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Anointed: The Passion of Timmy Christ, CEO [Paperback]

Zachary Steele

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Book Description

3 Mar 2009
The Christ Corporation's newest CEO, Timothy Webb, doesn't want the job--but he can't allow himself to quit. Wedged between the demands of a corporate-driven religion and an Anti-Christ bent on ruling the world, Timothy finds his last hope in an unlikely alliance with the misrepresented angel known as Satan.

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Mercury Retrograde Press (3 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098166542X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981665429
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm

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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Fast Moving Read 11 Mar 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Passion of Christ (Timmy Christ)

Review by David Driscoll

Anointed: The Passion of Timmy Christ, CEO, the debut novel by Zachary Steele, has all the trimmings of a story that should appeal to those of us who aren't all that thrilled by organized religion. On the cover is a picture of a $100 bill with a thorny-crowned Jesus where Ben Franklin should be and "In God We Trust" replaced with "In God We Trust" Fund.

Regular guy Timothy Webb has been put in charge of The Christ Corporation, a company formed by Jesus Himself shortly after His resurrection to help spread the Word to the world. Timothy isn't particularly religious and doesn't want the job, but his schizophrenic, attractive, yet chaste wife Kelly sets up the interview and guilts him into applying for the top position, which is re-staffed-by tradition-every 33 years. Once the paperwork is signed (a hilarious process that takes up most of Chapter 10), Timothy starts down a highly entertaining path that includes meetings with GFCs ("God's Favorite Churches"), all twelve of the disciples (including the self-serving Judas and the ever-doubting Thomas); and even encounters with Satan and the Anti-Christ. Steele's version of Satan is far from a horned devil and is actually a beautiful coed named Natasha, which adds something different to the storyline.

Anointed is fast-moving and humorous, and takes several shots at organized religion. My favorite dialogue is when God decides to respond to questions from Natasha by reading from a Magic 8-Ball.

Natasha: "Will I ever be anything but the scorn of religion?"

God: "My reply is no."

Natasha: "Wonderful. Is that supposed to cheer me up?"

God: "All signs point to Yes."

Anointed is a very enjoyable read. If you're looking for a story that dismisses the supernatural, however, this isn't it. The book assumes there's a real God, Jesus, Devil and Angels, and ridicules not the belief in the existence of these mythical characters, but rather the way modern religions use them to fill their coffers.

If nothing else, Anointed certainly shows that Zachary Steele can write-I look forward to his future works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snark-castic! 7 Feb 2009
By deus ex machina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Zachary Steele's "Anointed" is as good as the half of "The Informers" that has no vampires. Unfortunately, if the promo stills for the film are to be believed, that part visually involves Billy Bob Thornton. There's a character named Billy in this book, too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun time with a first book 27 July 2010
By T. Atwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mr. Steele has done a fantastic job bringing this work to the table.

Anointed takes all the right jabs at religion and has fun in the process. From the opening line it takes off and never quits. Definitely worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun read 9 Jun 2009
By John Adcox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"When the Anti-Christ and Satan entered the bar, nobody took notice."

That's a great first line. Believe it or not, it's not the start of a joke. It's the first line of Zachary Steele's novel "Annointed," which is a scream. If you're a fan of people like Christopher Moore or Douglas Adams, take a look. Sadly, (in my humble opinion) it hasn't received the attention it deserves.

From what I hear through the grapevine, Zach was supposed to be interviewed on a radio show called something like The Open Mind, but they cancelled him when the found out the book wasn't a slam on religion. Apparently, these are fundamentalist atheists that can only be open minded in one way.

What it IS is a biting satire of the corporatization of religion, and it's a scream. It's a genuinely funny book, and well worth a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read for fantasy fans 9 Mar 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Salvation's a rough business. "Anointed: The Passion of Timmy Christ, CEO" is a novel about a theoretical Christ Corporation. For the past two millennia, The Christ Corporation has been spreading the word of Christ throughout the world, and every thirty-three years, the CEO-ship and identity of Christ is handed down to the next successor. Timothy Webb finds himself the next successor, but there's one problem - he doesn't want it. An entertaining spin on religion, business, and the apocalypse, "Anointed" is a fine read for fantasy fans.
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