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Lots of good ideas that don't quite come off,
This review is from: Armageddon by Morning (Paperback)
Having read, and enjoyed, much of Cruz's other writing, I was keen to see what his novel was like. Ultimately I was failry disappointed, although he has certainly put an enormous amount of effort into writing this book, the storlyine is pretty non-existant and the enormous number of characters means that it is hard to remember which is which let alone actually care about what they are going through.
The basic idea is that a Russian scientist has manufactured a computer that is being used by the devil to bring about armageddon and the end of the world. This computer is then smuggled into Africa by a private pilot and her teenage son who have to keep the doomsday device away from the scientist and her buyer with the help of African tribesmen.
Cruz certainly did an enormous amount of research for the book and some of the detail he goes into about the environments and the history of the book's various settings is impressive. Unfortunately this, coupled with the characters' endless (and largely irrelevant) backstories, really slows down the pace of, what is essentially, a thriller.
Cruz's decision to include God and Lucifer as characters also seems rather bizarre as their rather flat book-of-Job style conversations in the heavenly realms do not make them seem powerful or dangerous. Classic Christian authors like CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien's parallel universes seem much more suited to the inclusion of a God figure.
Perhaps the biggest problem with the book is that Cruz does not seem to know who he is aiming it at. Whilst the fairly simple 'good vs. evil' storyline may well keep children entertained the fairly graphic descriptions of violence and numerous murders in the book (all described in pretty stark detail) make it more suited to a teenage readership who may well want something more substantial than this novel.
The reason I awarded this book 3 stars is the final act of the story, which is pretty powerful. By the last 70 pages or so, you finally get to grips with all the different characters, whose names I was struggling to remember, and realise what is at stake. Although a lot of the praying, conversions and glimpses of heaven do seem a little cliched overall it is a pretty good finale.
I really hope that Cruz does decide to write another novel, he clearly thought very carefully about all of the characters in this one although perhaps included a few too many. When he sticks with one storyline long enough to get a sense of it before rapidly switching to another to follow a diffrent strand of the plot, his style is highly readable.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2014, 12:14:22 BST
Mystery Man says:
Thanks for all the Nicky Cruz reviews. Very helpful. You were obviously on a Nicky Cruz marathon! Though each of your reviews were posted three times...
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