The author is passionate about her subject and the information is compelling. The presentation style is like a lecture so you should not expect zippy over enthusiastic selling of ideas. There are several noteworthy facts about bacteria: for example, haemoglobin was developed in bacteria to sequester oxygen because it interefered with early life processes. Only later in the evolutionary descent was that protein used to carry oxygen where it is needed. This is a useful note if you are arguing against "intelligent" design and "intrinsic complexity"
My wife and I really enjoyed the unabridged version of The DaVinci Code but this was after we got half way through the abridged version (from a different seller). The abridged version is less than half the length and we were dismayed to realize that the material left out included a lot of content that was, perhaps embarrassing for the Catholic Church. So, in this case "abridged" is more like "censored" and I would have to give it only 1 star instead of the 4 stars for the unabrideged book (shame on Dan Brown for approving the abridged version).
At any rate, the unabridged version has lots of suspense, Brown spins a good yarn and the historical stuff is truly fascinating.
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