Every now and then I get a Greg Iles book that doesn’t fit his standard genre. The Footprints of God is one of those books.
Dr. David Tennant has been overseeing Project Trinity as a ethics and morals specialist, by special request of the president. Things were progressing well on the supercomputer until Tennant and his friend and fellow colleague raised some questions and put the project on hold. When the colleague dies at work, Tennant quickly realizes that stalling the project has put his life in danger. On the run, Tennant can’t trust anyone except his psychiatrist, who ends up roped into the danger by crossing the professional line and checking up on Tennant at his home. Project Trinity is more than anyone on the outside can imagine, but in trying to solve the problem of humanity, the scientists may have created something worse.
Though still a classic Iles thriller, The Footprints of God is a different kind of story. It reads closer to Dan Brown, with maybe a sprinkling of Ted Dekker’s allegorical style. Tennant suffers from vivid dreams that his psychiatrist diagnosis as hallucinations, and these dreams end up leading Tennant to the answers he needs to save the world. The story seems also to wrestle a little bit with religion, specifically Christianity. Though the Tennant is not a religious character, his dreams take a religious turn and he ends up getting a look in the mind of “God,” who Iles writes as a sort of accidental creator.
The book was engaging, fast-paced and twisty, dropping just enough hints to keep me guessing without revealing too soon what was going on. I had a few issues beyond the questionable religious wrestling, primarily the obvious relationship development between Tennant and his psychiatrist. But for Dan Brown fans, this book will be a good read.