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In The Promised Child, Cooke stirs up a mixture of suspense, science and spirituality about a remarkable 7-year-old boy whose disappearance from home leads to worldwide commotion. In part this is due to his unconventional origins that disturb those fearful of the brave new world into which modern science is taking us. For others, it's the boy's links to the distant past - as well as to the uncertain future - that arouses their passions of fear and hope.
This novel is favorably fast paced with few unnecessary detours from the central core of the story. This, plus its moderate length (it's a much quicker read than, say, The Bible, for instance) makes it a pleasing diversion rather than an eternal commitment. In fact, if I must include a minor criticism in this critique, it would be that it ends too soon. The conclusion may be a bit too abrupt for some tastes, sort of like a delicious meal ending before loosening one's belt becomes necessary. Perhaps this merely reflects my penchant for gluttony, or that I relished the characters so much that I didn't want their story to end. Maybe someday Ms. Cooke will serve her fans a second helping of this Second Coming.
As a bonus Cooke gives us a believable alternative view of the second coming, and the upheaval the entry of perfect goodness into an imperfect world causes.
It's about a child that was kidnapped and the people that band together to look for him.
The circumstances that surround the child's secret and his importance in life are what brings the characters together...some in unusual ways.