Version: Unabridged
Author: Douglas Preston
Narrator: Scott Sowers
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: January 2008
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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In Douglas Preston's Blasphemy, the world's biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. The Torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind, run by the world's most powerful supercomputer. It is the brainchild of Nobel Laureate William North Hazelius. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?
Twelve scientists under the leadership of a famed Nobel Laureate are sent to the remote mountain to turn it on...And what they discover must be hidden from the world at all costs. Wyman Ford, ex-monk and CIA operative, is tapped to wrest from the team their secret, a secret that will either destroy the world-or save it. The countdown begins...

Reviews (2)


Written by John G from Canton, GA on September 7th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really enjoyed this one......well written and read. More than once I stayed in the car waiting for the chapter to finish AFTER I reached my destination. Really well done.

Blasphemy - a sermon against fundamentalism

Written by Angie Teal on August 1st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was a highly unbelievable story about crazy christians against equally crazy scientist. The storyline was full of impossible scenarios ( a 40 million dollar government machine complex with one security officer and no guards ). Could some highly skeptical scientists abandon their skepticism and analytical research to blindly follow their charismatic leader/sci-fi guru? It made me sick to my stomach having to listen to the preaching/ quoting scripture/logic on both sides of the camp. Comically the only sympathetic characters were the navajo, and Wyman Ford. With the others book characters I didn't care if they lived or died, as a matter of fact I almost wished them dead by the end of the book. What I liked about the book was the description of the corrupt political lobbyists and televangical preachers (yikes!) . Also the voice-over of one of the main characters (Hazelius) was very annoying.

Author Details

Author Details

Preston, Douglas

Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1978, with a degree in English literature.

From 1978 to 1985, Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a writer, editor, and manager of publications. He served as Managing Editor for the journal Curator and was a columnist for Natural History magazine. In 1985 he published a history of the museum, DINOSAURS IN THE ATTIC, which chronicled the explorers and expeditions of the museum's early days.

In 1986 Preston moved to New Mexico and began to write full-time. Seeking an understanding of the first moment of contact between Europeans and Indians in America, he retraced on horseback Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's violent and unsuccessful search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. That thousand mile journey across the American Southwest resulted in the book, CITIES OF GOLD. Since that time Preston has undertaken many long horseback journeys retracing historic or prehistoric trails. He has also participated in expeditions in other parts of the world, including a journey deep into Khmer Rouge-held territory in the Cambodian jungle with a small army of soldiers, to be the first Westerner to visit a lost Angkor temple. He once had the thrill of being the first person in 3,000 years to enter an ancient Egyptian burial chamber in a tomb known as KV5 in the Valley of the Kings.

Preston has published five nonfiction books and thirteen novels, most of which were bestsellers and translated into many languages. With his frequent collaborator, Lincoln Child, he has authored such bestselling thrillers as THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, THE ICE LIMIT, THUNDERHEAD, RIPTIDE, BRIMSTONE and RELIC. His most recent novel, DANCE OF DEATH, which came out in June 2005, was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks. Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker magazine and he has also been published in Smithsonian magazine, Harper's, and National Geographic. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards.

Preston counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. He and his wife, Christine, live in Maine with their three children.