- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751507725
- ISBN-13: 978-0751507720
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mission Paperback – 1 Jan 1982
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Extraordinarily original...has all the makings of a huge success...a word of mouth cult book... I urge you to read it. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)
About the Author
Trained as a graphic designer and having written several film scripts, Patrick Tilley became a full-time writer.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is funny, astonishing and it questions everything that you have ever been told about life and the cosmos!
The characters are very true to life; fallible, funny and 'down to earth'
I could not put it down - I just had to find out what happened in the end. Incidentally, whatever you imagine you will never guess the ending!
In this time of distrust of the state, the church and the system, this book asks a lot of questions about the world we live in and provides a set of answers that make more sense than what we are currently provided with.
There will be people who say the book is blasphemous, but then the book already predicts this and even identifies them.
The book is excellently written and really captures the readers attention, if your not offended by an author questioning the church or the bible then read this book it might make you a better person.
As noted elsewhere, Mission concerns the mysterious appearance of a figure in modern day New York who is swiftly identified as the reincarnation of the Biblical figure, Jesus. The story unfolds from there in fairly clunky science fiction mode combining time travel & Star Trek metaphors and underpinning the overall apparent purpose of the book - an individual's personal take on what Jesus of Nazareth really was - with a first person "will he/won't he' narrative.
I enjoyed the book, hence the 3 stars, but found the plot fairly lightweight and little more than a framework for the exposition of Patrick Tilley's views on religion and its origins and purpose. Nothing wrong with that, intrinsically, and indeed some of the homespun ideas are quite fun and attractive to play with, but somehow it doesn't all hang together as a pleasing whole being neither upfront spiritual exposition nor really engaging science fiction romp. So one winds up in the no man's land desert between two possible foundations, which means that neither fully succeeds and each suffers because of the other.
Still, it was well worth the few quid I paid for it and I'm glad I spent the time to read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read this book 5 or 6 times over the past 10 years and it still amazes me. Totally questions the world as we know it and so believable. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Modusman
It just works!! And if you know your bible, it can work even better.Published 26 days ago by goldfish
I first read this years ago, but my copy went "Walkies"! The basic idea is both original, and very intriguing.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jesus reappears in 20th century America - well lets face it, where else would he go? Sarcasm aside, its a good story, could have done with a little more mystique.Published on 1 Sept. 2013 by greyferret
I have read this book many times over the years, and have given away many copies! One of my all-time favouritesPublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by Anon
First let me lay my cards upon the table... face up! I am an Ordinariat Roman Catholic Eucharistic Minister and Server (which, historically, puts me halfway between Chorus Boy and... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2012 by TQ2Boyz