The Omega Factor Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Ghent Altarpiece is the most violated work of art in the world. Thirteen times it has been vandalised, dismantled or stolen. Why? What secrets does it hold?
Enter UNESCO investigator Nicholas Lee, who works for the United Nations' Cultural Liaison and Investigative Office (CLIO). Nick's job is to protect the world's cultural artefacts—anything and everything from countless lesser-known objects to national treasures.
When Nick travels to Belgium for a visit with a woman from his past, he unwittingly stumbles on the trail of a legendary panel from the Ghent Altarpiece, stolen in 1934 under cover of night and never seen since. Soon Nick is plunged into a bitter conflict, one that has been simmering for nearly 2,000 years. On one side is the Maidens of Saint-Michael, les Vautours, Vultures, a secret order of nuns and the guardians of a great truth. Pitted against them is the Vatican, which has wanted for centuries to both find and possess what the nuns guard. Because of Nick, the maidens have finally been exposed, their secret placed in dire jeopardy—a vulnerability that the Vatican swiftly moves to exploit utilising an ambitious cardinal and a corrupt archbishop, both with agendas of their own.
From the tranquil canals of Ghent, to the towering bastions of Carcassonne and finally into an ancient abbey high in the French Pyrenees, Nick Lee must confront a modern-day religious crusade intent on eliminating a shocking truth from humanity's past. Success or failure—life and death—all turn on the Omega Factor.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 38 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 June 2022|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 29,639 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
413 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
1,039 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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Steve Berry provides history, clarity and poses questions that keep you interested until the end.
There has to be a follow on from this??
Top reviews from other countries
Good take over from cotton
Get on with it
Good luck. We are waiting
Earlier this year I wrote to Steve Berry explaining how I am completely hooked on his stories and was delighted when busy as he obviously is, he took the trouble to reply and wrote the next story would be in France!
Never did I expect to receive such a kind reply or to have been last summer to Carcassonne and that area, where Steve has set part of his story.
In my opinion Nick and the omega factor will be a hit because of course it mixes the present and past, with a few drops of intrigue and just the right amount of suspense. Buy it, read it and enjoy it. I did, it's great 👍
Reviewed in Canada on 15 June 2022
Berry’s prose is no pleasure. Convoluted, platitudinous, filled with unnecessary and redundant adjectives and adverbs, burdened by a wholesale reliance on the passive voice, and overwhelmed by modifying clauses that often make little sense, the writing struck me as tortured, painfully amateurish, or just plain sloppy. For example, consider the following passages:
“The curtain of time parted in his mind. It was like nine years ago again, and that familiar connection clicked. But he forced his thoughts to the present. “We have to get out of here.”
“Another corner turned and they were now riverside, paralleling a waist-high stone wall.”
“More rounds were fired.”
“Nothing would be learned here.”
“Catharism cast a simplicity that many found appealing. Love thy neighbor and the peace that goodness and honesty brought.”
“Louis Tallard lay on his back, sprawled across an oak table, his hands and arms tied to each of the table’s four legs, his head angled downward over the side.” (Does poor Mr. Tallard have four arms and hands? Might Mr. Berry have meant to say arms and legs?)
The storytelling itself is also deficient. It’s filled with digressions. Mr. Berry has a curious habit of interrupting his action scenes with lengthy descriptions of character background and motivation, and/or medieval history. I’m all for character development and history. But not in the middle of a scene that’s supposed to have readers on the edge of their seats. There are also a number of logical inconsistencies that took me out of the story and damaged its credibility.
The characters are stock and are neither charming nor compelling. We’re not given a James Bond (Ian Fleming) or a Jason Bourne (Robert Ludlum) or a Gabriel Allon (Daniel Silva). Instead, we’re treated to an investigator who seems to have no special talent except the ability to carry a torch for a woman he should have gotten over years ago. And his motivations, as well as the motivations of other characters, seem not well thought out and thus lack credibility.
All in all, a two-star performance—and that’s a gift.