Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.
‘I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.’
What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?
This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from bestselling author Peter James.
The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence . . .
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About the Author
Peter James is the international bestselling author of many award-winning novels. His Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, set in Brighton, has been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over nineteen million copies, and has given him twelve Sunday Times number ones. In 2015 WHSmith customers publicly voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in 2016 he became the recipient of the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. Peter has also written a short story collection, A Twist of the Knife, and his standalone titles include Perfect People and The House on Cold Hill. He has also co-written a non-fiction account of Brighton’s toughest cases with former detective Graham Bartlett entitled Death Comes Knocking. The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple and Not Dead Enough have all been turned into smash-hit stage plays. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police. Three of his novels have been filmed and before becoming a full-time author he produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Creative, thought-provoking, and mysterious! In this intriguing new standalone novel by James he introduces us to the resourceful Ross Hunter, an investigative reporter who after being contacted by the guarded, Dr. Harry F. Cook embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover whether there is genuinely any Absolute Proof of god’s existence. The writing is elaborate and fast-paced. The characters are troubled, tireless, and multifaceted. And the plot is an intricate tale that will have you contemplating the possible final resting place of historical artefacts, the complexity, and significance of DNA testing and our genetic ancestry, and the enormous effects and implications actual proof of God would have on various organizations around the world. Overall, Absolute Proof is a hefty (almost 600 pages), innovative, action-packed, suspenseful read that without a doubt will leave you questioning whether the confirmation of God’s existence would actually resolve any of the ongoing, long-lasting religious conflicts that have raged around the world for centuries or would just ultimately lead to more greed, chaos, and upheaval.
1.5 Stars First things first I need to get a few things straight: I am somewhat on the fence about the whole God/Intelligent Designer thing. Organised Religion gives me the heebie jeebies and I think History bears me out as to why; not to mention modern day atrocities committed in the name of one God or another. I genuinely enjoyed The Da Vinci Code. I have no problem with fantastical novels - after all I gave 5 Stars to Michael Rutger's The Anomaly! Now that is out of the way I am going to confess and say I hated this book. I did manage to read it all but it was a good job it was in the stave format from The Pigeonhole as I could portion out the ridiculousness. I was rather sceptically going along with it all (not because of the Religious aspects to the book but rather the main character, Ross Hunter's actions) and then the author showed a basic misunderstanding of Mitrochondrial DNA - numerous times he mentioned it was only in the female line - no it is passed intact through the female line but it is present in all creatures that have a cell structure. As soon as I hit that road bump I realised that the research done for this book was a little scant. The only quotes from Religious texts we get are from the King James' version of the New Testament and only then from Matthew and Revelation. The Qu'Ran is dealt with in seeping statements and none of the other Abrahamic Religious texts (the Torah for example) even get a look in. Considering the subject matter and constant mention of all the different Religions that have broadly similar beliefs you would have thought there would be more from them - but no. Using Glastonbury as a location is simply lazy. I understand that it is a mythologized location but really, that is done to death now and shows a simple lack of imagination. Even worse is how things pan out there, completely unbelievable (okay so The Da Vinci Code isn't exactly believable but it is tautly written and this really isn't). The main character is supposed to be this high flying investigative journalist. Why then is he so credulous and naive? He seems intent to rehash what is going on to anyone that so much as looks at him when you would think he would be keeping his cards close to his chest. His deductive leaps that the finds at Glastonbury and in Egypt are remnants of Jesus Christ are farcical and that then becomes canonical for the remaining third or so of the book - all that is proven are that there is a genetic match. No caveat that with the age of the samples and natural degradation that so few alleles would be recovered that a match is tenuous at best. I am not even sure that DNA extraction from a single tooth of the supposed age of this one would reveal enough DNA to test but found that I couldn't even dig up the wherewithal to research the current advances in extraction technology. In short avoid this book. It has a meandering and unconvincing plot, characters that are simply laughable (even the peripherals such as Ainsley Bloor, Big Tony - yes, REALLY, Harry F Cook and Wesley Wenceslas are all caricatures) and so many holes in the research that it is really a chore to read. Apologies to you if you loved the book but there was so much I just couldn't get past with this one and we will have to agree to disagree. THIS IS A REVIEW OF A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK READ THROUGH THE PIGEONHOLE