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
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.
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.
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.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
I think I would.
It was interesting, but the character development of the main protagonist lacked.
Yes. It was suitable.
It was a bit too long winded for me.
The book lacked in a few areas, but had good points as well.
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.
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
This is all personal spouting about "global warming" just go chew AlGores ear...im disappointed..what a waste
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.
Lots of action and violence in this one. An unlikely thesis in my opinion but it was still a very engaging read. Whether it is the editor or the narrator there are a few goof-ups, and no, the biblical book is not Revelations. The title of the Apocalypse is singular, but maybe that was put into the mouth of a crazy man on purpose. Several lines were repeated, too, which indicates a lack of editing -- enough so that it was noticeable. Also it was very preachy and that was from several characters who had different opinions. You are reading this criticism from a preacher, by the way, and it is appropriately shared by this preacher, I think, given the characters and plot. All in all another Khoury book to entertain us but not his best.
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