I received this book courtesy of Mr. Fess for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Former college roommates, Bo and Ken, are working on a top secret research project. It’s not top-secret because they’re working for the government; it’s more like they are trying to hide it from the government. Too bad, because the NSA, the FBI, the Iranians, and the Saudis are all aware of their research to decode the universal parts of DNA. It’s not like it could get anyone killed though, right?
Story Telling: Mr. Fess had an unique idea. Can you imagine what the results would be if the evidence of intelligent design was found in our DNA? IN my opinion, though, Mr. Fess allowed his prejudices to bleed through the story.
Likes: I appreciate the fact that Bo and Ken, along with the other researchers involved, were determined to find the truth. Hanks and Smitty did a pretty good job protecting them as well.
Dislikes: Here’s the thing. Bo, seemed to pull some impressive contortions to keep from giving credit for intelligent design to an omnipotent creator that most believers refer to as God. Also, some of the believers in God–with exception of the Jewish professor in the researchers crew–were painted as ignorant, violent, or both.
Some of Mr. Fess’s research seemed a bit off. Marrying your first cousin will not make your children lose up to ten IQ points. Some families are just so large that, unless you met at the family reunion, you may not know–until too late–that you were related. Therefore I don’t agree that Muslims are somehow too ignorant to be anything but a clerk at a convenience store.
Conclusion: I don’t have a favorite character, quote, or scene from this book. It held a spirit of disdain for those who believe in God. And that ruined the story for me. You can read this book to see how the other side thinks, but be prepared.