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In His Image (Christ Clone Trilogy, Book 1) Paperback – May 9, 2012
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It's the end of life on earth as we know it in this page-turning apocalyptic novel In His Image, the first installment of the Christ Clone Trilogy. Newspaper editor Decker wangles his way onto a scientific expedition that examines the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. When body cells stuck to the shroud are found to be "alive," they are cloned, and the resulting baby, Christopher, changes the course of history. The book is an interesting mix of fact and fiction (when was the last time you read a novel with footnotes?). There are nice touches of humor, and a dollop of prophetic scripture. It's difficult to peg who's "good" and who's "evil," which admirably sustains the suspense. A good edit might have smoothed some of the rough spots, and the use of bold type for emphasis is distracting. However, those less interested in the nuances of fine literature than in a fast-paced thriller will find that this novel covers all the bases. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
*Starred Review* BeauSeigneur's In His Image is the first installment of his Christ Clone trilogy, an End Times series that was all but privately published in the late 1990s but that developed a considerable underground following. This is mostly because BeauSeigneur knows how to write, deploying a tough, driving style in perfect cadence. He generates suspense by withholding details. Like a historian of the future, he goes out of his way to show every viewpoint. And, like Tom Clancy, BeauSeigneur throws in technical details about how systems and organizations operate, and since he was formerly a CIA operative, he's persuasive.In His Image begins as an almost scholarly account of scientific examinations of the shroud of Turin in the1970s, all to dissuade you of your disbelief for the cloning of Christopher Goodman from the blood of Christ. Christopher is a bright, lonely kid, entirely sympathetic. You will like this Antichrist. The odd events on the international scene have nothing to do with him, and what happens at the United Nations is entirely reasonable given the circumstances. The sequels are Birth of an Age (terrifying plagues, each given detailed, almost dispassionate, scientifically plausible explanations) and Acts of God (the reign of the Antichrist and the Battle of Armageddon). It's a shame BeauSeigneur had to wait so long for the kind of exposure publication by Warner Books will give him, but on the other hand, the paranoia he evokes is a perfect fit for these times of religious hatred and political terror.
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Characters first. There are many of them, and they are genuine and varied. There may be a few too many of them, and BeauSeigneur seems to lose track of them over broad swaths of time. There are Jews, Christians, Jewish Christians, agnostics, and "New Age" spiritualists, but religious beliefs hardly figure prominently in the book, although they are discussed in depth when they matter. That's because the plot takes place over 30+ years. Most if not all the characters seem like good people, but BeauSeigneur paints a vivid portrait of a world in which well-established characters with good intentions compromise their way into becoming bad guys. It is not fully realized by the end of the book, but the inklings are there.
Setting next. BeauSeigneur treats the religious and political subject material professionally and appropriately. The reader will appreciate his deep knowledge and fair treatment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also comes off as knowledgeable in missile defense and air combat. Much of the book deals with the internal politics of the United Nations. These settings are sufficiently credible to immerse the reader in this fictional world.
Finally plot. Whereas in the LEFT BEHIND series the plot drives the characters, here the characters drive the plot, which I cannot emphasize enough. You get a sense that what is coming is not fixed precisely by prophecy, which gives the book a feeling of constant suspense. BeauSeigneur wastes no time in moving it along at a swift pace. He doesn't belabor a point, and this quality of understatement in my opinion is what makes it head & shoulders above LEFT BEHIND. The only frustration I had was that the enormous ground covered by the plot did not allow some characters to be fleshed out as much as I wanted.
The book is beautifully written, with sound historical and biblical references, wonderfully imaginative ideas, and amazingly descriptive scenes and locations. It's character development is thorough, with the series actually spanning the course of decades, where you really begin to understand the character's motives for actions. I can't say this enough, I LOVE this author's idea and concept for the story, I think it is not only
Imaginative, but in this day as age, plausible, and I LOVE that he backed up his writing with biblical and scientific references.
This book may be offensive to some Christians, I am a Christian, and I must admit there were times some of what I read bothered me, but this isn't because the book is blatantly crude, sexual, or has bad language, it's because the books tend to take a realistic look at the heart of man, also, the antichrist is presented as a like able character, and it's almost hard to hate him. But this is reality, something some may take offense to in literature.
And I just want to briefly compare this series to the Left Behind, as many have before. I will say this: the Left Behind series is good, but not great. It delves into the apocalyptic story, with plenty of Christian values, but falls short in being believable because the authors' seemed to be writing strictly for their audience (Christians), so they shied away from anything even moderately controversial. What they came up with is a drawn out storyline, where the protagonists find God and are suddenly perfect superheroes who fear nothing, and instantly take the right path.
The Christ Clone Trilogy takes on and entirely difference perspective, and the author explains all of his conclusions with footnotes referenced in the back of the book. Because of his obvious research, he has created a masterpiece of Christian or end time ideology, that is believable to the point that its almost scary. The author does not shy from controversy, in fact, embraces it, making the storyline even better.