The Last Day Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1998
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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
From Library Journal
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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'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.Read more ›
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