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  • Publication date: 4 Oct 2018
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MUG3M19
  • Source: ARC copy from the publisher via NetGalley

From the number one bestselling author, Peter James, comes an explosive standalone thriller for fans of Dan Brown that will grip you and won’t let go until the very last page.

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 . . .

This is a stand-alone from Peter James and an absolute departure from his Peter Grace thrillers.

An adventurous and respected investigative reporter Ross Hunter, who has spent time as an embedded journalist with soldiers in Afghanistan is contacted by a retired academic, former history of art professor Dr Harry Cook who claims to have been given proof of the existence of God. Harry Cook had lost his own son to friendly fire in Afghanistan and apparently has a message from beyond the grave from the late twin brother of Ross whose recent death coincided with a strange out of world experience by Ross. Cook claims that he has been given ‘absolute proof of God’s existence’ via a medium with a message to him directly from God giving him coordinates of exactly where proof can be found and that Ross Hunter himself can be trusted to help him on his mission. He hands Ross a manuscript of over 1000 pages long with instructions.

Not to give away too many spoilers but Ross, intrigued by the whole thing sees it as a means to an end and that is providing him with a good story for newspaper articles and assignments. Unfortunately though more than one person has interests in this and his life is in danger as he is pursued during his quest and this results in some very tense, action packed encounters in locations from Glastonbury Tor to Egypt in search of The Holy Grail and holy relics

I read through half of this and enjoyed the journey until I felt that it was stretching credibility a bit too far and although I have an open mind about religion as a whole. Too many very specific messages from psychics and also felt that Ross was a bit too trusting for an investigative reporter. Sharing information a little too freely.

Apart from that though it was an interesting and well written read and I read it through quickly wanting to find out what happened in the end. An absolute page turner without a doubt.

Could very well be one of Peter James’s most controversial book to date. Critics and book clubs will have a field day with this one

The author must have conducted an enormous amount of research study into the writing of this book and it shows.

Peter James is a UK number one bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Globally, his books have been translated into thirty-seven 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 forty 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.