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3.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 5 3.19 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Gregory, Karen Tintori Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781423343554
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Natalie Landau, a museum curator with an expertise in Mesopotamian protective amulets and magical beliefs, has received a puzzling gift from her sister, Dana – a necklace with a blue evil-eye pendant. A symbol of protection common throughout the world, the evil eye has a mystical history connecting it to many religions. When Natalie learns Dana was murdered only hours after sending the gift, she begins to think her evil-eye amulet had something to do with her sister’s death. As she races to discover the origin of the pendant, Natalie is sucked into an international battle between powerful political and religious factions, each battling for the eye, which turns out to be far more valuable – and far more powerful – than she could ever imagine. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/19/2014

    " A suspenseful thriller Some compare it to Da Vinci code. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 2/9/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook while spring cleaning. It sure made that tedious task a lot more engaging. It's an action-suspense story, with a lot of religious and historical information that was quite interesting and a quick paced plot set in Iraq, New York, Rome, and Jerusalem. Rather a lot of violence. Engaging & resourceful heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/8/2014

    " A fast paced ride through the Middle East. Well worth a read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 2/1/2014

    " A fast pace thriller about the eye of dawn. Set in modern Iraq and the middle east it's an interesting tale of three groups seeking the ultimate source of power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 1/27/2014

    " Fast paced, interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/25/2014

    " Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! Marvelous fictional story of "the Light" ... you know, God said, "Let there be light." And, there was light. This book is about that light! Supposedly, Daniel was the final keeper of the "light", and he hid it inside a golden "evil eye" pendent to keep it safe. It was lost for 3,000 years. This story revolves around the finding of the light and all the countries of the world wanting to own the light. The "Light" is found by a young woman reporter in the sand in the middle east and sends it to her sister in the US thinking its a trinket that someone lost. The journey of the "Light" and the battles, deaths, confiscations, etc. is the story. I highly recommend this fabulous book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/20/2014

    " I'm not surely exactly why I tolerated this book, in contrast to the DaVinci Code. Somehow this was more entertaining & less offensive (I mean aesthetically, not ideologically offensive). Whatever. This was a mildly entertaining thriller with an unbelievable plot. I enjoyed it in spite of myself but can't seriously recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Designer Girl;) | 1/16/2014

    " after reading this last year, I was kinda scared to go to sleep. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nanci | 1/7/2014

    " This was a good idea but the story falls short and the body count was way to high. Everywhere I looked someone was getting beaten or killed and not enough story to go with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 12/24/2013

    " Another one of those books where the female gets in trouble and has to have a big strong (and of course, good looking) man come along and help her out of it. Very predictable and not really worth the time, in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 12/3/2013

    " Started off a bit slow, but once it got going, the story was so fast paced, it was tough to put down. This book is very similar to the writings of Dan Brown. Good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy Hollander | 11/3/2013

    " I found this book confusing, jumping from one place to another to another, and didn't care about any of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 10/18/2013

    " Man, my first thought was, "it's all about evil eyes! Awesome!" and then I was quickly disabused about any awesomeness within. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 7/25/2013

    " Most of the thrill for me was in the Jerusalem setting. Can't help but love a book that even mentions the Damascus Gate. But the 'thriller' part of the book was less than what I'd hoped for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randi | 7/22/2013

    " This was a good read. The authors did a good job of setting up the characters and the storyline. It was a pretty quick read and in the last 1/3 I was quite interested to know how things would wrap up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magic Mary Austin | 9/10/2012

    " I enjoyed reading it but its not good enough to recommend. Another missing "Mcguffin" with a man and woman thrown together to follow clues while the bad guys chase them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss | 5/8/2012

    " A very simplistic thriller in the vein of The Da Vinci Code. A good, no-fuss weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie Richards | 4/20/2012

    " Interesting. nother ancient biblical treasure being sought by multiple unsavory groups. Regular gal gets it and try's to save it from them type of book. Easy, enjoyable read, without having to think too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/8/2011

    " I liked this book. Had me wondering what if... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 11/6/2011

    " It started out well and then became boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 10/3/2011

    " Eh.... Not the best. I liked the high action but doesn't compare to the Dan Brown/James Rollins books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie Bradley | 8/3/2011

    " I liked the religious connotations and history that played into this book. It was a pretty fast read for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 6/1/2011

    " The story is fast-paced and exciting. There is historical information mixed with what we Jews call midrash (a method of reading details into, or out of, a Biblical text). The characters are well written. You really care about what happens to Natalie and feel for her loss of her sister. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Johnson | 3/19/2011

    " Fun, thrilling read. Very addictive and enjoyable. Sort of cheesy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Menon | 2/9/2011

    " So far this is a great fast paced thriller/mystery with a pretty good plot. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 12/11/2010

    " The Illumination was a quick read, had a lot of religious and historical information that will interesting and a quick paced plot set in Iraq, New York, Rome, and Jerusalem. It certainly captured my attention and my imagination. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 10/26/2010

    " This was an intriguing book and a modern day story that goes way back in time. I felt the ending was somewhat anticlimatic, though which was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magic Mary | 10/18/2010

    " I enjoyed reading it but its not good enough to recommend. Another missing "Mcguffin" with a man and woman thrown together to follow clues while the bad guys chase them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/1/2010

    " Not as good as "The Book of Names," but interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 9/18/2009

    " Eh.... Not the best. I liked the high action but doesn't compare to the Dan Brown/James Rollins books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/15/2009

    " A suspenseful thriller Some compare it to Da Vinci code. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 9/11/2009

    " It started out well and then became boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randi | 8/30/2009

    " This was a good read. The authors did a good job of setting up the characters and the storyline. It was a pretty quick read and in the last 1/3 I was quite interested to know how things would wrap up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 8/26/2009

    " Man, my first thought was, "it's all about evil eyes! Awesome!" and then I was quickly disabused about any awesomeness within. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 7/10/2009

    " really good book. couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 6/1/2009

    " Another one of those books where the female gets in trouble and has to have a big strong (and of course, good looking) man come along and help her out of it. Very predictable and not really worth the time, in my opinion. "

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About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.