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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 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.
Bursting with optimism, Flying A Kite by author Ian Kingsley marries the imagination of an accomplished writer and the passion of a theologian to deliver a truly remarkable read. Written in tight eloquent prose that are altogether enthralling, Kingsley has certainly delivered a staggeringly entertaining novel, one imbued with a sense of urgency which conveys an emotional resonance that is far too rare in contemporary literature. On this level it can simply be read and enjoyed, but there’s a compelling sense of authenticity which begs deeper consideration. On this level Kingsley has penned a book which is all about the content; weaving fact, fiction and theology in an overarching theme that encourages the reader to reflect on polarised beliefs. Not with the aim of proffering answers, but providing insight and the opportunity to draw one’s own conclusions as Bruce pursues his quest. In the main it works so well because Kingsley maintains the theme of reciprocity between his characters whilst maintaining a believable story that gives equal weight to opposing views. It certainly makes for a difficult novel to put down!
A genuine joy to read, without the contrivance of undue complexity, readers who have enjoyed 'The Celestine Prophecy' by James Redfield and 'The Shack' by Wm Paul Young will certainly find a novel of equal standing in Flying A Kite.
Recommended without reservation it’s highly deserving of your attention. BookViral has no hesitation in naming Ian Kingsley as our sixth ever author of choice.
—BookViral (August 2015)
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