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Prodigal Project 01 Genesis Paperback – Apr 8 2003


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (April 8 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452284201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452284203
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,956,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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Creative writing teachers tell their students to begin their novel at the point when something changes.
This book begins with a golfer feeling a mild earthquake, then goes on to introduce us to another half dozen people experiencing the same mild earthquake. The quake is worldwide, and since the book is about the rapture and beginning of the tribulation, the reader expects that the earthquake is the planet's reaction to the rapture. But no.
The story skips from character to character. We meet the Muslim bad guy who either has a clone, is a demon, or can teleport himself (Izbeck Noir). We also meet a character who appears to be the Antichrist (Azul Dante). And we meet a character whose looks and name change each time he appears, but since his last name always means "night" (Nacht, Nuit), and since he always appears in time to offer one of the characters the deepest desire of their heart, it's pretty obvious that the character is evil. So we have potentially 3 "bad guys" so far (although "Night" and "Noir" will probably turn out to be the same personality/power).
The exposition and backstories in the novel fill too many pages. Another rule of creative writing is "Show, don't tell." This book tells. We see the characters doing a lot of sitting and thinking, but not much talking or acting. The characters who suddenly come to believe in Jesus (within a very short time frame) do so without the reader ever seeing the person in any conflict or making any changes.
Another reviewer asked how Ivy's husband Ron could be a believer if he wasn't raptured. Ron had a "head" belief in Jesus, but he never followed through with a "heart" belief - the committment to follow, the committment to the new life required of believers. I expect we'll see Ron come to that committment in the next book.
I will probably read the next book in the series, simply because I hope it gets better. If the second book is as poorly written as the first, I'll stop.
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By Enrique Torres on Jan. 31 2003
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Using the same formula and capturing much of the same type audience from the Left Behind series this book has a tad better writing style. The theme is the same as the Left Behind books but in this initial installment the characters who are introduced are multi-dimensional and more "real." As in the Left Behind, the book begins with the massive dissapearence of the multitudes of believers leaving people who thought they had faith wondering why they are still here. Well, of course it is to fight the forces of evil! It is the time of the Rapture. The faithful heroes are cast about and converging to congregate and form the Prodigal Project in this opening book of surely more to come. His evilness is Izbek Noir who has managed to organize the diverse Arab politicians and nations against the encroaching "Western repression." The mujahhideen and Izbek Noir has far reaching appeal as his rhetoric has influenced mobs throughout the world, including Africa and Latin America to threaten the stability of their governments. The growing tension and hordes of followers has the world on the brink. His evilness orchestrates the ultimate attack on his own by attacking Mecca and blaming the West and thus galvanizing solidarity throughout the Muslim world. Izbek Noir is the equivalent of the charismatic Nicloae Carpathia from the Left Behind books. On the other side of the spectrum there are other parallels of characters including the Reverand Henderson Smith who is much like Tsion Ben- Judah and serves as the spiritual leader. The world is in utter chaos and the lines have been drawn. Which sign will you identify with? Will you identify with the imbeded bar code chip that will get you your goods or will you be one of the resistant chosen few?Read more ›
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The Prodigal Project, Book 1, Genesis (289pp), lets you know up front that more books will follow...it is a series. The end is yet the beginning for the men and women left behind after the Rapture. All of the children (even the unborn) were taken up. This book is NOT a carbon copy of the "Left Behind" series. But if you enjoyed "Left Behind", you will love this book. The people that remain on earth are very real characters. You will feel that you know them or someone just like them. They all have normal everyday flaws like Shannon who needed a little more time to get into the bible and church; Thomas was a divorced man who now had the desire to experience other women; Rev. Smith who lusted for a bigger church and seemed a bit too on edge for a man who has Jesus in his heart; Ivy a wife that fantasized about infidelity and harbored anger at God in her heart for birthing a handicapped child; Cat whose destiny seems to be entwined with the devil/dark forces and; Slim a photographer who witnessed an evil murder and was allowed to live afterwards. These individuals will independently have to determine their purpose for being left behind and determine if their souls will pass the test for a second chance.
After the Rapture the world is in chaos. It does not read like Science Fiction, but resembles the current state of our world after Sept. 11th, just on a heighteed scale.
The story is propelled with the inclusion of Azul Dante and Izbek Noir. The readers will be intriqued as the story unfolds with good versus evil. The only hope is The Prodigal Project, but what does it mean? Get this must read book to find out.
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