Charlie Madison is a burned out Special Forces Agent and his world is about to be turned upside down. When his 13-year-old niece barges into his reclusive life, Charlie must come out of retirement to rescue her parents and a computer Program that has recorded the actual Voice of God--the implications of which have shaken the world's religions to their core. Together, with the help of the attractive and mysterious Lisa Harmon, Charlie and his niece circle the globe, tracking down the religious radicals who have kidnapped his sister and brother-in-law. But, there is far more at stake than the safety of the parents or even religion. If the Voice of God created reality, It can destroy it. If controlled, It would become a weapon of mass destruction making all others obsolete. Soon the trio not only fights against various religious powers, but major governments as well . . . until the Program is discovered and played back with unimaginable results.
An unlikely premise propels Myerss latest novel, which is long on car chases and shoot- em-up action and short on execution, especially since the first 50 pages leave readers confused rather than intrigued. Emotionally withdrawn former Special Forces Op agent Charlie Madisons deaf adolescent niece, Jazmin Lutzer, shows up in his California music store with a pack of gunmen at her heels. Hes immediately catapulted into mysterious events that will span the globe, which involve FBI agent Lisa Harmon, an Islamic terrorist cell, the Mossad, and some Catholic priests. Key to the plotline is the Program, a means of using sound vibrations to capture the voiceprint of God from ancient rocks, but its presenceand absencemay threaten various religious beliefs. In the wrong hands, it could also destroy the world. Myers, the author of more than 80 books, is also a screenwriter, which may explain the action-fueled plot and dialogue-heavy pages. Jazmins point of view is unsuccessful, some phrases seem odd (With a rage greater than any diarrhea
), and the contrived ending raises questions (if so many people have been healed by the voice, why is Jazmin still deaf?). Faith fiction aficionados may find the concept interesting, but its rendering lacks subtlety or depth. (Apr.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.