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Israel, one of the saviors, belongs to the liberals. He asks mankind to save the Earth and to consider all things part of God and therefore holy, a very new-age, or pagan/native philosophy. Israel dresses great and sets up his camp in Washington D.C., where David, a speechwriter is his spokesperson. Pinsker writes the character of David to perfection. David is vain, witty and finally has a platform to show the world just how amazing he truly is. I loved this character.
Joe, is the other savior. He showed up on South Carolina and has Margaret a gorgeous woman lawyer as his spokesperson(think-Megan Kelly from Fox News). The far-right are giddy about Joe and his fire & brimstone version of the Bible, condemning anyone and everyone who's not 'saved' by Jesus. Joe also has a homeless addict who's finally seen the light and going around converting followers from the lower rungs of society, while Margaret smoozes her way through wealthy and powerful men to raise funds for Joe's ministry. I particularly loved Pinsker's portrayal of a certain powerful, rightwing radio show host(think-Limbaugh) which was both humorous and spot-on.
Pinsker spells out a lot of truths about our splintered society, both religiously and politically which seem to be one and the same lately. This is a very smart, and very entertaining book, the kind you laugh out loud at because Pinsker makes it pretty clear who his characters might really be. This is an unforgettable look at how we think as a society at this exact moment of history, and I believe, not to far off from the truth of what would happen if Jesus did decide to come back.
On one level, the book is a simple mystery: Who is the real Second Coming? Who is the Devil? But on another level, the book is a monumental thought-experiment about the nature of God.
I think “provocative” is the perfect word to describe it. Pinsker (a 1st time author with a background as a PR agent, which shows in his writing) throws out ideas at a dizzying pace. Some of his theories are unnerving as hell. Example: Have you ever noticed that the sun & moon are exactly the same size in the sky? The sun is much bigger and the moon much smaller (in astronomical terms), but from the perspective of where the earth is in the cosmos, the sun & moon are so perfectly symmetrical, they literally take turns eclipsing the other. To Pinsker, what could be a more elegant way for God to disprove a random universe than by making the two most obvious objects in the sky perfectly proportionate, in a way that completely defies the Law of Probability?
I had never thought of that before…. but he’s right. How weird is it that the two most obvious objects in the sky are 100% identical in height & width???
This is the most original book I’ve ever seen. Even after reading it, I’m still incredulous that it was written. Recommended without reservation.
But only one is telling the truth.
And then… all hell breaks loose!
In The Second Coming: A Love Story, Scott Pinsker takes us on an incredible journey, where we meet saints, sinners, demons and devils – as Red American and Blue America wages war in a no-holds-barred Apocalyptical PR battle to win converts. And for me, that’s what made this story so ridiculously fun: All the liberals and secular progressives gravitate to the “Second Coming” who tells them what they want to hear, and all the conservatives and traditionalists gravitate to the other “Second Coming” for the exact same reason.
It’s a thrilling action-adventure, but the political satire is devastating!
Wonderfully imaginative and chillingly inventive, this book will force you to reevaluate your own belief system… and all the while you’ll wonder: Who is the REAL Second Coming?