Review of Biblical by Christopher Galt (and when books blow your mind)
This book has recently been released in paperback and renamed The Third Testament. Biblical is a deceptive title. This book touches on religion, but it focuses heavily on science… among other things. If you’re worried this will be a preachy, religious book, don’t. It’s a science mystery thriller.
Some books leave you staring at the last page with narrowed or wide eyes, with jaw slack and fingers scratching heads. This book did all of those things.
Biblical’s plot is a bit hard to summarize. A pandemic of visions on a global scale affects everyone on earth. People start seeing things from the past, people that are not really there, things that have happened sometimes millions of years ago.
The narrative is divided into several perspectives around the globe. The main narrative, John Macbeth is first person, and it’s through his eyes we see most of the story unfolding. Galt’s writing style is sharp, even if some of the science went over my head. The story is somewhere between Michael Crichton and Stephen King.
Biblical raises some interesting issues, and some scary ones about our future. Creating synthetic brains, artificial intelligence, alternate realities… People might not understand everything in this book– I didn’t–but barely half way through and the book is making you think hard about Earth and humanity.
The pace could be faster, but Galt likely didn’t intend this to be a full-on action thriller. It’s more of a slow-burner, with some decent action set pieces along the way. The characters are pretty two dimensional–though the final twist goes some way to justifying why the characters are underdeveloped.
One of the strongest things about this book is Macbeth, the main character. He’s an unreliable narrator and it’s hard to know if he’s stable or crazy.
The final twist took me a few attempts to understand, but when I got it, it blew my mind. Not only is it one of the best plot twists I’ve read in a book, it made me think about the real world… and (MILD SPOILER) if it’s actually real.
Biblical is a well-written thriller, with some awesome twists. It’s a book that makes you think and question. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been faster paced, with some more action.