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Blasphemy (Wyman Ford #2)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  6,120 ratings  ·  564 reviews
The world's biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to reveal the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself.

The Torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind, run by the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It is the brainchild of Nobel Laureate Gregory North Hazelius. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the cre
Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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While tidying up my desk and figuring out how to make a review of this book, a friend approached me and tells me what she knew after making a little research on God:

Jan 22, 2008 Pinky rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who find Michael Crichton to be heavy lifting
On the continuum of things blasphemous, this is maybe at the Charlie Rose end of the scale.
As a thriller, BLASPHEMY is a pretty good read. As a philosophical novel...not so much. Over the course of 500 pages, author Douglas Preston squanders an interesting plot premise by infusing the book with what quickly becomes the most unabashedly cynical take on fundamentalist Christianity I've ever seen outside of a B-grade horror movie. Why, even God Himself seemingly shows up at one point to congratulate a group of atheistic scientists on a job well done, even going so far as to inform them t ...more
Excellent 'mysteries of the universe' thriller

As an avid reader of thrillers, especially ones with a measure of the supernatural (these are also the types of books I like to write), Blasphemy is a book that I absolutely had to have based on the story description. It plumbs the depth of some of the most fascinating topics - the big bang, supercolliders, science & religion, the mysteries of the universe...what's not to love?! Blasphemy goes from zero to 60 in a heartbeat, the story grabs you i
Nancy Oakes
I'm putting this at somewhere between 3 & 4 rating.

I picked up this book because I liked the character of Wyman Ford (former CIA operative and former monk) from Tyrannosaur Canyon, although I certainly wasn't prepared for what came next. Ford is called upon to look into what's going on with the Isabella Project, a particle accelerator worth $40 billion from the government and hidden underground in the Arizona desert at Red Mesa. There have been delays and problems with the Navajos. The osten
Lacey Louwagie
Dec 07, 2008 Lacey Louwagie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, actually
Shelves: sciencefiction
So, I finished this book weeks ago, but really couldn't think of much interesting to say. And maybe I was also hung up on the old adage that "if you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all."

But I can say something nice: this book has an interesting premise, which is why I picked it up off the shelf at all. Said premise is: a bunch of scientists have created a CERN-like particle accelerator, which creates a small black hole, through which God begins speaking with them. Cool, right?

I picked this up in the airport and found it to be interesting. Initial though was that it was tapping into some real sensitive religious areas; however, they seemed to wrap it up pretty well. The overall premise of the book does make you think about stuff like the creation of the universe and God / god. When reading this one, keep in mind it is FICTION and you may be able to just enjoy the book. Ok – (STORY SPOILER) so the story is about making the world’s largest particle collider and when it ...more
This place and the people in it. Yuck. Why did I fall for this again? Repeat after me "Douglas Preston books are not Richard Preston books even though they are brothers. Always takes me 100+ pages to realize what I've done when I pick up Douglas Preston fiction. The covers and the name draw me in like a fly to flypaper then I'm stuck for another 200+ pages worth of guys and nonsense.

OK airplane read though if the other choice is the in-flight magazine and you've already read it.
Doreen Dalesandro
Really 3.5 stars.
I listened to this book.

Blasphemy is about a group of scientists trying to understand the Big Bang theory and as an outcome, unearth new forms of energy. To accomplish these tasks, they are using a superconducting supercollider particle accelerator which cost the US taxpayers $40 billion. Enter a greedy, conniving lobbyist, a televangelist, and an over zealous pastor and you've got yourself a great story where science and religion do battle!
I wasn't sure if I should give this one a 3 or 4 stars. I decided on 4 because the concept of the book gave me something to think about, but it was kind of boring in some of the parts about the crazy preacher and the parts set in Washington. Over all it was not a bad read.
Without doubt, this is one of the top five science fiction novels I have ever read. Preston has masterfully set his novel atop the intersecting fault lines of science, religion, and politics and he fully exploits the potential.

Preston has positively mastered the art of pacing his novel. At first, I kept turning the pages in curiosity at where everything was leading, but by the end I'd lost all control on my fingers and the pages just fly by. Not only is the pacing near perfect, the subject matte
Nuno Magalhães
Este livro do Douglas Preston é dos livro mais extraordinários que já li, muito por causa da ideia de base - a eterna discussão ciência-religião - mas sobretudo pela forma como este tema está abordado: e se Deus se revelasse e falasse connosco no momento em que recriamos artificialmente os momentos iniciais do Universo? Em breves traços, esta história relata-nos o fim de uma religião e o início de outra baseada nas mesmas premissas, isto é, a transmissão da finalidade última do ser humano, do mu ...more
"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions" pretty well sums up the premise of this book. It's a quasi science-versus-religion pot boiler that really sucks you in. Nobody gets a clean slate in this one, not the Christians, Scientists, nor the Federal Government. The only group that comes out relatively unscathed are the Navajos.

Once you suspend your initial disbelief, the book is a real page turner. Lots of action, violence and weird characters all pitted against each other, and the world's
This book is a great summer read. Once it got going, I was hooked. It is a little hard to review without giving away too much, but will try.

Douglas Preston is a great storyteller who has written several books, both by himself and with Lincoln Child.

It takes place in Northeast Arizona on Navajo lands. The US govt has funded and built a 43 mile long circular underground super collider. Obviously this is a fictitious installation. The largest real super collider, the Super Hadron, is located on th
I give it four stars because I really enjoyed reading the book. The ending was in some ways too neat and predictable. In some ways the book might have been better without a "Main Character" But I enjoyed the philosophical questions it brought about.

The book looks fairly deeply into the relationship between modern (quantum) science and religion. It claims that the two cannot safely occupy the same space so something has to give.

I like the questions of what happens when thought systems come into
I just finished re-reading this book. (I originally read it about five years ago.) While I vaguely remembered the ending, I do enjoy Douglas Preston's work so much that I decided to re-read it because I like science-based thrillers...and this one is a humdinger!

The story is based on fact that, back when it was originally published, was the very cutting edge of science. We have come even farther in the five years since the book was originally published which makes the story even more believeable.
Mary Taitt
Of all of the Preston books I've read so far, this one is my favorite. I love both science and religion, and the clash between them fascinates me. In most of the book, there is not the kind of gruesome ghastly murders in some of the recent Preston books I've read. However, it does get pretty gruesome and ghastly at the end. Like all the Preston and Preston and Child books, it hold the reader's attention from the very first. There are NO boring first chapters or first half the book. The reader is ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
For the story alone, I may have given this just two stars. But it got me thinking about herd behaviour and I liked the fact that all of the participants failed equally (so call me quirky). Any way as a consequence, I thought the novel deserved 3 stars. Read on:

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, Isabella, buried deep in an Arizona mountain is the most expensive machine ever built. The purpose of the machine is to explore what happened at the moment of creation, but there is a fear t
It would appear that Preston is not overly fond of the right-wing, nut-case, slimy-televangelist approach to religion. Given the title, I don't believe I'm revealing anything to tell you that this is a fascinating mix of science (a supercollider out on a remote section of the Navajo Reservation, strange scientist characters & conflicts between them), politics at multiple levels(the DC version, on-the-ground between the scientists & locals, super-star televangelist & a like-minded pas ...more
Resistance is Futile
Blasphemy is the second book featuring Wynam Ford (now a private detective). In this book, Ford infiltrates a government-run facility which has built the world’s largest particle accelerator for a mere $40 billion. (Please suspend your disbelief.) I like the way Preston has worked together several subplots which all culminate at the end of the book for a complex climax. I am also a fan of Preston’s easy writing style—it’s good for a quick read. I am not a fan of Preston’s portrayal of Born Again ...more
Jim Stennett
Preston and Childs are admittedly a guilty pleasure of mine, but Douglas Preston is a bit over the top for me on this one. Yes, yes, I know that's what he does, but this one almost seems vitriolic in its tone. Preston seems to be angry at everybody in America and even goes to the extreme of adding last minute characters just to kill them off with no other point in the plot. And try and find a likable character in this book - I dare you. Stop trying to impress me with your knowledge of physics an ...more
Adam McDonald
To date, I have yet to be disappointed with a Preston book; whether it's the author striking out on his own (as in this book) or partnering with Child, his books always draw the reader in and leaves you breathless until you finish the final page.

Blasphemy takes the 'war' between religion and science and tackles the issue of whether or not they complement or are mutually exclusive of each other.

Using very real science (the experiments in this book are taking place as you read this, in Europe), ex
Sharon Wampler
a deeply moving book that i doubt i will ever forget
Matt Wells
I want to start this review with a disclaimer: I am a HUGE fan of Douglas Preston (and Lincoln Child). I just finished Tyrannasaur Canyon, which I could not put down and give five out of five stars, so I was ready to dive into the next Wyman Ford novel! Of the 20+ books I've read of Lincoln and Child's, both individually and collaborated, I can only think of one other book I was not pleased with (the wheel of darkness). The Pendergast series is one of my favorite series out there. The second par ...more
Physics against religion is what it boils down to.A huge supercollider in the Arizona mountains is drawing unwanted attentions and dire predictions from a black hole that will doom the Earth to a Satanically inspired machine out to disprove the Bible.

Wyman Ford, an ex-monk, now CIA, is sent by the government to figure out what's going on in those mountains, what the real secret is.

Douglas Preston, whether solo or with his partner Lincoln Child knows how to write a gripping thriller
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Marty Fried
Scientists investigate the big bang and find God; Christian extremists search for Armageddon and find the antichrist, killing him and many others, including the head scientist who was bringing God to earth. In the middle is Wyman Ford, who doesn't accept the God or the antichrist; he just wants to try to keep too many people from dying.

A page-turner with lots of suspense and a somewhat strange ending. I liked it.
Another rousing tale from Douglas Preston, this time minus his writing partner, Lincoln Child. Story, set in Arizona, one of my favorite places. (I'm retired, and if I had to choose a 'vacation' state to move to, Arizona-over-Florida all the way.)

Anyhow, the story features lots of science, a retinue of great characters, a villain-who-really-isn't, and another who-definitely-is and Wyman Ford! (Wyman doesn't feature in as many of the Preston or Preston/Child books as Pendergast, but I like Wyman
Roel Haanen
While I liked the idea of the novel - a clash between science and religion, set against an experiment with a particle collider - it has a few major problems.

The first, and biggest problem in my opinion, is that the book is low on ideas. There's precious little philosophical or scientific dialogue, and what is there is very superficial. For a book with this kind or premisse, that's a missed opportunity.

The second problem is in the superficiality of the characters. The protagonist, Weyland Ford,
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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