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From his first breath, people know that John Reed is special. Gifted with an uncanny awareness and ability to communicate, he also possess the power to heal. Before long, a local priest heralds the infant as a new messiah, inadvertently drawing the attention of Neo Tech, part of a clandestine organization whose dark web extends from major multinational corporations to the vaults of the Vatican.
Neo Tech believes that John Reed is neither holy, nor even human, but the first alien-human hybrid. They employ the beautiful Casey Lee Armstrong, an elite "remote viewer", to make psychic contact with the baby. What Casey discovers changes her world forever--and makes her a threat to Neo Tech.
With the baby missing and her life in danger, Casey's sole ally is a renegade police detective, Michael Caruso. Together, they pursue John Reed through a maze of death, deceit, and disinformation to a place where realties collide.
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Richard Sears grew up in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and moved to London, England, in the late 1970s. He earned degrees in psychology and literature and for many years worked as a psychiatric counselor before pursuing a career in investigative journalism. A childhood "close encounter" inspired his lifelong interest in the paranormal and eventually led to the writing of First Born and Last Day.
A full-time writer, Sears lives with his wife and sons on Long Island, New York.
What can you say? Here is a terrific thriller that you wish hadn't been a thriller at all but a straightforward mainstream novel minus all gunfire, poisoned needles, villainy, and murder. In Mexico City, a virgin gives birth by C-section, and a tiny tentacled device is removed from her uterus. In Colorado Springs, 45-year-old Molly Reed is pregnant. She and her husband Thomas, long grieving for their drowned son Alex, have sex so rarely that her pregnancy is nearly as great a surprise as the virgin birth. Mollys C-section discloses a similar tentacled device. A secret organization, Neo Tech, which has been following these paranormal events, brings in Casey Armstrong, once a remote viewer and psychometrist for the CIA, to analyze the device. She sees it as an offering from some power thats trying to raise mankind to a higher level. When she is asked to view the amazing baby born to Molly, she finds that the baby is actually inside her, that she somehow is its mother or caretaker. Meanwhile, Neo Tech has sprouted links to the Church of Rome, which has murdered the Mexican virgin and her baby. If the strangely knowing Reed infant with the ability to dissolve into a ball of fiery light is what Rome thinks, hes marked for death as well, although Neo Tech has its own designs on the child's powers. Thomas Reed's friend from AA, Father Robert Barnes, whos lost his faith, tells Thomas that his supremely intelligent baby has done away with all former religions and brought the Truth to unify mankind. But then Father Barnes gets murdered, as does Molly's obstetrician. The truth seems to be that a new messiah, or as the Eastern religions say, a maitreyaperhaps even a new Buddhahas been born. Cosmic implications fight their way through the conventions of formula shockers. A sequel seems likely. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Forge, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M031287250X
Book Description Forge, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX031287250X