Lucifer Hardcover – 6 Aug 2001
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An all-singing, all-dancing, cover-to-cover thrills and spills action adventure with a thought-provoking idea at its core... -- Daily Mirror
From the Back Cover
The Light Age has dawned
Light divides the universe into two: day and night. Good and evil. Life and death. Now its power, harnessed by a new generation of optical computers,attempts to answer mankind's last great question:
What happens to us when we die?
This is perilous knowledge, however, as the brilliant young neurologist Dr Miles Fleming discovers. He has successfully used state-of-the-art optical computing technology to exploit the untapped potential of human brainwaves, apparently achieving the impossible. During the course of his work he unwittingly makes a staggering new discovery somewhere in the twilight zone between life and death. When he is unable to explain his discovery scientifically, the traumatic death of his brother forces Fleming to search beyond the certainties of this world and probe the darkness of the next . . .
But Fleming is not alone in wanting to shine a light on the truth. The reclusive genius responsible for developing the revolutionary optical computer which made Fleming's research possible has his own agenda. Secretly working with a charismatic religious leader, he seeks to exploit what lies beyond death for his own breathtakingly ambitious ends. As Fleming becomes entangled in their ruthless scheme, he has to confront his own darkest fears and beliefs to save not only his own soul but that of all humanity. Only when it is too late does he realize that there are some things one should never know . . .
Lucifer is a heartstopping descent into our deepest fears. At its core is the story of one man's courageous quest for meaning and purpose in a world where hope is dangerously elusive.
Praise for Michael Cordy
The Miracle Strain
'Jurassic Park meets the quest for the Holy Grail meets Raiders of the Lost Ark.' Mail on Sunday
'A taut gripping thriller.' The Times
'Crime Zero should cement his reputation . . . it's a storming, action-packed thriller, full of big topical ideas.' Mirror
'Michael Cordy's techno-thriller is gripping and horribly believable.' Morning StarSee all Product description
Top customer reviews
This is yet another rip-roaring thriller from Britain's best technothriller writer of this time, Michael Cordy.
I've read some poor reviews of this novel, and they are wrong. The book doesn't set out be a literary masterpiece, so why do people think that it did? The characters are cliched, this is true, but so what? You like them and invest in them and that's all you need to do. This book is not for cynical literary types who care more about a novel's place in the socio-political framework, it's more a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping powerhouse of a good old-fashioned big boys adventure wrapped up in an intriguing scientific-religious debate. Awesome stuff.
The story centres on a new computing technology based on light and involves several interwined characters searching for the 'truth' as to what happens when we die. Treachery, corruption and double-crosses are plentiful and as long as you're not expecting some over-complicated and/or well grounded scientific or social commentary, you won't be disappointed.
The story is based upon a Bill Gates type charachter, Bradley Soames, who invents a computer that works on light. With his help, the Red Pope, the leader of a new Internet church tries to prove that there is an afterlife by identifying and then chasing the unique characteristics left by each person when they die.
This all goes wrong when they initiate armageddon, the end of the world, when technological equivalents of the four horsemen of the apocalypse ravage the world.
The book is very good and similar to Michael Crichton's work - but much more believable.
This book stands out on its own as a really good novel without a mention of the holy grail, jesus or his wife and kids. It does however have a mild religious theme, but is as much about human greed as it is about religious salvation. The central theme is not the most original, but it is handled very well, and presents it in a fresh way, with plenty going on in the background too. The characters are well introduced and fleshed out just enough for you to care, without telling you what they had for breakfast on every page. Some of the over complicated optical concepts may get confusing for some of the less technically minded, but this is only a minor gripe. It seems that all areas of the story are interesting both on their own and as part of the whole plot with the action sequences not being too overbearing and unfeasilble. The twists are generally good, with even the predicatble ones not being annoyingly so and the final showdown is quite enigmatic in its own way which I found quite a nice touch as although it explains itself to a degree, there is still an air of uncertainty in both the main character and also the reader's mind.
It's a nice idea, and one which would have made for an excellent novel if it weren't for the writer's trashy style (possibly deliberate - he's writing for the mass pulp market). This isn't helped by the first quarter of the book absolutely drowning in totally unnecessary scientific psychobabble.
Cordy manages to get in most of the cliches, from the chisel-jawed mountain climbing hero to the disfigured evil-genius baddy with pet wolves always by his side. The main thing that kept me going, despite the introduction of black helicopters, the FBI and Delta Force taking on the forces of darkness, was simply wanting to know whether the Red Pope's speech had been true or false.
For me personally, it wasn't worth the wait.
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