What would it take to prove the existence of God? This question and the consequences of its answer lies at the heart of Absolute Proof, the new international thriller from bestselling author Peter James. To provide absolute proof of a divine existence would trigger worldwide instability, with every one of the major faiths laying claim to such evidence by whatever means necessary. Promising intrigue, action and conspiracy on a global scale this electrifying novel will have you hooked from the first page to last.
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About the Author
Peter James is the international bestselling author of many award-winning novels. His Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series has been translated into 36 languages with worldwide sales of over 18 million copies. In 2016 he became the recipient of the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement.
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Out of the blue investigative reporter Ross Hunter gets a phone call from a man claiming he can show him absolute proof that God existed. This man was given Ross’s name as the person to help him find the evidence and broadcast it to the world. Ross thinks the guy is probably some crack-pot but his journalistic instincts override common sense and he agrees to meet the man. Hunter realises this could be the story of a life time, one that could set him up for life. What follows is a compelling story of murder and mystery told in multiple plot lines running parallel to the main story then diverging with a race against time that ends in multiple deaths. Born again evangelist Wesley Wenceslas has built a multi-million dollar business around his style of religion, preaching all over the world. Would Hunter’s discoveries ruin his empire and show Wesley as a phoney? Dr Bloor is experimenting with monkeys and a keyboard. He believes it is only a matter of time before a monkey will type a readable sentence and prove that everything happens by random chance. Cousins Angus and Pete live in separate monasteries but both live a life of silence, solitude and devotion to The Lord. They need no ‘proof’ to hold onto their faith. Hunter must first decipher the clues given to him before he can find the ancient relics however there are people willing to kill to get their hands on the items and his every move, every conversation is being monitored. His quest to find absolute proof will take him from England to Egypt then LA and place him, his wife and unborn child in grave danger. James brings up a lot questions about God’s existence and his motives. If God’s existence was proven would it unite the world or divide it even further? You will not find the answers in this novel only speculation as it is more action/adventure than philosophical. James doesn’t do a lot of theorising but there is enough, amongst all the action, to make the story interesting and cause the reader stop and think. “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.” Go into this story with an open mind. Some of the plot is convenient, especially the DNA matches. But I’m no DNA expert so maybe it is feasible. I loved the complex plot and the race against the large corporations. There was no neat wrap up and I was left with a few questions unanswered. *My thanks to the publisher for my coy to read
Creative, thought-provoking, and mysterious! In this intriguing new standalone novel by James he introduces us to the resourceful Ross Hunter, an investigative reporter who after being contacted by the guarded, Dr. Harry F. Cook embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover whether there is genuinely any Absolute Proof of god’s existence. The writing is elaborate and fast-paced. The characters are troubled, tireless, and multifaceted. And the plot is an intricate tale that will have you contemplating the possible final resting place of historical artefacts, the complexity, and significance of DNA testing and our genetic ancestry, and the enormous effects and implications actual proof of God would have on various organizations around the world. Overall, Absolute Proof is a hefty (almost 600 pages), innovative, action-packed, suspenseful read that without a doubt will leave you questioning whether the confirmation of God’s existence would actually resolve any of the ongoing, long-lasting religious conflicts that have raged around the world for centuries or would just ultimately lead to more greed, chaos, and upheaval.
1.5 Stars First things first I need to get a few things straight: I am somewhat on the fence about the whole God/Intelligent Designer thing. Organised Religion gives me the heebie jeebies and I think History bears me out as to why; not to mention modern day atrocities committed in the name of one God or another. I genuinely enjoyed The Da Vinci Code. I have no problem with fantastical novels - after all I gave 5 Stars to Michael Rutger's The Anomaly! Now that is out of the way I am going to confess and say I hated this book. I did manage to read it all but it was a good job it was in the stave format from The Pigeonhole as I could portion out the ridiculousness. I was rather sceptically going along with it all (not because of the Religious aspects to the book but rather the main character, Ross Hunter's actions) and then the author showed a basic misunderstanding of Mitrochondrial DNA - numerous times he mentioned it was only in the female line - no it is passed intact through the female line but it is present in all creatures that have a cell structure. As soon as I hit that road bump I realised that the research done for this book was a little scant. The only quotes from Religious texts we get are from the King James' version of the New Testament and only then from Matthew and Revelation. The Qu'Ran is dealt with in seeping statements and none of the other Abrahamic Religious texts (the Torah for example) even get a look in. Considering the subject matter and constant mention of all the different Religions that have broadly similar beliefs you would have thought there would be more from them - but no. Using Glastonbury as a location is simply lazy. I understand that it is a mythologized location but really, that is done to death now and shows a simple lack of imagination. Even worse is how things pan out there, completely unbelievable (okay so The Da Vinci Code isn't exactly believable but it is tautly written and this really isn't). The main character is supposed to be this high flying investigative journalist. Why then is he so credulous and naive? He seems intent to rehash what is going on to anyone that so much as looks at him when you would think he would be keeping his cards close to his chest. His deductive leaps that the finds at Glastonbury and in Egypt are remnants of Jesus Christ are farcical and that then becomes canonical for the remaining third or so of the book - all that is proven are that there is a genetic match. No caveat that with the age of the samples and natural degradation that so few alleles would be recovered that a match is tenuous at best. I am not even sure that DNA extraction from a single tooth of the supposed age of this one would reveal enough DNA to test but found that I couldn't even dig up the wherewithal to research the current advances in extraction technology. In short avoid this book. It has a meandering and unconvincing plot, characters that are simply laughable (even the peripherals such as Ainsley Bloor, Big Tony - yes, REALLY, Harry F Cook and Wesley Wenceslas are all caricatures) and so many holes in the research that it is really a chore to read. Apologies to you if you loved the book but there was so much I just couldn't get past with this one and we will have to agree to disagree. THIS IS A REVIEW OF A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK READ THROUGH THE PIGEONHOLE