The Einstein Centennial in 2005 was a celebration of that great scientist and science in general. Indeed, the festivities are still going strong, for example, through the drama of the Mars Rovers and the dynamism of Steven Hawking. Alas, as with many celebrations comes the post-party hangover. Mark Alpert's book, "Final Theory" regrettably falls into this latter category.
"Final Theory" follows the excruciating exploits of David Swift, a science professor, as he follows clue after clue to discover Einstein's apocalyptic (and secreted) paper on The Theory of Everything. Swift seeks to discover this paper in order to extricate himself from false accusations, hired assassins, government agents and also save his family, his friends, and the world.
I found the characters to be stereotypes and quite stilted. I found the action to be ridiculous and the story time-line became equally absurd. (The grad students turned uzi-armed killers was just so special). Rather than elucidating the story, the ending just imploded the plot into a black hole. Even "The Final Theory" could not have predicted that!