Blasphemy (Wyman Ford #2)
In Douglas Preston's Blasphemy, 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 William North Hazelius. Will the Torus...more
THERE IS NO GOD...
THERE IS NO HEAVEN...
NOT EVEN A PURGATORY...
DANTE ALIGHIERI WAS A FAILED POLITICIAN WITH A VERY IMAGINATIVE BUT DEMENTED MIND.
ALL THAT HAPPENS HERE DOES NOT REALLY HAPPENED FOR A REASON.
WHEN YOU DIE, THERE WILL BE NOTHING. AS IN NADA, ZERO, NULL, ZIP!
YOU'D BE LIKE A CANDLE BLOWN OUT...
OR A SWITCH BEING TU ...more
OK airplane read though if the other choice is the in-flight magazine and you've already read it.
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!
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 ...more
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?
p332: "mike frost, former fifth special forces group." he crushed eddy's hand.
"break us in, mike."
frost circled the device cautiously, peering at the metal cones. "this puppy's already packed with c-4. darn lucky a stray bullet didn't hit one of these during the fight..."
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 ...more
So I bought a new copy today to keep going ... This book is getting better and better by the page! I'm amazed at how involved I am reading it! Doesn't usually happen with me and fiction ... (non-fiction, yeah--but fiction, not so much these days.)
Is God talking to His creation at last? Personally, I doubt it for various reasons, but I'm along for this ride and very keen to see how the author ends this.
As usual I'll update ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
A page-turner with lots of suspense and a somewhat strange ending. I liked it.