Prodigal Project 01 Genesis Paperback – Apr 8 2003
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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 MP3 CD edition.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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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It's likely that no one will read this little blurb, but in cleaning out my bookcase for library donations this is one that I grabbed, threw in the trash instead and briskly went... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2007 by SK
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... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Wolfe Moffat
I struggled throughout most of the book having to make an effort to read the book. The book skips around developing several character sets. Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Donw
I couldn't stay awake because this book absolutely bored me to sleep. No excitement, no fun, no nothing. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 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. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on May 28 2003 by J. Porter
This book feels like it was written for no other reason then to cash in of Left Behind's popularity. Read morePublished on May 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! Read morePublished on March 25 2003 by susan bass
A literary underachievement on the grand scale of a parking ticket. This "Left Behind" knock-off features an utterly forgettable, two-dimensional, stereotypical cast. Read morePublished on March 7 2003
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