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“The first tale I found myself comparing to "Biblical" was Jean-Paul Sartre's "Les Jeux Sont Faits"... because of how both authors pose the question of existence. Of course, "Biblical" also hits classic sci-fi notes.” (New York Daily News)

“The intellectual premise and cautionary philosophy in Galt's complexly plotted novel are worthy subjects.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Readers with an insatiable desire for thrillers with apocalyptic themes may find this one worth their time.” (Booklist)

“The pseudonymous Galt, the author of two crimes series under his real name of Craig Russell, successfully juggles a wide cast of fully developed characters in this inventive near-future thriller. Few readers will anticipate the jaw-dropping conclusion, and fans of thoughtful scientific thrillers will hope Galt will continue in the genre.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“As mind-bending as The Matrix, this smartly written, compelling, scientific novel has the power to unsettle our beliefs about the nature of existence.” (Library Journal (Starred Review))

“Storytelling at its very best!” (Michael Connelly)

“Picture a collaboration between the science-based work of Michael Crichton and the reality-questioning novels of Philip K. Dick, and you get a pretty good overview of what the book is about.” (Bookreporter.com)

“If you're looking for a distinctive and exciting new voice in crime fiction, then look no further than Craig Russell. This is gritty, authentic and disturbing stuff.” (Mo Hayder)

“Craig Russell is a great writer at the very top of his game.” (Peter James)

“A gruesomely gripping tale. It had me hooked.” (Piers Morgan)

“The intellectual premise and cautionary philosophy in Galt's complexly plotted novel are worthy subjects. Be prepared for some heavy reading on the hubristic hypothesis that "science will make us God." A complex thriller with a "what'd I miss?" conclusion.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Christopher Galt is the pseudonym for Craig Russell, whose mystery novels (translated into 23 languages) published in the UK have won many prestigious awards including the CWA Dagger in the Library. In 2007 he was nominated for the CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger as well as the SNCF Prix Polar in France. Earlier this year, he was nominated for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger. For more information please visit his website:http://www.craigrussell.com/.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (September 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605986577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605986579
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As the “About the Author” section that opens BIBLICAL hastens to explain, Christopher Galt is a pseudonym for a frequently translated, popular and much-honored author. That man is Craig Russell, who is primarily known for his mystery novels. BIBLICAL is not a mystery, which may partly explain the reason for the pen name. Its use, in a subtle way, goes to the heart of the book’s subject matter, which is reality approached sideways.

The title itself is somewhat of an enigma. It would be easy to imagine Galt spending half of his time explaining what his novel is, and the other half explaining what it is not. On the one hand, the title may raise the hackles of non-believers and rationalists who might otherwise come away from the book with at least some support for their worldview. Believers and people of faith, on the other hand, might expect a religious screed, which most certainly it is not. BIBLICAL is a lot of things, and could probably be best (if not entirely accurately) characterized as science fiction. Picture a collaboration between the science-based work of Michael Crichton and the reality-questioning novels of Philip K. Dick, and you get a pretty good overview of what the book is about.

Galt keeps things moving by switching points of view in each chapter. The overriding story deals with a host of strange occurrences that may or may not be randomly connected. They include an early morning mass suicide at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge; a teenage girl who insists she has witnessed and recorded Joan of Arc being burned at the stake; and the kidnapping and murder of a geneticist. Then there is the graffiti appearing randomly across the country, proclaiming “We Are Becoming.” Becoming what? you might ask. Indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter E. McGinn on November 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Biblical is an imaginative, genre-crossing novel, and because it is so imaginative, I am going to try hard not to give anything away. Hopefully no plot twist spoilers here.

As you can imagine from the book's descriptions, it contains elements of thriller and science fiction, but what separates it from the pack in my mind are the serious threads of philosophy that also run through it. That side of the book seems to be very well researched and thought out. I remember some 40 years ago I read an article that suggested that Einstein's work shows that all of our life experience and perception could be inside our heads, that we see a tree or a desk because we want to see them or we have been brought up to see them, or something like that (I am being vague because it was 40 years ago after all!). This reminded me of that article, though this novel is much more richly detailed and brought up to date.

I kept reading the book with interest and I do not usually read thrillers, so it obviously succeeds on that level. If you like sci-fi and thrillers you should enjoy it, even though the descriptions of the science and philosophy behind all of it gets a little deep at times.

I mentioned the elements of the book: philosophy, science fiction and thriller. I have to say that the philosophical piece was the most interesting to me. There has been a lot of writing, obviously, on the nature of existence - whether we live in just one of innumerable alternate universes, for example, or if our entire universe exists inside a toy that a child is playing with. (Okay, I just made that one up.) I am curious if the author's pen name traces back to Ayn Rand's character John Galt in "Atlas Shrugged," who said he would stop the motor of the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NanC on November 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
First, don't let the name fool you. This isn't a religious book, unless your religion is science. Hands down it is the best book I've read this year! I happen to stumble upon it on the New Books shelf at my local library and found the premise interesting enough to check it out. Am I glad I did! The story is textured, historically accurate in the events characters hallucinate, and well researched. I love a FICTIONAL book that makes me
think. This book was so good I savored it, limited my reading time so I wouldn't finish too quickly. I won't devulge the ending, which I guessed incorrectly, but I can agree with another reviewer, it was mind bending. Read it! If you like mystery, fantasy, scifi, or great storytelling, then gift yourself the pleasure of reading this book! You won't regret it. I'm glad I stumbled upon it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Vanmeter on March 28, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Biblical is a rare find. Like most of the best science fiction books published recently, it is not classified as SF but fits the category better than most books usually found there in your book store or library. Beyond being an intelligent and very well written thriller, its setting is an area of science (and perhaps philosophy) that is becoming curiouser and curiouser the more it is examined. This is the nature of reality and how it is perceived by our own consciousness.
This is a big topic that most people seem to consider too confusing and nonproductive to think about. However, research into artificial intelligence, quantum physics, cosmology and the like is progressing more and more rapidly and a number of new clues may soon be forthcoming. Where these lead may well be both strange and surprising.
We don’t have many solid answers yet but we already have some clues. Why, for example, do we just happen to find ourselves living at that point in our species history when technological advancement is accelerating towards a probable singularity? This is arguably the most “interesting” time on humanity’s timeline, but it is a tiny portion of that timeline and probability would more likely have us living as hunter gatherers or a thousand years hence when the dust has settled.
Similarly, we are rapidly coming to the conclusion that the type of reality that we experience could also be experienced through many types of simulation and/or virtual realities. In a universe where advanced civilizations were common, such simulations would likely exist in large numbers. Under such conditions it becomes far more likely that we might inhabit a simulated or virtual reality than the single base level reality that we assume.
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