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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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    01-21-08
    01-21-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Ho-hum"

    Blasphemy starts off well but by mid-listen it is borderline boring and very predictable. I wouldn't recommend this to friends that are looking for a stimulating listen with plot twists and turns.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Tyngsboro, MA, United States 01-18-08
    James Tyngsboro, MA, United States 01-18-08 Member Since 2004

    Father-husband-technologist and bibliophile, I get through about 3 books per week. I love a good suspenseful thriller and really enjoy widening my mental horizons.

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    "Great suspense & science"

    I was pleasantly surprised with Blasphemy. The science behind the particle accelerator descriptions and the religious twist behind the discoveries combined to make the perfect mix. An easy listen that was hard to put down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 04-24-08
    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 04-24-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Loved it!"

    I thought this was a great action book, extremely entertaining and interesting. I'm surprised at some of the negative reviews - although I suppose the book would be pretty offensive to fundamentalist Christians.

    I thought the characterizations were just right, not too little, not too much for an action book. I only wish he had extended the end a bit more, and tied up some loose ends - what happened to the televangelist they jailed, and what were Kate's 2 missing years all about?

    This plot brings up some very disturbing facts about human nature, whether you worship a traditional God or Science or ?? It's that pesky worship thing that seems to cause a LOT of trouble.

    I LOVED this narrator, he was very skilled at subtly changing his voice for each character, and I thought he nailed the tone of the book perfectly.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Estes Park, CO, USA 04-17-08
    Ellen Estes Park, CO, USA 04-17-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring"

    I found this book totally predictable and completely boring. The representations of the various groups - FBI, Indians, Christians, etc. were such a cliche. There was no character development and a sad plot. Sorry I bought it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    03-12-08
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    "Fluff book, AWFUL Narrator"

    The book was decent. Not the best writing, but not the worst. It was what I call "fluff fiction". It served as a filler in my day, but it wasn't a stunning literary work. The characters were extremely one-dimensional, and the plot was quite predictable. The slight twist at the ending did nothing to shine up the rather muddy plot.

    The narrator, on the other hand, was painful to listen to. I mean absolutely horrible. It made me ANGRY just listening to him. For one, he mispronounced words on a constant basis, and enjoyed putting the wrong emphasis on the wrong parts of the sentence. More importantly, he seemed to think that every single character in the entire book had the exact same voice, which was some ridiculous mix of whiny punk/stoned surfer with a severe head cold. It hurt my ears. I will never, repeat NEVER, buy another book read by him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcela 03-09-08
    Marcela 03-09-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Preston's worse book"

    Having read every other book by this author, I was surprised and disappointed by the inanity of the plot, and the overall poor writing. What appalled me, however, was the use of stereotyping for all the characters. The Christians were murderous fanatics, the Native American were poor and mystical, the scientists were too intelligent to be practical and the government was inept. The book was one of the most mean-spirited and bigoted books I have ever listened. I could not finish the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Columbus, OH, United States 03-02-08
    James Columbus, OH, United States 03-02-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Enjoyable Science Thriller"

    I enjoyed this book. It is a steady paced story. The main character, familiar to me from a previous book by the same author, is a former CIA agent, a computer expert, and a former Catholic monk who has been hired to investigate a problem at a high energy physics project. Evangelical pastors, politicians, and reservation Navajos complicate the problems of scientists who encounter a strange being who might be God when they fire up their super high energy accelerator in order to investigate the beginnings of the universe. The narrator is adequate, except for the voice he uses for the scientist-leader of the project. Fans of this author won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Calgary, AB, Canada 02-27-08
    Dana Calgary, AB, Canada 02-27-08
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    "Not his best work"

    I'm not sure if its the actual writing or the narration of the book that I'm not enjoying. While I do enjoy the Inspector Pendergast novels written by Lincoln & Child, I am not finding this book as engrossing. The dialogue seems contrived. I do have to give him points for dumbing down some of the scientific aspects of the novel; I have absolutely no background in quantum physics but am able to follow what is going on quite easily.

    The narrator is horrible. Awful. Very nasal voice, not much range for the differing characters. I will stay away from his readings in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Bayfield, CO, USA 02-12-08
    Jeremy Bayfield, CO, USA 02-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Blasphemy about Blasphemy"

    I didn't think this was a great book. A loose story line and the writing was poor. Not a bad read (listen) but also not worthy of being a best seller.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sydney Mount Laurel, NJ, United States 02-07-08
    Sydney Mount Laurel, NJ, United States 02-07-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Offensive and annoying"

    There are so many ways in which this book and the reading bothered me. I figured out the "whodunnit" way too early. I kept hoping I would be wrong and that there would be another twist, to no avail. The characters were one-dimensional and cliched, which could be offensive in some instances. It seemed at times that the reader had trouble keeping track of all the different voices and accents he was using and occasionally used the wrong one, which was jarring. And a couple of his voices were downright grating to listen to. All in all, I wish I'd stayed away from this one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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