Recommended Read: Blasphemy by Douglas Preston

It’s taken me a long time to work my way through this
paperback…mainly because I’ve largely relegated my paperback reading
to my nightstand, and while I *try* to go to bed by midnight when hubby
is still up reading, I don’t often get there until after he’s asleep and
it’s too late to turn a lamp on to read. And when I do manage reading
time in bed, it’s generally only a chapter or two – which really draws
out a normal length paperback.

I know, excuses, excuses.

Regardless, I did really enjoy this book (I can’t think of a
Preston book I’ve been disappointed with, honestly). It was a bit
disconcerting that the main character’s name is Wyman Ford, and he’s
referred to as “Ford” most of the time in the book, because I now have a
creative acquaintance who goes by the name Ford Forkum (if you haven’t
already checked him out, do so, now – he’s funny, philosophical, and
incredibly talented). So naturally I thought of him for a few seconds
every time I picked up this book to read another chapter.

In any case, the book is centered around a huge super-collider in
the Nevada desert and the team of scientists who are basically searching
for the beginning of life. And they find it, sort of, though while
they’re in the scientific “bubble”, much of the world at large is
questioning the project at a religious, moral and ethical level. 

Overall, while there were some slow spots, it was an interesting
premise to explore and I really didn’t see the extreme escalation that
ended up coming at the end. It was very well done, and I couldn’t really
turn the pages fast enough to avoid a few very blurry days at work the
deeper I got into it. But again, I’d expect no less from Preston. And
no, I don’t know him and have never spoken to him. I hear he’s not much
of a people person – which is terribly shocking for a writer, eh?

In any case, if you’re looking for a good thriller with plenty of twists and turns and layers of complexity, grab a copy of Blasphemy. It’s a good read – probably even better if you can devote more time at one sitting to it than I did…

I’m not a
professional reviewer, I don’t accept offerings direct from writers or
publishing houses (so don’t email asking me to review your book – that’s an
excellent way to ensure I never read it), and there’s a very good chance
I know the authors of over half the books I’ll recommend, so my opinion
is likely biased on any given day. This is just me telling you about a
great book I recently read. Nothing more, nothing less

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