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Cloning Christ: A Challenge of Science and Faith [Hardcover]

Peter Senese , Robert Geis
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2003
The theological thrill ride, darting from Israel through Europe to the United States, focuses on Dr. Max Train, a leading genetic scientist from Syracuse, New York. Max was once a devout believer in God, but now lives a faithless life following the brutal slaying of his beloved wife and four year old autistic daughter twelve years ago. In many ways, Max exemplifies humanity's difficulties we all face at one time or another to hold onto our faith in God and each other, as well as believing in ourselves and our own abilities. Max represents "everyperson".

Twelve years after the widely publicized trial during which Max is rightfully found innocent of his family's murder pinned on him by corrupt dark forces, Max vacations in Israel. During an earthquake outside of Jerusalem, he discovers what appears to be the Cross Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on nearly two thousand years ago. A mysterious explosion soon destroys the cave where Max had secretly extracted the ancient artifacts, killing, Train believes, his best friend Dr. Luke Gartner and two graduate students he was in Israel with. Moments later, Max's body is hit with a sea of bullets as the morning sun begins to rise over The Holy Land. A fearful Max escapes Jerusalem, embarking on an odyssey to verify the true identity of the cross and to discover who is behind the killings.

Max may hold the fate of Mankind in his hands. If this is the True Cross and Christ was cloned from the remaining blood stains and hair remnants on the cross, would government and religion become obsolete upon His Second Coming? If the blood stains and hair are those of Jesus, then what does this say about the long held belief Christ rose whole and entire upon his resurrection? Where would the battle lines be drawn between the advances in science and the beliefs of religion? What effect would this knowledge have on one's faith and beliefs?

In the hallowed halls of the Vatican a righteous Cardinal, Anselm Mugant, hears of the discovery in Jerusalem. Without the Pope's knowledge and in clear opposition to all Catholic teaching, the wayward prelate will stop at nothing - even murder - in his bid to prevent human cloning from taking place, including his misconceived belief Max Train has intent to clone the possible body of Christ. Mugant is made to represent how Man, when completely self serving, can actually do great harm including the destruction of God's Way no matter his original intention. He sets up a dangerous and complex cat and mouse game in his effort to do whatever it takes to uphold his own righteous beliefs.

Mugant soon enlists the services of the internationally rumored assassin known simply as The Scorpion to track down Max and silence him with death. The Scorpion, a onetime penitent of the Cardinal, is a force of pure evil and who challenges life. He forces this same challenge onto Max as he casts a deadly shadow over his praised soul and every move he makes.

Adding intricate subterfuge to the plot is the existence of Mugant's "Fifth Crusade", five international industrialists with great power and reach devout in the Cardinal's perspective on human genetic science, and controlled by Mugant's knowledge of their deepest secrets. Together, Mugant launches an all-out attack to find the ancient artifacts in Train's possession, and prevent the genetic scientist from doing the unthinkable in his eyes - announcing to the world a cross containing bodily remnants could indeed by the True Cross of Jesus of Nazareth - and clone the body of Christ!

Max is a modern day Job, seeking answers to life's questions as Hell literally seems to break loose around him. As all those he has ever loved perish around him and others turn against him in order to hasten his demise, Max puts his trust in Sara, a Mossad agent who is the niece of Max's trusted friend, Rabbi Morty Kohn, who helps him to slowly restore his faith and lay to rest the horror and tragedy that the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter have caused.

Cloning Christ spins a tangled and intricate web of deceit, blackmail, violence, loss, faith, forgiveness, truth and acceptance in a story that questions the right to clone, while responding to the needs and harsh realities of life as we know it. Cloning Christ is the story of life and the sacredness of it, as shared in the novel that leaves you racing to turn the page.

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Authors Peter Senese and Robert Geis join forces in Cloning Christ, a brilliantly written theological thriller which provokes the question of how genetic science and faith may co-exist in today's world. The intricately developed plot, with originally created characters who are cast behind the backdrop of an assortment of scientific and religious perspectives held by people of the world today, challenge the reader at every turn to think through these current issues as the fast-paced thriller evolves into a story of good versus evil.

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In this useful parable for our times of violent religious fervor, a geneticist and amateur archaeologist discovers a two-thousand-year-old cross and remains that stir up so much furor that people are killed in the fight to possess them. But the threat of being able to clone another Jesus is really the back story; the bigger issue is how to reconcile Christianity's respect for fetal life with science's new ability to create new life forms from stem cells and cloning. With a reading that smoothes out the long sentences and makes every word count, and a nice attempt at musical enhancement, the audio is entertaining and thought- provoking. T.W. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Written Jouney! Feb. 2 2003
This is a beautifully written suspense thriller that tugs at you while you become one with the main character, Dr. Max Train. As the authors take you on a global chase through some of the most fascinating historical destinations in the world, you become one with the Cross Dr. Train finds in Mt. Olivet . . . not knowing for sure what you have found, or what to do with it. The authors then jet the reader from Jerusalem onto a fast-paced heart-pounding voyage not knowing for sure if it is Dr. Train or what appears to be The True Cross as the story's main character. In his brilliance, Senese's writing style cleverly and unmistakeably made me feel as if I too was a character in the book, effectively created by the author's ability to challange the reader directly with the unfortuitious circumstances presented, leading me to continually wondered how I would react if I found myself in the various difficult and undesireable circumstances Cloning Christ's Max Train finds himself in. Heart racing, palms sweating, teeth gritting, muscles tensing, in reading this superb work, I experineced a very rare, wonderfully written story of great value and significance, especially in today's climate where society's questions of genomics and human cloning are heavily in the minds of most individuals. I would place Cloning Christ on a short list of 'must haves' for any complete personal library of the highest standards, equal to if not better than many of my favorite works of the past ten years, including stories by some of my favorite authors such as those written by Yann Martel, Michael Farber, Anita Diamant, Francine Rivers, Anna Quindlen, Ann Patchett, Rohinton Mistry, Scott Turow, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly, and Umberto Eco.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Jan. 24 2003
Cloning Christ is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. A story filled with many layers of intrigue which presses you in a provoking way to essentially become the main character, Dr. Max Train. Onward you journey into darkness seeking the Light, carrying a cross that may in fact be The True Cross of Jesus of Nazareth, not knowing for sure what it is your are carrying or who may be behind the peril chasing you. What I truly found to be unique is how the authors are able to make you feel as if it is the reader carrying the burden of the True Cross on his/her own shoulders with little rhetoric or podanticness as you race into unknowns across the globe, blind to the realities that chase you. One last comment: this book is a universal book of faith, and Man's desire to be in touch with The Creator, whoever The Creator may be to you and your own theological beliefs. The language and actions fit the roles of the characters in a manner that provided 'life' to each, as the historical pasts of Man's behavior crosses the possabilities of today's science. This is not an apocolyptic story, but a suspensful current work of fiction that keeps you on the edge of your seat . . . as if it is your own seat! It is rare that a written work brings you into the story as if you are the main character. Cloning Christ by Senese & Geis is one of these works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story June 29 2004
At the moment I can't recall another book that played with my emotions the way Senese and Geis' novel CLONING CHRIST has. The authors offer several extraordinary plot lines, including the existance of God in the form of mankinds' faith in the Lord. Additionally, the complex (socially, morally, ethically, and scientifically) issues of genomics and genetic science are brought to the forefront of the reader through a style that I though was clever: the authors choose to leave the complexity of genetic science's formations out of the story, but provide great insight of the complex issues via the strong plot line among the story's main character, Max Train, and the seperate interactions amongst the historically accurate Fifth Crusade. What I would like to say most is that seldom has there been a time when I went back to a novel to re-read it due to a fascination with the subject matter, the gripping style of the chase, and the historical accuracy for which a writer uses fact and wraps a compelling story around it. In CLONING CHRIST, I did that. And as much as this story is an educational piece, make no mistake, it is a first rate thriller that will not allow you to put the pages down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable June 17 2004
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Cloning Christ is a classic story of a person search for redemption and enlightenment. In Max Train, the stuggles the authors develop are multidemensional: combined with a plot that is tight, readers will enjoy this high-charged suspense novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a deceptive book May 26 2004
This book claims to be one thing, but is actually another. It tricks you into buying it by appealing to America's growing interest with Christianity and faith (witness the success of "The Passion" and "The DaVinci Code"), but it doesn't deliver the goods. Reading the book, it makes promise after promise to discuss great things like science and belief, but it continually puts off these important conversations in favor of badly done, cliche-ridden action scenes. Without spoiling the climax of the so-called plot, it's safe to say that the book's ending makes it clear that the reason the book makes all these promises and then conveniently abandons them without fulfilling them is that Mr. Senese and Mr. Geis lack the literary ability to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Book
Once I began this extraordinary book, I could not put it down. "Cloning Christ" is so much more than a gripping suspense thriller. Read more
Published on May 4 2004
Peter Senese is a brilliant writer. Character, plot and settings take equal part in this fast-paced, suspenseful plot. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Loava Swaringin
1.0 out of 5 stars Simple Grammer Needed
Rarely have I been so irritated by a book. Did they not employ spell check or a copy editor? Beyond the glaring grammatical errors, the title should have been "They Think I'm... Read more
Published on April 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This novel is one of the best books I've I read. Historically correct but put in a way that you can picture scenery and understand where you are in the story. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Patti Koran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great use of symbolism and biblical reference
In Cloning Christ the authors use of symbolism and biblical references in order to drive a story evolving around faith is terrific - making this thriller a smart read.
Published on Feb. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate story of faith.
CLONING CHRIST and the story of Max Train is a passionate story of faith few writers, if any I have read, have come close to achieving. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by "chitown3011"
5.0 out of 5 stars For a thriller, this was one inspirational book.
Cloning Christ is an action packed novel that brings to the forefront of the readers mind many topical and traditional issues around personal faith, and introspective acceptance of... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Charles O'Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars CLONING CHRIST kept my attention.
I'll keep this short: I thought Cloning Christ was a very clever book which dealt with our own internal desires to beleive in a Higher Being. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A rush!
One of the more clever aspects of the fast-paced and provocative spins by Peter Senese in his latest novel, CLONING CHRIST, is how the author didn't force traditional facets of... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Tale!
Senese compels you to embark upon this gripping tale of an outcast, faithless scientist who becomes the possible discoverer of the Cross of Christ by mesmerizing the reader's own... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003
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