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The Shroud Paperback – May 13, 2010
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The Meloans have created strong characters (the intrepid girl journalist, the slightly wounded brilliant doctor, the researcher with a heart, the rogue "carnival barker" commercial scientist, the transient college buddy who's transcended)- and a cast of supporting gems (the good hearted ships captain, the cousin at the edge of the law). Using excellent visual details, our characters move through New York, DC, and South America- there are car chases and lonely moments and connections with nature- there is love but only gently alluded to sex- there are strong women.
In between the narrative (the device being DNA work on the Shroud of Turin commissioned by the Vatican), there is a compelling and sometimes complex presentation of current science thinking, which is mind boggling. Even having just read David Shenk's recent lay work on epigenetics, I find myself asking the question: they can really DO that? It's astounding and elegant to see that as science unfolds the patterns and mechanisms of the natural world, how consistently more mysterious and beautiful they become.
This work contains explorations at the edge of science (from reanimation imaging from genetic material to ethnogenomics and the politics of cloning and stem cell research) juxtaposed against the all too familiar clashes of separatist, tribalistic belief systems that keep humans enslaved to violent conflict.Read more ›
Go ahead and read it. Whether you're on a beach or not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find this a great read and give it 5 stars! Adventure, science, biology and genetics all come into play in this book which I find fascinating. The concepts are well explained. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I seldomly write a review about a book I do not like, as I rather decide not to read any further. This time I have to make an exception. This book is horribly cliche. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hans
Set in the near future with an eye on what is happening today, The Shroud is a very enjoyable and thought-provoking novel. Read morePublished 12 months ago by GW
I loved The Shroud! Having been a perpetual explorer in the realm of consciousness this exciting journey invoked the many metaphysical questions I love to explore. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Janet Dwinells
The Shroud has a simple but marvelous premise, one that marries Jurassic Park bio-tech with amoral greed in a tale with enough suspense to keep you turning page after page well... Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Andrew O. Dugas
This is a thoughtful, compelling and fascinating story. The Shroud takes us on a journey through the human mind and heart, touching on current issues in science and society, while... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by anisette4two
The Meloans have really done it with The Shroud. It has all the elements of a suspenseful mystery, the sinister unravelling of finely crafted plot lines, incredible historical... Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by DawnTreader
Too wordy, too much of an attempt to sound scholarly instead of moving the story forward . Could have been great, but the words got in the way.Published on December 15, 2013 by edwardf
I picked up The Shroud, not knowing what to expect, and it was only a short time of reading it that I realized this was a book I would not be able to put down. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by B. Westlund