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Cloning Christ: A Challenge of Science and Faith Hardcover – 2002

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Authors Peter Senese and Robert Geis join forces in Cloning Christ, a brilliantly written theological thriller which provokes the question of how genetic science and faith may co-exist in today's world. The intricately developed plot, with originally created characters who are cast behind the backdrop of an assortment of scientific and religious perspectives held by people of the world today, challenge the reader at every turn to think through these current issues as the fast-paced thriller evolves into a story of good versus evil.

From the Author

Cloning Christ is a provocative thriller that very well may ask may have its readers ask deep personal questions of themselves while in the midst of a thrilling, suspensful global hunt between science and faith, good vs. evil, and faith vs. disbelief. The story itself originates from one particular night I spent volunteering in and around New York's Ground Zero. The night was December 5th, 2001. On that night, and after a difficult day, my own faith in God was shattered. Eventually I found myself in Trinity Church, where I had a rather loud conversation with God - questioning what his intent was in the wake of what my eyes had been witness to for the past several months. Well, the outcome of that conversation is in many ways 'Cloning Christ'. I hope you enjoy reading this story as it really does have extraordinary meaning and purpose to me.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing & Media; 1st edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971082642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971082649
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,306,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I love to write and really enjoy good storytelling. As a working author, I find it important to write about topics that are current to today's society and interests that surround our lives. I also recognize and embrace that the world is becoming more closely connected, and that we truly are becoming global citizens. Having a keen interest in issues that impact the world, a great deal of my fiction writing evolves around global issues. In this context, I am a historical fiction writer focusing primarily on geopolitical issues.

In 'The Den of the Assassin' my writing efforts focus on international finance and terrorism. I believe it is one of the best written, accurate, and current post 911 espionage thrillers written. From the current resurgence of former-KGB hard-liners in Russia and the corrupt oligarchs who control the black-market of the weapons trade, from the isolationist mountains of North Korea to the sweeping deserts of the Middle East, from the hidden agendas behind the Forbidden City, from the looming specter of biological warfare to the ways in which terrorists hide and wash their money, from the arcane methods by which corporate America funds itself to the inner workings of Wall Street's war rooms, to democratic nations' use of sophisticated computer systems such as PROMIS and PISCES, 'Den Of The Assassin' is an informative, compelling, spin-tingling international espionage thriller that will keep readers turning through the pages. And if you are a New Yorker or love New York, you will then quickly realize just how much I love my hometown, too! The paperback version of The Den of the Assassin will be re-released (second edition) on E-book in September of 2011. Previously, this thriller was released right before I was unexpectedly forced to chase the cyclones of international child abduction. It is only now that I have the ability of releasing this novel in the manner to which it should have been released.

'Chasing The Cyclone' is perhaps the most meaningful book I have or will ever write. It was both the hardest and easiest story to share. 'Chasing The Cyclone' is a story of international parental child abduction and a father's unending desire to find, protect, and unite with his abducted, defenseless son. I mention that it was the 'hardest' story because the story is drawn from my experiences as a Chasing Parent who was unexpectedly forced to race to the other side of the world in search of my own child. And surely it was the easiest story to write because this novel is based upon my experiences and familiarity of having to attempt to find and bring home a child who was criminally abducted Which I did. Safely. I am certain that readers will find this story the quintessential page-turning legal thriller while never losing sight that 'Chasing The Cyclone' is a love story.

My recent E-book release that I co-authored with Carolyn Ann Vlk titled 'The World Turned Upside Down' is the most current resource guide on international parental child abduction. Much of the material contained in this extensive resource guide is based upon groundbreaking research that Carolyn and I conducted. By using the E-book format, we intend to update the guide as new and relevant information becomes available. Having gone through this terrible ordeal that is hard for any parent that has not experienced having a child taken abroad to understand, I found it important to become a voice, in my own way, to the cause of child abduction prevention. My activities in this arena have been extensive and geared toward having new abduction prevention laws passed and implemented. 'The World Turned Upside Down' is available for purchase on E-commerce sites; however, it is also available for free download on my official website.

'Cloning Christ' was conceptulized during the time I spent in New York's 'Ground Zero' during 911. During one particular night, I lost my faith in God and did not understand how HE could and would allow for such a disaster to occur. While spending the evening inside a church, essentially speaking my anger-filled mind at God, I soon realized that HE did not abandon us. And so, at sometime in the middle of the night and into the early part of the morning, I wrote a very detailed outline and synopsis of 'Cloning Christ'. And for those of you who may want to know where the title originates from - well it was inside Trinity Church - that sits high on Wall Street, where this all took place.

'War On Wall Street' was written during the time my son was getting ready to enter the world. At that time, I had come down with a serious form of cancer, and I did not know if I was going to survive. So, regardless of the material objects I would have been able to leave my son, if I passed, he would only know me through pictures. So I wrote this story for him. And in it, unquestionably, I do speak to Tyler.

In addition to these published works, I am pleased to announce that in the near future I will release the sequel of 'The Den Of The Assassin' in the global thriller titled 'Predators Games'. I also will release my first satire titled 'The Production', which is a witty story of the zany worlds of film production and publishing. And finally, I am excited about the release of 'Cloning Christ's' sequel, 'Quest'.

Speaking of writing and reading, I am a strong supporter of literacy programs and public libraries everywhere.

Lastly, if you read any of my books, and if you listen carefully, you very well may hear the voice of a father telling his son how much he loves him.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Syracuse, New York research geneticist Dr. Max Train deeply believed in God until, a dozen years ago, someone brutally murdered his beloved wife and four-year-old daughter. For Max, their deaths and his legal tribulations afterward left him void of any belief in an All Mighty.

While Max is visiting the Jerusalem area, an earthquake hits uncovering a buried cross. Max wonders if he holds the True Cross that Jesus was crucified on. If the answer is yes, could he clone the Christ from the bloodstains and hair remnants on it causing the Second Coming? In the Vatican Cardinal Anselm Mugant learns of the discovery in Israel. He plans to prevent Max from cloning the Christ by hiring an assassin The Scorpion to kill Max.

Though there are several subplots such as the "Fifth Crusade" that spins the reader away from this delightful inspirational tale, fans will relish this thriller. The tale is loaded with action yet uses the characters as symbols of mankind similar to a medieval passion play like Everyman. The cast represents the faithful, the disbelievers, the dividers (torn between science and religion) or the selfish. CLONING CHRIST brings the debate of religion vs. science to the forefront in an exciting manner that focuses on the sacredness of life.

Harriet Klausner
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2003
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The modern day or current fiction body requires a process of active fact-gathering - not just working from memory or sensory observation, but to cultivate the root of past historical context so as to give credible life to a storytelller's work of art. In order for a modern-day fiction story to have viable credability a critical criterion necessary is currency - that a writer get on the story's subject matter in a timely manner so that the intended message of the story will have an opportunity to reach an audience to whom the writer directs his or her words to. In 'Cloning Christ', Peter Senese thrust the reader into a spell-binding, mind obsorbing story of currency as the issues of genetic 'human cloning' drive the criterion of currency, while displaying a unique ability of taken a 2,000 year old occurance - the crucifixition of Jesus, and re-creating Jesus' possible birth through the tormented struggles 'Cloning Christ's' main character, Dr. Max Train, must endure as innovative life is given to wooden boards 2,000 years old. The possible rebirth of Jesus, for many Christ, is innovatively created through the author's artful storytelling that essentially hands the possible True Cross of Jesus to the reader, and then says here's the Cross, what do you want to do with it? Unfortunately, the reader, and for this matter, Dr. Train, never have too long to think about what to do with this ancient discovery since one dark ambush after another seems to be waiting for 'The Cross-Bearer'. The thoughtfully juxtaposed ideals of good vs. evil are carefully carried out in the continued confrontation Dr. Train faces as he carries this Cross out of Jerusalem, and into a chaotic world of unknowns waiting for him at every turn.Read more ›
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2003
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Once in a while authors get a tale just right-- this novel is one such example. In a perfect harmony of a sci-fi thriller and religious passion the writers have gotten the reader into a fast paced novel that brings them face to face with a well-conceived and well-thought out predicament: a genetic scientist finds the Cross of Christ. Will he clone the remnants on that Cross? Step by step, carefully and with rigor, the authors take the story from Mount Olivet, where scientist Max Train is confronted with a possible discovery of Jeus that set him off from all others. Is he in the presence of God incarnate's remains? Assassins commissioned by a clerical power in the Vatican have been watching Train for a while, as well as other geneticists, in preparation to do away with them all in the name of religion and faith-- but their faith is not the faith of the religion of Christ, or any religion. The novel is now joined from Jerusalem on the Joppa Road to Tel Aviv, on a plane to Rome, where Train is shot at, and where he himself turns into a savage to ward off those he cannot understand or fathom. On to Bologna, Lake Como, Zurich as the Vatican's blackmailing prelate Cardinal Mugant issues orders of his compromised followers to kill the fleeing Train before he "commits a sin against Christ again". Paris, Edinburgh-- a brutal encounter for Train and his Mossad aid Sarah, a woman instructed to help Train avoid the treacheries of Mugant's long extending talons--, and then off to New York whither Train escapes by a hair as it seems almost all the world is after Max Train.Read more ›
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2003
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First off, I want to say there are to many Apocolyptic books out there! What in the world is going on, are The Horsemen Coming, or what? It seems as if everyone is talking about cloning Jesus these days! Now lets get real for a minute, and I say this with no intent to offend those religious folks who actually believe Armageddon will occur upon the sun's next rising! Maybe its the upcoming war, maybe its the cloning buzz, and maybe there are just too many liberties being taken in the publishing business. You go figure this out for yourself, I'm tired of it. Fortunatly, or unfortunatly, I work in a book store, so I get to see the best as well as the 'what were they thinking' in books. Here's my scoop on this book: I kept noticing the cover jacket from the counter, designed with its dna cross, and decided to take a look. Interesting. Yes, once again the cloning Jesus theme is brought out, like other stories, but, to my surprise, this book actually has no intent of diving into the drawn out issues of cloning Jesus. The story, to my applause, takes the reader into the main character's own personal struggles as well as the dark struggles of the protagonist and the villan (who, I will say, were enjoyable to follow). The story is a strong thriller with some unexpected twists that were not predictable, which kept me interested in continuing on. And so I did. Strong points of Cloning Christ: the reader becomes one with the books plot and settings, and, there is a non-preachy education the authors share with their audience. Negatives: I wish we had more insight into the villan known as The Scorpion, and I think the writers could have increased the tension in the epilogue a bit. Overall, I enjoyed this book and will recommend it to readers who like clever thrillers. I can understand why this book is catagorized under Inspirational Fiction, however, I think this book should be considered a thriller, for that's what it really is.
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