Absolute Proof by Peter James #BookReview @ThePigeonholeHQ @peterjamesuk @panmacmillan

absolute proof

Author: Peter James

Genre: General Fiction / Adventure 

Format: Hardcover 576 pages

Release Date:  4 October 2018 

Publisher: Macmillan

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read along via The Pigeonhole. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with The Pigeonhole, the concept is you pick a book from the many they have on offer and then you read along with other readers in bite-sized instalments called staves. A stave is uploaded each day and the readers have the opportunity to highlight text and make comments and ask questions to the author. This was my third read using The Pigeonhole and I throughly enjoyed it and I am already currently reading another via this way. 

Synopsis

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

‘I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.’

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from bestselling author Peter James.

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence . . .

You can order your copy of ‘Absolute Proof’ on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Absolute-Proof-Peter-James/dp/0230772188 

My Thoughts

This book explores some big themes, the biggest being religion. This is always a hot topic, rather like politics, and theres a reason why these two topics in particular should never be discussed at dinner parties as they inevitably cause arguments. The author however, has managed to take this theme on and provide a very enjoyable read from it. 

Religion is always something that has fascinated me. I think it is the concept of the unknown, just because you can’t necessarily prove something, say with scientific reasoning, does that mean it therefore does not exist? Faith is an interesting concept, as those with faith have an unwavering belief in that which cannot be proved. I think that’s why we as readers eat up books that explore these topics as it provokes some big questions. 

Ross Hunter is a damaged man. After serving as a War News Correspondent in Afghanistan, witnessing and experiencing the atrocities of war he comes home to a less than perfect marriage. His wife is not keen on Ross searching for the ‘absolute proof’ but Ross seems determined to follow this path regardless of what anyone else thinks. 

I imagine I won’t be the only person upon reading this book that will draw similarities with Dan Browns ‘The DaVinci Code’ and in my opinion there are many. However, if you enjoyed Dan Brown’s plot then I think it would be safe to say you would enjoy this one. It’s been a while since I read ‘The DaVinci Code’ but I feel as if Ross Hunter has a bit more depth and was developed more in my opinion during this book, than say Robert Langdon in ‘The DaVinci Code’. 

My only real criticism is that this is quite a long book, with a lot of characters. I did find myself getting a bit lost at points with who was who and where they fit into the overall story, but that might just be me. Although the book is quite long the author has a very easy to read writing style and there is plenty of action to keep you on your toes. 

The door has potentially been left open for a follow up book and I hope the author does as I think there are more avenues this story could go down and I would be intrigued to see what the author does with it. 

About the Author

Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 13 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 19 million copies to date, and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.

His new book Absolute Proof – a stand-alone thriller – was published by Pan Macmillan on 4th October 2018.

Visit Peter James on YouTube: http://www.peterjames.com/youtube

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