Monday, February 21, 2011
Dr. Nicholas Mackenzie is a professor at the University of California. He's also a reclusive atheist. Nothing thrills him more than to explain the detriment religion is to humans, which makes it nearly inconceivable that he is friends with believer Annie Brooks and her son Rusty. Nicholas' world is shaken when abducted by false FBI agents trying to find Nicholas' brother Travis, a computer genius who has designed the most important technology of the 21st century.
Nicholas and Annie are drawn into even more danger when Travis shows them the most intricate programming he has ever seen, but there is a problem, and Travis is counting on Nicholas to help him. Meanwhile, the search is on for those who will stop at nothing to obtain Travis' valuable secrets.
Myers never ceases to amaze and to inspire. His stories are imaginative and poignant, always entertaining and bringing home time-honored truths. Although the reader gets a good sense of what is going to happen, he still inserts elements of surprise. There is something for everyone in this thought-provoking tale.
Usually I leave out any spoiler in my book reviews, but I feel compelled to comment on a major event near the end of the story. Do not continue to read if this will ruin the book for you.
I was drawn in by the compassion Nicholas had for Alpha 11 and the other people in the community. He saw how their society had failed so many times because they had no knowledge of their creator or the “rules” for living in their world. They had yet to stumble upon the right answers because they were never given full information.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” This is what Jesus says in the book of John and then goes on to prove he has this kind of love by literally dying for mankind. This kind of sacrifice is what Nicholas learns by the end, and why it was necessary. A perfectly fitting conclusion.
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