The God Machine by J.G. Sandom
Print Length: 482 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553589970
Publisher: CORNUCOPIA PRESS
Publication Date: January 22, 2011
Da Vinci Code meets Mission Impossible
Joseph Koster is not a swashbuckler or ordinary hero. He’s no Indiana Jones, Zorro or Robert Langdon. He was a mathematical prodigy who burned out way too young and who suffers from a mild form of Asperger’s. Now, middle-aged and divorced, he’s a competent architect with a great eye for puzzles and an insatiable curiosity.
It’s this curiosity that his best friend Nick Robinson exploits to entice Koster into the adventure of his life. Nick has come into possession of the coded journal of Ben Franklin said to reveal the location of an ancient Gospel which, if found, could undermine the very foundation of Christianity.
Once before (in Gospel Truths), Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church’s most deeply buried secrets . . . and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin’s puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling . . . and infinitely more deadly. The Gospel is more than just text; it’s an electrical diagram, a blueprint to a mechanical device that—when combined with other pieces created by Leonardo Da Vinci, Alan Turing and Nikola Tesla—could open a doorway to Heaven.
Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) said, “Move over, Dan Brown . . . All hail J.G. Sandom . . . (The God Machine) is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It’ll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage.”
BookPage said, “Sandom has a knack for combining legendary gospels, ancient secrets, star-crossed lovers and Masonic puzzles to create a simmering stew of conspiracy, intrigue and danger that keeps the plot pot boiling until the very end.”
And the Historical Novels Review said, “History galore, violence, and intrigue fill the pages of this tightly plotted, twisting and turning adventure story . . . Those who love numbers, physics, and a truly unpredictable, suspenseful mystery will relish the facts and ponderings replete in this well-written, mysterious spin-off of The Da Vinci Code. The God Machine is a very impressive historical thriller!”
As the story pinwheels between the present and the past, assisted by beautiful high-tech mogul Savita Sajan, Koster must race against time to decode Franklin’s journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing—staying alive another.
For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven . . . could open the portals of Hell.
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[Possible Cast ideas: Joseph Koster—Michael Fassbender, Damian Lewis, Joel Kinnaman, Benedict Cumberbatch; Savita Sajan—Archie Panjabi, Moran Atias, Parminder Nagra, Zuleikha Robinson.]