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The Last Day Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1998

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Vision (Sept. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446605980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446605984
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 458 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just in time for the millennium, Glenn Kleier mixes bioengineering and religion, miracles and modern warfare, politics and physics to produce a gripping tale set in the Middle East at the dawn of the 21st century. When a mysterious explosion destroys a top-secret laboratory in the Negev desert on Christmas Day 1999, Jonathan Feldman, a reporter, isn't satisfied with the official explanation. Neither is the Vatican, nor an American fundamentalist preacher, nor the patriarch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, all of whom believe that Armageddon may truly be at hand. After a New Year's Eve earthquake strikes the temple at the Well of David and a mysterious figure appears in the ruins, strange things begin to happen. Reports of miracles filter in from throughout the region, and the legend of Jeza takes on a life of its own. When the young miracle worker chooses Jonathan to connect her to the world and broadcast her warning of the cataclysm to come, the world's religious leaders are plunged into conflict. Seeking to discredit her, they spread the secret of her high-tech, bioengineered birth. But their actions backfire; Jeza's influence grows. Holy wars break out in the Middle East and chaos erupts all over the world. As Easter 2000 approaches, the political situation grows even more tense: Will there be another crucifixion, another resurrection? Kleier handles this complicated plot with ease, and fans of futuristic thrillers won't be disappointed. --Jane Adams

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A combination of scientific thriller, religious satire, and New Age mysticism, this debut novel offers a view of what might happen as the end of the millennium approaches. At a remote research facility in the Negev Desert, a meteor wreaks massive destruction. Meanwhile, at midnight on New Year's Eve, 1999, in Jerusalem, a young and mysterious woman appears who seems to have a powerful gift. She calls herself Jeza, and soon everyone wonders whether she is a prophetess, the Messiah, or the Antichrist. On hand is Jon Feldman, a skeptical reporter for the World News Network. Beset by his own doubts and lack of strong faith, Feldman is nevertheless fascinated and attracted by the mysterious Jeza. Is she truly a manifestation of God, or is she simply the result of a bizarre experiment of bioengineering? Feldman won't rest until he finds out the truth. Kleier's novel offers a view of how organized religion would react to such a threat. Though the prose is pedestrian and the dialog often overwrought, the story is so well paced that most readers will perhaps forgive the other deficiencies. For large fiction collections.?Dean James, Murder by the Book, Houston, Tex.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I don't generally expect to find all these elements in a suspense genre novel, but then, The Last Day is not your garden variety suspense novel. It is in a category all to itself, a Classic in the true sense of the word. How would the world respond to the return of a messiah? Probably a lot like this book envisions -- although I would never have looked at it in this light. The Last Day opens some really intriguing and interesting windows on mankind, and in the most surprising ways. This novel will shock, scare, infuriate, (possibly offend), delight, amuse and outrage just about everyone who reads it. All to a point. As the story ends, it makes one of the more poignant literary statements I've come across in many years. Kudos to Mr. Kleier for a brilliant page-turner that offers some truly valid and important insights into the current, mad religious condition of the world. This novel will likely be as relevant 100 years from now as it is today. Top shelf entertainment. A gem!
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I thank this book for getting me through two days of hurricane Floyd. I sat out the entire storm wrapped up in this engrossing story. If you enjoy novels that are fast moving, suspenseful, and filled with pearls of wisdom, you will enjoy The Last Day. It is an inspired tale about a young woman of mysterious origins taking on the entire religious establishment--with a possible Armageddon held in the balance. Like a wave, (I'm letting Floyd influence me here) each page of this amazing novel just keeps building and growing. Along the way, the story takes some strange twists and and turns. It raises a number of tough questions about contemporary issues, taking age-old religious prejudices to task. The heroine in this novel has a sharp tongue and is fearless in calling out hypocrisies and inconsistencies in that regard. I found some of these scenes shocking and even disturbing. But as the book progressed, I started to recognize the reasons behind them. This novel (which contains four very moving parables) is itself a parable, I believe. Quite effective and thought provoking. And yes, it will upset some people. That's the consequences of taking a controversial stand on religious issues these days. So, if your personal faith can't take that kind of heat, I'd advise you not to read this novel. But the points the book makes are undeniably intelligent and very hard to ignore. Sometimes we forget the lessons of history about the great harm religion can do to society in general, and to the individual in particular, when its power is vested in the wrong hands. This novel will scare you, amuse you, and perhaps even make you cry. For me, it was an unforgettable experience. I'll read it again.
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I was delighted to have this book recommended to me by a close friend. I've read a number of books in this genre, including the "Left Behind" disappointments (gave up after book four), and I've read Stephen King's The Stand, and of course, the Da Vinci Code -- all of which pale in comparison to The Last Day's fascinating, and totally unique take on the "second coming." While much in this book will shock (and perhaps anger) some conservative Christian readers, it is undeniably thought provoking and unlike any other novel you will read on the subject. Very fast paced, gripping and challenging, it wraps current events around biblical ones in ways that will startle and amaze. Unquestionably, I put this at the top of the Apocalyptic heap, and true gem of a suspense thriller with an ending that will take your breath away.
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Kleier posits that a new Messiah (this time God's only begotten daughter) comes to Earth to give the world a 2000 year spiritual tune up. So, how do "Jeza's" teachings boil down theologically? Basically, she preaches the gospel of late twentieth-century American political correctness. Sexism is so bad that it deserves an eleventh commandment:

'Thou shall honor woman as thy equal; and thou shall cherish her in unity with thy fellow man.' (Apotheosis 25:15) (p. 402)

(In all fairness to Kleier, I should probably point out that he doesn't normally have Jeza speak in such a poor mimicry of seventeenth-century English.) To the Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, Jeza says, essentially, "You're basically the same, so why can't you get along?" She teaches that all religions are equally ways to God, but opposes organised religion, and teaches that each person must look within for their personal path to God. (The "New Age" elements of this are fairly obvious, but so is the complaint of the spiritually apathetic that they believe in God, but don't like "organised religion." That, in turn, reminds me of the quote attributed to Teresa Nielsen Hayden, "Makes me wonder what's so great about incoherent religion.")

So how do the organised religions react to this, as it were, Reformation? Several groups are specifically named, such as the Roman Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Seventh Day Adventists. (Unfortunately for his case, Kleier confuses the teachings of the last two mentioned.) Other groups are lumped together under general terms of "millenarians" and "evangelicals" (a term of which Kleier demonstrates no real understanding), and a fictional preacher stands in for the whole wide variety of televangelists.
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