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FREE EBOOK ⚞ The Kafir Project ì Astronomer and TV science guy Gevin Rees just landed the interview of a lifetime with the world s most famous physicist Remarkable, because the eccentric genius is notoriously reclusive And he s already dead What happens next forces Rees to run for his life from two separate assassins and global powers desperate to bury what he s just uncovered Mind blowing technology and solid evidence that would rewrite religious history and challenge the faith of billions Rees teams up with DCIS Special Agent Kerry Morgan, who soon discovers her own agency has been compromised Forced underground, the pair must rely on little than Morgan s fierce tenacity and Rees s scientific know how Their only path back to safety is to unlock the shocking secrets of the Kafir Project and expose them to the world But can they beat the impossible odds stacked against them This could have been the best science fiction I ve read in recent times if only for JUST one thing That one flaw keeps growing inside you till you can t read it any It ruins all the redeeming qualities of the story I don t know how it didn t seem to bother anyone whose reviews I read.Good things first I ll not divulge any spoilers that you won t come to know in the first 50 pages The story starts off in Dan Brown style action from the first page itself A likable science popularizer g This could have been the best science fiction I ve read in recent times if only for JUST one thing That one flaw keeps growing inside you till you can t read it any It ruins all the redeeming qualities of the story I don t know how it didn t seem to bother anyone whose reviews I read.Good things first I ll not divulge any spoilers that you won t come to know in the first 50 pages The story starts off in Dan Brown style action from the first page itself A likable science popularizer gets pulled into some intriguing mystery concerning some ancient artifact and some cutting edge science He has to run for his life as some people are determined to cover up the discovery He partners with a woman whom he has never met before, even though her excuse to be involved in this chase is weak at best So far so Langdonish However, unlike Dan Brown novels or most thriller novels, in fact there is no creepy detailing of the vital stats of female characters as they are introduced luscious hair, full breasts, slim waste, toned legs et al Apparently most writers think a 10 10 would bang status is required for women to participate in an adventure Lee Burvine saves you a lot of eye rolling by not dwelling too much on the science behind the fiction, unlike Blake Crouch s Dark Matter humans in quantum superposition state are able to jump between parallel universes like portals, seriously He makes it clear that fiction is the operative word in science fiction , so don t expect this book to lead to any research papers.The female characters are smarter and contributeto the story than most novels of this genre Also the lead women are revealed to be gay, so our science guy goes into a friendzone mode from the beginning So as you can see, I was expecting this one to be a refreshing sci fi, maybe one of the best But then came that one ridiculous flaw.The story goes like this With the help of a quantum supercomputer and DARPA funding, the world s smartest scientist creates a peephole to see and record events of the past bending spacetime and all that jazz This greatest scientific leap of mankind is driven by one explicit purpose not to understand the mysteries of evolution or to answer the many questions that have stumped the scientists till now Nope The billions of dollars, US government resources, the supercomputer and the brilliance of the scientists all are utilized to peep into the middle ages and disprove the divine origin of Quran Reason Islamic fundamentalists, of course I m not a bleeding Islamophile, but this is ridiculously racist and an insult to common sense on many levels The idea that the world can be cured of terrorism and violence by giving evidence that Quran wasn t inspired by God is a gross oversimplification I mean, how much of the current crisis in Syria can be blamed on Quran thumping Islamists The whole point of religious radicalism is that faith transcends critical thinking The book even goes so far as to say that by rubbing this discovery on the face of 1.5 billion muslims we can bring an Islamic enlightenment like the 15th Century Europe Yeah right.But then why stop at Islam Every religion has wreaked havoc at some point of time, because they all teach you to choose faith over facts So why not go back fewcenturies and look if a certain virgin birth really happened Why not take the blinds off the eyes of every believer all around the world so they can live a life based on facts rather than faith, instead of enlightening just the middle east But then how will the good guys kill the barbarian terrorists, right I tried to push this nagging feeling as I continued, hoping that aimaginative bigger picture will be revealed soon I m 70% done and I can t take it any The chase is run of the mill, the banter is okay and the pace of the story is good But the foundational idea behind the story so far is so ridiculous, I don t care if there is some mindblowing twist at the end I m out The Kafir Project is an impressive first novel by Lee Burvine, who blends together credible scientific concepts with religious history to craft a fast paced and truly page turning adventure It s hard to avoid comparisons with Dan Brown the themes and structure of Burvine s work are related, but you come away from Kafir withuseful and accurate information The primary plot plays out a fantasy I ve long had what if it were somehow possible to go back and view the foundations of the major The Kafir Project is an impressive first novel by Lee Burvine, who blends together credible scientific concepts with religious history to craft a fast paced and truly page turning adventure It s hard to avoid comparisons with Dan Brown the themes and structure of Burvine s work are related, but you come away from Kafir withuseful and accurate information The primary plot plays out a fantasy I ve long had what if it were somehow possible to go back and view the foundations of the major religions to know for certain what happened, and what didn t How might those truths change the world This thought experiment is just one thread in a tapestry weaving together quantum computing, relativity, observational time travel, DNA data storage, archaeology, and international politics Of note, Burvine forges two villains who are truly frightening in their drive, competence, and unpredictability Once you pick it up, you won t want to put it down The Kafir Project is a rollicking adventure ride with a highly provocative premise what if technology was developed that would allow us to definitely prove or disprove events in ancient history and what if the historical events being targeted were the foundations of the world s major religions What kind of power struggles would ensue in the fight to either get this technology and its results into public view or destroy it still in the cradle It s a fun vread, and of course the ideas in The Kafir Project is a rollicking adventure ride with a highly provocative premise what if technology was developed that would allow us to definitely prove or disprove events in ancient history and what if the historical events being targeted were the foundations of the world s major religions What kind of power struggles would ensue in the fight to either get this technology and its results into public view or destroy it still in the cradle It s a fun vread, and of course the ideas in it are fascinating, but it felt a little rushed to me We re dropped right into the action with virtually no setting the scene, and the story races along at breakneck pace for 300 pages with barely a pause for breath The guts of the story are all about the efforts by a faceless shadow organization to kill our heroes while they race to assemble the evidence, developed by a scientist who s already been killed, and go public with it It reminds me a little of a James Rollins novel there, I didn t mention Dan Brown, are you happy which has the same type of action heavy narrative with a veneer of science I honestly would have been happier withinterludes delving into the science and history in greater detail There are some big ideas here, but I feel like we brushed by them quickly so we could get to the gunfights, car chases, and explosions Like a Rollins, it might have also benefited from an appendix discussing in frank detail the interface between current real life science and fiction as used in the story Of course, I may just be saying that because I love those.When it comes to the ideas in it, I find myself grimly certain that it wouldn t matter a whit to the course of human history if we could definitely disprove the historical underpinnings of any religion Let s face it in 2017, at least in America, we live in an aggressively post truth society Opinion polls about global warming are perceived to matter The man recently elected President can blatantly lie about events millions of people witnessed on live television, and a huge chunk of the country doesn t even care Carbon dating proving the earth is really 4 billion years old has been around for decades, but it hasn t stopped young Earthers People pay money to go visit a giant ark in Kentucky that s presented as accurate history We are awash in both junk science, and people who will instantly dismiss real science as junk if it doesn t agree with what they already believe Existing science like dinosaur bones, carbon dating, proof that the Earth orbits the sun, the existence of billions of other galaxies and stars and planets, and plenty of other facts undermining central concepts in the Bible have been around for decades, and none of these have made a dent in the worldwide growth of Christianity Of course, the scenario Burvine posits is muchvisceral and strikes at the very heart of Christianity the Resurrection itself If the people of the world could see with their own eyes that Rabbi Yeshua better known to us today as Jesus Christ really didn t rise up on the third day and leave the tomb, would they have a change of heart No, of course they wouldn t they would simply dismiss it as a hoax, and anyone associated with publicizing it would have to go into hiding due to all the death threats Ditto if the Muslims of the world could see with their own eyes that the Quran wasn t really delivered directly from God to Muhammad in Arabic The only people who would believe it would be those who were already ready to accept scientific evidence over pre conceived ideas So, things would be different how And, oh, by the way it passes the Bechdel test This was a blast to read The story dropped one right into mayhem and madness from page one and went from there with no downtime I enjoyed the characters, and felt they were fleshed out nicely The bits of snarkiness and humor weren t overdone, but felt real enough in the crazy situation that it worked well It was extremely thought provoking, along the what if this could really happen.Paperback edition.