The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake

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The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler with Russell Blake was an Audible read.  It is the sixth installment in the Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure series.  This book is pure fantasy, I can’t reasonably place it in any other genre.

This book is pure formulaic writing at it’s worst.  You can picture the outline as you read the book.  Insert outrageous scenario here, Remi mentions her marksmanship here and so on.  Honestly, this book was just tedious to read.  I could listen to it while writing overdue blog posts and then tune back in without missing anything of relevance or importance in the story.

This time Sam and Remi discover a perfectly intact Viking Long ship.  If that wasn’t fantastic enough, said Viking ship contains pre-Columbian artifacts that Remi identifies as Toltec in nature.  There’s alternative history and then there’s just pure speculative fantasy.  This formulaic story is just pure fantasy with no basis in reality.  The reader isn’t transported on a magical adventure into the impossible.  Rather the reader is drug down the road with completely predictable turns and twists. 

Scott Brick’s performance reading this book is the only thing that saved this one for me.  As always, it was stellar and impeccable.  Clive Cussler has apparently abdicated all reasonable oversight to those that now openly ghost write his novels.  I can only assume he was deeply embarrassed at the minimal effort and theory that went into this novel.

Three stars out of five and ONLY because Scott Brick made reading the book tolerable.  If the rating was straight up for writing and story, it would be a grudging one star out of five.

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