Monday, May 9, 2016

Review: The God's Eye View

The God's Eye View The God's Eye View by Barry Eisler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got a "books from authors you have read"-mail from amazon, and checked this out, while I was not too fond of the last Eisler I read (one of the Rain-series), I was looking for something like this, and knew from the blurb on, that it would be right up my alley, and I was right.
Also, the price was good, less than a fiver (Eur). Expect to finish it fast, probably before the weekend is over (being Wednesday today).

(May 09th, 2016 I am late in writing the real review and it will be short).
This would have been a solid "just 3 stars" if not for the section after the book, which is missing from most fiction (Michael Slade being one notable exception. Although named Acknowledgments - I would say sources; German Quellenverzeichnis, he links there to a few resources. For this alone 1 star extra, giving 4 stars, as I miss this in a lot of novels which are based in part on real events, places etc. .
As I am eagerly cramming Snowden related material and am a former Helpdesk (IT)-slave (Systematics, EDS, HP), I am familiar with a lot of the technology and most is state-of-art, some a bit SF (maybe). So there where few surprises and with more of them or twists (I saw most of them coming long before they happened), this could have been a real page-turner. Failing this, it was only slightly suspenseful and engaging.
Still, recommended, to those who are not too much into technology or into the Snowden revelations: highly recommended, and do not really read is as fiction or SF, understand that this describes a reality just as we might live in (or as one of my favourite TV-Series said it "15 minutes into the future..." - being Max Headroom). Cue as background-music Art of noise feat. Max Headroom: Paranoimia

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