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Better writing than some 'End Times' novels, but ultimately a bit silly,
This review is from: Last Day (Paperback)
Glenn Kleier's `The Last Day' is a thriller set at the end of the end twentieth century which depicts the antics of a group of American news reporters as they follow religious zealots who are anticipating the end of the world. The story sees the world gripped with end times fever as the assorted zealots converge on Israel for the supposed Last Day - December 31st 1999. Our intrepid reporters help in no small measure to fuel this furore. An interesting `international intrigue' type sub-plot adds a little depth to the novel.
Although Kleier's novel reads well - he is obviously a talented writer - there are one or two angles which are just too far-fetched. When this is mixed with several instances of things which are just far too contrived the whole thing turns out to be very disappointing.
But this was this paragraph that turned me right off this novel: `In Times Square... a huge bonfire roared... [and] people fed [in] an unending supply of... assorted weaponry... A headline banner... read: `National Rifle Association Changes Name to National Resistance to Arms'.'
While I shall resist the temptation to discuss Kleier's messianic figure, I will say that it's easy to dismiss his idea theologically - but it's still very interesting!
I read this novel because I've read 7 or 8 of the `Left Behind' series, and have grown to heartily hate them. (I can live with their dreadful theological interpretation (just!) but I can't tolerate the fact that they're very poorly written.) Kleier's offering is light-years ahead in writing quality, but unfortunately the story itself dissolves into little more than a silly fairy tale. I can't tell how disappointed I was! (2½ starts would be best.)