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Judgement Day [Mass Market Paperback]

Jane Jensen
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1 Mar 2002
A gripping novel that brilliantly blend ancient prophecy with vivid, complex characters, Millennium Rising is a chillingly plausible thriller that will forever haunt your dreams . . .

For thousands of years, sacred texts have predicted the end of the world. The prophets have always proved false. Until now. For in a small Mexican village, people flock from all over the planet to witness a miraculous visitation. But twenty-four of them receive a message that is far more personal . . . and horrific: the Day of Judgment is at hand.

Father Michele Deauchez, sent by the Vatican to investigate, finds his faith shaken to the core. New York Times reporter Simon Hill smells a Pulitzer in the making. Especially when the portents foretold in the Book of Revelations begin to come true, one by one.

The end of the world. Is it a case of mass hysteria . . . a devious, far-reaching plot . . . or has God truly spoken?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (1 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345430352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345430359
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I was pleased to have been chosen to receive an advance readers' copy of Millennium Rising.
Millennium Rising combines all the elements we've seen on CNN during the last decade of the twentieth century...the stripping of the rain forests in Brazil, weather upheavals like El Nino and La Nina, outbreaks of strange new diseases such as the Ebola and Hanta viruses, drought and famine, the rise of religious fanaticism, terrorism...and ties this chaos to centuries-old end-of-the-world prophecies of our major religions...the Seven Signs, for example. Jane Jensen has done an excellent job of spinning a thriller that, at times, reminded me of epic movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind for its sense of world-spanning awe, and Independence Day for its scale of global destruction, but instead of aliens, we have 24 "messengers" of God and a string of apocalyptic events. Through the central characters and their experiences, I was also reminded of The X-Files, Outbreak and All The President's Men. Father Deauchez and New York Times reporter Simon Hill, the Woodward and Bernstein of the novel, take us on quite a thrill ride and never let go of their grip on us. Their quest for the Truth exposes us to some really interesting heroes and villains along the way. Millennium Rising shows how the end of the world just might come to pass. If you think that the Y2K bug is going to cause an end to civilization as we know it, I recommend that you read Millennium Rising while you still have time!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic thriller gone mad. 12 July 2012
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This novel is an apocalyptic, end-of-days conspiracy thriller set on a global scale. Its mish mash of religious and political demagoguery by "chosen ones" who view themselves as "prophets" adds to the heightened sense of terror, armageddon and re-birth. Is time nigh or is there something more sinister going on?

The first third of the book is the best as the pace and build-up of tension is most palpable. It dips in the middle and loses it way at the end as it drones on for far much too much time. I would loved to have given this book 4 stars but sadly can only award it 3. I recommend Robert Mccammon's Swan Song for a better take on the apocalyptic type of read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judgment Day by Jane Jensen 1 Feb 2011
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I was happy to find this book for sale. It came in good condition and I am reading it now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Jansen first real novel is one scary hell of a ride 12 Dec 1999
By M. van Driel - Published on Amazon.com
The story, which reads like a cross between Chris Carters Millennium and The X-files, deals with the end of the world, but not as we know it. No comets or volcano's which can conveniently be stopped by a single action from a good-looking hero, but tales about famine and plagues and war. Let one thing be clear from the start, Millennium Rising is not a nice book and I would certainly not recommend it to the faint of heart.
The book starts with a vision, shown to twenty-four prophets of different religions. They are told that this time the end is really here. God has judged us and his judgment is fierce. Seven signs will not only make way for the apocalypse, but will also wipe out most of mankind. Only two people are wondering if there is real truth behind the prophecies of the twenty-four. They are Simon Hill, a New York Times reporter and Father Michelle Deauchez, a professional debunker in service of the Vatican. The question they have to ask themselves: is it really God who is behind the plague, the sores and the earthquakes, or is it mankind itself?
In the middle of the book I was wondering if Jensen wasn't overplaying her hand. The scope of the story is so broad, the things happening to the people and to the Earth so devastating, that it would be hard to end the story on a believable note. An Armageddon-like solution, with the two investigators stopping the end of the world with one push of a button, was simply not possible. It's just not that kind of book.
I must say that I should not have worried. If anything is clear about Millennium Rising, it is that Jensen is in complete control of the story. Like in a well-written computer game, plot points and clues are shattered around the book, some obvious, but most hidden in plain sight, like ancient prophesies. And the end, in all its tragic beauty, the narrative is utterly believable.
I made the game reverence on purpose, because Jane Jensen is mainly know as the writer/designer of the three great adventure games that make up the Gabriel Knight series. These CD-ROMs are detailed mysteries, set against a historical (and often supernatural) background. Not unlike Millennium Rising that is.
Jensen has written two novels before, based on her two first Gabriel Knight adventures. As much as I like them for the story, they read more as transcripts of the games then real novels and as such I can only recommend them to die-hard fans of the games, or people who don't want to be bothered with actually playing them. (Which is their loss by the way). Millennium Rising on the other hand is a real novel, with great writing and a cast of wonderful characters.
If there is anything wrong with the book, it must be that the two main characters are not as interesting as I would have liked them to be. Unlike the rest of the players, who are really flashed out, even though some of them are only present on some of the pages, Hill and Deauchez are a little flat. It is not until the end that the reporter and especially the priest become actual players in the drama, instead of devices to move the story along.
It is a minor scribble though. Millennium Rising is a great book, almost as good as Stephen Kings The Stand and a lot scarier.
Marcel van Driel
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At times terrifying, chilling, despairing, ever fascinating 12 Jan 2000
By Tung Yin - Published on Amazon.com
At the outset, I should state that I am not a fan of horror fiction (aside from most of Dean Koontz's works). While I can tolerate blood and gore quite well, religious horror seems to strike a primal fear in me. Ten seconds of the head turning scene from "The Exorcist" was too much for me to stomach. Although I love Ah-nold movies, I passed on "End of Days."
So you can understand why I approached "Millennium Rising" with some trepidation. I bought it because it had been described as "The X-Files" crossed with "Millennium."
I'm happy to report that Jane Jensen did a fabulous job of bringing me to brink of that primal fear without crossing the line. That's not to say that the book is not terrifying at times, because it is, and there are sequences that really do evoke the feeling of the end of the world.
As other reviewers have noted, there is a key revelation (so to speak) about halfway through the novel, but that hardly means you understand everything. Rather, the puzzlement shifts to a different level.
The only negative I have to say is that the ending seemed a little forced. Not unbelievable; it works within the framework of the book. But it felt truncated. Another short chapter would have been good. (I think this is because when you have been writing about the Apocalypse, you need more than a few pages to end your story.)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! 25 Mar 2000
By Bill Degrasse - Published on Amazon.com
Millennum Rising is more than just a novel. It is the battle between good and evil, told in a way that will not let you put it down. The blend of religion, New Age beliefs, the echo of aliens from outer space, and memories of Woodstock are all there.
This is a blend of political intrigue and corrup-tion. The title of the book fits the story perfectly. Jensen creates a fresh look at the Millennium, just when we need it.
This is the author's first big novel, but I am sure it will not be her last.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well plotted conspiracy end-times story. 30 Jun 2001
By Jeff Nyman - Published on Amazon.com
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Do you like plots regarding world conspiracies? Do you like stories about end-time prophecies? Do you enjoy the idea that institutions such as the Vatican, the United States government, etc. are the holders of unbelievable secrets that could possibly restructure the world as we know it? Well, then you might really be able to get into this book. Personally, I really enjoyed it. The plot was well-paced and it kept you wanting to read more. I will say that the end of the book was just a little too contrived for me and even too simplistic for the complex plot that had been driven to up to that point. That was a bit of an anti-climax for me. In fact, that is the only reason I could not give the book a full five stars.
Even with that, however, I heartily recommend the book. For the most part it is a non-stop roller coaster as you try to figure out, along with the protagonists, just what the heck (or is that Hell?) is going on. For those who might fear that this is just a lot of religious battling between the forces of light and darkness (a la "The Stand") with highly moralistic overtones, you will be in for a pleasant surprise as to the twists and turns of the story. On the other hand, for those hoping that this is a titanic battle between some (insert your God here) and (insert your God's nemesis here), a la "This Present Darkness," you may not find this one to your liking.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly my type of book 20 Nov 1999
By Molly Gholson - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a fan of many different kinds of fiction but I have to admit I like this kind the best. A great mixture of sci-fi, mystery, prophecy, and religion (enough to make the reader feel like maybe the world really ISN'T coming to an end.) As a college student the last thing I have time for is fiction but I gladly sacrificed my spare time to read Millenium Rising! I eagerly look forward to Jane's next book.
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