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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
My first Greg Iles book and I am so happy I have found this author. An amazing story teller, obviously extremely intelligent, and definitely thorough with his researching. This book is a Science Fiction novel, based on a hypothetical situation that stirs your train of thought to the possible reality of it all. Thought provoking, gripping, and very difficult to put down...
Published on Feb. 24 2008 by WP
3.0 out of 5 stars Great title, interesting premise but too long.
I agree with booklover10's review of the book. The title is very intriguing . . . the actual storyline not so much. There was great potential for this to be an amazing book a la THE DA VINCI CODE and ANGELS AND DEMONS (both by Dan Brown). However, the chase scenes were repetitive and became commonplace which prevented the book from being a "page turner"...
Published on May 11 2004 by Elio Chavez
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!,
2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to Provide Good Action,
This review is from: Footprints of God, The (Paperback)Project Trinity involves using MRI technology to copy brain scans of six scientists. The ethics in such an undertaking are so complex that the US president appoints Dr David Tennant ethicist to work on the project. When the six subjects develop alarming symptoms and one of them dies suddenly and unexpectedly, David suspects murder and knows who is responsible. Fearing for his life and needing help he turns to Dr Rachel Weiss, his psychiatrist, who has been treating him for narcolepsy accompanied by terrifying dreams.
After an assassination attempt Tennant and Weiss are force to flee with ruthless National Security Agency operatives in hot pursuit. David and Rachel struggle to piece together the truth behind Project Trinity and the enormous power it could unleash upon the world. Rachel realizes the clock is ticking and the key lies buried in David's disturbed mind.
This book fulfils the requirements of a classic science fiction thriller. The author relates a brief history on the scientific development of artificial intelligence in a way that is interesting and easily understood by non-scientists. This thriller revolves around the mysteries of life, death, consciousness and the almighty Creator, and each aspect alternates rapidly from one predictable crisis to another. Apart from the eye-opening techno-science aspect the plot lacks originality. "The Footprints of God" is very repetitious, with numerous chase scenes and speeches about the power of science versus the legitimate needs of humanity. It fails to provide good action, has little intrigue and the characters lack emotion making them dull and uninteresting.
5.0 out of 5 stars chilling, thrilling, interestingly filling!,
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that is interested by thrilling mystery type of books, as well as people that also like techno-trillers based around feesable technology.
5.0 out of 5 stars What else can you ask for in a book? This one has it all.,
The author makes a statement at the end of the book that may help the reader before he starts the book: "Writing about science and philosophy in a commercial novel is problematic. Write about them at their natural level and you leave the masses behind. Simplify too much, and you offend those individuals conversant in those subjects. I trust you will enter this book as an exercise of the mind and not judge too harshly either way. If we have learned anything in the past ten thousand years, it is that nothing is certain."
Greg Iles writes a riveting yet believable story about artificial intelligence and a Super Computer developed by the greatest minds in science, a team of nobel-prize winning scientists. Known as "Trinity" the super computer is a merger of man (his mind) and machine, and what can be done with it. The possibilities are fascinating and frightening. Yet the story line explores religion, conscience, military strategies, philosophy and much more.- the reader is cognizant that this is a conceivable achievement in the light of today's advances in technology.
I can see why Dan Brown (author of DaVinci Code) liked this book. It is written in the same fast-paced way and with a lot of factual research and information. It takes you through some of our actual military bases and research sites, and references actual events that have happened in our history with nuclear development. The novel takes the reader to Israel as well, where I found that part of the book fascinating as the main character searched for answers in the life of Jesus and His resurrection. I disagree with the reviewer, ("booklover 10) that didn't recommend this - it may be Iles best work to date. It gives you a lot to think about, yet it entertains you - like I said at the start - what more can you ask for in a book?
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncontrollable Power Arises from Scientific Achievement,
This review is from: The Footprints of God: A Novel (Hardcover)In this nonfiction book, Greg Iles takes the current dependency of the world on computers to a whole new level. He adds some zen-like koans and religious underpinnings to one of the most astonishing and successful achievements of science written about in this book.The combined themes of scientific research and achievement, political intrigue, and moral/ethical conflicts come together in unexpected and unprecedented ways from the potential success of a special "secret" project which is sanctioned by the President.The book works itself through meandering mystrious discoveries and relationships and labyrinthine pathways, as the reader is provided more clues to the nature of "The Trinity Project" and what happens to those who oppose it. This book is jam-packed with mystery, high-tech computer advancements, and the egotistical megalomania that accompanies the hunger for ever more power and control. It is begins with the personal conflicts which Dr. David Tennat experiences, as he seeks psychological counseling from Dr. Rachel Weiss, a eminent Jungian Analyst, working for the University of North Carolina. He appears to be suffering stress-related dreams and visions associated with his participation in the research ... but the symptoms *could* also be side-effects of having participated in an MRI scanning of his brain, as a "guinea pig" participant in the research. He shares with his psychologist the doubts he has about the labelled "natural cause" of death of his research colleague, Dr. Andrew Fielding. Dr. Fielding had predicted he may be permanently elimiinated because of discoveries he had made about "The Trinity Project". As the two of them are drawn into learning more about Dr. Fielding's discovery ... things start to happen. Needless to say, this book is a non-stop reading experience.It is one fantastic and extraordinairy roller-coaster of a ride that comes to a very surprising and startling conclusion. It is most highly recommended. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
5.0 out of 5 stars Vision, humanity and a great love story.,
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done,
I was most impressed with how well Iles defined and explained the concept of God as it relates to the story. In most similar stories that I've read, this kind of thing usually comes off sounding pretty silly, but Iles handled it very well, without getting too incredibly abstract. I also really liked the concept that the Trinity computer when done would have to be something elegant and simple, rather than a complicated mess of machinery. I enjoyed the book all the way through for the interestig subject and the fast-paced storyline, but at the end, I was left a little unsatisfied by the conclusion. Not to say that it was bad, but I was hoping for something more spectacular considering events leading up to it.
I would recommend this book for any fans of Iles' or anyone who likes a good fast-paced story. I have read most of his previous novels and am very interested to see what he comes up with next.
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth the time,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first class techno-thriller.,
Technology is accelerated by a computer's ability to process mathematical equations and the results are shown through DNA sequencing, analyzing databases, and just about anything else. Is anything out of our reach? Think and it shall be, though there are many steps to creation.
The development of technical equipment is limited only by man's imagination. With such a premise this novel may be similar to Jules Verne's '2000 Leagues Under the Sea,' Leonardo da Vinci's diagrams of flying machines and advanced weapons such as tanks, and more. They were science fiction until they became science fact.
Both plot and characters drive this story. Programmers have been working to develop Artificial Intelligence for years -- the Terminator, Data from Startrek Next Generation, HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, War Games, and many other stories are based on AI. Is a thinking, reasoning computer plausible?
Greg Iles says 'Yes.' His technical writing will satisfy techno-junkies (such as I), yet not leave the novice confused. Each person that has a deep profile compiled has side effects, and Dr. David Tennant's narcoleptic dreams about an apocalyptic power are too real to be ignored. However, it is only his out-of-character activities that save his life and the woman he has grown to love.
Another five star novel for Greg Iles.
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The Footprints of God: A Novel by Greg Iles (Hardcover - Aug. 12 2003)
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