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Two floors below the earth's surface, a lab technician waited for DNA results. He had no idea why the blood sample he'd been told to analyze was so important, nor did he completely understand the gravity of the results. He was to look for a sequence; that was all--a particular order that must exactly match the code entered into the computer two hours earlier by a man he hadn't recognized, but who wore the credentials of Dr. L.M. D'Italia that bore the hospital administrator's personal seal. Had it not been Christmas Eve he might have sought clarification on the matter from his direct superior, but he was alone in the lab and his supervisor wasn't answering pager or phone. And since the stranger had been sent, it seemed, from the administrator herself, he thought it was in his best interest to perform the test without contention.
The computer chirped, and the technician turned his attention to the monitor. Cool blue light washed over his face as he studied the left side of the screen, where a three-dimensional image of a double helix twisted in a frame like a barbershop pole. The colored spheres embedded within the strands clearly showed the specific pattern earlier entered into the program by the doctor. In a frame to the right of the image was a continuous stream of data from the blood analysis, as the software struggled to configure a second three-dimensional double helix.
A moment passed and the new double helix appeared in the frame to the right. The technician typed in a command from the keyboard, before double-clicking the new image with his mouse. The computer overlaid the three-dimensional double helix images. The combined framesimmediately flashed red, indicating an exact match.
"Perfect," the technician breathed. He pulled a handheld computer out of the pocket of his lab coat and fingered for the stylus. Tapping the contacts button, he scrolled through a list of names and telephone numbers, searching for the extension Dr. D'Italia had instructed him to call as soon as he obtained the results of the analysis.
At the telephone on the opposite wall the technician entered in the extension number on the keypad and waited for someone on the other end to answer.
"D'Italia," a man's voice answered.
"I've just gotten the results of the blood analysis."
"There's a match."
"An exact match?" the doctor's soft voice demanded.
"I would say so."
"For your sake, I hope you're correct."
Posted March 10, 2011
Waking God is the first novel in a trilogy by Philip F. Harris and Brian L. Doe, reissued in its third edition by All Things That Matter Press. Though it is a thriller that can simply be read for its faced-paced story and non-stop action, still one would be remiss to call it a page-turner, merely. For it is also a fantasy, a book of religious, or is it anti-religious, or is it anti-religious religious, theology? There's the rub-the book refuses to be put in a box. It keeps jumping out at you.
It's also a story of love and friendship and trust on many levels, a story of jealously, insanity and international intrigue that moves across the globe, and told in a dizzying series of camera angles and cuts. It's a book of prophesy in the truest Old Testament sense. That is, it does not predict, or claim to predict, the future any more than Jeremiah or Elijah do. Rather, it allegorically suggests, as the prophets of old did, "keep on doing as you are doing and you just might end up in the sort of mayhem you seem to be headed for," leaving the "there, I told you so" to the future. Ultimately it is a book of idealism and misplaced hope.
It's a book in which your grandma's common-place theology is turned on its head and shaken like her old salt-cellar, just to see what falls out. And what does? Angels who may or may not be demons and demons who may be the ones wearing white hats and werewolves and old ideas that, like that old, caked salt in grandma's old shaker, may have stuck together in the wrong way after all these years of unexamined religion and unaware life.
--Review by Sandy Cohen, author of Revelations: A Novel, The Viper's Son, Norman Mailer's Novels, Bernard Malamud and the Trial by Love, and Professor of Literature
Posted June 29, 2006
I read this book with a bit of apprehension, as it sounded to me like a mockery of Christianity. However, what a wonderful surprise lay ahead of me! WAKING GOD is a book that takes a contemporary setting, throws in a bit of fantasy in a trip around the world in the future, then flashes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, and does it with such smoothness and grace that you hardly know where you are living when you finally reach the end and set it aside. Authors Doe and Harris, I understand, have a trilogy planned for this book, and I can't wait for the next one. I am one of the few people on the planet who has not read The Da Vinci Code, but from what I've heard about it (and that is a lot), I'd grab another Doe/Harris book over it any day. Well done, and highly recommended! Janet Elaine Smith, author of 14 published novels (OLD HABITS DIE HARD is the latest one) and 2 non-fiction books (PromoPaks: Nearly Free Marketing for Authors the latest).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2006
A newborn baby girl's DNA holds the key to something important enough to change Humankind's future. Why is this infant, significantly named Mara, kidnapped and her parents assassinated on the day of her birth? Clearly someone has plans for this child, and just as clearly someone else doesn't want to see those plans carried out. Nor does a young professor of comparative religion want his passionate skepticism challenged in ways he can't begin to ignore - but someone also has plans for Andrew. Ancient prophecies coming to fulfillment. The end of days drawing near. Cataclysmic events working themselves out as if scripted. Fantastic beings appearing to Humans, and interacting with them, as one more speculative fiction tale utilizes the classic morality play format...no, wait a minute! That's where this book leaves other works in its apparent genre behind, because this is decidedly not a morality play. Authors Doe and Harris have done an impressive amount of research into ancient myths, manuscripts, and belief systems. They've used this research to spin a tale that kept this lifelong lover of speculative fiction turning pages far into the night. Their characters, even the fantastically non-Human ones, came to life and demanded that I care what happened next. Their plot held together, and the universe they created stayed consistent even as it also became progressively more complicated. I'll want to read the rest of this intriguing speculative fiction trilogy for sure!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2011
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Posted January 3, 2010
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