Happy Thanksgiving, pilgrims. This book was originally self-pubbed and then for some reason Amazon bought the rights to put under their imprint. Maybe Amazon could show me some love like that?
by Robert Kroese
When the story begins, Christine is a reporter for The Banner, a
Christian magazine, despite that she's not much of a Christian. She
lucked into the job after writing a news story about a doomsday cult and
since then she's had to traipse around the country, profiling other
doomsday cults who are inevitably wrong about the date of the world
But after getting some new linoleum installed in her breakfast
nook--which is a crucial plot point--she takes an assignment to Israel,
where tensions are heating up in the middle east near a little place
known as Armageddon. After nearly being killed in a rocket attack,
Christine finds a strange attache case and eventually finds her way to
another cult leader who calls himself Mercury.
Mercury is an angel, but he's closer to the Joker than any of the angels
you might remember from the Bible. Really all Mercury wants is to sit
on the sidelines and wait for the world to end, but when Christine shows
up, he gets dragged into all the plotting and scheming between Heaven
The rest of the story follows Christine and Mercury as they try to stop
the Apocalypse, or at least make it less destructive. There are the
annoying "Dogma"-like moments of characters having to explain Biblical
things, though not to the extent that pretty much destroyed that Kevin
Smith movie. Also unlike that movie it doesn't focus solely on Catholic
dogma, so that a reader from any Western faith (or lack thereof) can
follow along. Since there's really not much talk about Jesus or the
Messiah, Jews or Muslims as well as Christians should be able to read
it. Whether you're offended or not depends on how seriously you take
This is clearly not a book for the true believers, as it makes light of
both Heaven and Hell. The writing is nothing special, but the author
does manage to make it entertaining enough that it doesn't drag along.
You probably aren't going to get any spiritual enlightenment from
reading it, but it's not a bad time either.
Though of course if you haven't read it, "Good Omens" is a much better use of your money.
That is all.