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Angelic visitations to certain people is what drives this story. The impending end of the world as we know it, God's wrath or something else? Why some are chosen and others not is not really addressed. There are no definitive answers here but this is a story you should read.
Margaret is one of a limited number of people who've been visited by angels in their dreams. The dreamers have been commissioned to build their own arks before a great flood arrives in two months. The ark, which can only hold thirty people per God's specs, allows for the survival of some people, whether they believe or not.
Doubt, logistics, and politics all come into play, but Margaret's tenacity against these odds is the crux of the story. A nice mix of other major characters provides dramatic episodes before the final disaster. Most of the characters are Christian but not all. Most are believers but not all. Most are good but not all.
Keohane provides enough details about the the construction of the ark and weather conditions to keep the reader engaged but not overburdened. Due to the nature of the story, there's a fair amount of religious dialogue, which could be a plus or minus for some readers. But Keohane's real strength is bringing his characters--good, bad, and ugly--to life. Their dynamics keep the reader riveted.
My big (massive actually) disappointment with this book was with the author's choice of language. The swear words weren't frequent, but they were scattered throughout and they were most definitely not necessary to the telling of the story. Obviously the author disagrees; he is very skillful and could have written those passages differently had he felt that the better choice. Choosing to insert those particular words takes this book way down in my estimation, loses it 1.5 stars on my scale, and means I will not be recommending the book to others. Harsh as this may sound, this review and number of stars given represents my personal experience with the book. For me, this greatly contributed to my perception that the spirit of the book went in a somewhat downward direction as it progressed.
While I found the journeys of the various characters the best part, seeing the lengths some would go to in order to keep their comfort zones intact, there was little to none of the joy I felt at the beginning of the book remaining once I reached the end. Such a pity - it could have been a truly great book. Personally, I would have liked to see the ending of the book come before it did, so that more was left to the imagination.