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The Last Day Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1998

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Amazon.com Review

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 Adams

From Library Journal

A combination of scientific thriller, religious satire, and New Age mysticism, this debut novel offers a view of what might happen as the end of the millennium approaches. At a remote research facility in the Negev Desert, a meteor wreaks massive destruction. Meanwhile, at midnight on New Year's Eve, 1999, in Jerusalem, a young and mysterious woman appears who seems to have a powerful gift. She calls herself Jeza, and soon everyone wonders whether she is a prophetess, the Messiah, or the Antichrist. On hand is Jon Feldman, a skeptical reporter for the World News Network. Beset by his own doubts and lack of strong faith, Feldman is nevertheless fascinated and attracted by the mysterious Jeza. Is she truly a manifestation of God, or is she simply the result of a bizarre experiment of bioengineering? Feldman won't rest until he finds out the truth. Kleier's novel offers a view of how organized religion would react to such a threat. Though the prose is pedestrian and the dialog often overwrought, the story is so well paced that most readers will perhaps forgive the other deficiencies. For large fiction collections.?Dean James, Murder by the Book, Houston, Tex.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Vision (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446605980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446605984
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (868 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Glenn Kleier is author of novels "The Last Day" (Warner Books) and "The Knowledge of Good & Evil" (Macmillan).

webpage: www.kleier.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheKnowledgeOfGoodAndEvil.GlennKleier
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8hgmaPmaFo
Twitter: @GlennKleier

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By A Customer on January 29, 2001
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They don't come any more exciting than this. From the first page, this novel sizzles along at a dizzying pace, taking you on one wild ride into the unknown. The detail is astonishing. I can't imagine the hours of research that went into developing the plotline, but it is very well thought out, very tight. It's that attention to detail that gives this story such realism. The "What if?" scenario is completely credible. The suspense is unbearable. If you enjoy thrillers, this one delivers, and with a slam dunk ending you cannot anticipate. Two thumbs up.
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I found this book VERY hard to put down. The several engrossing plots, the numerous strong and intriguing characters expertly portrayed, and the spiritual, moral and earthly issues so vividly explored combined in a surprising emotional catharsis for this reader.
I was strongly drawn in by the early biotech aspects of this story, captured by the rapid and rapidly developing action, and completely absorbed by the evolving religious dilemmas, questions posed, answers given and profound expression of insight and faith.
This book will slake your many thirsts; it is gratifying to the heart, the mind, the body and the soul. It provides much to ponder that is relevant to our true lives and worthy of serious consideration.
Which ever you crave, good strong characters involved in high adventure, a glimpse of what the near future might hold, grist for your mind and heart to mull over, you'll happily find it here.
Highly recommended!
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By A Customer on January 31, 2001
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If you want to let go of a lot of longstanding, pent-up emotions, this is the book to do it for you. I found myself silently cheering throughout, getting really caught up in what this book has to say. There are things in here that somebody should have said a long, long time ago. I'm thankful I've had a chance to see it happen. This man tells the truth, and he lays it on the line like nobody else I've ever read. It took guts to write this and I'm sure it's tweaking a lot of noses, but I say, more power to you, Glenn Kleier!
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By A Customer on January 17, 2001
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I don't give five star reviews, but in this instance, I was tempted. THE LAST DAY is unique among the books I've read in this genre. It is a startling, unsettling--but ultimately positive--look at what could happen at a "Second Coming." Not at all what you'll expect, be prepared for something thought provoking and eye-opening. Definitely different.
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Having read nine novels in this genre now, I am delighted to have come across this one. It is the best of the lot by far. If any author has ever written a scarier, more suspenseful and meaningful apocalyptic novel than this, I'd like to hear about it. The Last Day is a heart-gripping read with very poignant social commentary. Excellent.
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By A Customer on January 10, 2001
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A FRIEND RECOMMENDED THIS BOOK TO ME AND I WANT TO PASS ALONG THE FAVOR. THIS IS THE MOST UNUSUAL BOOK I'VE EVER READ. IT READS SO INCREDIBLY REAL THAT YOU WOULD SWEAR IT'S TRUE. THE WAY KELIER WEAVES HISTORY, SCRIPTURE AND CURRENT EVENTS INTO THIS SUPERNATURAL ACCOUNTING OF JUDGMENT DAY IS NOTHING SHORT OF BRILLIANT. THERE ARE SOME UNSUAL THINGS HIDDEN IN HERE THAT YOU WON'T GET ON THE FIRST READ, BUT ARE REALLY AMAZING (AND OFTEN QUITE HILARIOUS) IN A SECOND READ. A GREAT DEAL OF RESEARCH AND THOUGHT HAS GONE INTO THIS STORY. WHEN YOU FINISH IT, YOU WILL SEE LIFE AROUND YOU IN A FAR CLEARER AND MORE OPTIMISTIC LIGHT.
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By A Customer on January 14, 2001
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I really enjoyed this. I like stories that are different and that involve your mind as well as your emotions. The Last Day does both. It engages you on both levels, with a story that is frighteningly believable, yet forces you to look at lots of interesting spiritual concepts in a brand new light. There is action, love, drama and evil, and a lot of really funny, tongue in cheek humor. The story's many twists and turns are not at all what I expected. I loved it and highly recommend it.
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Once every year or two my retired father recommends a book for my reading. I cannot tell you how glad I am that he included this one!
Kleier has created an amazingly lucid, insightful and enjoyable novel. While endorsing other reviewers' comments concerning the contemporary religious meaning that fills this book, I cannot help but focus on the historical parallels. I could not read this book without wondering what it was like to know Jesus in the first century. I believe that this imaginative "second coming" helped me understand the skepticism, adoration and impact that the original generated.
I don't often read a novel, as my other reviews will attest, but I recommend this one to all who possess a thoughtful faith. It is likely to please and surprise you on many levels.
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