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Blasphemy | [Douglas Preston]

Blasphemy

The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?
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The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself.

It 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 divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

Twelve scientists under the leadership of a famed Nobel Laureate are sent to the remote mountain to turn it on. And what they discover must be hidden from the world at all costs. Wyman Ford, ex-monk and CIA operative, is tapped to wrest from the team their secret, a secret that will either destroy the world - or save it.

The countdown begins.

©2007 Splendide Mendax, Inc. (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 01-28-08
    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 01-28-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Flop From Favorite Author"

    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.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mario MexicoMexico 04-07-09
    Mario MexicoMexico 04-07-09 Member Since 2015
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    "VERY ENTERTAINING AND LIKED THE READER"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel N. Lionsden Torrance, CA USA 11-09-08
    Daniel N. Lionsden Torrance, CA USA 11-09-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Blasphemy's Christians Mindless Murderers"

    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.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Wilene North Las Vegas, NV, USA 05-09-08
    Wilene North Las Vegas, NV, USA 05-09-08
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    "Characters"

    I appreciated the work of the narrator given all the characters. The characters were interesting and developed adequately.

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    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 04-07-08
    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 04-07-08 Member Since 2001
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    "A Fun Tale"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott nashville, TN, USA 01-24-08
    Scott nashville, TN, USA 01-24-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Freaking awesome. I love this story."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G Wallace 01-15-08
    G Wallace 01-15-08 Member Since 2010

    I love me some audiobooks

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    "A WASTE"

    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”.

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    Lowly customer Whitewright, TX 01-31-08
    Lowly customer Whitewright, TX 01-31-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting Read"

    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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael McDowallAustralia 01-11-09
    Michael McDowallAustralia 01-11-09
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    "predictable"

    This is quite predictable and while it filled in the time - there are better titles on Audible.
    Nothing like Dan Brown.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert tampa, FL, USA 05-19-08
    Robert tampa, FL, USA 05-19-08
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    "I was rivited"

    The book is very interesting and very well done. I was surprized at the twists and turns, very enjoyable, good narrator

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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