by Douglas Preston
Review by Mel Jacob
Forge Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765311054
Date: 08 January 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Bestselling author Douglas Preston's new novel Blasphemy combines the Antichrist, Armageddon, and the Second Coming into a heady mixture of science and religion in conflict. His hero, Wyman Ford, an ex-CIA agent and now a private investigator, is hired by Stanton Lockwood, science adviser to the U. S. president, to learn why the Isabella Project, a $40 billion supercollider, hasn't achieved operation. Ostensibly, Ford is to smooth relations with the Native Americans, but also to discover what the closed community is doing. A suicide of one scientist complicates matters and some call it murder. From official release/information:
Book Description: The world's biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to reveal the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself.
The Torus 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 Hazelius 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 their secret, a secret that will either destroy the world…or save it.
The countdown begins….