From Publishers Weekly
Crammed with sci-fi effects, this is an imaginative but rather sophomoric debut thriller by a Long Island ex-psychiatric counselor turned journalist interested in paranormal phenomena and alien abduction. As the story begins, power-grasping Neo Tech, a super-secret arm of the National Security Agency that utilizes ESP for international espionage, calls in its most sensitive "remote viewer," lovely young Casey Lee Armstrong, to examine a small, otherworldly artifact taken from the uterus of a young Mexican "virgin" in 1994, during the C-section delivery of her son. (Shortly after the birth, both mother and baby were killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident.) The results of Casey's psychic probe are a set of map coordinates that point to Colorado Springs and a middle-aged woman who had a UFO encounter in Mexico City during the solar eclipse of 1991. Now, nine years later, just past the stroke of midnight of the old millennium, the woman gives birth to a strange baby--extraterrestrial, devil or messiah, it's unclear--and an identical artifact is removed from her uterus. The Neo Tech bad guys erase Casey's memory of her seance and head to Colorado, scheming to kidnap the baby. However, the telepathic link between psychic Casey and the mystical new life force overpowers her artificial amnesia and she is drawn to the coordinates. Set up as a patsy for the murder of a priest, Casey tries desperately to enlist the aid of a cop who has been cured of fatal ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) through contact with the baby. Fanciful plotting and fast action only partially compensate for Sears's corny premise and untutored prose, with its scattergun POV. (Jan.)
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From School Library Journal
YA-An X-Files type of story with a messianic twist, this novel demands that readers suspend reality fairly early. Nevertheless, it will hold their attention. Molly and Thomas Reed lost their only child to a drowning accident. Unexpectedly, and almost miraculously, Molly becomes pregnant 15 years later. Meanwhile, Casey Armstrong is experiencing confusion, depression, and a feeling of amnesia. She functions as a sort of psychic spy for the military. Unknown to her, she has done a remote viewing for members of a global, top-secret group that actually runs the world and the memory has been blocked from her conscious awareness. Meanwhile the Reeds' baby is born. Within a few days, John begins to speak and seems to have an awareness and understanding of those around him that defy logic. Casey soon realizes that she must go to see this special baby. Before long the evil members of the group are trying to find John, ultimately to destroy him, fearing he is of alien origin. Those who have come in contact with him, though, sense something higher in him-possibly the Second Coming? A series of healings that John initiates, including that of a police officer investigating the murders that seem to be occurring around this unusual child, seems to confirm this belief. The nonstop action, suspense, and strange doings should keep most teens interested through to the demise of the bad guys and the safe retreat of the unusual baby.Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
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