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Breathless

by Dean Koontz
New York: Bantam, 2009. 352 pages.

In the course of his thriller, the popular novelist seems to be “focused on inciting his readers to question the validity of evolution,” reviewer Stephanie LaMassa complains, by “portraying scientists as dogmatic and closed-minded and debunking evolution using specious arguments commonly used by antievolutionists.” Considering three examples—involving the fossil record, the time available for evolution, and the evolution of the eye—she concludes, “In his attempts to discredit evolution, he only reveals his (seemingly willing) ignorance on this topic and becomes an ‘evangelist’ for misinformation. His time would have been better spent to learn what the scientific consensus on this issue is and how such tired arguments have been often refuted in the scientific literature.”