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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

God speaks English?/Spoilers

PB/Fiction: I see why this book is so controversial. The former CIA agent and former Catholic monk is our hero. We last saw him in Tyrannosaur Canyon. Isabella is a super-collider in the Arizona desert that is headed by a super scientist who thinks he's smarter than eve...
PB/Fiction: I see why this book is so controversial. The former CIA agent and former Catholic monk is our hero. We last saw him in Tyrannosaur Canyon. Isabella is a super-collider in the Arizona desert that is headed by a super scientist who thinks he's smarter than everybody on earth. When Isabella is cranked up to 100%, the voice of God starts talking from a blackhole. At first the scientist believe it is malware, but then God starts answering questions only the scientist know. The first hint that something is fishy is that God speaks English. Then there is the Navaho medicine man, Washington lobbyist, and the loony missionary that collide with the collider. The author writes at the end of the paperback issue that some people thought his book was anti-Christian. His response is that it is not and all the characters are flawed. IMO, it is anti-loony-Christian and anti-government and I didn't have a problem with it. The takeover and mob/riot mentality of the loonies is over-the-top, but that's what you get with a Douglas Preston book. Pretty much all his books are thought of as supernatural at first and science takes over in the end. Surprise ending as far as Ford goes. It's a fun summer read, but I wish is was a little longer and went more into the background of the Navajo medicine man and the televangelist.

posted by bravewarrior on August 10, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

SPLITTING HAIRS?!

Sensitive?! Of course you have to be - depending on what side of the fence you're in. This is truly a controversial book. You cannot just read it and simply dismiss it as fiction - it hits too close to home. There are many of us Christians in the world who would not ag...
Sensitive?! Of course you have to be - depending on what side of the fence you're in. This is truly a controversial book. You cannot just read it and simply dismiss it as fiction - it hits too close to home. There are many of us Christians in the world who would not agree with being negatively fictionalized by writers with such strong voices like Mr. Preston's and Mr. Child's. I read all their books and always look forward to more of them but this was a shocker. Overdone, extremist in its portrayal of something so basic as the Christian faith, it raises too many questions. I also read scientific (not science-fiction!) books having to do with technology and where it's leading us and find the storyline threading its way eerily in tune with Ray Kurtzwell's futuristic outlook for humankind. Science as a new religion is not a new concept - forget separation of church and state...

posted by PurplePalmtrees on May 26, 2009

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    Give me a break!

    A little improbability can often make a thriller fun to read. Piled on like it is in this book, the willing suspension of disbelief gets left way back there in the rear view mirror. This is an absolutely ridiculous novel. Fredric Brown wrote the same story decades ago. His was two pages long!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2008

    A Let Down

    This book begins slowly and it's really hard to stay interested. When it does start getting good it's hard to put down. Unfortunately this really big 'idea' that you feel coming to a climax just fizzles at the end. I don't believe it slams Christianity or science. It's just a story with a twist, but the twist isn't very enthralling. It's a big let down. This could have been one hell of a supernatural thriller. What a shame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    Unredeemable, Stupid and Offensive

    A novel full of completely unredeemable characters and pages of gibberish the author, who could learn a thing or two by reading the Bible, clearly projects as what he thinks a neo-scientific God might say, but sadly, actually embodies the very real ideas of a modern-day Satan - in fact, I kept reading hoping that in the end, the book would redeem itself by admitting this so-called 'voice of God' was really the voice of the Enemy. But no such luck. Had the bad and misguided 'fanatics' and 'religious people' been balanced with some form of true Christian sanity, it would have been bearable to accept Spates, Crawley & Eddy as the true villains - but the problem is, there is no one else to pull for, so you just pray the whole mountain blows up and no one survives. Unfortunately - they do and we are spared nothing. Yuk - just plain yuk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    Attack on Christians AND Science

    I am a huge fan of Preston and Child. But with this book, it seemed as if Preston was searching for meaning in the midst of nothing. The characters seemed underdeveloped and it lacked any sense of meaning. I felt empty at the end. I wanted Pendergast and got a half-baked book with nothing to show for my time

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