• The Omega Factor

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (694 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Ghent Altarpiece is the most violated work of art in the world. Thirteen times it has been vandalized, 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 artifacts—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 two thousand years. On one side is the Maidens of Saint-Michael, les Vautours—the 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 utilizing 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.

©2022 Steve Berry (P)2022 Grand Central Publishing

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Pretty intriguing story

I enjoyed thus storytelling snd would love to see more of this character. Can’t imagine the depth of research that went into this but appreciate the added creativity of spinning a suspenseful tale surrounding the debauchery that is is the Catholic Church as well as a stolen piece or art and embellished nunneries. All in all a pretty good ride. My only gripe is i wanted a better wrap up and ending. I feel like it wasn’t closed properly and i need to know what happened with the main character and the crazy cardinal.

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Puzzling characters and awful narration

A mildly interesting plot wasted with absolutely puzzling characters, who will consistently make the least rational and logical choices and decisions. Some of the events and actions are unbelievably ridiculous, such as a NATO helicopter being mobilized to assist a UNESCO investigator. Adding insult to injury the narrator’s inflections and interpretative style are VERY annoying. Instead of simply reading the book he tries to turn it into a radio soap opera, with awful results. Save your money (or credits) and choose something else.

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Disappointed

I have really enjoyed Steve Berry's writing even this new character seems like there is some possibilities but the random woke political correctness has really left me wondering If I will buy any more of Mr. Berry's books!

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Meh

Not very exciting, lots of dull history. Never understand why Scott Brick is so popular, he doesn't really perform, just reads.

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would be a great textbook

Wonderfully researched, tedious story. I'd pass on this one. Author seems to be Dan Brown from Wish. Narrator's monotone reading lulls you to sleep. Although his pronunciation and annunciation are excellent.

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VERY Bad Story

The story MIGHT interest devout Catholics but no one else. Not being a Catholic, I found huge portion of the 1/3 I listened to, to be meaningless and irrelevant. I could not go further with this story but abandoned it forever. I am returning the book. Awful story!

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Interesting

As a lover of Mary I read with interest the many theories the book contains. I’m no more sure of her life lived after the Crucifix than ever but as author quotes in reference to faith let that be your guide.
A 4 star from me because of some of the deeds mentioned of a cardinal are a stretch but possible. Just didn’t “feel” right…to me.

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A history lesson with adventure

Already hoping for a follow up with this new character. Far and away one of the best authors in character development.

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Mystery, History, and Faith Meets Espionage!

After listening for five minutes, I was in it hook, line and sinker! A great 'read'!

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Just not very good

I didn’t find the story interesting at all. It may be that this genera of religious fiction isn’t my taste, if I’m trying to give this book the benefit of the doubt.