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The Miracle Strain (review – book) January 27, 2006

Posted by Tim in Reviews.
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Recently finished reading The Miracle Strain by Michael Cordy. If I had to rate it I’d give it a 1.5/5. His writing is unimpressive, with cliched pulp-fiction descriptions – for example, he went very great lengths to paint a “detailed” picture of the female protagonist that left me more nauseated than aroused.

The plot is mildly interesting. He means it to be a controversial one – a geneticist (an atheist) tries to track down the DNA of Christ in order to heal his terminally ill daughter with divine genes. Unfortunately the science behind the story is wildly exaggerated. There are machines that can display a complete hologram of any human based on his DNA (to setup the “shock” scene where he gets a hologram of what Christ looked like). A small team of scientists have managed to decrypt the ENTIRE genetic sequence and rendered the Human Genome Project redundant which sets up most of the story. There are really to how far one’s imagination can be suspended…

Stories revolving around the origins of Christianity seem to be the rage, which put me off The Miracle Strain. The Da Vinci Code was a much better story anyway. The novel overlooks the most important reason why Christ is remembered – not merely as a healer, but also a teacher and a miracle-worker.

One comment in the book did strike me though: A cancerous cell ironically destroys its body because the cell tries to achieve immortality. By ignoring the signals from its body to stop dividing, the cell eventually kills its body – and itself.

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