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There follows discussions, preaching, teaching and miracles, which gain each party popularity from a nation lost and confused. America becomes split as it does with election fever, both sides falling to modern marketing methods to sell themselves.
The main story is interwoven with parables adding an extra layer to the storyline. The characters perform with passion and their roles are well written. The book is around 400 pages and for me I found it heavy on the philosophical dialogue. I'm from the UK and the parallels with the modern American marketing of the political presidency race weren't of interest to me. The book does make you think about your own views of the bible and religious messages we are given in the modern world. I think the book will be like "marmite" and like the followers of the second coming, readers will be divided in their opinions of the content.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
Early on in the opening chapters the reader is introduced to David Shepherd and Michael Waters who have just come away from a religious man ranting in the street. On their journey home they are confronted by a mysterious tribesman who convinces them to come to his church. The tribesman waits patiently for their arrival and breaks the news that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ and goes by the name of Israel.
In this very moment an attractive woman by the name of Margret Magdala sits nursing her drink in a bar and meets a stranger who claims he knows the exact date of her turning her back on God and he can back his story up with truth. The stranger asks Margret to walk with him and follow God. His name is Joe and he claims that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Both opposite parties, David and Margret eventually become strong devoured disciples for their chosen Messiah's and go on to spread the word and recruit new followers while declaring the other Messiah is Satan. All this leads to a major political divide of liberal and conservative ideology across America, especially Washington DC and Coastal Carolina where the two different Messiah's reside. Both sides do all they can to discredit each other through various media outlets. Margret with her goddess like looks and charm emerges as the femme fatale of fundamentalism, the divine diva of deliverance and the conservative community love her. David's popularity with the liberal community soon sky-rockets as he is perceived as an avenging angel for all those victimized by persecution and prejudice.
Joe challenges Israel to a live television debate and the battle of the Gods begins. The prelude of this godly debate continues to dominate the headlines. The main stream media are pro-Israel, while the talk radio universe rally behind Joe. When the fateful day finally comes and the two Messiah's must share the same stage, it is clear there's only enough room for one Messiah and this is when the real battle commences with a highly unpredictable ending.
This is a powerful thought-provoking work of fiction that cleverly examines age-old arguments, predicaments and biblical interpretations that are commonly believed concepts by Christians with regards to their salvation on earth and what will happen in the event of the apocalypse and afterlife that follows. S. Pinsker clearly has a great sense of humour as he injects just the right amount of satire to soften the ebb of biblical text and injects plenty of twist and turns to keep the reader guessing the outcome while allowing the reader to think about their own beliefs and ideology. S. Pinsker also has a unique talent for depicting a conceivable pre-apocalyptic phase that will leave many readers, like me waiting anxiously for the sequel.
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A thoroughly thought provoking read. Mr Pinsker does a great job in setting out many of the age old arguments surrounding the themes of belief in a story of two men both claiming to be Christ whilst accusing the other of being the Devil while America divides itself over the issue with neither 'side' willing to budge an inch.
I loved that all of the key characters - Mary Magdalene or should that be, the only child of Dorothy and Walter, Margaret Magdala? - were Biblical updates - Mary, now a solicitor who 'prostitutes' herself, her, and I quote,'legal career reaped her millions; the plundering and looting of successive generations of robber barons (and just plain robbers) provided the young heiress with millions more', that the 'real' Second Coming was never divulged, that, the arguments laid out, we (the readers) were left to make up our own minds.
A book I had my reservations about when asked to review it as I notoriously struggle with subtle clues and references the likes of which I knew were woven throughout. Whilst I do feel that some of the theology, the 'politics' and overall satire may well have gone over my head I never-the-less found this a highly readable book even if I did struggle with the idea of a parallel universe populated by crows of all things.
Witty and yet kind of sad, the author pulls no punches in his descriptions of a splintered society. I long to know where part two, Three Days Later: A Revenge Story, will take us.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
Disclaimer: A paper copy read and reviewed on behalf of the author, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.
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