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on 13 July 1999
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!
on 12 July 2012
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.