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Scribner, August 2003, 25.95, 480 pp.
ISBN 0743234693

The Trinity Project involves using superior MRIs to copy the brain scans of an individual with resolution to the molecular level and loading the neuro model into a vast super computer. It would mean a kind of immortality for the people who had their brains scanned and it would create an Artificial Intelligence superior to that of man because it works more effectively and faster. The ethics involved in such a project are so complex that the US President appointed Dr. David Tennant to work on the proposal.

David had the project suspended when the six scientists working on it including himself, had their brains scanned and developed some alarming symptoms. He knows that his supporter Dr. Andrew Fielding was killed on orders of the head of the project Peter Godin. What David does not know is that a second site for the Trinity Project has been built in New Mexico and that they are only days away from success. As different law enforcement officials try to assassinate David and his beautiful psychiatrist Rachel the duo make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem where David finds the answers needed to send him to New Mexico and a confrontation with destiny.

Greg Iles has written the best book of his career, a thriller that is also speculative fiction that postulates the origin of religion. THE FOOTPRINTS OF GOD is innovative, intellectually stimulating and so fascinating in scope that readers will finish it in one sitting. The hero is a good man who serves as a role model to humanity; a person readers will root for in his quest for answers to ethical dilemmas.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   wild experiments on people    -   bio manip. to get new abilities Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   wrongly convicted clearing his name Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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