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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had heard about this via Dan Brown's works and was not at all disappointed. Whereas, for me at least, Dan Brown's work is the reality side of the the incredible, The Miracle Strain is tap-dancing slightly over the line of credibility but the idea is very thought-provoking. Like Dan Brown's style of writing it works for someone like me who leads a very hectic life but wants a read that is fast-paced, progressive through the story and riveting. Not at all indelicate which this notion could easily have tripped into and with a conclusion that doesn't offend or disappoint, really recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Dan Brown works. Very similar. DO WATCH OUT THOUGH BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON THE MIRACLE STRAIN HAS BEEN REPRINTED CALLED THE MESSIAH CODE - jumping on a band wagon much??
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2000
Reading this book was like casually walking down a street then, all of a sudden stepping into an open manhole, but being pleasantly shocked! I sometime found it difficult to concentrate on the story as the content triggered my imagination and sent it wondering off with the thought of, what if! What a great concept......if only. Since this book was written mankind has come a long way with genetics so you never know. The ending leaves a possible opening for a sequel, good versus evil to the ultimate end? I hope that, having mentioned that the book has been looked at as a possible film, that they do it justice. Talking on justice, read CRIME ZERO, this is also by Michael Cordy, another great concept.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2000
I simply could not put this book down. Even over the stove I was reading this book. As a previous reader put it, to mix religion with such an outlandish plot without causing offence took some doing. I will look out for Michael Cordy's books in future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2006
I'm giving it 5 stars because I cannot explain how a Marketing guy came out with such a great story! It is a Hollywood style thriller, with twist after twist (not as much as Dan Brown's stories) and very enjoyable mixture of religion, science and humanity.
I like the idea that some parts of the story are so good that you wish it could be true, and it gets again into the fact that scientists are trying to explain our beliefs with physical evidence!
A very intelligent theological/scientifical story at points obscure but certainly enjoyable from start to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2004
A really pleasant read, where plots twists. You may be a believer - or not, but by the end of this you'ill find yourself suddenly on the other side! Very clever book. Written long before Dan Browns "Da Vinci Code" but in someways, they are similar and comparable ! A similar twist like Dan Browns Digital Fortress in fact. Its in the same league!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2000
I read this book after it was highly recommended by a friend who works in a bookstore - the concept, the story, the twists were all fabulous, I loved the blending of ultra modern science with religion and secret brotherhoods. I'd say that the story kept me hooked, but I couldn't help feeling dissatisfied with the writing style, and the characters were a bit too cardboard-like for my taste. But worth reading anyhow because the story is so intriguing. I hear the film rights have been sold, so perhaps this might be a case where the film will be better than the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2000
This book has it all an exciting story with real attention taken into the development of the characters. The unique mix of religion crossed together with genetics creates an awesome array of possibilities. The style of the book is not necessarily to everyone's liking but should be read by anyone with an interest in the field of genetics or simply a science based background. Sadly the ending of the story seems to let the book down a little, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. I can't wait for another helping!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2000
I found this book to be a most enjoyable read. An addictive and complex plot ensures that one has difficulty putting the book down.
Have you ever had that feeling of sorrow when you complete an outstanding book?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2001
This book deals with the desperation of a scientist to find a cure for his daughter's terminal cancer. This scientist decides that healers must have special genes which code for a protein to heal illnesses. Eventually he gains access to the nail used in the crucifiction of Jesus Christ and Jesus's tooth. From this he obtains DNA which has three unique genes and searches his genetic databank for matches. The nail was supplied by 'The Brotherhood' who believe the second coming has come and gone - they are running out of time to find the New Messiah, as the Messiah does not know this time who she (yes, She) is. When they find a match it is that of the killer trained by the Brotherhood to assassinate blasphemers. For me,this was the weak part of the story. If the DNA is meant to be the same then there is no way that the individual could be female. Perhaps the author just meant that she had all three of the 'Naz' (for Nazareth) genes which were found on the relics. Worth a read if you're into this type of thing. I still enjoyed the book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2000
The Miracle Strain is a fictional account of the search for the genes of Christ, with scientists and a religious group working towards the same goal - but in different ways. The 'believability' of this book really makes you think - what would the effect be on todays world if Christ were proven to exist, or even further to be proven as just a normal person? The ending left some of my questions about the story unanswered, but in a way that made it all the more thought provoking.
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