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A secret so explosive, the church always insisted it was just a legend. Now it'll stop at nothing to prevent its discovery...The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful, it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the church’s mostA secret so explosive, the church always insisted it was just a legend. Now it'll stop at nothing to prevent its discovery...The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful, it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.Once before, 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 the puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling … and infinitely more deadly. Now, along with a beautiful engineer, Savita Sajan, Koster must race 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 to learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven … could open the portals of Hell....

Title : The God Machine
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ISBN : 9780553589979
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 480 Pages
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The God Machine Reviews

  • John Murphy
    2018-11-23 13:24

    I was introduced to J. Sandom and his early work, Gospel Truths, by chance. Intrigued by Mr. Sandom I decided to read the Gospel Truths but did so with some intrepidation. As a Jesuit-educated history student I was concerned that the historical, theological underpinnings of Mr. Sandom's novel would lack the academic rigor I would expect even for a fictional writing. Not only did Gospel Truths exceeed my intellectual expectations but I was impressed with the seamlessness with which Mr. Sandom chasing history in the context a compelling love story. When it came to God Machine, my intrepidation returned. Why test fate. What if this sequel was not as good. I took a leap of faith and was not disappointed. Mr. Sandom confirmed his ability to interwine the continuing spiritual and emotional tribulations of Joseph Koster in a very granular and enticing examination of history, religion and morality. It is clear that Mr. Sandom has his own opinion and I congratulate him for having the courage to state it. But whether you agree or not with his point of view, your appreciation for the interplay between American history and American morality will be greatly enriched. He brings Ben Franklin to life. I found myself rooting for Ben on his odyssey and had to remind myself Mr. Franklin's story has already been told. That is because Mr. Sandom's Ben Franklin is not the well-known figure of American antiquity but rather a complex human being driven by love and desire for things large and small and in the process made great history. It suggests that all of us could make great history and should. I highly recommend this God Machine.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-19 15:17

    Unbelievably slow moving. Nothing happens for basically the first 200 pages. And the author gets really bogged down in the details, as if he was lecturing to a college class. OK book, but there are much better books of this genre.

  • Aslı Dağlı
    2018-11-24 11:15

    Olmuyor olamıyordu, yarım bıraktım. 253'üncü sayfadan bir adım ötesine gidemedim. Böylece Orhan Pamuk'un Yeni Hayat'ından sonra ilk defa bir kitabı yarım bırakmış oldum.Kitabı böylesine beğenmemiş olmamın esasında iki nedeni var. Birincisi yazarın, "Şundan da bahsedeyim, aman bu da eksik kalmasın, zaten bütün dünya Amerika'daki iç savaşın tüm detaylarını biliyor, Bağımsızlık Bildirgesi'nin imzalanmasından önce Benjamin Franklin'in itfaiye teşkilatını kurmuş olması kesinlikle atlayamayacağım bir detay, hazır bunlara girmişken biraz masonlara, biraz gnostiklere, biraz evangeliklere, biraz da Illüminati'ye gireyim, o da yetmez kesin çip teknolojisinden de bahsetmeliyim, bu arada koloniler arası toprak alışverişinde Fransa'nın oynadığı rolden dem vurayım, biraz da aşk olsun, şuraya travmalı bir adam ve zeki bir kadın çizelim," tavrından kaynaklanıyor.İkincisiyle çeviri ve editoryalden. Yanlış çeviri dersem sorunu yanlış ifade etmiş olurum. Temel sorun, kitaptaki her beş cümleden üçünün söz diziminin korkunç halde olmasıydı. Dolayısıyla çoğu cümleyi - özellikle Benjamin Franklin'in icatlarına ilişkin teknik bilgi içeren kısımları ve tarihi bilgi içeren yerleri - filan anlamak mümkün olmuyor. Çevirmen ve editör de cümlelerinin hiçbir şekilde anlaşılmadığını fark etmiş olacaklar ki her üç kelimede bir virgül koymuşlar. Dolayısıyla cümleleri dura kalka okuyorsunuz. Ukalalık etmek istemiyorum ama ki bağlacından sonra, de/da bağlaçlarından sonra, ama ifadesinden önce, çünkü ifadesinden önce, dilek şart kipinden sonra virgül konulmaması gerektiğini henüz ortaokulda öğreniyoruz.Çok zorlandım anlayacağınız ve bin bir umutla başlayıp hatta okuma kulübüme ayın kitabı olarak seçmiş olmama rağmen beceremedim, bitiremedim.

  • George Smith
    2018-11-15 14:32

    This is the best religious thriller I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them. The narrative is fast-paced and relentless, the characters 3-dimensional and interesting, the writing is crisp and muscular, and it stretches the genre in new directions. Part historical fiction, I loved the way it brought Benjamin Franklin to life, and made me look at this fascinating founding father in a whole new light. The God Machine is perfect summer reading, a beach book that will shake you like a rag doll while you sizzle. Plus, unlike others in this category, at $7:99, it's priced right for my budget. Yes, it has your now-familiar set of good and bad guys: the nerdy and flawed protagonist, mathematician/architect Joseph Koster; and the twisted, evil villains, including a sociopathic nun who sent shivers down my spine, and I'm not even Catholic! But it also features a sexy and smart Indian-American female character, Savita Sajan, whom I found absolutely fascinating. As if that weren't enough, the book is also a keen exploration of the relationship between science and religion, proof and faith, and how our culture has turned technology into a kind of 21st century deity. I've always wondered about the source of scientific inspiration, the roots of genius which drove -- and continue to drive -- our greatest technological inventors, from Da Vinci to Ben Franklin to Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. This book sheds light on this, and made me look at technology and the role it plays in our culture in a whole new way. As well-researched and historically fascinating as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, as relentless and fast-paced as James Rollins's Doomsday Key, and as well-written as Paul Sussman's The Last Secret of the Temple, The God Machine has it all!

  • Betty
    2018-11-18 12:18

    The God Machine by J.G. SandomA fast-paced thriller of a ride which kept this reader on her toes. With side by side search and chase sequences more than two centuries apart, the pace and mystery do not waver. A tremendous amount of research must have gone into this book, and into the hands of an author who knew what to do with it. J.G. Sandom has written previous thrillers, but this was my first introduction. It won't be my last.The story is historical fiction written with a factual base. It touches on several levels of fear, legend, and historical religion. Exhilarating, penetrating, even while switching between centuries as far back as A.D.33, it does not lose its focus. But there are many red herrings, who does one trust? Is anyone who or what they seem? Is even the quest what it seems? These are but a few of the questions that must be solved.This work of fiction will have the reader asking many questions along the way. Such luminaries as Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, and Thomas Edison are among the many seekers and inventors in this story. The search is purported to follow clues to the hiding place of The Book of Judas, but the action mushrooms as the search changes direction. The God Machine is claimed to be a machine, a direct line to God. Does it work? I recommend this book to readers of action, historical fiction, mystery, suspense and thrillers.

  • Bazile
    2018-11-19 15:16

    I really enjoyed this book, it was a thrill ride from beginning to end. One of the things I loved was the strong female character. So often in thrillers the women are either afterthoughts or literary candy, something tasty that's thrown in as a distraction. The female leads in this book cover the dark and light side of the spectrum. The women are well drawn out interesting people that highlight the protaganist Joseph Koster.I hate reviews that just reword the plot, so I'll just say get this book! It's a great summer read and this is an intelligent, well written thriller that doesn't insult your intelligence but it also doesn't make you run to look things up every five minutes either. If you like Dan Brown or James Patterson, you'll love J.G. Sandom.

  • Matt
    2018-11-30 13:26

    Great read. Fast paced and exciting. Really interesting concept, very thought provoking. Joseph Koster is a great main character, smart and deductive. A thriller you'll have a hard time putting down.

  • Curtis Fry
    2018-12-02 11:11

    Amazing

  • Nathan Trachta
    2018-12-09 14:20

    I got interested in The God Machine after discussing with Mr. Sandom Amazon’s Historical Fiction blog. At that time Mr. Sandom was seeking people to review The God Machine and I agreed to do this with him understanding that I would post my candid opinion. For those not familiar with The God Machine, this book is a religious action book (note, I’m not using the word thriller) in the vein of National Treasure or Angels and Demons. The story revolves around the finding of text from Benjamin Franklin that’s encoded and might point to the Gnostic Gospel of Judas. As might be expected with something like this, religious powers (the Catholic Church and a modern protestant sect) and the Freemasons.Rating wise, this one was worthy of three stars to me (btw, it was only 2.5 stars until the last 100 pages). I'll open by saying that The God Machine is not a piece of historical fiction; rather Mr. Sandom weaves the occasional historical fiction into the storyline from time to time. While Mr. Sandom might feel this qualifies the book to be historical fiction, I feel it’s a weak sell at best, especially since parts of the historical fiction are questionable. As I stated above, The God Machine is really more of a current action novel with the occasional historical piece to interrupt the story.While this isn’t good enough to rate the book three stars, it does establish the trend. Other factors that drove me to lowering my rating included:• Mr. Sandom’s use of time is a little off at times. This was initiated in the opening sequence telling about Christians in 33 AD (CE) (sorry, there were no Christians at that time, purely different Jew sects. Christianity is a relatively modern religion. You also have the fictitious way the Romans were "hunting" for Jews. This generally didn't occur until the 66-73 AD Maccabean Revolt.). This is followed up with Benjamin Franklin timeline with the Freemasons. Freemasons were just starting to come to the New World in the 1730's. I seriously doubt they'd be as established as the author leads us to believe.• My next major issue was when Mr. Sandom had his characters using coordinates from the 18/19th century to find an item. The coordinates used were provided down to the second, which provides an accuracy of within 100 feet. While this may have been possible in the 18/19th century, it wouldn’t have supported the main characters being on top of the artifact (a note: I seriously doubt that 18/19th century technology would have provided the accuracy required with any confidence).• Mr. Sandom has a significant amount of gunplay while the characters are in England. I wouldn’t have had a problem with it happening in America, but I know that the English have some of the most stringent gun control laws. While Lyman’s use of a gun is explained fairly nicely (it’s rather weak though given how the English are), the bad guys wouldn’t have had ready access to guns (another note, in the scene where gunfire is exchanged, a Cuban who’s a member of the Sovereign Military Order Malta kills himself, something I seriously doubt a strong Catholic would do).Character and writing wise, things were fairly bland; none of the characters were attractive to me and the chapters seemed a little choppy (every time things started to flow nicely the chapter ended and the next one started out flat). I kept looking for something more to shine but there was nothing to possibly drive my rating higher than three stars (really I was prepared to call it a weak 2.5 stars). --- 11 Aug 2009After having a discussion with George Smith I realized that my rounding up to 3 stars was in error because it really wasn't that strong. Because of this, I've lowered my rating to 2 stars.Thanks George!!!

  • Katherine Coble
    2018-12-04 14:10

    While there are some interesting tidbits, the author gets lost on myriad rabbit trails. Sex lives of minor characters are extensively detailed, as are esoterica such as the layout of Penn's farm in the early 18th century. But the book's worst problem is its dreadful pacing. Just when things start seeming to get good and interesting, the chapter... See how iiritating it is?!? Leaving thoughts unfinished is the poorest way to create dramatic tension. Yet that seems to be the author's MO. The only reason this thing gets two stars from me is that I learned some interesting things about the Knights of Malta, including the fact that modern firefighters' insignia are based upon the KOM's Maltese Cross insignia. Any book that teaches you something isn't all bad.

  • Matt Lehman
    2018-11-18 15:12

    Ok, I'm about a third of the way through and it's a fun read. I gotta say, I enjoy all genres, scifi, fantasy, mysteries etc etc and I can suspend disbelief with the best of em. But c'mon....a hot, hyper sexual, child killing nun assassin in full habit? I seriously laughed out loud. I don't think that was what the author was going for but really, how do you write that character with a straight face? Finished and I would give it a 2.5. Its enjoyable the way watching a sit com is. Its fluffy escapism. Its well written. The historical passages are interesting. The premise and some of the characters are just over the top.

  • Jackie Jameson
    2018-11-14 07:36

    Pretty good! I had just read 4 totally sucky books in a row, so that may have factored in to my liking this one. Its like "The DaVinchy Code" meets Ben Franklin, but is good on it's own and not just a rip off. Bad, BAD Vatican! Keeping all those secrets from us stupid sheep!

  • Carlos
    2018-11-22 12:29

    Very slow reading.

  • Paula Howard
    2018-11-15 15:24

    My mistake was thinking that it might be similar to the da Vinci Code. Liked the historical factor of the story but moved way too slowly to grab me.

  • David
    2018-11-16 13:13

    Dan Brown knock-off. The rating says everything which needs to be said about this book.