So the author uses personal stories in his narrative. It makes the delivery more tangible and human. Lanza's struggles and tragedies, not doubt, fuel his search for bridging the gaps in physics (science), spirituality and the nature of self.
His work is well grounded in the scientific method (observation) and well researched. He directly attacks ideas such as "string theory" as questionable science because it relies on obtuse math. He doesn't say "string theory" is wrong, merely that modern physics uses very sloppy grounding for its assertions.
The book is a fantastic "whack up the side of my head". Consciousness has no explanation in physics. That does not mean science is bunk, but merely that we have no tools to account for consciousness. His book presents the idea that biology (life itself) defines the Universe and not the other way around.
Seen this way, then the human spiritual understanding of consciousness and the scientific method of observation are on a path to converge.
No doubt Preston & Child are master story tellers. Their mixture of fantasy science (DNA recombination) and the mystical Tibetan make for great story components for the quirky and complex Pendergast. The Cabinet of Curiousities and the Diogene's trilogy introduce fabulous characters - intense, complex, and memorable. Still Life with Crows is one of my favorite books where Pendergast's character really comes to full development. They demonstrate wonderful creativity and clever twists in a setting completely removed from Pendergast's previous New York venues.
As other reviewers have said, in Cold Vengeance, Pendergast departs from the character that defined the series. His quirkiness and precision are gone. The solid supporting characters, Degosta for example, are rendered into thin parts and the book becomes a long chase scene that doesn't end ... literally. The story has promise coming in from the opener, Fever Dream, but increasing reads like it was stretched and filled in to make room for another sequel.
I am curious about the final book, but likely won't listen to/read it based on the reviews. His wife, Helen, was better as a mystery. It added to Pendergast's character. I hope that Preston & Child are back writing something more contained, like Still Life with Crows, that returns to their stellar character development. Maybe a new subject or character? Give Pendergast a bit of a holiday?
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