Money always solved everything for multi-millionaire Aldo Galliano. So when faced with imminent death and the need to decide between cryonic preservation or faith in God and an afterlife, he offers a 1m prize for the most convincing argument for or against God. Enter Bruce Kramer, a dropout theology graduate, who strives to consolidate religion and science by revealing linMoney always solved everything for multi-millionaire Aldo Galliano. So when faced with imminent death and the need to decide between cryonic preservation or faith in God and an afterlife, he offers a 1m prize for the most convincing argument for or against God. Enter Bruce Kramer, a dropout theology graduate, who strives to consolidate religion and science by revealing links between creation and evolution, and explaining mysteries as diverse as the Garden of Eden and the wise men's guiding star. But dangerous rivals aim to prevent his success. With locations including Bath, Rome, Lake Garda, Tenerife, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, this fascinating novel draws the reader deeply into the excitement of Bruce's squabbling research team, his untimely romantic entanglements, and the compelling theories pursued by a cast of engaging but eccentric characters. Subtly combining the spiritual discernment of C. S. Lewis, the humour and rich characterisation of Peter Carey, and all the twists and turns of a mystery thriller, the author brings us an entertaining and unforgettable tale. But beware. Like one of Galliano s favourite lattes, while it might appear frothy on the surface, a high caffeine brew lurks deep below that may keep you awake at night... thinking."...
|Title||:||Flying a Kite|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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Flying a Kite Reviews
This was a disappointing read. The premise of the novel involves the debate about whether "science"or "religion" is true or if both can be. This is presented inside a story, which falls flat because there isn't much of a story. While the book starts off quite interesting with a contest, it quickly drops into mostly discussions (some repeated in the novel) with the characters pontificating what the reader is supposed to learn. These lectures are sparingly interrupted by (comic?) relief of some bad guys out to stop them from learning the "truth."The "science" in the novel is accepted as complete fact by the main character with never a discussion about problems with the "science" (i.e. transitional fossils, circular reasoning) while at the same time this main character manipulates problems he sees in the Bible so the Bible can FIT his accepted science. There is no mention of any scientists (past or present) that believe the literal interpretation of the Bible's creation story or in a young earth which would have provided the story with some science that fits the Bible.This is not completely family friendly as the main character takes special drugs multiple times to induce a "higher consciousness" and there are scenes that imply the main character has premarital sex.
Spirituality vs. Science. I hear the words and my ears prick up. It’s probably the most argued, most personal and most divisive debate of all time. With it comes the one question most everyone will ask, the one question that seldom gets answered because both sides usually end up killing each other: Is there a God? Millionaire Aldo Galliano has six months to live and he’ll pay one million pounds to know the answer. The invitation is offered to Bruce Kramer, former student of theology turned bartender, and Sophia Mancini, a leggy blond rival with “a rippling waterfall of a laugh, a gently tinkling exuberance that indicated such a prospect held no fears for her; this was confirmed by the firm smile she gave him: in its way, he supposed, quite deadly.” Only one will be paid for gathering enough evidence, only one will win the reward for convincing Aldo that there is or isn’t a God. Kinsley knits together a tale of romance, humor and mystery, while a parade of eccentrics and academics, and sometimes The Almighty Itself, argue, wrangle and complicate the plot. Of course, other questions enter in such as: Where did we come from? What is life? Is there life after death? Whilst digging up research to support their arguments, Bruce and Sophia dodge a cast of thugs who seem to have it out for them. The story, which tosses up arguments and bandies them about, uses characters to present a platform for religious, philosophical, scientific and spiritual debate that blurs age-old divisions and offers a unified theory. While I found the context academic, the characters were playful, and the end surprised me.
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' FavoriteSick with septicemia, Aldo Galliano, a rich Italian businessman is faced with his own mortality and wants to find out if there is really life after death. This is the premise of Flying a Kite by Ian Kingsley. One of the main protagonists, Bruce Kramer, a disillusioned theology graduate, is hired to organize and head a team of researchers. The group only has six months to prove if God really exists or not. Other groups of experts are also working on this and at stake is a one million pound prize for the most convincing argument of God’s existence or non-existence. Will Bruce and his eccentric crew find the meaning of life in a world that is swamped by the latest in scientific technology?Flying a Kite is a novel that attempts to answer philosophical questions that have baffled philosophers and scientists all over the world since time immemorial. Indeed, these are questions that confront all of us. Does God really exist? What is the meaning of life? Dialogue driven and fast paced, the reader will be entertained by Bruce Kramer and his team as they try to solve life’s mystery itself. Ian Kingsley’s novel reminds me of Jostein Gaarder’s work in Sophie’s World. Whereas Kramer relied heavily on philosophy to prove his point, Kingsley consolidates science and religion in putting forth his novel’s intention. I think one of the greatest achievements of this book is that the author is very successful in creating an entertaining book that deals with a subject as complicated as finding God and the meaning of life.