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Epiphany engages the reader from page one with frantic reports of prepubescent girls popping up pregnant all over the world...all of whom are virgins. Needless to say, this causes mass panic everywhere. So many questions arise. Are the girls lying about being virgins? If not, how did this happen? Is it a terrorist attack? Is it a government experiment gone wrong? Why did this happen? Can it be stopped? What does it mean to the future of human reproduction? No one has any answers, but an intrepid group of scientists and doctors endeavor to find answers to this occurrence which is unprecedented outside of Biblical history. As the story unfolds we learn more and more about these pregnant girls and the children that they produce. Each detail learned is more unexpected than the last.
I can't say enough how much I enjoyed reading this story. With my background in molecular biology, I must also admit that I found the story both a little disconcerting and hopeful as the biological events that occur in the story could potentially happen. Of course, you don't need any biology background to understand the story, but it adds another element of amazement for me that the science behind the story is sound.
In addition to the remarkable plot, the writing flows seamlessly, the editing is great, and the story is engaging to the point that I was unable to put it down once I got started. I also love the observations of human nature the author explores both in the reactions of the general populace to the girls pregnancies and the observations about religion, gender, life and love made by the children themselves as they grow up. Some have called this story a horror story, and there is an element of horror, but I prefer to call it a hopeful story with regards to the future of humanity. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys realistic sci-fi stories and medical mysteries.
Review by Tasheka Gipson
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
As the mother of two daughters, I know that one of a mother's worst nightmares, is the possibility of her young daughter coming home and saying she is pregnant. Stuart Land takes this nightmarish thought one chilling step further. What if pre-teen girls, from every corner of our world, were becoming pregnant without any sexual contact? Virgins, pregnant at 11 - 13 years old. From America, Africa, Russia we meet the children, parents and doctors fighting against the clock to solve this mystery.
We begin with an 11 year old from a village in Africa. Her name is Ayira. Her friend David is in the Peace Corps and lives in her village. He is going to be blamed for her pregnancy. She creeps to his campsite in the middle of the night. They must leave immediately before the elders come to kill them both. The pain of this child having to leave her home, her mother and her life has been written with great caring and insight. You can taste the fear and danger.
They make their escape through the jungle to the American Embassy and are flown back to the States. They are taken to meet Dr Sam Enright, OB/GYN, and his wife Dorinda a geneticist. They have just found their daughter is in the same position, as are other young girls in their town. They have no other choice as fear has led them to Homeland Security and the FBI is brought in. We flash to Russia and meet a learned Doctor there. He has been given orders to find out why girls in this area are getting pregnant. He actually holds a whole town almost hostage trying to find `the culprit,' finding the girls are getting pregnant anyway. He is brought to America with one of the Russian girls to work with this team.
Who is the villian,??? and how and why is this happening??? You feel the fear, pain and torment of these children and families trying to decipher this secret. They huddle together against all odds. The story is an excellent depiction of human nature, adding fear of the unknown to the mixture. Epiphany is poignant, with heart and family values ever-present, yet shocking in its ideology. I laughed and cried connecting with the children and the families. You cannot stop thinking that Mr. Land has laid the gauntlet down to mankind to take a good look at themselves.
As I said when I began this review, This book is quite an undertaking for both the reader and the author. It is not a simple read. It might make you question your beliefs, some might feel this powerful read might be too controversial, but this reviewer found it to be a 5 Star read. Bravo Stuart Land.
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Senior Reviewer and Review Chairperson for the Paranormal Romance Guild
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