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on 5 February 2003
This is certainly an interesting book. Not least because it can be viewed on at least three different levels.
On the first level, you can look at it as an action/adventure novel. In this way I guess it's competing with things like Tom Clancy. The series it reminded me most of was Patrick Tilley's "Amtrak War" books. The authors also try to inject a bit of political intrigue but this fails as they obviously don't know much about politics - for an example they think that the European Union is still called the Common Market and that the single European currency is the Mark. At this level the plot is interesting enough, although to anyone brought up on a diet of science fiction there's nothing particularly new and exciting here. Also, the authors aren't actually very good writers. The characters are all very one-dimensional and the plot moves forward in a very pedestrian manner.
At the next level, you need to realise that the book is based on prophecies taken from the christian bible. Of course, basing a novel on the "holy books" of a major world religion isn't new either. Take Roger Zelany's "Lord of Light" or Salman Rushie's "The Satanic Verses" for example. When done well (as in the previous two examples) it can make for very interesting reading. In other cases it just looks like laziness on the part of the author - they have to do a lot less work on making up a plot if they are stealing it directly from other people's work.
But it's the third level that is the most interesting (or, perhaps, the most scarey). The authors of the book (and most of the readers if the reviews here are anything to go by) believe that the book is based on events that are sure to happen in the not too distant future. I'm not sure whether the main reason for the book is to reinforce these beliefs in existing converts or to bring new converts into the religion. If it's the former then that probably explains why the authors haven't put much effort into the "literary merits" of the book. If it's the latter then I really think they are wasting their time. Like one of the characters in the book, I'd feel "intellectually dishonest" if I allowed myself to be drawn in by such unmitigated nonsense.
As an action/adventure novel it works pretty well. I'll probably read some more of the series (but I predict I'll get bored after a couple more) but if you really think that there's anything more to it than that then you have my sympathy.
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