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The God's Eye View

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,868 ratings  ·  452 reviews
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 sch
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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Vera (Estante da Vera)
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers,

4 and half stars

This was a hard book to read, not because it's not well written - it really is very well done - but because of the subject matter and some characters. The plot, to me, is scarier than many horror books and movies out there.

Too much power concentrated at the hands of one single person who turns out to be a megalomaniac sociopath it's terrifying.

I had to read it in small doses, cringing at the insanity of one of the main characters, scared for others. They were all well written,
Aug 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serial-killer rapists who work for the NSA, Edward Snowden, morons
Fuck you Barry Eisler.

I don't expect an NSA novel to be realistic or even-handed, though it would be nice to see someone write one that is remotely plausible. (Hmm....) When you read a novel about the NSA, you should generally treat it with the same skepticism you would treat a novel about secret vampire societies or time traveling Highlanders. So I was expecting a stupid thriller where the NSA has magical see-anything-anywhere-anytime technology and Edward Snowden and Chelsea née Bradley Mannin
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, political
Hmm....what to say.... Do you like acronyms? Do you want to know more about how our government is spying on everyone, all the time? Do you like to read about computers? Do you like spy novels?

I kept wanting to stop reading this book, it just didn't hold my interest at all. I could hardly even remember the characters from one chapter to the next, they just weren't developed, they felt like sterotype charactuers, the brainy women with the big boobs, the self indulged god like dictator, the unattr
Michael Hicks
If The God’s Eye View had been released even three or four years earlier, it might have carried with it the weight of a technothriller fueled solely by paranoid delusion and conspiracy fluff. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding the government’s mass surveillance of American citizens, though, this book reads frighteningly realistic. And although the titular NSA surveillance mechanism codenamed God’s Eye is supposedly a fictional product of Barry Eisler’s authorial creativity, re ...more
Eldon Farrell
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Let me start off by saying I loved the high level concept behind this novel. The expected intrigue and implied machinations had me anticipating this read for months which made the eventual outcome all the more disappointing.

A book should be one of two things—hopefully both but at least one—entertaining or enlightening. Replete with overblown characterizations and long winded expositions, The God’s Eye View is a third e… excruciating. I expected far better from a New York Times bestselling author
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A quality political thriller, with some violence but not too graphic. The NSA Director has developed a powerful program to spy on citizens, and is determined to insure that nobody jeopardizes it. Think of Samaritan for those of you who watch NBC's Person of Interest. He sends out his two enforcers after anyone threatening to disclose the existence of the program. His assistant begins to suspect duplicity, and one of the goons is sent to keep an eye on her, but becomes emotionally involved. A lit ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I received a free copy of this novel from Thomas & Mercer Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

3.5 Stars

I love political thrillers and the premise of The God's Eye View greatly interested me. In a post Edward Snowden era, the NSA Director has created the ultimate data, image, location, meta data Program - "God's Eye View". He will do anything to protect the U.S. from another terrorist attack, even arranging "suicides", "accidents", and the "murders" of any and all
Sep 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I got about 25% of the way through this book when I realized: I don't have to finish it. So then I stopped.

Here's the thing: if you're going to write a "realistic" espionage with heavy political overtones, don't insult your audience by populating the book with cartoon characters. The opening scene in this book is the revelation of the (real) Edward Snowden defection / leak to the (fictional) NSA head, and several other events and characters throughout the book are real. Then you have the fiction
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An unforgettable stand alone political thriller by Barry Eisler, author of the very popular John Rain series, about the NSA's efforts to keep America safe vs. Americans right to privacy. NSA analyst Evelyn Gallagher observes a clandestine meeting in Turkey between an NSA operative and a journalist. She reports the meeting to the Director who scrambles for damage control against a potential whistle blower scandal and uses "all means necessary" to protect "God's Eye", a highly secret program from ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have previously read books by this author and enjoyed them so I was looking forward to reading this new novel by Barry Eisler.
I really enjoyed this novel and if I am totally honest enjoyed it even more than I expected. The book is full of action, suspense and a little romance so there is plenty for the reader to enjoy.

Analyst Evelyn Gallagher works for NSA designing facial recognition programs. She is a divorced mother who has a deaf son named Dash. When she gets suspicious of goings on within
Blake Crouch
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this book because it’s wildly entertaining. Respect it because it paints a portrait of America that is more timely, terrifying, and relevant than anything gracing the bestseller lists. This is fiction that thrills, makes you think, and makes you consider the surveillance state that is fast becoming our daily lives. What more can a novel aspire to do? The God’s Eye View is one of the most important books that will be published this year.
Viviane Crystal
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
NSA Analyst Evelyn Gallagher is divorced and her life revolves around her deaf son, Dash. She’s very, very good at her job at designing facial recognition and camera recognition programs, but she makes a big but accidental mistake. She tells the Director of the NSA Program that she’s suspicious that there are others using a different program. Director Theodore Anders hears her out and offhandedly calms her fears; but later he is determined to have her watched. Add to that the fact that some inve ...more
Darcia Helle
I'm surprised by my lackluster feelings for this book. I was looking forward to reading it. The topic - our government's increasing surveillance on private citizens and our loss of privacy - is of great interest and importance to me. But, honestly, I varied between bored and irritated through much of this story.

My problem begins with the characters. To me, they were all stereotypes; the megalomaniac boss, the damaged killer, the insecure single mother. None of them surprised me at all. More than
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Received from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review.

Barry Eisler does not disappoint in his latest book, The God's Eye View.

Evelyn "Evie" Gallagher is a computer analyst working for the NSA. While doing her job of monitoring cameras around the world and filtering images through a facial recognition system, she see something that she should not see. She begins to question deaths of journalists and her tie to them as well as the motives of the Director of the NSA. Once sh
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting and frightening

Yes it's a terrific novel- a fascinating political thriller- a fast paced page - burner. I devoured it. And then I turned the last page and got to the long list of real life articles backing up Eisler's fiction- inspiring it and that's when the fear kicked in.
George Lichman
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Edward Snowden damaged the National Security Administration. Now, years later, current NSA Director General Ted Anders was not going to let that happen again. To do so, after all, would prevent him from keeping America safe; the good of the many v. the good of the few thing, right?
Evelyn Gallagher was a dedicated NSA analyst and computer genius. She had developed software that could track nearly all security camera systems in the world and, even more remarkably, identify people using biometric
Lloyd Russell
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the ARC for Barry Eisler's latest novel, The God's Eye View. It hits the bookstores this coming Tuesday, Feb. 2. In fact, I will be going to the launch at Kepler's (got my tickets a month ago!).

I'm a big fan of Eisler's books (especially the John Rain series), so it was a no-brainer to order this one from Kepler's, where I will pick up my copy and get it signed Tuesday night. In the meantime, I was fortunate enough to have Nicole send me the ARC. That way, I could read and review
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was more frightening than any horror/thriller tat I’ve read in a long time. Privacy is something most of us take for granted. I think most people believe no one has any so it doesn’t matter and that basically our government is good, and has our best interests at heart. I’m not so sure about that and this book sort of freaked me out. Barry Eisner created sympathetic characters and also evil ones. You know who the good guys are, but even the most innocent are not entirely innocent. They just ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very lucky to receive an advance reader copy of THE GOD'S EYE VIEW, and--WOW! What a fun, fast, tense read! This novel is so great on so many levels. The writing is fabulous: great dialogue; vivid cinematic scenes; a story that moves at a fun, fast clip; page-turning suspense; deftly developed characters, each with a fascinating backstory; and high stakes that kept me on the edge of my seat. I could see every slice, smell the blood, and hear every bone break underneath Manus’ brute force. ...more
Tom Tischler
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
NSA director Theodore Anders has only one goal. Collect every phone call, email,
and keystroke tapped on the internet. He knows that unlimited surveillance is the
only way to keep America safe. Evelyn Gallagher doesn't care about that she only
wants to manage the NSA camera network and facial recognition program. She needs the
money for a private school for her deaf son. Evelyn discovers the existence of a
program code named God's Eye and connects it with the death of a string of journalists
and wh
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just love a good thriller, and this book is on top of my "great thrillers" list.

What if your whole life could be seen, searched and followed by the government? What if they could control your every step and move?
Scary, right? And this is exactly the premise of this book. Wherever you go and whatever you do, somebody is watching you.

When Evelyn Gallagher spots two people who are not supposed to be together, and reports it to her boss, the Director of the National Security Agency, she has no ide
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because I've read Eisler before, but this time he outdid himself. It is a tale of the NSA running amok throughout the world. The director is an unbelievable micromanager who arranges the disposal of those who prove to be a threat to him. He has two contractors who are possibly the most amoral and frightening individuals I've read of in years. The protagonist is a female NSA analyst who pieces together what is going on and risks her life to put a stop to it. He also manage to ta ...more
Sharon Beers
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting, if chilling, thriller about the NSA, domestic espionage, and whistleblowers.
Jim A
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another well told tale from Eisler. He intertwines factual events with the NSA, Snowden, with the fictional (or is it?) God's Eye program. Very well done.
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. (also purchased audio)

Get ready for some delicious non-stop ACTION thrills, on steroids! Barry Eisler, delivers an (over-the-top) bold, innovative, and sophisticated top-notch riveting suspense thriller-- The GOD’S EYE VIEW, a Top Political Thriller of 2016! (ripped from today’s headlines)

From sex, danger, conspiracy, whistleblowers, journalists, meta data, media, crime, assassins, threats, sus
Bruce Perrin
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Theme: A; Character development: C

At the center, The God’s Eye View is about balancing the government’s need to monitor its citizens in order to deter terrorism and the rights of the individual to privacy. There are, of course, any number of these balancing acts in our daily lives – in medical research, in the use of military power, in the use of force in policing, and so on. But the monitoring vs. privacy tug-of-war will continue to gain momentum as time goes on due to the meteoric rise of surv
3.5 stars

If you're a high tech enthusiast or fan of conspiracy theories, this thriller is for you. It's all about what happens when big brother-like capabilities & the resulting power end up in the wrong hands.
In this story, those hands belong to General Theodore Anders. As director of NSA, this is a man who thinks all people should be microchipped at birth. He's spent years isolating various departments under his control, ensuring no one can see the whole picture but him. A God's eye view for a
Debra Martin
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the post-Snowden era, the NSA survived the revealing of several sensitive programs, but the fact that their spying applications were made public, has meant they needed to do things different. Director Anders believes the best way to stop terrorist attacks is to know EVERYTHING. That's what the God's Eye program does. No one is untouchable and all is revealed, but what happens when one man believes any cost is worth protecting his precious program. This is the crux of "The God's Eye View." NS ...more
Larry Bassett
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Recently the daily email from offered me this book for $2.95. I have got to say I got my moneys worth! But this is a very intense book with a bunch of characters that are to say the least way out there. Familiar names are dropped from the whistleblower and spy worlds. It is filled with spooks and politicians who fit easily into the category of scum. But I could hardly put the book down and was gripped throughout as I bounced from believability to incredulity. One of the fun parts abo ...more
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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous " ...more

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