The Soul of the Matter   -     By: Bruce Buff
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The Soul of the Matter

Howard Books / 2016 / Hardcover

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When former government cyber-intelligence analyst Dan is contacted by his estranged friend, Stephen---a renowned geneticist---he's surprised. But his surprise turns to suspicion when he hears Stephen's audacious claim---that he's discovered evidence of a Creator using human DNA. Is Dan being manipulated? Do Stephen's experiments spring from an ulterior motive---and what if one goes horribly awry? 432 pages, hardcover from Howard.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 6.00 X 9.00 X 9.00 (inches)
ISBN: 150114071X
ISBN-13: 9781501140716

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Publisher's Description

A scientist’s claim that he’s found the secrets of the universe's origin encoded in DNA sparks a race against time to uncover the truth in this fast-paced thriller of science and faith, power and murder, loss and redemption.

Dan Lawson, a former government cyber-intelligence analyst, is surprised to be contacted by his estranged friend Stephen Bishop, a renowned geneticist. Stephen says that he’s discovered amazing information within DNA, including evidence of a creator, and needs Dan’s help to protect his findings. Dan is skeptical and wonders whether he is being manipulated, or if the recent illness of Stephen’s only child, Ava, has caused his childhood friend to fall back on religion for answers to questions best left to science. Spurred by his desire for proof that life has meaning, however, Dan puts aside his doubts and agrees to help.

When an experiment goes terribly awry, Dan realizes he must get to the bottom of Stephen's discoveries. With the help of Trish Alighieri, a pediatric oncologist trying to save Ava’s life, Dan desperately searches for answers—including whether the human soul can survive science’s conquest of nature.

Author Bio

Bruce Buff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Business School with finance degrees and has worked as a management consultant and information technology executive. In his spare time, he enjoys running, bicycling, and being outdoors, especially on Cape Cod and the Hudson Valley. Bruce and his wife, Claire, are the lucky parents of five children and currently reside in Westchester, New York. He is the author of The Soul of the Matter and The Last Souls.

Editorial Reviews

"A thrilling plot filled with deception and international intrigue…This book will leave readers to ponder big questions of existence."
Full of unexpected twists and turns, The Soul of the Matter will leave readers wondering how this fast-paced thriller marked by the compelling combination of science, suspense, redemption, and faith could possibly be Buff’s debut novel.
"A thriller that will have you thinking and questioning everything long after you read the last page."
"Daring and insightful, Bruce Buff’s The Soul of the Matter races deftly across the latest battlefield between faith and reason—the secrets of creation itself. This gutsy debut thriller posits there is more to DNA than chemistry and some codes were not meant to be broken." 
"A riveting read that thrills with breakneck pacing while raising fundamental questions about what it means to be human. Thought-provoking on many levels, Bruce Buff's stellar debut will open your mind to incredible possibilities. Fans of Michael Crichton and Dan Brown are sure to savor this novel." 
"A creative, sophisticated, and thought provoking thriller... Bruce Buff has done a fabulous job exploring today's tense no-man's land between science and religion, asking and answering exciting questions about what the universe and mankind are all about and why we're here."

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  1. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    good book
    November 1, 2016
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First, I want to thank the author for responding to my note posted to him on his site!

    How does one convey the complexities of science, faith, and power hungry governments who will do anything to obtain a program that is supposed to give them power? Here is a fictional work that explores vast areas of science and faith, taking these issues from various disciplines and then adding to the mix the possible outcomes that influence the main characters in the novel.

    My mind was blown away by the amount of research the author did to write such a novel. I was entranced by the multitude of characters and the ways they interacted that at times either led me to think they were the good guys or they were not. The first main character that interested me was Stephen Bishop who is studying DNA and supposedly going to share his findings with a shadow organization in order to obtain a cure for his daughter, Ava. Stephen enlists the help of an old school chum who worked in the intelligence field to help protect his covert work from being hacked or discovered.Dan Lawson is that man, but he has been withdrawing from humanity because he cant find answers to the questions stirring his soul.

    In time, Dan meets Trish who is an oncologist, but she seems to possess some type of manner to help Dan as he is searching for answers and evil people. At times, the scientific part of the novel was over my head, but that didnt deter me because of the many possibilities the plot line could go kept me reading.

    There isnt any way I can accurately depict the story line and the many twists and turns the plot takes that kept me at times on the edge of my seat! All I do know is I have never read a novel of this caliber that is suspense-filled and includes many mysteries. There are some characters that are searching for answers either in science or in the realm of faith either for their own life or for various organizations that take one deeper into the book for hours.

    When I finished reading, my mind was buzzing with where the fictional tale took me and where it might take me in the next book. According to Amazon, this is book one in a series. I am just astounded after I read the book to remember this is Brice Buffs debut novel and it is absolutely captivating! I hope many will sit down and enjoy the book as I look forward to hearing what other readers think when they turn the last page!
  2. FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    GOD is what matters
    August 19, 2016
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has a unique storyline, and it is one worth reading. It communicates to us a very challenging subject but he does it so well. It is not pretentious it is enjoyable and very entertainable. This keeps you on your toes for example, "All Dan could think about was the surprise that kept coming and he wondered what possibly could be next." Well that is what I kept doing and so will you that's for sure. It grabs you by the collar and pulls you at record speed all the way to the end and you don't stop until you get there not even for a pit stop. It is intense and rightly so. I enjoyed every second of the ride and so will you.
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