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"The Shroud" is a full throttle ride through the culture war between science and religion. Geneticists battle Christian fundamentalists over the most important cloning experiment imaginable; the battle unfolds in a circle of desire, reason, and choice centered on a sincere search for the truth. Written with the authority of genuine biologists in a style that mixes Harlan Coben suspense with a dash of Dan Brown in the style of Dean Koontz, and characters you want to argue with in a bar while your motorcycles are parked outside. --Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., author of "The God Patent"

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"The Shroud" is a science-adventure novel in the vein of Carl Sagan's "Contact"--exploring many of today's headline-making scientific, spiritual, and ethical questions. The story has no sectarian agenda. At bottom, the message is one of decoupling spirituality from religious dogma, while better exploring the spiritual impulse with cutting edge technology. "The Shroud" aims at an audience similar to that of "Contact" and the works of Deepak Chopra.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Neoteric Press (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615352154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615352152
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,702,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Mason on July 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
My bleary morning face tells the story: I stayed up until 3am wanting to know what happened to Strickland and Bender. What a great read!

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.
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By Yogamom on August 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Last week I found myself sitting on a beach looking for a beach read, and by that I mean something easy and mindless. I picked up The Shroud and really quickly realized it wasn't going to qualify as mindless. I read the first few chapters and thought, "this is way too scientific for my mood today." But something compelled me to stick with it and soon I was drawn in by the storyline. I'm not a big tech person, so at times there were details in this book that were more than I needed. But I am an ideas person, and it was the concepts and ideas the authors were toying with that kept me engrossed in the book and wanting to see where they were going to take it. Besides the interesting exploration of religion, spirituality, and technological advancement and ethics, I enjoyed some of the simple observations the authors made. One of my favorite sensations is sliding into water that is such a perfect temperature there is almost no tactile sensation at all, but I've never come across a description of that in a novel before. It's a small detail, but exemplifies the little gems here and there throughout the story that make you go, "yes, exactly, that's how I feel too."
Go ahead and read it. Whether you're on a beach or not.
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A science-and-drama tale of research on the Shroud. Engaging characters put into ethical and moral dilemmas worthy of a solid adventure story with deeper roots. Knowing a number of people in genome work, I thought the two main guys were spot on in their varying views of the situations they find themselves in.. And having been in the reporting biz, I thought the female reporter was finely drawn, though I wasn't in as deep as she was. The writing was tight and well-crafted; the timing was excellent throughout, and every time you felt a predictable moment approaching, the authors turned the tables. Episodic to the point of cinematic, I've cast this book mentally several times and I hope there's a screenplay in its future. I'm a book editor, and it is my responsibility to find weaknesses in a book, but I so enjoyed this read that I have failed my craft.
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The pleasures waiting within 'The Shroud' are numerable. The book starts with a wholly original and engaging premise, adds well-drawn characters and pitch perfect pacing, and then tops it with historical, cultural, and scientific references to ground it firmly in reality (or at least the realistically possible). I quickly found myself stealing many little moments out of my busy day just to turn a few more pages. But even as satisfying as these finds were, the real power of the book lies in its prescient weave of the scientific, religious, ethical, and moral dilemmas of our time. As our world grows smaller, our differences grow more obvious - so much so that there's no shortage of concern about how we will all find the means to peacefully coexist. I hope everyone on the planet will read and consider this wonderful and hopeful book about the thoughtfulness with which these big questions can be addressed. Highly recommended!
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I found myself pulled away from my daily responsibilities for a couple of days as the Shroud consumed my day and evening attention. Utilizing an interesting and sympathetic group of characters, this book manages to feel like a a thriller while intelligently provoking serious questions about the relationship between science and religion, faith and knowledge, spirituality and codified religious dogma as well as, scientific pursuits in service of the public, political agenda or commercial success. If you enjoy the complicated and morally complex world that serves as the the background in the stories by Stieg Larsson, I highly recommend this book.
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