Blasphemy (Fiction: by Douglas Preston) c. 2008

Summary: Former CIA agent Wyman Ford, having given up on seeking internal peace at a monastery after his wife’s death, has hung out his shingle as a private investigator. After several months of no work, he is summoned by the President’s science advisor and offered a job; visit a state of the art supercollider in a remote corner of Arizona, and find out what has gone wrong. The machine is under the control of nobel laureate Gregory North Hazelius and his handpicked team of 12 scientists. The secret they are hiding, however, will have terrible consequences.

Review: Usually both Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, who write most of their books together, don’t fare as well in their individual efforts. Preston’s Wyman Ford series, of which this is the 3rd book (kind of), is gathering steam. The writing here is strong, the plotting and characters tighter than Preston usually manages on his own. The subject matter, which deals with highly sensitive religious matters, is well handled. Religiously sensitive readers might want to take a pass, but those with an interest in theology or looking for a good thriller should take a look.

Read-a-likes: As always, Preston is an excellent choice for fans of the late Michael Crichton. The religious aspect here means that fans of Dan Brown (and the horde of imitators his success has spawned) may be rewarded as well. James Rollins Sigma Force novels might also be worth a look.

Availability: This item is available from the Lake Bluff Public Library as a book and an eAudiobook. Click here to check on the availability!

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