Book Twenty-Seven of 2014: THE GOD PARTICLE by Daniel Danser

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CERN’s Hadron Collider is the world’s most powerful machine; its sole purpose is to prove the existence of the mysterious God Particles – the essential building blocks of the universe. But after a series of global catastrophes, suspicion arises as to whether they are occurring naturally or are somehow connected to the collider’s experiments.
After the sudden death of the project’s director general, professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tom Halligan, is headhunted by CERN’s governing council to continue the search for the elusive particles.
He is soon embroiled in a titanic struggle against sinister forces that are intent on creating a chain of events, the outcome of which will determine the fate of the world and the universe.
The battle to save the planet from annihilation is being fought by the most unlikely of heroes.

The first thing that popped in my head when I read the blurb about a death at CERN was ANGELS AND DEMONS by Dan Brown (I personally like this better than the other books in the Langdon series). However, once I got into the book the image was much different.

To start, the book’s plot is similar to a SyFy original movie: secret society? Check. Science causing natural disasters? Check. Natural disasters? Check. However, that doesn’t mean it reads like a SyFy original movie script. The characters are strong and I could relate to them. Though I’m not too convinced that the hero would have been selected for the job he was given, but that and the iffy science isn’t enough to deter me.

The book is a a science thriller where there are twists and turns that make you wonder what is going on. It isn’t until halfway that you will probably figure out who the real villain is (if you’re like me, that is), but that’s what made the book a great read. The relationship between the main hero and the main heroine is believable. The science on the other hand may be a little off, but then again, I am a housewife not a scientist. The science may be all accurate albeit theoretical.

It is a fast paced book with lots of action, but watch out! The author is a tricky devil. He chose to write chapters on various people, give the reader enough information to sympathize with them, and then tears the reader’s heart. My heart broke many times in this book and I loved it! The ending may or may not be a hint at a sequel and it featured something I figured would happen given the details. If it isn’t the opening to a sequel, it is a bittersweet ending, which again, I love. If Danser is planning a sequel, I’m going to be reading it.

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