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Publisher's Summary

"What makes this a great listen is the narrator, Hugh Bonneville. (Yes, Downton Abbey's Lord Grantham has been in the recording studio.) He uses his considerable acting skills to successfully convey the building tension in the chase scenes while differentiating the many characters, male and female. Listeners willing to suspend disbelief will be in for a highly entertaining experience." (AudioFile magazine)

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life - and possibly the world - forever.

"I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence - and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously."

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

These questions and their answers lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from best-selling author Peter James.  

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence...

©2018 Really Scary Books/Peter James (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Sensational - the best what-if thriller since The Da Vinci Code." (Lee Child)

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Book of the year!

A perfect combination of author, story, and performer! Fantastic reading by Hugh Bonneville brings to life a completely fascinating, and original, story by veteran Peter James. Slightly off the center plot, with well-written characters, a driving plot, and a resolution just open enough for the listener to interpret themselves. Certainly, there are religious themes here but written in a crafty, non-ecumenical manner.
Most highly recommended book of the year, so far!

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Peter James is the quintessential storyteller,

“Absolute Proof” by Peter James is an ingeniously book that combines religion and investigative reporting. The book begins with two seemingly unrelated and perhaps unimportant segments, but do not be deceived, both will prove to be very significant.

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter gets a call that will change his life. Dr. Harry claims that he has absolute proof of God’s existence, and he has chosen Hunter to tell the story to world. Thus begins a quest that will take Hunter to the far-reaches of the world, plunge him into an abyss of information and misinformation, pit him against the established religions of the world, and put his life in imminent danger.

Peter James is the quintessential storyteller, and he has created a compelling story of exploration, mystery, and murder. Multiple plot lines intertwine with the chronicle of Hunter’s investigation. Each thread is well developed and complete; every segment adds value and detail to the total account. The characters are complex, troubled, and yet dedicated; they include Hunter and an array of treasure hunters, religious fanatics, devoted clergy people, money-hungry hustlers, million-dollar businesses people, and brazen assassins. It seems that many people have stakes in either acquiring this proof or preventing its acquisition by others.

This is an innovative treasure hunt based in reality. Hunter’s quest for proof centers around objects found at certain longitude and latitude coordinates. Astute readers can follow Hunter on Google maps as the journey progresses. Tension hangs on every page and peril lurks in the most unlikely places. Hunter’s every move, every conversation, and every exploration is being monitored by someone, friend, foe, or both. The quest is filled with conflict, greed, and unmatched perseverance.

James does not circumvent philosophical questions. If God’s existence were proven, would it unite the world or divide it even further? James speculates through action and adventure, and answers are left to the reader to contemplate and decide.

“And the irony is that science is asking questions that only religion can answer, but to accept those answers would mean admitting defeat for the scientists.”

Absolute Proof is mixture of mystery philosophy, religion, thrills, and a search for truth, but above all, it is a compelling story of people, one that readers will not soon forget.

“Absolute Proof” is now available in The United States as an audio book and will be available in print later this year. I could not wait, so The Book Carnival in Orange, California ordered me a print copy from England. I found it so compelling and absorbing that purchased the audio book as well. Hugh Bonneville provides convincing narration, delivering diverse characters and action that springs to life. He brought the story to life. James has written a well-researched book with non-stop thrills, and historical elements. It is a captivating story, and enjoyable story, a story that gives readers a lot to contemplate.

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Well written, perfectly read!

I really enjoyed this novel! The way that Mr. James can pull you through his yarn and makes the reader/listener want more. The scenes are descriptive enough to intrigue w/o giving away what lurks around the corner.
Now Hugh Bonneville is SUCH a wonder with characters and voices is spellbinding. His talent is on full display.
If you like a well written religious thriller, this book is for you. International intrigue and multi denominational ideals are on wonderful display.

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It's quite a yarn.

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the wonderful book. The reading was top notch. I recommend this book.

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Interesting and well written; ending???

I definitely enjoyed this book. The topic was interesting, the characters, the flow, and the story were all good, and the narration was was also good (though a few times the voices were too similar to tell them apart). The ending was a little disappointing to me. As I reflect on it, I’m not sure a different ending would be better or not, but it was rather abrupt.

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Great book...until the ending.

This book needed a better ending. I was expecting something much more triumphant. I enjoyed every part except the ending

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Amazing!

This was my favorite book in a long time! The premise was original, and the writing was beautifully done.

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Interesting topic, well written, exceptional narration

This is a very interesting topic in the genre style of Dan brown but still different enough that one should listen to this book. Historical, plenty of action, when does not get bored, and the narrator is among the best that I’ve ever listen to. Overall, and enjoyable experience to listen to this book.

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So much introspection

I liked the story but there was so much questioning and self doubt throughout. The protagonist is annoyingly self-focused and his girlfriend was so weird. But besides that I enjoyed listening to it.

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Full of Twists and Turns

I loved this book. It was written /spoken in a way to always add drama and edge of your seat suspense. The characters were believable and many side stories going to keep intetest. It's worth the needed time needed to to hear this book. I listened to it in one sitting, I couldn't stop listening to it. I highly recommend this book.

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