- Publisher: PAN MACMILLAN U.K (2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780230772212
- ISBN-13: 978-0230772212
- ASIN: 0230772218
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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OK, so firstly I have to admit that I struggled with this book. In fact, I got so bogged down by it that between starting and finishing this book I also read three others in between and I really don't usually do that with fiction. But there was something that kept me from giving up completely despite all the niggles I was having along the way. I think the time-outs that I took from it did help me when I eventually reconnected with it.
Initially for me it read like a poor man's Dan Brown book. Now, I happen to like Dan Brown books, mainly for the settings but also for the puzzles he includes. My first issue with this book was that the initial puzzle was blatantly obvious to me. When it was subsequently "solved" and the MC so impressed by said solving, I had to just roll my eyes again and put the book down again.
But, as I said, I did carry on and eventually I got over myself and started to invest in the book and read through the plot holes and improbable parts and just practice the acceptance I am trying to get to grips with in other aspects of my life. I guess I really wanted to know how on earth (or heaven) the author would manage to wrap things up. I guess I wanted more from the ending than he was able to give me too.
The ride in between the shaky start and the flaky ending was good though. Once I managed to suspend disbelief that is. Maybe my standards and needs are too high for what the author delivered. There are definitely loads of people who loved this book, maybe it just wasn't the book for me but, as I finished, I have to review, that's my rule. I did enjoy all the people fighting over what Ross claimed to have and the reasons for them wanting to either possess the material, deny its existence or bury the whole thing by basically killing everyone involved. There was definitely enough interest and intrigue to keep me reading, mainly I needed to know who was with and who against, who was playing Ross and who was supporting him.
Also, and this is a bit of a biggie for me I'm afraid. How exactly does proving the existence of one man prove the whole God thing. Pardon me but I am not big on religion personally but surely one does not definitively follow from the other?
All in all, I am glad I read this book but I wasn't sorry when I finished it and it left me with more questions than answers and not of a existential nature. If you can suspend belief and go with the flow then I am sure that you will have a much better experience with this book than I did. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
To read for enjoyment it is necessary to suspend rational thoughts and disbelief, and just let the story carry you along on this strange and dangerous adventure. A complicated story with many characters, but easy to follow.
Among the cast is an elderly ex RAF and Professor of Art History, Dr. Harry Cook, who is convinced he has proof that God Exists, a respected investigative reporter, Ross Hunter, who reported on inadequate resources for the army in Afghanistan and did an article on crooked preachers, Ross’s unfaithful wife who fears that Dan may be putting their lives and that of her unborn child in mortal danger, a blind Moslem, several monks, the Archbishop of Canterbury, a beautiful, flirtatious TV personality, a fraudulent billionaire Evangelist, and the head of a pharmaceutical company who is an atheist. I could have preferred less description of what the various characters were eating, drinking and wearing.
When Dr. Cook contacts Ross to tell him he has proof that God exists, Ross initially considers the old man to have a crazy obsession but on further discussions becomes intrigued. Thinking that this will be the biggest story of his career (whether or not it has any validity) he decides to pursue it. His search following coordinates and clues from the elderly Professor takes him to Glastonbury and Egypt. He is relentless and frequently encounters dangers and obstacles. He makes a couple of important discoveries.
There is a contradiction here. The search is based on finding true relics of Jesus Christ would lead to mankind believing in God, restore peace and harmony and save the world. Others fear that such discoveries would cause disharmony amongst Christian factions, and these findings based on Christian beliefs would not persuade the other major religions to accept the absolute proof of God.
The Bishop warns Ross that such a major discovery he is seeking would cause various religions to be in turmoil and bring further disharmony to the world, but Ross is determined in his pursuit. He is also told that businesses, such as the pharmaceutical company, would covet such a find and try to take any discovery that might be used for their own enrichment. The corrupt Evangelist preacher is after whatever Ross finds to add to his own billions. Several murders of leading characters have occurred, and Ross’s home has been trashed and technological and eavesdropping devices have been used to track his every move and conversation. His family has been threatened by unknown subjects.
After finding a couple of relics which he has had scientifically analyzed, his final answer to the mystery and proof is in Los Angeles. His fearful and angry wife insists that he sell his objects to the Vatican or the pharmaceutical company, both having tempted them with huge sums of money. In Los Angeles he meets with a mysterious man whom we met very early in the story, and is vital to the plot. Pursuing Ross to LA are a contract killer who is eavesdropping on his hotel room, and several members of the pharmaceutical company. His life is in jeopardy as well as his marriage.
Recommended to Dan Brown fans. A long, challenging and exciting plot.
Thank you to the Pigeonhole for another great read.