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Mission Paperback – 1 Jan 1982

4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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)

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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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Format: Paperback
When I originally read this book in the early 80's I was so riveted I had to call in sick to work so I could finish it! Tremendous read. Both my mother and I looked at each other and wondered if it really happened and had to check the book again to see if it really said "novel." Gave many, many copies away over the years, unfortunately including my own. THEN found out it was out of print. Thrilled it's back (in the UK anyway) and buying for my mom and I again.
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Format: Paperback
Mission is my favourite book of all time. I must have read it at least a dozen times and could read it a dozen more - I see something new each time.
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!
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Format: Paperback
I first read "Mission" in 1982 and have reread it several times. I've also bought this for friends and passed on dozens of copies. It's out of print in the US so I treasure my copies. This novel is quite thoughtful, suspenseful, and the sharply drawn characters drive the plot to an amazing finish that will have you turning back to page one as soon as you finish the novel. A GREAT book that will have a following for ages. I loved this book!
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Format: Paperback
Patrick Tilley takes the bible, religon and institutional greed and creates an excellent fictional work which actually makes more sense than the real thing.
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.
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One of the best books I've ever read. Thought provoking, exciting, tense and faultlessly researched. The ending will have your head spinning. Why it's never been made into a film is completely beyond me. At last it's available on Kindle - so I won't have to keep buying second hand copies to give out to friends.
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My favourite paperback. Good to see it's been reprinted; a fabulous story of the conversion of a supercool lawyer into a disciple. With a twist and a half in the tail. Can't recommend this enough - you'll wish it were true. (Who knows? it might be :-) !!!!)
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I first read this book in 1982, and must have read it a dozen times since. This is an amazing book,an awe inspiring allegory questioning the tensions and fallacies of the Church long before Dan Brown did, and opening a whole new perspective on love and relationships. You need to have an open mind to appreciate it, and be prepared for the need to think, but it is worth it. The ending remains the best I have ever read, I turned back to the start as soon as I had finished the last page!
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I was recommended this book by a dear friend who had been mesmerised by it some years ago and I was very pleased to have found a 'formerly owned' copy as it is currently out of print. The fact that the pages were yellowing and slightly brittle only added to the pleasure of the read for me.

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.
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