Eye of the God

By Ariel Allison Published
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Fast-paced intrigue and suspense of global proportions. Is the curse of the Hope Diamond real, or just a legacy of greed?

eye of the god takes the fascinating history surrounding the Hope Diamond and weaves it together with a present-day plot to steal the jewel from the Smithsonian Institute.

We follow Alex and Isaac Weld, the most lucrative jewel thieves in the world, in their quest to steal the gem, which according to legend was once the eye of a Hindu idol named Rama Sita. When it was stolen in the 17th century, it is said that the idol cursed all those who would possess it. That won’t stop the brilliant and ruthless Weld brothers.

However, they are not prepared for Dr. Abigail Mitchell, the beautiful Smithsonian Director, who has her own connection to the Hope Diamond and a deadly secret to keep. Abby committed long ago that she would not serve a god made with human hands, and the “eye of the god” is no exception. Her desire is not for wealth, but for wisdom. She seeks not power, but restoration.

When the dust settles over the last great adventure of the Hope Diamond, readers will understand the “curse” that has haunted its legacy is nothing more than the greed of evil men who bring destruction upon themselves. No god chiseled from stone can direct the fates of humankind, nor can it change the course of God’s story.

Reviews

"Dr. Abigale Mitchell is an expert on the Hope Diamond and in charge of a gala featuring the cursed stone in order to bring in donations tothe Smithsonian of which she is a curator. Only Abby is also on the trail of thieves who steal art from around the world. It angers her that they struck at a museum just after warning the museaum director of the possibility. She is even more furious because the took the one token she has of her father's love... a very distinctive ring. Abby may have lost the ginr, but she has gained a suitor.. or has she? When she is given the idea to actually wear the most guarded diamond in the world at the gala, security is not happy. They are even less happy when plans go awry and Abby discovers tht those on whom she most depended have feet of clay. Can she make things right before she loses everything she values most? An interesting and informative mystery (with chapters inserted on the history of the Hope Diamond's cursed owners) with some very nice twists and heroine who proves anything but helpess." ~ Carolyn R. Scheidies - Authors Choice Reviews

"eye of the god " has it all: need-to-know-what-happens-next suspense, historical intrigue, beautiful writing, and a compelling story. And underneath it all, a message of hope for those who struggle with a father's love. Brilliant first novel!" ~ Mary DeMuth author of Daisy Chain and a Slow Burn

"When Abby Michell is put in charge of a fundraiser for the Smithsonian Institute, all focused around the beautiful and legendary Hope diamond, she has no idea what she's getting into or what will be at risk. This novel is a story of suspense, mystery, and intrigue you're going to love. Curl up with a copy and get lost in the myster of eye of the god." ~ Tina L. Scott - The Dabbling Mum read the full review

"The Hope Diamond seems to put a curse on those who come in contact with it. They are robbed of their ability to enjoy a contented life, although some of them may have brought the curse upon themselves. The author did much detailed research on the Hope Diamond from the time it was discovered in India in 1653 and has woven its history into the fictional part of the book. Through hundreds of years the Diamond was owned by three persons before it found its way to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. At the death of one of its owners, the diamond had to be pried from her hand because she had become so obsessed with it.
The Hope Diamond continues its hold and curse on people after it is placed in the Smithsonian. The main character in the book is Dr. Abigail Mitchell who works for the Smithsonian and she has become obsessed with the Diamond, visiting the room where it is displayed at least daily for two years. Art thieves and buyers of stolen art are also interested in the Diamond.
Although Abby has not entered a church since becoming an adult, she feels a longing for something that is missing in her life when she sees a church whether it is a picture or from a moving vehicle. In the end, finding she could forgive her fater for not loving her, she surrenders to the pull from within while standing in the sanctuary of a church in Cape Town South Africa. With tears on her cheeks, she talks to God saying 'I've been running too long.'
The discussion questions listed at the back of the book will encourage a book group to share their thoughts and participate fully in the discussion of the book. eye of the god, a book that the reader will not want to put down until the last word is read." ~ Shirley Vaughn & Carol Powers Librarians Good Shephered United Methodist Church
"This is an exhilarating inspiring thriller starring a heroine who never received her father's affection as a child or an adult yet still covets it and reaches out to him knowing the rejection is coming. Alex gets passed her mental defence mechanisms playing on her need to be loved; his betrayal rips her heart as like her father he affirms men don't care though he feels remorse and regret. Filled with action on three continents, eye of the god is a riveting fast-paced thriller, but it is Abby in spite of another let down by a man remains filled with hope who makes Ariel Allison's tale a super read." ~ Harriet Klausner - Genre Go Round Reviews

"eye of the god is a book about greed and lust, hope and desire, wounds and healing. It's about humans reaching total depravity and then being able to reach up and out, to a better life. Interlaced with (real) stories of the Hope Diamond throughout history, readers will find themselves caught up in a storyline of love, international intrigue, and the reality of what happens when hearts are led astray by greed." ~ Hidden Valley Simplicity



About the Author

Ariel Allison

Although she speaks and writes, Ariel Allison is first and foremost the wife of Ashley, and mother of London, Parker, Marshall, and Colby. She has a penchant for adrenaline-infused madness such as rock climbing, running marathons, and jumping off bridges – as if raising four preschool boys were not adventure enough. Her first novel, Eye of the God, released in October 2009, from Abingdon Press. She is the co-author of Daddy Do You Love Me: a Daughter’s Journey of Faith and Restoration (New Leaf Press, 2006), Jesus: Dead or Alive (Regal Books, 2009), and the Justin Case series of children’s books (Harvest House, 2010). In addition, Ariel is also the assistant director of the nationwide book club, She Reads. When not immersed in a book, changing a diaper, or rescuing her dog from the death-grip of a toddler, you can find Ariel loitering in her little corner of cyberspace at www.arielallison.com. She also ponders on life and literature at www.shereads.org. She and her family make their home in Texas, which is, according to her husband, the greatest state in the union.