Covington History Generations Report
Descendents CHARLES WILLIAM COVINGTON. Ref:15672. Born: around 1850 at North Carolina NC Compiled 28/06/2020
CHARLES WILLIAM COVINGTON. Ref: 15672. Born: around 1850 at North Carolina NC. Father: not known, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0.
Appears in 1880 Census living in Missouri having been born in North Carolina( Last updated: 30/07/2009 18:03:14)
JOSEPH JESSE. Ref: 15673. Born during 1880 at Missouri MO. Mother: not known, Ref: 0
JOSEPH JESSE COVINGTON. Ref: 15673. Born: during 1880 at Missouri MO. Father: Charles William, Father Ref: 15672. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0.
( Last updated: 30/07/2009 18:04:14)
CHARLES MILLARD. Ref: 15674. Born during 1920 at Missouri MO. Mother: not known, Ref: 0
CHARLES MILLARD COVINGTON. Ref: 15674. Born: during 1920 at Missouri MO. Father: Joseph Jesse, Father Ref: 15673. Mother: not known, Mother Ref:
0. ( Last updated: 30/07/2009 18:04:49)
CHARLES. Ref: 15675. Born around 1943 at Missouri MO. Mother: not known, Ref: 0
CHARLES COVINGTON. Ref: 15675. Born: around 1943 at Missouri MO. Father: Charles Millard, Father Ref: 15674. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0.
Was living in Brussells, Belgium in May 2006. Thought to be the writer of "The Holy Blood".
Ros Jackson Review of "The Holy Blood" by Charles Covington
Human cloning tends to upset a lot of people. Charles Covington courts the maximum controversy in The Holy Blood by suggesting what would happen if
someone tried to clone Jesus.
It begins with a scene from Bruges in 1482, where we witness the Holy Blood of the title being brought out in a futile attempt to heal Mary of Burgundy of her
fatal wounds. This is the sacred relic supposed to contain the blood of Jesus Christ.
The blurb on the back of the book suggests that this is some kind of science fiction thriller, but the science will require some heavy-duty suspension of
disbelief. The chances of successfully cloning from cells that have been around for hundreds of years is remote, so there's no fear of this actually happening.
In 2003 at Keer University, Wallace Keer is planning to get hold of the Holy Blood and test its authenticity. Covington makes his readers sit through a couple of
lectures on Christianity by way of an introduction, and the anti-religious bias is not subtle. The author is clearly on his soapbox, and he spends a while there
before getting down to business. Too long is spent introducing the characters, some of whom play a relatively minor part, and telling us about their families,
hobbies and favourite screen savers before much happens.
This book focuses on the events leading up to the attempted creation of a cloned baby, rather than what might take place after one is cloned. Central to the
plot is the punningly-named Gene Graham, a university professor whose work involves experiments with DNA and fertility. He backs Wallace's plan to get hold
of the Holy Blood. However, about half-way through the book he makes a barely credible radical change of personality, from nice guy to irritating egocentric git.
He is not the most engaging or believable of characters.
As with all big secrets, it's hard to keep an attempt to clone the Second Coming under wraps. Thanks to the activities of a couple of hackers the internet trail
leads various religious investigators and extremists to Keer University. After a slow start the pace improves as Gene attempts to carry out the cloning without
being discovered, and other people work on figuring out what is really taking place. Sinister and shifty priests and Islamic fundamentalists, each with their own
agenda, start poking their noses into university business.
Although the author mentions that several hundred attempts were made before the single successful cloning that led to Dolly the sheep, there's little
acknowledgement of how DNA would deteriorate over time, making successful cloning nearly impossible. If you let this technical detail pass, it's a fairly
variable story about deception, self-deception and religious politicking. When Charles Covington can resist the temptation to rant about the church he is not a
bad writer at all. Unfortunately this premise doesn't get the treatment it deserves because this is a book in need of some serious editing. Covington's ideas
show promise and he could be worth looking out for in future, but this time it doesn't really work. (firstname.lastname@example.org)( Last updated: 29/07/2010 13:24:59)