Novels on Scientific Discovery and Faith Reviewed by BookViral

"A compelling narrative blending philosophical and theological themes"

novels on scientific discovery and faith

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0D3LT8WN5
  • Publisher: ‎ Austin Macauley Publishers (26 April 2024)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 226 pages
  • Genre: Science and spirituality


The BookViral Review:

(reviewed in its English translation)

With an absorbing premise and interesting speculation, ‘Atomic Shepherd’ is a book about the relationships between science and spirituality, and how disaster not only touches the outward shell of a person but also the inner man. 

George Zavershinskiy takes his reader back to a time when scientific discovery sought to shape the atom, harnessing its vast and monstrous power for the benefit of humankind. However, when the breakdown of harmonious science results in the great Chornobyl disaster, Zavershinskiy’sprotagonist questions not only the efforts of science at playing God but also his complicity in its eventual downfall. New to religious doctrine, faith and the belief in reparation to our Creator, his journey takes him not only on a private pilgrimage but ripples out in influence, drawing his spouse, work colleagues and friends into a philosophical arena of purpose, blame and redemption.

As the effects of their decisions lay heavily on minds and wreak havoc with bodies, each character faces their evident mortality and their conviction of what may be beyond. Zavershinskiy crafts them well, presenting them as players in each other’s outcomes, as one by one they face their inevitable fate. Purporting the idea that the atomic material itself served to shape minds and hearts as surely as it destroyed tissue and blood, one is left with a disquieting feeling, not just of disaster, but of new beginnings, albeit in a grumbling and fading body, giving birth to a new era of faith and hope.

Despite not being written in Zavershinskiy’s mother tongue, his narrative remains compelling and reflects an authenticity consistent with its storyline, thus drawing the reader into the setting and period effortlessly. His attention to detail and dogged insistence on an accurate portrayal of the Chornobyl catastrophe shapes his words with fascinating reality, supported by some surprisingly lovely descriptive passages.

Conceptually interesting, with a fascinating hypothesis, ‘Atomic Shepherd’ will appeal to those with a bent towards philosophy and theology.

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