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Publisher's Summary

A.D. 2088. Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her 34 years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.

But a larger threat looms. The world's leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether...but at what expense?

As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father's unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance: the spiritual future of all humanity.

In this futuristic thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking theology. The Last Christian is a provocative "what if?" novel from David Gregory, best-selling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger.

©2010 David Gregory (P)2010 Random House

Critic Reviews

"The plotting is intricate and imaginative, and the religious elements go beyond formula....Gregory's approach is fresh, and he's produced a page-turner." ( Publishers Weekly)

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fantastic.

This book was an exceptional novel about the potential future of our nation and what that can lead to and our spirituality. It was very moving and helped to evaluate how even though intentions may be good, it can lead to catastrophic results I enjoyed this book and have recommended it to many many friends. Enjoy!

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was inspiring and thought provoking, and I have recommended that my friends read it...I listened to it twice because it had so many great details.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Abby was the main character and my favorite. Because she was raised in the jungle and not up to speed on all the newest technology, she was very innocent about learning technology but also couldn't understand how a country could possibly live with God.

What about Lincoln Hoppe’s performance did you like?

The Narrator was so good at voice tones to help distinguish the characters. He kept my attention.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I didn't want to stop the book, normally listening while I exercise and drive.

Any additional comments?

More books like this one would be great.

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I wanted to like this book.

What would have made The Last Christian better?

Better theology conserning the Christian faith and scriptures.

Has The Last Christian turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What about Lincoln Hoppe’s performance did you like?

Very well read. Easy to listen to. Smooth voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book started out well and was actually good until about the last third. The gospel is lost. The true Christian message is watered down, and the premise is left wanting.

Any additional comments?

This book could have been so much better. It came so close and then fell apart. It makes me sad.

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Very interesting explanation of God within us.

Thought provoking story that inspires me to stop striving and rest in Christ's presence within me.

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An intersection of science and belief.

I found this book to be an interesting intersection of science and belief. Would you choose to believe in man and live forever without God, or believe in God and live forever after death.

Being a software engineer the thought of living as a software program gives me chills (because I know how buggy software can be).

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very intriguing and addicting

! at first it was very slow and I didn't care for the reader it first but then as time went on the book got very interesting very intriguing it also got very addicting I didn't want to watch TV and didn't want to talk to anyone else I wanted to do was listen to the book and find out how it ended I enjoyed it so much

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Good book, well written and performed.

Thia was a good book in general, I'd love to see more Christian sci-fi that isn't just eschatological. This had a very believable future. The plot point that put the "Last Christian" against the tech was a bit of a stretch at first, but I figured it wasn't against scripture though I don't recall it in black and white in scripture. It was a good book.

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Good Christian based book!!

Good Christian based book!! I would recommend this to a friend. Good story line. End review

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Unnecessarily Sci-Fi

What I didn’t like: It’s a sci-fi novel with a Christian component to it. The Sci-Fi content felt forced and unnecessary, creepy at times. The novel starts so off topic that it took will power to care about the rest of the content.

What I liked: The theology in it was moderately good to brilliant in some points. Specially addressing the problem of contemporary Christianity in a secular society and their shortcomings in sharing Christ.

I wouldn’t recommend it for Christians in general. The book is a sci-fi novel for the sci-fi crowd. But the dialogues are real food for thought.

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Problematic Theology and Narrative, Otherwise...okay

Firstly, the narration is best at 1.25x speed. It’s too slow at regular speed.

I would have to agree with my fellow reviewer, Paul. The Theology is very problematic. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s heretical, but it is disappointing. I will sum up the problem in a sentence or two without any spoilers. It seems that the author is saying that Christ finds His identity in us, and he lives out His life through our decisions. Not that we find our identity in Him and accept His will for our life. There is more to be concerned about in the story, but I won’t get into it for the sake of staying spoiler free.
The odd thing is that the characters the author uses to facilitate his ideas are separated from God within the story. Strange.
There are a fair amount of narrative and character motivation issues as well. It doesn’t break the story, but it certainly diminishes the overall impact.

The world building and technical/ philosophical elements are the strongest aspect of this story. There are moment that are very well done, on par with Perretti or Dekker, but like Paul said in his review, it falls apart in the third act. I didn’t feel like I wasted my money, but I wouldn’t recommend it, either.

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  • 12-15-10

Maybe a good book.....

I was intrigued by this book and bought it with anticipation. However I won't get to find out from this audio version as I quit after a quarter.

The Problem: The reader. I'm not sure if he was being overly earnest or if he was just bored. He read each word so slowly and left long, long gaps at the end of each sentence. Possibly interesting characters were reduced to unbearable bores. Every so often his voice would rise up as if he was a teenage boy.

I'm sorry, I am still interested in the plight of Abby and maybe I will buy the book, however i begrudge paying twice for the same thing.

In the future I will be more careful in listening to the samples

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  • 03-09-11

Prob a good read but.....

Agree with the above review, just could not listen to the most boring voice I have ever heard, no doubting the auther, but had to give it up it was sooo frustrating

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