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Prodigal Project 01 Genesis [Paperback]

Ken Abraham
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April 8 2003 Prodigal Project (Book 1)
For some the End Times are just the beginning...

On just another Sunday, a man joins a group of friends for a golf game. A working mother, trying to balance career and home, skips weekly services. An Internet junkie scours the Web looking for some comforting news but finds only unrest. Ordinary people who live their lives in an unsettled time, like most too overwhelmed by their own concerns to register the groundswell of changes taking place everywhere-until the instance when millions around the world disappear.

Immediately, life after the Rapture becomes a chaotic battle for survival. Into the void steps Azul Dante, the charismatic leader of the Prodigal Project. He shines a light in the darkness of the End Times, his new world order representing a return to the promised land of the past.

And in the beginning, seven hopeful men and women set out separately to find salvation in the Prodigal Project. Instead, they initiate a series of personal trials that will ultimately prove to be the sternest test of their souls...

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Ken Abraham is the author of the # 1 New York Times bestselling Let’s Roll with Lisa Beamer, as well as the author of Payne Stewart with Tracey Stewart.

Daniel Hart served a tour of duty for the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was also a decorated veteran of a large metropolitan police force before turning to writing full time. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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This first in a seven-book series introduces us to protagonists in various stages of religious flux while the world at large is undergoing violent political and social crises. Then, one day a good part of Christendom just disappears. It's The Rapture, and those left on the post-Apocalyptic planet have a harrowing odyssey to look forward to. Listeners familiar with the wildly successful Left Behind series will be on familiar territory here--Christian prophecy manifested in Stephen Kingish fiction. The co-authors write with more respect for the language than King and give us better-defined characters, even in this abridgment, which is spellbindingly read by Dick Hill. He keeps one sympathetic to the characters' moral anguish, concerned with their fates, and thrilled by the fantastic events they participate in. Rarely will you hear any narrator as invested in a text or so excitingly rendering it without ever once falling into excess and melodrama. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars D-R-A-G-G-E-D A-N-D L-A-G-G-E-D May 23 2004
Man, one thing I really don't like doing is to knock someone on their can for their effort. But if you want someone to get into your series, make it interesting, starting with the first book. I can most honestly say that I wanted to get into this. You look at the cover and it really looks intriguing and like a page turner. But to be blunt, except for a few parts, it is BORING, and Left Behind is still better! The difference is that Left Behind just gets into it. This looks as if it has trouble making up its mind.
Now, I read the whole thing, but I wasn't impressed, and despite myself, I got Exodus, which I will read at some point in time. But if it doesn't get any better, then I'm not wasting my time. I respect the effort and the intentions, but at least make it interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow read, not enough at the finish. March 15 2004
By Donw
I struggled throughout most of the book having to make an effort to read the book. The book skips around developing several character sets. However, about half of the way through it began to pick up. I did not like the ending. There were too many questions left unanswered and it was anticlimatic. Of course the author intended to have us read the follow-up books, but there just wasn't enough at the finish.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and Boring Nov. 11 2003
By A Customer
I couldn't stay awake because this book absolutely bored me to sleep. No excitement, no fun, no nothing. After all the hype I was so dissappointed, I can't stand spending money and getting nothing but a hodgepodge of, well, I still don't know exactly what. I completed the book, finally, after going to sleep on it three nights in a row (as thin as it was) and I wish I'd just gone to sleep in the first place. A total waste of time and money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Sept. 29 2003
I have to admit to one and all. I rarely if ever like Christian fiction. I find most of Christian fiction to be poorly written and poorly devised. I did enjoy the Left Behind series at first, but when TL seemed to care nothing more than making money (as with the LB tshirts, the LB teddy bears, the LB coffee mugs, the LB gum, the LB life insurance ... etc etc etc.) I went away from the series.
The Prodigal Project, on the other hand, is amazing. It is well written, the story is tight from one book to the next, and you have a passionate and realistic series of characters. I love how the story worked. It was very insightful, and I hate to say this, but it was like reading a Stephen King book w/o cursing and sex. It was just that good of a story, so now I am going to read the next book and I think I wont be disapointed. And neither should you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down May 28 2003
I have read all of the poor reviews and can't help but wonder who is writing them. Didn't they read this book? I couldn't put it down. I carried it everywhere with me. I read the entire Left Behind series and became bored toward the end because I felt that the story line began to drag and the writing and character development was poor. Not so with this book.
In order to understand the importance of this topic and storyline, extensive and needed character development has been achieved throughout the first half of the book. I was truly disturbed by what I read and the evil doings in the book. I was able to feel and visualize the evilness not just read about it. The scenes of war and devastation left me breathless.
I look forward to reading the entire series and recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the Left Behind or Christ Clone series and anyone else who may need enlightening.
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1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written and a waste of time May 25 2003
By A Customer
This book feels like it was written for no other reason then to cash in of Left Behind's popularity. The writing is unfocused and hard to follow and the author certainly doesn't use his book to explore Christianity in any kind of depth or bring any insights into the faith. It's a waste of time from any angle you look at it. Try We All Fall Down or the Christ Clone Trilogy instead if you're looking for thoughtful books that explore the topic with insight and intelligent writing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Having a tough time with this one... March 26 2003
I'm having a tough time getting through this book. I love reading good fiction, and I understand that not every book is going to be a "page-turner", but I've read about a third of the book and still have no idea what it's about! The authors spend way too much time in the early chapters introducing us to a huge cast of characters with cheesy names (Cat Early, anyone? Or Azul Dante?). I'm having a difficult time remembering who everyone is, and this is not a huge book! Also, there's not much going on either. There's been a mild earthquake that the entire world has felt, and chapter after chapter the author describes each and every one of his character's reaction to the event.
Perhaps you shouldn't listen to me (I wasn't that thrilled with the hugely successful "Left Behind" series after the third or fourth book either), but as it stands now, I will probably not pick up the second book. I'll finish this one because I'm compulsive like that ("finish what you start", and all), but I am not happy with the many cliched characters, slow plodding plot, and cheesy names!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money and time! March 25 2003
For those of you who are looking for something to read while waiting for the next book in the Left Behind series.......this isn't it! It is very poorly written with none of the character development of the Left Behind books. The story was either boring or chaotic. I found myself having to reread pages thinking I had missed something. Someone else said this book was poorly edited. If this is the case, I would like to read the parts that were not included because they had to be a better read than the finished product. My conclusion is that the authors tried to ride the coat-tails of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. They failed miserably.
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