The Footprints of God

  • by Greg Iles
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 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 21st 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.

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Footprints of God

I have read most of the books available written by Greg Iles. He continues to be one of my favorite authors.
This is my first experience with audio books and I was not disappointed.
Greg is a master of story telling and Footprints of God was quite enjoyable.
It was a little difficult to get past the non Christian/Judeo concepts put forth in this work but he does lay out an interesting alternative.

My only negative comment would be to have a female read the female parts. the reader sounded too much like a man trying to convince the world that he is female in the voice used for Rachel's character.
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Before and after review.

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Preconceived Notions;

I’m going to do something different here. It’s July 10, 2015 and I have just purchased The Footprints of God by Greg Iles from audible. I have not started listening to it yet, but I plan to do so over the next few days. I’m writing this first as a pre-review. Then, after listening to the book I will write a more standard review below this one. I’m doing this for a few reasons… Let me explain.

About 10 or so years ago I read The Footprints of God in paperback, and I loved it! At the time it went straight to my top ten list of all time favorite novels. Over the years this book has stayed in my memory as a great science fiction story, but memories fade and my nostalgic nature has a way of sugar coating the past. So, when I looked up the audio version of this book on audible I was shocked to see all the negative reviews. Sure, this is different from what Greg Iles usually writes, but it was an excellent story, right?

All I can really remember about the plot (and I’ve not read the publisher’s summary) is that it’s about an artificial intelligence that’s trying to take over the world. I can’t remember any of the characters names, but the protagonist is some kind of scientist who’s trying to stop the AI and not get killed by it.

There are two things that stick out clearly in my mind when I think about this book…

1) The main character is forced to flee from his home (I think it’s in Washington DC) and the place he flees to is Frozen Head State Park which is just a few miles west of Oak Ridge Tennessee. The reason this sticks out to me is because I live just 15 miles or so from the park. I’m in the same county! I thought it was cool how Greg Iles described the park and the route that the protagonist used to get there.

2) There’s a conversation that takes place between the hero of the story and, I believe, his girlfriend. I don’t remember any details, but I think he explains to her how all the matter in the universe was forged in the stars. Hydrogen condenses into stars, atoms are smashed, stars explode and the heavier elements that come out of the explosions form planets. Then, the planets give rise to life and life gives rise to intelligence. The line from this conversation that I’ve never forgotten and I think about often is, “Life is the universe becoming aware of itself.” That is just a f@©#ing awesome statement! I mean, boom!!! Mindgasm!!!

Well, now that I have organized my thoughts on what I can recall about this book I shall, for the first time ever, listen to the audio book and see if it holds up. Does it deserve a spot on the pedestal I’ve placed it on or am I just going senile? Are the masses right in their hatred of this book or are they all wrong and I’m a genius?

…We shall see.
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The Actual notions;

It’s now July 14, 2015, and I finished The Footprints of God yesterday…

OK. Well, my memory is far from perfect. In fact, I’ve screwed up nearly every detail listed above, but that’s the reason I wrote it down first. I’m not going to correct anything. I’ll let you figure it out for yourself.

I guess the biggest part of this novel that I had completely forgotten about was all of the religious themes that Mr. Iles put in his book. I don’t want to say too much, but its as if he was trying to make Judeo-Christian beliefs fit inside the scientific model of the universe with the big bang and evolution and everything. Now I understand all the low ratings of this story. People get pissed off if you talk about their faith even if it is fiction. You better not make them think too much! As it so happens, I know enough about what I believe and why I believe it to not let a work of make believe rattle my convictions.

As for the actual story… Well, it probably won’t make it into my top ten list, but it’s definitely worth the price of admission. It should be obvious to anyone who has read my other reviews that I’m a big fat nerdy science fiction loving nerd faced dorky nerd. If you get off on sci-fi that makes you really think about things then you should give The Footprints of God at least a four star rating.

The writing is awesome. What Greg Iles does best is dialogue. All his characters come alive because the talk so naturally (for an even better example of Iles’ mastery of dialogue read 24 Hours). I know of no other author who’s better at this than him.

The narration was also superb. Dick Hill is top notch. There are a lot of sound effects and voice effects in this one, but they enhance the story and never become distracting.

This is already my longest review. I guess I could say more, but I will not.
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- Joshua Kring "The least helpful reviewer on audible."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio