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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 21 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: SelectiveHouse Publishers, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: April 25, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JXQMHRG
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The Christ Clone Trilogy - Book One: In His Image (Revised & Expanded) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I was led to this trilogy in the comments/reviews of the Left Behind series, of which I read the entire original series and two of the four prequels. (I also read the first book in the Prodigal Project series, which was awful, but I digress...) All of the reviews seemed to indicate that this trilogy far exceeded the Left Behind series, so I finally decided to read it.
I will say this, it is definitely not what I was expecting. A research team goes to investigate the Shroud of Turin (which has been proven to be a fake, but we'll overlook that for now), and finds living skin cells on it, presumably the living skin cells of Jesus. One of the scientists decides to clone the skin cells, and unwittingly gives birth to the Anti-Christ. Definitely an original idea -- pretty sure there is no other book on the whole of planet Earth that suggests the cloning of Christ is possible.
While I give the author many points for creativity, some of the things that occur in this story are pretty bizarre, even for and end-of-times novel. For that reason, I sometimes found myself distracted and unable to focus on the plot or characters.
One thing I did truly appreciate, however, is that the author does not take a literal interpretation of Revelation and just put it in a modern setting, which is basically what happened in the Left Behind series. The author takes a symbolic approach and includes something like a hundred footnotes to explain his literary devices.
Yes, I am going on to read book two. So, four stars for this book.
I got it because of my memories and also because it was on sale at the time. I would not recommend it for full price.
Besides the just OK writing, one major point is that we have seen via 9-11 and other tragic events how the world's economy is linked to catastrophic events. This book doesn't even address such things. It's almost as if the people who are not directly impacted have had no strain put on their lives financially. No mention of the markets crashing, etc. which would likely happen in an event as epic as the rapture.
Besides that, there is the extreme artisitic license that is used to try and link some of the events to biblical accounts. I looked at all of the notes for each of the notes listed and some of them are plausible, and others are just wishful thinking.
In any case, I bought book two so that I can finish the trilogy as I want to satisfy my curiosity about my memories of the books. My recommendation for this - It's generally entertaining, but don't expect too much.