Thursday, March 6, 2008

Review - Blasphemy by Douglas Preston

Title - Blasphemy
ISBN - 0-7653-1105-4
No. of pages - 414
Rating - 4.50 out of 5

The world's largest particle supercollider named Isabella is hidden deep in an Arizona mountain. It's creator physicist Gregory Hazelius and his band of 12 scientists hope to discover what happened prior to the Big Bang. But the operations are running behind schedule, so the presidential science adviser hires ex-CIA Wyman Ford to go to Red Mesa and find out what's causing the hold up. Meanwhile political opponents of the project are stirring up religious right organizations claiming that the purpose of the project is to prove that God doesn't exist. At the same time a Navajo medicine man, a televangelist, and a pastor of a failed mission move ahead with their plans to stop or destroy Isabella.

Once again Douglas Preston has written a real page turning novel. Preston puts his own philosophical spin on the age old struggle between science and religion. Preston's use of the latest theories in physics and ancient religious beliefs leave the reader pondering new images of the face of God.

I found myself reading this book non stop. I literally had to slow myself down in order not to miss a word of this excellent novel. I highly recommend this thought provoking book.


Anonymous said...

I am glad to see someone enjoyed this book. I've read some negative reviews, but I'd planned to read it anyway. :)

Susan L said...

Thanks for this review. I have this book and am looking forward to reading it.

JustinTimer said...

Just finished listening to Blasphemy audio book from my library. Most of the listening was today and I got nothing done at home :-)

The clever intermix of science, religion and politics - sorry economics and finance were missing in the brew - marching to a thrilling climax is a brilliant creation. The book deals evenly with religious fanatics as well as those who question religion and suggests a classic recipe for creating a new religion.

Loved this book.