How Much Trouble Can One Baby Be?
What does an American scientist with no religious beliefs, the pope, the spoiled daughter of a small country’s king, a Ferrari, and the shroud of Turin have in common? The answer would be The Cloning by Wisner Washam. The Cloning is a fast-paced, suspenseful book about the cloning of a hair found on the shroud of Turin – essentially creating an exact duplicate of the Christ that was born over 2000 years ago.
The stage for the story is set in the first chapter as a new, more progressive pope takes office and a Harvard science professor, Marc, wins the national science award. An old friend of Marc is in a strategic place in the Catholic Church and is able to convince the pope to let Marc study and authenticate the shroud of Turin.
Marc’s irreverent attitude toward the church and a hint of potential conflicts to come becomes apparent as Marc enters Cardinal Dugan’s office and shakes his hand instead of the customary kiss on the ring. Other conflicts come up as the time to do the cloning approaches. There is much discussion as to who the mother that carries the clone should be and what nation she should come from. Once settled, there is more discussion about whether the cloned child should be male or female. Obviously, there are those who do not think the cloning should even be allowed.
As the book progressed, I found it more difficult to put down. I was quite tempted about half way through the book to look at the last page to see how it ended.
This is not a “Christian fiction” book, but it does have some spiritual themes that run discreetly through it. There is some foul language and a few “semi-tasteful” bedroom scenes.
Overall, an excellent book with a well thought-out plot that has some interesting twists.
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