Blasphemy by Douglas Preston – Review

It’s been awhile since I just picked up a page turner and fell into a few hundred pages of fun but Preston’s Blasphemy did the trick. It’s not high art, it may not even be great writing, but it’s fun. It reads a lot like a light Michael Cricton, when Cricton was still doing good stuff. Or like the Michael Cricton of Congo fame with half-bred gorillas protecting diamond mines.

The one serious problem I have with the novel is that it attempts to set science up as a new religion while giving it a foundation based on a lie. Perhaps it is to push another interpretation, that science and religion do play fundamentally different roles and for either to attempt to cross over to the other, certain ethical/moral sacrifices have to be made.  Maybe Preston isn’t thrilled with either field as a whole but sees one still being clearly better than the other. Still, the heighs and fanaticism inspired in its followers  by the end of the novel does not cast this religion/science combo in a nice light. It’s just as unsettling as its predecessor.

Still, it’s just a good, fast, fun read.

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