I liked many of his previews books, particulary those written with Lincoln Childs, but with Blasphemy, Douglas Preston gives us an extremely boring book that is made more painful to listen to by the reading of Scott Sowers. His hero, Wyman Ford lacks the personalty he had developed in Tyrannosaur Canyon. I have no idea why Preston made him a lead and then just placed him in the middle of a predictable plot. This is one of the worse audio books I have listened too, but I have found a use for it. When it's late in the evening and I am having problems getting to sleep, I can but this on and will be able to fall asleep within a few minutes.
I am a long-time fan of the previous novels by this duo, but found this one nowhere near the quality. I loved "Wyman Ford" in "Tyrannosaur Canyon," but the Wyman in this book is a far cry from the wise and intricate character of "Tyrannosaur." We are listening to this book exclusively to hear how it turns out, and never anticipate the need to hear it again. There are many other audio books out there that are very enjoyable, including previous Preston-Child books. We enjoy them over and over, particularly Michael Connelly's works, but won't revisit this one. It drags, it preaches, and almost all of the characters are reprehensible. Only the Navajos are interesting in this potboiler. I love science fiction, or science faction as the case may be, but this one is simply the dregs of a plot. I await the return of Agent Pendergast, who will hopefully keep control of his story. If returning characters could sue their authors, Wyman Ford would have an excellent case.
Blasphemy is obnoxious. I tremendously enjoyed Preston's Relic, which he co-authored with Lincoln Child. In Blasphemy, Preston portrays his Christian characters as fanatic, murderous, demented, greedy and mindless with the exception of one nominal Catholic. One might suppose Preston views real life Christians equally as vile as Blasphemy's Christian characters. He seems markedly anti-Christian. Although Carl Sagan was a notable skeptic, he gave a far more balanced portrayal of Christians in Contact than did Preston in Blasphemy. His overworked themes became burdensome early on. He needed Lincoln Child's touch in this book.
I found myself looking forward to my commute to listen to this one. It is very entertaining, as good or better than Tyrannosaur Canyon. I definitely recommend it.
Blasphemy, from a favorite popular author of mine, is a very hackneyed work. If you have read (or watched movies) very widely, you'll find this a warmed-over caricature - even shallow by comparison - of better books. I suspect Preston erroneously believes that in targeting Christianity he has displayed considerable courage. But the result is very trite and juvenile: good Navajos, good scientists, bad Christians. That's about it. Stick with his other stuff.
I think that this is a very good science fiction book. It keeps you interested until the end. I liked the different character voices made by the reader.
Although this stretched the belivability factor it was a fun listen even with the wacko's. Keep finding yourself saying "yeah how can that be?", but it is worth it, if your looking to be entertained.
Together as the Preston and Child team. Or on there own. Like Child's "Deep Storm" book. Or this book "Blasphemy" by Preston. These guys know how to tell great and smart storys.
Great book. Thank you Mr. Preston.