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The Sign | [Raymond Khoury]

The Sign

In Antarctica, a scientific expedition drops anchor for a live news feed. As the CNN journalist begins her report, a massive, shimmering sphere of light suddenly appears in the sky, enveloping the ship in luminous white light before disappearing as mysteriously as it arrived - the entire event witnessed by an incredulous world audience.
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Publisher's Summary

Another cutting-edge thriller set at the intersection of science, religion, and history from the best-selling author of The Last Templar.

In Antarctica, a scientific expedition drops anchor for a live news feed. As the CNN journalist begins her report, a massive, shimmering sphere of light suddenly appears in the sky, enveloping the ship in luminous white light before disappearing as mysteriously as it arrived - the entire event witnessed by an incredulous world audience.

Meanwhile in a dusty bar in Egypt, a dozen men are lazily discussing the state of the world when the brilliant, glowing symbol on the television stops them cold. One man breaks out in a sweat, crosses himself repeatedly, and rushes out of the bar muttering the same phrase over and over again: It can't be.

Across the Internet and around the globe, a stunning controversy threatens to consume the world: Has God finally decided to reveal himself? Or is something more sinister at hand?

©2009 Raymond Khoury; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Daniel Woodstock, GA, United States 11-30-10
    Daniel Woodstock, GA, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Good adventure, but too political & anti-religion"

    I love Khoury's adventures, but this one seemed more of a rant against conservatives Christians masquerading as an adventure at times. It would be more believable if it wasn't based on such extreme stereotypes. It isn't as if conservatives are the only ones with moral motives for political decisions. So, while I enjoyed the dichotomy between religion and politics/power and its part in the plot, I believe it would have been better not to create the straw man that only one side has this problem and uses the pulpit for political ends. As a great adventure and interesting plot idea, I'd give it five stars. But, as a fair representation of religion and religious influences, it barely deserves three.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William New Port Richey, FL, United States 01-12-10
    William New Port Richey, FL, United States 01-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Just not entertaining"

    This book is boring and I just couldn't stay interested. It took several weeks to get through it. The plot and character descriptions are really thin and the action just isn't exciting. I ended up listening at 2x speed on my iphone just to get finished. Although the political issues presented are problems in current US politics, I couldn't figure out what the author was trying to do with this story, since most of the political rants were by the bad guys.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Corona, CA, United States 02-09-11
    Tiffany Corona, CA, United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Waste of a Credit"

    This book can't decide what it wants to be. Tough guy adventure? Supernatural thriller? Techno thriller? Political nonsense? It falls apart on any level, except the political nonsense. The author has a right to spout his political views. I can choose not to listen, but the damage is done because my money is already spent. Don't waste yours on it. This was a waste of time and a credit, which is a real shame because the story has potential, if someone else had written it. A real shame.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Columbia, SC, United States 05-04-10
    Robert Columbia, SC, United States 05-04-10
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    "Great Premise, not so Great Delivery"

    I'm not going to bash the work based on politics or religion, my issues are word usage and boring action sequences. It just didn't hold my interest nor did I identify with the characters. Khoury's selection of words particularly during action sequences made me wince. I did complete the book, but it just left me flat.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nik 12-02-11
    Nik 12-02-11 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "An interesting premise."
    Would you try another book from Raymond Khoury and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I think I would.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was interesting, but the character development of the main protagonist lacked.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. It was suitable.


    Was The Sign worth the listening time?

    It was a bit too long winded for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The book lacked in a few areas, but had good points as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 07-11-09
    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 07-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "stinko"

    just a perfectly awful, boring book.
    Book is filled with political bias, unbelievable scenes and junk science.
    Khoury has, for me, gone from a must read to a must avoid

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 07-24-09
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 07-24-09 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "i listened for over 2 hours"

    This is all personal spouting about "global warming" just go chew AlGores ear...im disappointed..what a waste

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "DON'T BUY!!!!!"

    If you are interested in the political rantings, views and bashing by the author, then this is the book for you. I will never buy a book written by this author again. What a waste of a credit.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 07-18-09
    Frank 07-18-09
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    "Fair book but hated political speeches"

    Decent book, but the unnecessary political rants made me want to turn it off.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Dunwoody, GA, United States 07-10-09
    Joel Dunwoody, GA, United States 07-10-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Good book would advise buying it"

    This is a fast paced story about possible good intentions gone bad. Although there is some political correct elements in the story it doesn't distract from the story. I would highly recommend this book as well as his prior book.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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