Betty B. (Irving, TX)
Jeffrey's Small's Latest Book
I wanted to read this book, even though I do not normally read thrillers, because one of its themes relates to the common ground of all religions. I did enjoy that aspect of the book, and would have liked more. I also would have liked more development of the characters. I think this book would appeal to readers of thrillers like the Dan Brown books. Although it did not have the depth I would have liked, nevertheless I quickly read to the end, and I plan to read Small's prize-winning book, The Breath of God.
Kathy M. (Neptune Beach, FL)
a pleasant surprise
When I received "The Jericho Deception" I was not sure at all how I was going to feel about reading this. The description sounded very highbrow and I was sure that the subject matter was going to be a struggle to read. However, I loved this book. It was a fascinating subject about the possibility of producing religious visions and ecstasy and as in all good thrillers the misuse of this knowledge. I had been looking for a 'can't put down read' and this was it. It would make for a great beach or vacation read. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Barbara H. (Richmond, IN)
"The Jericho Project" by Jeffrey Small is an interesting read. It is both a thriller and a detailed search to create the Logos, a machine that produces a religious experience bordering on meeting with God. The book also involves a conspiracy to misuse this machine to transform Islamic fundamentalists into avid Christians.
Logos was being developed on the campus of Yale University primarily by two faculty members. Funding is nearing the end when suddenly new funding appears. This somewhat mysterious new funding marks the beginning of intrigue, murder, and conspiracy in the novel.
In the beginning the book has several chapters through which the reader meets a group of seemingly unrelated characters in a variety of locales. All of these come together in the story, which becomes extremely exciting in the second half. The main characters in the story in the beginning are very benign, but the characters involved in the conspiracy are malevolent, and pitted against the protagonist., require action and ingenuity on his part.
The Jericho Project is very detailed, thought-provoking, and also very exciting.
Molly B. (Longmont, CO)
Fun and Creativity Outweigh Flaws
This was a fun and interesting read, despite belabored elements. The premise is fascinating – that a machine can trigger divine revelations. Deeper understanding of the relationship between physical and spiritual worlds results from epileptic seizures or their replications by human-directed energy, via machine. Mr. Small's story line about the use of this ability is wild – to convert different religions to Christianity through machine-created mystical experiences to promote world peace, and to change the balance of power in terrorist countries, not through commerce or war, but through religion. I forgive Mr. Small for beating me over the head with the romantic and personal dilemmas, where the obvious is stated and then restated, because I enjoyed his crazy story and his nuggets about God. One such offering is that God is in a dimension that we humans can't understand, and that "Art, nature, beauty, love, peace, and the mystical states associated with religion may be our glimpses at this divine reality."
Daniel A. (Naugatuck, CT)
The Jer1ch0 Decept10n
Question: What do you get when you combine these items - 1. A machine that taps into your seeing-God part of your brain, 2. The CIA, and 3. The Middle East?
Answer: A fascinating story with many twists and turns with plausible situations and memorable characters that just maybe would make you lose some sleep or a meal or two because you want to keep reading. Recommended for fans of mystery, suspense and thrillers.
Mary R. (San Jose, CA)
Could there be a God Spot in our brains?
The Jericho Deception is a multi-faceted novel about the discovery of a way to turn on the God Spot in the brain and how that discovery becomes a military tool for brainwashing people. The book is fast paced and the characterizations are vivid. You can't help but grow to love Ethan and Rachel and worry if Mousa will be saved. Just when you think you have it figured out, there's a twist in the story. It had me guessing right up to the last page, with a possible hint of a sequel. I can definitely see this as an action film.
Jeanette L. (Marietta, GA)
The Jericho Deception
This fantastic novel will have your brain working overtime; Jeffrey Small's writing reminds me of Dan Brown with all the intrigue, the thrills and surprising conclusion. This is a compelling story of scientists, modern technology and the search for mystical sensations and the meaning of God. It is perfectly balanced and fast paced.