Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Footprints of God by Greg Iles

Greg Iles is a native of our neighbor city Natchez. He is also one of the best selling thriller writers around today. And, more importantly, he is a darn good writer. While I'm waiting my turn for his newest book set in the Natchez area, The Devil's Punchbowl (the title is a spot I have visited near Natchez), I read one of his many other great Thrillers.

The Footprints of God is a techno-thriller rather than a crime novel. Some of America's top scientists are working to create a super computer that is more than anything imagined before. The philosophical and ethical questions surrounding this project are not an issue with the scientists--they only want to bring science as far as they can. The President appoints Dr. David Tennant as ethicist to the project to keep it within at least some moral guidelines. Unfortunately, the project's leader is determined to work around Dr. Tennant. In addition, Dr. Tennant has some ghosts of his own haunting him, and soon finds himself on the run from just about everybody.

The Footprints of God is a great summer read, exciting from start to finish with just enough meat to keep you thinking about the ethical implications a super-advanced computer project would create. Who knows? Maybe it is already being created.....

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