I normally love Temperance Brennan stories but I really disliked this one. I realize that Tempe's stance is very logical and scientific yet this book was based on a faith-related conflict. As a result, it came across as though all faith is baseless, meaningless, and damaging to "real" progress. I agree that fanatics and extremists in any religion cause major damage - to relationships, people, and property. But the vast majority of religious people are not extremists. Yet the book conveyed the image that ANY religion (no matter how moderate) was harmful and caused people to behave in inappropriate ways, instead of considering that religious extremists often use "god" to justify dangerous behaviours.

Furthermore, a major plotline in the book is Tempe's reluctance to accept Ryan's marriage proposal. This drove me crazy because she wants to be her own woman without having men come to her rescue. Honestly? If she's going to say that, she's going to have to stop taking idiotic chances that put her in exactly that situation! Besides, when she needs rescuing, anyone could do it. It really has nothing to do with Ryan in particular coming to her rescue. He's just the one keeping tabs on her and following up when she (for instance) doesn't answer her cell phone...

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