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Synopsis: Right after the millennium, pilgrims of all faiths flock to the Mexican village of Santa Pelagia to witness a miraculous visitation. Among them are twenty-four who experience their own startling personal vision. A messenger appears differently to each - as the Virgin Mary, an angel of Islam, the Hindu goddess Kali - but carries the same terrifying tidings: The Day of Judgment is at hand. To investigate this extraordinary situation come two very different men. Father Michael Deauchez is an agent of the Vatican, with personal experience of the supernatural - and a dedication to reason that will not allow him to believe the wonders he witnesses. Simon Hill is a top New York Times reporter, convinced that the events in Santa Pelagia are Pulitzer material, especially when the apocalyptic prophecies of the Twenty-Four begin to come true. From the holiest councils of the Vatican to the boardrooms of powerful multinational corporations to the highest level of the U.S. government and military, Deauchez and Hill hunt desperately for the truth, as the prospect of the world's end looms ever closer. But what is the truth? Mass hysteria? A devious, far-reaching plot? Or has God truly spoken?
Review: Not long after the turn of the millennium, pilgrims of all faiths are drawn to a small Mexican town, where a vision appears to select believers of every religion (the Virgin Mary to a Catholic, the goddess Kali to a Hindu) and warns that Judgment Day is near. Drought and a new disease as virulent as Ebola are wracking the earth. Are the prophecies of the Book of Revelations being fulfilled? Cataclysms multiply as American reporter Simon Hill and French priest Michele Deauchez attempt to answer the question, only to meet with deadly opposition from the Vatican, a mysterious global corporation, and the U.S. government. Is the worldwide devastation the result of paranormally amplified mass hysteria, a terrifying conspiracy--or the will of God?
Any novel about Armageddon and plague inevitably invites comparison with The Stand. Millennium Rising isn't as strong as Stephen King's novel, but it's a scary, ambitious, suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing till the end. And after reading it, you may find King's apocalypse rather wimpy.
Millennium Rising is the first novel by Jane Jensen, the computer game designer who created the Gabriel Knight interactive mystery series. Her non-interactive fiction debut is recommended to fans of thrillers, near-future SF, modern fantasy, horror, The X-Files, medical fiction, and terrifying nonfiction like The Coming Plague. It is not recommended to readers who want at least one significant woman character; females are few, and rarely seen. --Cynthia Ward
Title: Millennium Rising (Nova Audio Books)
Publisher: Nova Audio Books
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Audio Cassette
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Nova Audio Books, 1999. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1567408664