cut from the French Blue, and Dr Abigail Mitchell is tasked with organizing and hosting an event celebrating the Hope Diamond. But there is an international gang of art and jewel thieves who are out to steal this. Security is stepped up but there are a few unexplained glitches which concern the head of security for the Smithsonian, but he's unable to persuade either Dr Mitchell or the Director to cancel the fundraising event. If anything, things take an odd twist and for the first time, the diamond is actually going to be removed from its protective case and worn by Dr Mitchell during the event. When the diamond is stolen off the neck of Dr Mitchell, chaos ensues, but who is responsible and can they get it back?Interwoven with the novel is historical information about the ownership of the Hope Diamond from Jean-Baptiste Tavernier to Louis XIV to Henry Philip Hope, from whom came the name of the diamond, and to Evalyn Walsh McLean and their lives and tragedies while in possession of the diamond.Thrilling with unexpected twists, this is a book I couldn't put down once I started it.

  • Bob Hayton
    2019-05-15 19:45

    The Hope Diamond, a dazzlingly blue and brilliant diamond of tremendous size and worth, is powerful both for its allure and its infamous curse. Fist time novelist, Ariel Allison spins an intricate web of international intrigue, high-tech crime and romance in Eye of the God.The diamond leaves a trail of ruined lives detailed in the historical flashbacks throughout the book. For Dr. Abigail Mitchell it becomes an obsession. From the setting of the Smithsonian Institute, the reader is taken on a journey to Brazil, South Africa and Paris, not to mention 17th century India and 18th century France.While the book is part crime/detective story, part history lesson and part romance, interwoven throughout its pages is a tale of redemption. The main characters overcome personal failures, familial disappointments as they find hope in a new life. Oddly the dark reputation of the Hope Diamond works a breaking of the curse in their lives.The pace of the book keeps one turning its pages, yet at times the historical flashbacks seem too disconnected from the plot to keep your interest. And while the book promises a Christian angle to the story coming from a Christian publisher and all, its Christian message is extremely subtle. In light of this, the list of discussion questions in the back seems out of place. Still the book delivers a well done plot that will certainly merit reflection and personal contemplation. The book makes for a good read as long as one understands it won't be overly Christian. It's generally clean throughout, although some sexual innuendo is present. I recommend the book with these reservations.

  • Rick
    2019-05-14 16:45

    Reminded me a bit of "National Treasure" in a book. This is a heist story surrounding the Hope Diamond. Nicely blends history and suspense with a touch of romance.Perhaps deserves a 3 star... I enjoyed it overall. Some plot elements did not hang together for me: would final details still be up in the air for a major publicity event only three days prior to the date? My project management experience indicates those would have been nailed months before the event.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-22 17:42

    I picked this up for free on Amazon in November 2011 and I am so glad I did. I loved it. It was interesting and suspenseful and while I thought I had an inkling about which way the story was going to go, it went in a different direction and surprised me. I will gladly purchase future books by Ariel Allison and I look forward to reading them!

  • Karen Linton
    2019-05-02 15:49

    More romance than I like in a mystery, but overall, a good story.

  • Nora St Laurent
    2019-05-12 22:50

    Don’t you just love the cover of this book? It’s the reason I signed up to receive a review copy of it. The Hope diamond is featured on the front cover. The author talks about the diamonds history, its allure, the suspense and drama in getting ownership of it, and the legacy attached to this one of a kind blue diamond. Who knew there was that much to talk about? Who knew of all the misfortune associated with this diamond and its owners?Ariel Allison begins this story in 1653, Golconda, India, where the blue diamond is discovered. I enjoyed the way this author weaves history into the pages of this book. After you learn how the diamond was found the story rolls into current time at the Smithsonian Institute’s where curator Dr. Abigail Mitchell to setting up a celebration—fund raiser featuring the Hope Diamond. The fun begins as Abigail prepares and triple checks security measures to make sure the diamond doesn’t get stolen on her watch.She is an expert on the Hope Diamond even did her masters thesis on the subject, who better to be the master of ceremonies for that nights big event. I also liked how Ariel Allison would have Dr. Mitchell tell an interviewer about an event or a tragedy associated with the diamond, giving details of the event in history. Then the next chapter would be that story brought to life by the very characters that Abby had just explained in the previous chapter. I thought it was a very nice touch. It wasn’t confusing but it actually brought you really up-close and personal with the curses, and drama the former owners of the Hope Diamond went through. Starting with Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette all the way through to Jackie Kennedy! Wow! This diamond has quite a reputation!This story reminds me of a Mission Impossible, the movie. Dr. Abigail Mitchell suspects that the Collectors, underground art thieves, might attempt to steal the diamond the night of the big celebration. She had to do everything in her power to prevent that from happening.This story is full of twists and turns and I enjoyed every minute of them. I can’t wait to read another suspense story by this author.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St.LaurentThe Book Club Network www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  • Lynn Spencer
    2019-05-26 16:31

    This was a book club book and while not the best thriller I've ever read, it did have its moments. The plot centers on the Hope Diamond, and the heroine, Dr. Abigail Mitchell, is a leading expert on the stone. One might fairly say she has an obsession with the diamond and its history.The main plot action centers on an upcoming celebration of the Hope Diamond and the ongoing problems of museums worldwide in battling a brilliant group of thieves known as the Collectors. Not surprisingly, they have their eyes on the Hope Diamond. Abby finds herself drawn into the thieves' web just as she begins a romance with a freelance journalist who is not what he seems - and all kinds of adventure ensues.On the one hand, the book reads smoothly and I found myself coasting through it. Even though some of the events sound unlikely, the plot action has a certain flow to it that keeps one wanting to see what will happen next. The author mixes present day action with scenes from the lives of previous owners of the Hope Diamond, including the doomed King Louis XVI. That historical context gave the book a moody quality that sets it apart. And even though she does some mindblowingly silly things, I found myself liking Abby. She grows a lot throughout the book and even though this is an inspy, the growth is shown rather than told in preachy terms. I appreciated that.So, what are the downsides? Well, sometimes the dialogue gets a little clunky. Then there's the plot to steal the diamond itself. I'm no expert on the Smithsonian's inner workings, but their security setup sounded improbably ameteurish in this story. I don't know the real details, but somehow I think they have better methods than the fictional security team depicted here. And while the ending had a couple of clever twists to it, I still found it a little abrupt. So, in the end, I'd say that I didn't regret reading this one, but I'm not sure I'd actively seek it out.

  • Laura
    2019-05-16 19:32

    Title: EYE OF THE GODAuthor: Ariel AllisonPublisher: Abingdon PressOctober 2009ISBN: 978-1426700682Genre: Inspirational/suspenseIs the curse of the Hope Diamond real, or just a legacy of greed?Dr. Abigail Mitchell is the director and curator of the Smithsonian Institution. She has had a rash of art thefts recently, and so Abby travels to South American to warn another curator, but she is too late. International thieves rob the premises while Abby is still in the building. One of the most priceless gems in Abby’s possession is the world famous Hope Diamond. And the international thieves are after this gem. Abby can’t let her guard down at all, but even that may not be enough to save the diamond. EYE OF THE GOD is loosely based on a real life gem, and about the mystery and intrigue surrounding it. Abby is a realistic heroine, strong and courageous, even while faced with thieves ripping a ring right from her finger. The story is very well written, full of suspense, that will keep readers turning the pages of this book. The story also flashes back to the story of a man who bought the gem back in the 1600s. Ms. Allison also says that on www.amazon.com you will find stories of other real life historical people who have owned this gem. There is a touch of romance in the story. If you like stories of art heists and the intrigue surrounding them, then pick up a copy of EYE OF THE GOD. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $13.99. 348 pages.

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-05-08 19:54

    Awesome. The first word to enter my mind upon completing the premier novel of author Ariel Allison is awesome. Already, I can devotedly tell you I am a fan and cannot wait for more. You better believe that I am going to check out those side novels with the continuing stories of those of which their lives has been touched by the Hope Diamond. Starting this book, I was a little hesitant, and that is completely related to formatting. The font was a different one than I am used to and all was bold text, it was very distracting and I must admit profoundly that I was not a fan. Font and formatting aside. This was a great novel. Going back and forth between facets of history that intersect the life of, what we generally know as, the Hope Diamond and contemporary day to day of Abigail Mitchell. The transitions were incredible and desperately messed up my theory of "DH just let me finish this chapter." Not possible! I was so pulled in. When she would end one segment I was dying to know what would happen next, only to turn the page and find that she changed time periods and went to the other plot. WHAT!? No!! I was ridiculously hysterical and had to keep going.With all that said, obviously I highly recommend the novel "eye of the god". I cannot wait for more!*This book was provided for me to review thanks to Abingdon Press, part of Cokesbury.*

  • Janna
    2019-04-29 22:43

    This is the last of the new Abingdon Press books that I have gotten to read and review and I am thrilled to say that "eye of the god" is by far my favorite! It is right up my alley in its style and genre... mystery, suspense, romance, twists and turns, history and great characters. I love the way that Ariel blends the present where the Hope Diamond is resting in the Smithsonian Institute and Abigail Mitchell is the person who is the expert on it and is planning a huge event surrounding the diamond along with the past legends surrounding the Hope Diamond. We jump back in time, as Abigail tells stories about the diamond, to India in 1653, France in 1668, Versailles in 1789, Kentucky in 1919 and Maryland in 1933 just to name some of them - we get to track the Hope Diamond through some of the different owners it had over the years. I found all of that fascinating and wish Ariel could have included more of the stories about the diamonds past.In the midst of all the stories we are pulled back to the present as we see Abigail plan the soiree while others are planning to steal the diamond at the event. The twists at the end we wonderful and I was captivated by the entire book - absolutely fantastic!

  • Jennifer AlLee
    2019-04-30 20:38

    I've always been fascinated by the mystery surrounding the Hope Diamond, so I was especially excited to read "eye of the god." I was expecting a good read. What I wasn't expecting was the effortless weaving of historical fact and modern-day thievery, both equally as thrilling.Dr. Abigail Mitchell has father issues. She also knows more about the Hope Diamond than just about anybody in the world. Alex Weld is one of the world's most successful and cunning jewel thieves. When their paths cross, the sparks fly and suddenly, nothing is exactly as it seems.It's hard to say too much about "eye of the god" without giving away the plot. Suffice it to say that zigs and zags abound. Author Ariel Allison deserves mad props for making the historical portion of this tale so compelling. From the time the diamond is procured in India in 1653, we follow the path of the diamond and the lives of the people it touches. Their stories, interspersed with the present day heist, underscore the fact that the real curse of the Hope Diamond may be the greed and lust it brings out in people who look to things for fulfillment."eye of the god" is a fast-paced, action packed book with a final twist that took me by surprise. If you're like me, you'll have a hard time putting this one down.

  • martin
    2019-05-21 15:41

    The beginning wasn't great - felt kind of unnecessary to be told that a string of non-English words spoken by Tavernier were French... and then to have the Indian minister reply "in Indian" (a language that doesn't actually exist). I started worrying that the book would be full of the kind of poorly researched, imaginary colour that would perhaps be OK for a less educated reader but irritating for anyone who paid attention at school. Luckily, it turned out better than expected and I enjoyed the read. Research had obviously been done and it made the story convincing - even if the best parts were in the modern day crime story rather than the background of the curse of the stone. Marie Antoinette never did utter the words "let them eat cake" but a little artistic licence is acceptable when the aim is simply to show the totally out of touch lifestyle of the French court. There's a good twist just before the end which is hinted at earlier but not enough to be too obvious. Worked pretty well, too, except that the over-riding desire for a "happily ever after" ending gave us something that was a bit difficult to believe. All in all, a great book to while away the hours on a flight or something. Just don't think too much

  • Debbie
    2019-05-07 17:29

    "Eye of the God" is really two books in one: a historical and a contemporary suspense. Stories of greed and tragedy in the lives of previous owners of the Hope Diamond make up about half of the total pages. I'm not that fond of reading about real tragedy for pleasure. I usually skimmed over these parts when I realized they weren't important to understanding the action or motives in the main story.This left the present day suspense story as more of a novela. Without spoiling the story, I can only say that I would have been more engaged by the story of a smart woman making her way through a difficult emotional and planning situation than the story of a smart woman who's easily taken in and manipulated by a thief with hints that the heroine's true motives are being hidden from the reader. It was an interesting read, but I was left wishing for the story I would have preferred.The Christian element was the heroine suddenly realizing at the end that God was ready to give her the love that her dad would never give her. It felt like it came out of nowhere and was tacked on to make it a "Christian" book.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-30 19:36

    This was a nice read about a theft of the Hope Diamond. It wove the (current day) theft in with historical vignettes about the stone's owners, and that sometimes detracted from the main story.The heroine meets the hero who's there to steal the diamond. She's attracted to him, and he, unaccountably, is smitten by her. At his suggestion, she (amazingly to me) contrives to persuade her employers to let her wear the diamond to a benefit to raise money. Naturally, her boyfriend steals it, and she has to get it back.The story is exciting but sometimes wanders too much. The previous bad luck befalling its owners is gone into in detail. The heroine keeps trying to find God.When the heist goes off and she's left holding the bag, we want to say, I told you so! And then, an ending I didn't see coming.Had this been a romantic suspense with a little less historical and religious emphasis (not that there was much, but I still prefer not to mix religion with a good read and the pace was slowed), this would have been a darned good page-turner.But it's still a very nice read.

  • IrenesBookReviews
    2019-05-21 14:39

    Eye Of The God is written by Ariel Allison and published by Abingdon Press. This book is a mystery that involves the Hope Diamond. A thief wants to steal the Hope Diamond and Dr. Abigail Mitchell is doing her best to stop him. Will she figure out the plan in time? Will her personal life help or hinder her as she takes this journey?Thy mystery itself is interesting but the detailed history of the Hope Diamond was a bit too much history for me. They adventure takes off and then you get bogged down in the details. The book was just too wordy and at times was very hard to follow. Overall the story kept me coming back though and wanting to find out how it ended. I would give this book 4/5 stars because the adventure itself is worth reading this book for. I would like to thank Christianreviewofbooks.com for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

  • Margaret Metz
    2019-05-02 17:26

    I really liked the suspense about the robberies and who was behind them. Abby was a very like-able character. She was intelligent, strong, resourceful and yet vulnerable ~ especially in relationships. She was also in the shadow of her father and felt the need to constantly prove herself. I've always been more than a little fascinated by the Hope Diamond. It's gorgeous and it has a history. This book goes into that history and legend - perhaps in too much detail. Sometimes it feels as if we're reading a lecture on the diamond instead of a novel. The pacing of the robberies and the surprises make up for it though. It also has a light romance. This is billed as Christian fiction but the message is very subtle. If you are interested in the Hope Diamond or like well-written stories about robberies, this would be a great one to add to your list.

  • Pattyrflg
    2019-04-25 20:35

    Was a free Kindle download.A fun mystery centered around the Hope diamond. Dr. Abby Mitchell is coordinating the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s acquisition of the Hope diamond. Abby is an expert on the history of the so-called cursed diamond and has also been working with Interpol’s Art Theft Division in tracking down “The Collectors.” Alex and Isaac Weld have been stealing major art works for “The Collectors” for 10 years and have left no clues to their identity. Alex is ready to retire, but will help his brother in one last heist—steal the Hope diamond. Alex poses as a journalist for National Geographic in order to get close to Abby. The author intersperses details of the lives of former owners of the diamond with her modern day mystery. This was a quick read, very entertaining and it was squeaky clean.

  • Webbweaver Reviews
    2019-05-10 15:29

    eye of the god (and the author uses lower case for the title) is built around a plot to steal the famous Hope Diamond from its home at Washington’s Smithsonian Institution. Abby Mitchell, responsible for a gala event centered around the diamond, is the central figure in a mystery that starts slowly and builds to a thundering crescendo.As the author weaves the tale, she provides a great deal of history concerning the diamond and the alleged curse that travels with it, taking the reader back to its earliest known appearance in India. Among those who suffered while owning the diamond were Marie Antoinette and Washington socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean.I feel that the author did a fine job in building the intrigue necessary to enthrall the reader and I give the eye of the god 4 1/2 Spiders.johnmac

  • Melissa
    2019-05-07 17:43

    I really enjoyed the premise of this book. The story focuses around the Hope Diamond which is currently housed at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. A young woman with a Ph.D. who is an expert on the diamond is preparing for a huge fund raiser for the museum in which the Hope Diamond is to be featured. She is quite obsessed with the diamond and unwittingly becomes the target of thieves who "hope" to steal the diamond. While this story is unfolding, the book interweaves the history of the curse of the diamond from when it was first stolen in the 1600's up to its arrival at the Smithsonian. Reading this book inspired me to look up the real history of the diamond. I thought it was well done.

  • Stacy
    2019-04-30 15:48

    Another free one I grabbed a while back for my Kindle. I really enjoyed it. It's a mystery surrounding the theft of the world's largest diamond, the Hope Diamond, which we've seen on display at the Natural History Museum (Smithsonian) in Washington. The book is interspersed with history of the diamond and its supposed curse to those who have obtained it (among them the man who purchased the original stone in India in the 1600's, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, two kings of France, Louis XV and Louis XVI, and American socialite Evalyn Walsh Mclean). Very interesting and engaging book for a history lover like me, with lots of modern days cops and robbers mixed in. :)

  • Daniel
    2019-05-19 19:35

    I really, really enjoyed this novel. It's rare that I read something that makes me want to keep turning the page and not sleep until I've finished it. Allison does a great job of weaving the wonderful historical stories of the Hope Diamond with the modern story of Abby, an expert on the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Institute, two art thieves, the mysterious Broker and conglomerate of art collectors - all the while with Interpol in the mix. It really was a wonderful read, well written. Characters with great texture and believable. I was just really, really impressed by this and look forward to reading more by Allison. I heartily recommend it! :-)

  • Judy Bart
    2019-04-27 20:43

    Not my usual type of novel, this page turner is a quick, fun story based on an attempted robbery of the Hope Diamond. The author goes back and forth between today and the historical stories of the diamond's origins, along with its curse of misery and destruction to those who posses it. A bit predictable in its plot, we follow Dr. Abbey Mitchell of the Smithsonian as she tries to protect the Hope diamond from a ring of international art thieves. With a few twists and surprises along the way, you'll be drawn into the story and anxious to get back to reading it. Perfect for the plane or a day at the beach, I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Jill
    2019-05-16 22:43

    I thought that this book had a great story idea, so I was pretty excited when it was a free e-book from Barnes & Noble. A rather short read at 258 pages (on nook, looks like 350 in DTB), but it had a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Personally, I thought the ending left a little to be desired. A bit more of a wrap-up would have been good; it ended so abruptly I thought I might be missing a page! The flashbacks to the history of the diamond were very well-done, and this made the diamond really become almost another character. Great for a rainy day when you just want to get lost in a story!

  • Natalie
    2019-05-06 17:40

    This was one of Amazon's 99 cent kindle deals of the day awhile ago and I've just been saving it until I was in the mood :). The writing was a bit cheesy, but I enjoyed it overall. It's a fast paced story about the Hope Diamond that goes back and forth between different parts of the diamond's history and a present day plot to steal it from the Smithsonian. I really enjoyed learning more about the diamond's history and it's "curse." I was able to see it at the Smithsonian a couple of times, so overall a fun read.

  • Myra Johnson
    2019-05-24 15:45

    Ariel Allison deftly blends historical fact with riveting fiction as she weaves a story about the famed Hope Diamond. The heroine, Dr. Abigail Mitchell, seems almost morbidly fascinated with the diamond and its history. Supposedly cursed, the diamond has been blamed for all kinds of woes experienced by its long succession of owners. And now the diamond is the target of international jewel thieves, and Abby may be the only one who can thwart them. An exciting read that kept me turning the pages until the final solution was revealed.

  • Linda
    2019-05-25 14:25

    I really liked this book. Having been to the Smithsonian and seen the Hope Diamond on display may make me a little bias but I felt this book was a fun read. The characters are great with some surprises popping up along the way. Just the right amount of colorful history on the diamond and it's owners mixed with present time happenings makes this book interesting. Add in a little romance and you're good to go.

  • Brian K.
    2019-05-18 14:27

    I was not sure about this book when I purchased it for $0.99, but at that price it sounded good enough on the description. I could not put it down. I finished in just under 4 hours, adn am going to be looking for more books by Arieal Allison. I was so impressed with the depth of character development, research into the background of the Hope Diamond, as well as intricate detailing of all diamonds and the diamond trade industry.

  • Rebecca Gernon
    2019-05-20 16:44

    I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but this book is a modern day mystery with historical flashbacks so it worked well for me. Good dialog by historical characters. In many ways they seemed more real than the modern day characters. The door is open for a sequel, but I found the idea of a happy ending a bit of a stretch, can't imagine that really happening. Story kept me interested. A good light read for pleasure and enough history that I might read more about the hope diamond.

  • LeahBethany
    2019-05-13 22:32

    I didn't realize this was Christian literature so I was surprised by the Christion overtones. The plot wasn't that believable…

  • Teri Young
    2019-04-28 14:44

    A quick read, weaving the present and the past stories of the Hope Diamond. I like history, so I enjoyed the insertions of the diamond's past "adventures" mingled amidst the telling of the present-day attempt to steal the gem from the Smithsonian. At times a had a bit of trouble visualizing the action, but overall I liked the story.