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The Last Day [Mass Market Paperback]

Glenn Kleier
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Sept. 1 1998
An apocalyptic thriller centered around a mysterious woman with extraordinary powers.

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Cliche July 9 2004
By Mike
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're even remotely familiar with endtime novels, there is nothing at all that will surprise you here or make you think about religion in new way. I agree with the readers who recomend We All Fall Down instead. Mr. Caldwell does a much better job then Kleier with the subject matter
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars! Dec 26 2003
By Xalkie
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Thought provoking, irreverant, and some of the best quotes i've ever read.
What if the second coming of Christ was met with scepticism....Is this the second coming or not...the book lets you decide, and never really commits one way or the other....I usually hate that, but this time I loved it.
Do your self a favor and experience this gem of a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but still very relevant Nov. 25 2003
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Reading this book would have been more timely when it was published in 1997, as its setting at the turn of the milenium is crucial to the plot, but having just read this book in late 2003 I still found it a very relevant read. The concept of a virgin-birthed (cloned) female Christ is just scandalous enough to arouse interest - what she says is even more interesting! Followers of feminist theology (such as the concept of Christa) need to read this book for the fresh ideas and perspectives it offers within a suspensefull, well-written story... everyone else will want to read it simply because it is so cleverly constructed! The author works in the prophecies of Fatima, Gog and Magog, and Armaggedon for a theological thrill-ride that holds its own even compared to the bigger-selling authors Tim LeHay and Jerry Jenkins. The modern parables contained within are themselves germs of truth that challenge all of us, and the radical new philosophy espoused by this female Messiah - declared as Anti-Christ by the Roman Catholic Church in the novel - encapsulates the way many modern readers already think about institutional religion. Even if you read it only for the transcript of the conversation between the Messiah and the Pope and the President of the United States, it`s still - even in this century - well worth your time. This is a highly enjoyable read, and for those that love to be intellectually and even spiritually challenged with a great story, I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Book July 25 2003
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This book is probably one of the most incredible stories I have ever read. The author challeges the Christians with a big time twist and for the Jews, a whole new approach to their way of life. This book is filled with fact and thought inspiring chapters.
Because this book is so good, I feel that to reveal what it is about would not be fair to those who have not read it yet.
This is a book for all religions and all ages to read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars New Age pseudo-religious blathering Aug. 12 2002
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I must admit I was captivated by the storyline throughout most of the novel. I cannot say the same for the ideas proposed theirein however. The "messiah" is a thinly disguised postergirl for all of the NewAge-ism that many American sadly mistake for spirituality. The author is against organized religion and flagrantly anti-Catholic, and shows considerable ignorance toward Roman Catholicism, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chasidic Judaism, and possibly a few other "hypocritical" religions that I might've forgotten to mention. Enjoy this book for the story, but if you want any real religious insight try Henri Nouwen or Thich Nhat Hanh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic and Provocative Thriller! Aug. 2 2002
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This was a superb book that was much more than just an exciting, page-turning, thriller. It made you think about both your personal religious beliefs and about organized religion. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knocked me out! July 8 2002
This is a great book! I had not idea what to expect, and to my delight, this was the most unusual story I've read in a long, long time. I can't even think of anything to compare it to, it's so different. Incredibly realistic, it reads like fact. The plot is complex and increasingly firghtening as it goes, the suspense builds with each chapter, and every time you think you've got an idea what's going to happen, it takes you in an amazing new direction! I heartily endorse it, you will not be disappointed. This should be on every thinking person's reading list! THE BEST!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great, It's Not Dec 3 1999
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I found little of lasting value in this book, and I'll usually find something, even in brainless thrillers. But this one has only a hollow shell of a plot, with unreal characters and odd reactions to what should be a magnificent, transcending event. The key to all this would be a believeable female messiah, but in Jeza we are given a savior who lacks charisma, wisdom, and good sense. I could hardly imagine her attracting a following of any kind, let alone characters who should really know better. She is a caricature of a feminist, not a messiah, just as the Church and pope are caricatures of the real thing. Satire perhaps? If so, it fails. Subtlety is not this writer's strength, nor is complexity. Sorry to say, nor is writing. The more words in a book does not equal meaningful thought. While I thought some parts were fun, it ultimately was dreary. To those who read a great deal, it is hard to imagine this fluff being on their favorites list. It barely merited the time to place this review. But taste differs and we are free to make individual judgments, thank Jeza!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A secular view of religion
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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... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay Thriller
Dated now but still an okay thriller centering around the Milennium craze and the the Second Coming. Jesus returns as Jeza (a New Age Feminist! Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Liz Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars A gutsy, gripping novel of religious intrigue
An altogether fascinating and intelligent read. LAST DAY is a well-crafted, cleverly executed tour de force against the strident voice of fundamentalism in the world today. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars New Age Preaching and it goes On and On and On...
I had a difficult time dealing with the New Age tone of this book and found the characters obnoxious, boring, juvenile. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think while it ties you up in knots
A very good book. Haven't had my imagination challenged this much in a long time. Fascinating look at what might (would? Read more
Published on June 4 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, too many problems though
I've never read a book like this before, and I'm still trying to figure out what genre to call it. It's not science fiction, because the science is nonsense. Read more
Published on May 15 2003 by Maddi Hausmann Sojourner
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