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.
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.
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.
I love me some audiobooks
If you are a Christian, especially one who takes their faith seriously, then stay away from this book. You are being warned. I’ve read/listened to most of the Preston/Child books and they have all been somewhat entertaining but this book moves from being the characteristic suspense/detective/thriller to a bashfest on Christians using every negative stereotype that can be conjured. There is even the stated comparison of Christianity to the practices of al-qaida. This book follows on the heels of Tyrannosaurus Canyon with the main character being Wyman Ford, the ex-monk, ex-husband, ex-CIA operative, and apparently ex-Christian; however, this book is not nearly as well written. It’s obvious that Preston is paying homage to L. Ron Hubbard and scientology but at the expense of those who dismiss those beliefs. As for me, this book literally is “Blasphemy”.
Delves well into the human nature, extremely dramatized of course, and the descriptions about the Navajo nation were surprisingly accurate.
My only input was the fact that the author either never researched or left out to add the the dramatization, the actual source of the Big Bang Theory. It was not scientific as most people assume. Research it if you were wondering.