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It is moments before midnight on New Year's Eve 1999, when something incredible happens. It is a geological event of staggering proportions, followed by reports of the emergence of a woman with divine powers. Is she a divine emissary, the product of bizarre science, or something more sinister?
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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 AdamsFrom the Inside Flap:
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: "Fascinating debut!"
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: "There are dozens of thrillers trying to grab our attention and dollars, but few are likely to be as entertaining as this. The pace is furious, the plotting handled with style and wit."
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: "An Apocalyptic tale entertaining AND intriguing. What better way to spend a winter weekend than snuggled around a book that pits Armageddon against the Rapture? Kleier does a masterful job, entertaining as well as provocative. He has dissected the yin and yang of the human psyche confronted by spiritual crisis."
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Book Description Coronet Books, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0340695862