National Geographic’s Genographic Project is mapping hundreds of thousands of DNA samples to develop a comprehensive family tree of the human race. Computer scientist Eric Colburn and geneticist Alana McKinsey join the project while continuing their college romance. Eric stumbles on a plot by a brilliant Muslim scientist, Dr. Alomari, who has co-opted the Genographic project. Before Eric is able to produce the proof, he is targeted by al Qaeda assassins in a series of devastating attacks. A Mossad agent uncovers the explosive plot: Alomari plans to inflame the Muslim faithful with genetic proof that will vindicate Ishmael as the rightful heir of the Abrahamic covenant. Armed with this knowledge, Alomari vows to unify the fractured Muslim kingdoms into a mighty Islamic empire that will finally drive the Jews into the sea. The Y Factor is a book that will challenge readers to love their enemies and to pray for them when it seems impossible to do so.
Liam Roberts, fascination with genetics - particularly the Genographic Project sponsored by The National Georgraphic Society and the idea that the story of Noah's flood might be recorded in our DNA - combined with an interest in Islamic terrorism, provide the impetus for this debut novel. Roberts has a popular blog where he writes on topics surrounding Christianity and Islam in America. He has been married for thirty-three years to his wife, Marsha, and they have been blessed with three incredible children.