The Footprints of God

The Footprints of GodIn The Heart Of North Carolina S Research Triangle Stands A Corporate Laboratory Much Like The Others Nearby But Behind Its Walls, America S Top Scientists Work Around The Clock To Attain The Holy Grail Of The Twenty First Century A Supercomputer That Surpasses The Power Of The Human Mind.Appointed By The President As Ethicist To Project Trinity, Dr David Tennant Finds Himself In A Pressure Cooker Of Groundbreaking Science And Colossal Ambition When His Friend And Fellow Scientist Is Murdered, David Discovers That The Genius Who Runs Project Trinity Was Responsible And That His Own Life Is In Danger Unable To Reach The President, And Afraid To Trust His Colleagues, David Turns To Rachel Weiss, The Psychiatrist Probing The Nightmares That Have Plagued Him During His Work At Trinity Rachel Is Skeptical Of David S Fears, But When An Assassin Strikes, The Two Doctors Must Flee For Their Lives.Pursued Across The Globe By Ruthless National Security Agency Operatives, David And Rachel Struggle To Piece Together The Truth Behind Project Trinity And The Enormous Power It Could Unleash Upon The World As Constant Danger Deepens Their Intimacy, Rachel Realizes The Key To Trinity Lies Buried In David S Disturbed Mind But Trinity S Clock Is Ticking.Mankind Is Being Held Hostage By A Machine That Cannot Be Destroyed Its Only Hope A Terrifying Chess Game Between David And The Trinity Computer, With The Cities Of The World As Pawns But What Are The Rules How Human Is The Machine Can One Man And Woman Change The Course Of History Man S Future Hangs In The Balance, And The Price Of Failure Is Extinction. The Johnny Depp movie Transcendence suspiciously mirrors the plot of this book Nerd scientist puts his consciousness into a super computer bad stuff happens I saw no mention of this book as the source material anywhere in connection to the movie I guess this is a good thing because this book is horrible, but couldn t they at least steal a better storyline I generally don t go by review blurbs on the cover of books, but I noticed after I bought the book that no reviewer had anything nice to say about this tome No New York Times, no Entertainment Weekly, no People magazine the only people pimping this book were fellow authors Not usually a good sign I liked Greg Isles The Black Cross It s a taut and entertaining WWII era thriller, so I wanted to check out something else he had written I was at a thrift store and saw several of his books I picked up this one and another I should have read the other one.This is Michael Crichton lite one of those techno thrillers that borrow concepts from the headlines, in this case, a super duper computer that will control everything a new weapon It mixes half baked theology with some sci fi pseudo quantum physics It s like mixing scotch and vodka and ho
A fun read but lacking in many aspects Here is a breakdown of my rating Enjoyability 3.5Re Readability 2Character Development 2Complexity 2.5Writing Style 3Believability 1.5Overall 2.42This book is a cross between Dan Brown s Digital Fortress and David Baldacci s Simple Genius, with possibly a bit of the Star Trek Episode Spock s Brain thrown in While I considered the book a rather enjoyable read, it lacked considerably in the areas of character development, plot originality, and especially believability If the book were classified as science fiction, then I may have given it a slightly higher rating, but it wasn t Having a couple degrees in computer science, it was not easy for me to ignore the fallacies behind the scientific principals in the book.In the areas of character development, the book was below average, not necessarily because it lacked sufficient depth into the characters backgrounds, but because the characters were shallow, predictable, and not original There was very little to make the reader r
As an undergraduate student in Computer Cognitive Science, I often wrestle with questions of ethics and unforeseen consequences concerning artificial intelligence.This book has a thrilling and thought provoking narrative Through
I m a programmer by trade I m happy to report that for a book with a computer at its core, I found Footprints of God pleasant to read Unfortunately, authors often mangle even the most basic aspects of computing which I have a hard time ignoring But Iles kept things firmly in the theoretical and therefore avoided too many cringe worthy mistakes.There was one other red flag I found myself raising an eyebrow every time the main character would experience a religious vision The visions seemed wildly out of place in the context of the themes and story But curiosity got the better of me, and the pace was fast enough that I plowed through them with little difficulty Books have done far worse than elicit a where the heck is this going response from me.In the end, despite having a pretty standard international chase sequence with our hero and his special lady friend finding love against all odds, of course , I was surprised to find that the book was largely philosophical and theological I don t think you have to agree with any of the book s conjectures to follow the internal logic of the fiction And in that respect, it all made sense and was quite interesting in the way that any good science fiction is.In fact, from a technological
I ve read several Greg Iles books and enjoyed them tremendously He is a solidly entertaining writer of suspense thrillers, and he is not afraid to tackle some interesting subjects Footprints of God , while not my favorite of Iles, is nevertheless an interesting sci fi thriller that delves into some pretty controversial subjects The Big Bang Theory vs Creationism and artificial intelligence Basically, scientists in a top secret facility have created an A.I supercomputer that begins to have delusions of god like grandeur Inexplicably, the select few researchers and programmers on the project have all simultaneously developed different neurological disorders The hero, Dr David Tennant, a psychologist, suffers from narcoleptic seizures in which he has memories of being Jesus of Nazareth He and his girlfriend flee to Israel to find answers Okay, it sounds kind
since i m always joking about getting a brain shunt so i dont have to use a laptop any, this was right up my alley i found the god stuff to be a little much, like did he really have to think he was god i think we could have gotten all that stuff w o rereading the new testament as written by giles i did spend a few days thinking about the singularity so that means it wasnt all bad THE DUMBEST part is as usual the forced love story and how the number one jungian phychiatrist in the world also
This book can be categorized in many genres It most certainly is a thriller, with the tension pegged high It could be considered a road novel , since the MCs travel a lot by car or plane from the beginning to the end of the story It s crime fiction to be sure since crimes are commissioned and performed, yet there is a healthy dollop of science fiction And there is a little mysticism and romance, just for the hell of it.Iles has an amazing knack for maintaining suspense and breathlessness in the reader, at least it works very well for me I was afraid until the very end that things go wrong.Reviewers who complained on the way this book was written had certainly never tried to write a book Iles seems to know so much about the scientific parts of the story that I looked his background to see if he was an astrophysicist or a doctor besides being a writer And I m a voracious reader of science magazines But he included his information in a smooth way, never giving too much or
Read this if you like Dan Brown or James Rollins Great for the beach Interesting that I started this book fully expecting it to be a less than exciting read but I seldom start a book and don t finish it, because I know what the author went through to write it , based on a number of other reviews I d read Bad science, implausible plot, flat characters, fairly typical complaints And granted, I had a hard time getting into this one It took me two weeks to get through the first three chapters.After that, however, something kicked in, I willingly suspended my disbelief, and never looked back as Iles took me on a smart and wild ride with Dr David Tennant Iles isn t Tolstoy, but this is no Harlequin Romance either The Footprints of God is thoughtful as well as thought provoking, and in a political climate where many reasonable people worry about the intelligence and stability of our leaders in Washington, it s very timely in spite of the fact that it was published well over a decade ago It s an exciting story of espionage and cybernetics to coin a very old term with characters who are both brilliant and exceedingly flawed, but not flat by any means An easy tale to get lost in it s imaginative and includes painstaking descriptions worthy of of Steinbeck And like Steinbeck, Iles can describe a tiny circuit as well as the entire city of Jerusalem for pages without boring his reader It s a rare talent, or a well honed craft, to make the pictures come alive in th
We were introduced to Greg Iles when we attended one of my partners weddings in Natchez, MS where he lives His books about the area are promoted on most tours and I ve liked many of them but that is another story.I found this book a bit of a bore It is apparently a rationalization of an inability to come to grips with a Christian upbringing, the visible evidence of death ending the existence of the conscious mind, forever, and the ex