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Christmas Eve, 1999. A comet, satellite, or perhaps the finger of God, rends the night sky above Israel and rains fiery destruction on a top-secret military research facility in the Negev. Ony one mute and naked survivor struggles from the ruins in the aftermath of the explosion, then vanishes into the desert unnoticed. Drawn by the rumor of a Jordanian SCUD attack, a World News Network team producing a Millennium Eve special in Jerusalem races to the scene and stumbles upon the story of their lives, involving veteran reporter Jonathan Feldman and his cameraman Breck Hunter in perhaps the greatest story ever told.

Throughout the final year of the century, messianic sects have descended upon the great religious centers of Rome, Jerusalem, and Salt Lake City to await the coming of the millennium, convinced that the Last Days are at hand. Now, in the fulfillment of prophesy, at the stroke of midnight, New Year's Eve, a beautiful and mysterious young woman appears on the steps of the ancient Israelite Temple of the Messiah just as a violent earthquake rocks Jerusalem and sets off aftershocks felt even in the Vatican. By a stroke of purest luck, WNN has it all on videotape.

As a world audience primed for spectacle clamors for more, Feldman and Hunter follow the elusive figure as she appears throughout "Apocalypse Central," proclaiming a new gospel of the apotheosis to Christian, Muslim, and Jew alike. Overnight, Jeza, as she calls herself, has become a worldwide phenomenon, occasioning a summit meeting of the world's religious leaders and spawning a brisk trade inT-shirts,ashtrays, and other novelties bearing her image. But despite reports of miracles, fulfillment of biblical prophecy, and even the announcement of an 11th commandment ("Thou shall honor woman as thy equal; and thou shall cherish her in unity with thy fellow man"), the question remains: Is Jeza imitating or emulating Christ? Is she messiah, antichrist, or something even more sinister — a biotech experiment gone tragically wrong?

Deftly incorporating subplots that include Vatican conspiracies, IDF assassination squads, cutting-edge scientific speculation, and the doomsday prophesy of the Last Secret of Fatima, Glenn Kleier's cleverly exploits the growing fascination with the millennium and eschatology, provoking impassioned questions about our most cherished beliefs — and delivering a suspenseful thriller of the highest order.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A millennial thriller that's as cranky as it is intense, Kleier's first novel grinds a sharp ax against organized religion, particularly Roman Catholicism, as it imagines the arising of a possible global messiah. Kleier narrates primarily through the viewpoint of a cable-TV reporter who witnesses many of the novel's bizarre events. On December 24, 1999, a meteor strikes a secret Israeli defense facility, freeing one of the site's experimentsJeza, a beautiful woman who is an artificially gestated clone and whose unsurpassed intelligence may arise from computer chips implanted in her brain. Days later, Jeza performs a miracle in Bethlehem; shortly thereafter, she delivers her "New Beatitudes" "Blessed are you who are tolerant, for you shall attain Unity" to a worldwide TV audience. Within months, the world teeters on the brink of anarchy, torn between pro- and anti-Jeza forces. The latter are spearheaded by the Vatican, for Jeza's apocalyptic message includes the dismantling of all churches. If Kleier's prose, particularly his dialogue, lacks subtlety, his melodramatic story will have readers racing through the narrative with its many plot twistspolitical, scientific and theological. A warm and fuzzy conclusion can't mask the novel's bombast and bad taste, however. Kleier's portrayal of the Vatican as a venal cabal and of the pope as a bumbler, his swipes at Protestantism and Islam, his use of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to endorse Jeza's sacred status, his employment of the maybe-messiah as a mouthpiece for politically correct religion feminist, pro-choice, anticlericalall make this work as much an offensive rant as an entertaining read. 500,000 first printing; film rights to Columbia/TriStar; Time Warner audio; foreign rights sold in the U.K., the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Nov.
Library Journal
A combination of scientific thriller, religious satire, and New Age mysticism, this debut novel offers a view of what might happen as the end of the millennium approaches. At a remote research facility in the Negev Desert, a meteor wreaks massive destruction. Meanwhile, at midnight on New Year's Eve, 1999, in Jerusalem, a young and mysterious woman appears who seems to have a powerful gift. She calls herself Jeza, and soon everyone wonders whether she is a prophetess, the Messiah, or the Antichrist. On hand is Jon Feldman, a skeptical reporter for the World News Network. Beset by his own doubts and lack of strong faith, Feldman is nevertheless fascinated and attracted by the mysterious Jeza. Is she truly a manifestation of God, or is she simply the result of a bizarre experiment of bioengineering? Feldman won't rest until he finds out the truth. Kleier's novel offers a view of how organized religion would react to such a threat. Though the prose is pedestrian and the dialog often overwrought, the story is so well paced that most readers will perhaps forgive the other deficiencies. For large fiction collections.Dean James, Murder by the Book, Houston, Tex.
From The Critics
This book is so full of hot topics, readers might burn their fingers turning pages. It's the eve of the millennium, things are getting very hyper, and plenty of folk are flocking to the Holy Land just in case the world is going to end. Jon Feldman, a star reporter for WNN, a cable news outlet, is on the job, but he is not prepared for the story that begins on Christmas Day, when a powerful and beautiful young woman steps out of the Negev Desert and proclaims herself the new messiah. Her name is Jeza and her gospel includes an admonishment to abolish all organized religions--a position that causes the considerable power of the Catholic Church to be turned against her, beginning a series of events that just may lead to Armageddon. Kleier, a first-time author, doesn't miss a beat in this story, capturing all the craziness of the last decade of the twentieth century, firing it with the latest scientific advancements (like cloning), and wrapping it all with the gauze of mysticism. Complex plotting seems smooth as silk here, and the idea of using a CNN-style reporter as the messiah's confidant is a perfect touch for today's media-crazy world. The question of whether the enigmatic Jeza is the daughter of God or the anti-Christ engages everyone from the pope to the president, and it will keep readers enthralled until the very end. Expect to hear a lot about a new subgenre called the "millennial thriller" in the next couple of years, but don't expect to find one anybetter than this. --Ilene Cooper
Kirkus Reviews
An impressively imagined debut offers a devilishly cunning speculation on how a sinful world might greet news of a messiah's appearance come the millennium.

Jerusalem-based WNN-TV correspondent John Feldman gets appreciably more than he ever bargained for on New Year's Eve, 1999. Expecting to provide only cursory coverage of local observances, the journalist and his cameraman, Breck Hunter, wind up investigating the mysterious destruction of a hush-hush Israel Defense Force (IDF) lab in the Negev Desert. The sole survivor of this cataclysm is an ethereal young woman called Jeza, whom millennarian groups throughout the world soon hail as their long- awaited redeemer. Spouting gnomic parables, citing a gospel known as Apotheosis (from the so-called "Newest" Testament), and performing the occasional miracle, the arriviste divinity travels the holy lands of the Middle East, urging ever larger congregations of Christians, Jews, and Muslims to forsake the distractive trappings of formal liturgies. With logistical assistance from Feldman's ratings-obsessed network, the deity is soon able to present her provocative message (fiercely resisted by established religions) to a wider world from forums in Salt Lake City, the Vatican, and Washington. Meanwhile, word leaks out that the IDF facility was engaged in genetic engineering projects, which could make Jeza a robot with artificial intelligence of a very high order rather than anyone's savior. During the Lenten season, hopes for peace on earth evanesce as Armageddon-scale violence racks key venues, and the Antichrist or True Prophetess is martyred at the close of a Good Friday sermon before the Wailing Wall. While cooler heads in Rome ponder, IDF renegades, die-hard ecclesiastics, and others with apocalyptic axes to grind vie to ensure—or abort—Jeza's resurrection on Easter morning.

Deliciously wicked entertainment that combines biotech with theological arcana to mount an effective (and often offensive) assault upon churches militant, affluent, and complacent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446930284
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/22/1999
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 265,994
  • File size: 719 KB

Meet the Author

Glenn Kleier
Glenn Kleier

Glenn Kleier is the former co-founder and president of a national marketing and communications firm who now pursues his passion for writing full-time. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed thriller, The Last Day. He makes his home in Louisville, Kentucky.

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An Excerpt from The Last Day

WNN news bureau, Jerusalem, Israel
11:15 A.M., Wednesday, January 5, 2000

The rumors had been filtering in since early morning, and by now Bollinger was convinced they were accurate. Direct from the millenarian grapevine, it was said that the Messiah would finally be making a long-awaited public appearance. Having fasted and meditated for four days and nights in the deserts north of Jericho, the Messiah would give an address near the resort town of Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Tomorrow morning, at dawn. Feldman, Hunter, Erin Cross and a production crew were dispatched immediately to Tiberias by WNN helicopter to prepare for whatever eventualities might develop. Sullivan, Bollinger, Cissy, Robert Filson and more crew were to fly up in a second helicopter later to join them.

. . .
Mount of the Beatitudes, Israel
6:21 A.M., Thursday, January 6, 2000

The massive audience was absolutely immobilized by the ethereal scene, and remained so for a full sixty seconds while the celestial music crescendoed to its finale.

The slender Messiah was dressed in a loose, hooded, full-length white robe, trimmed with red and purple piping. The head was bowed, the face completely shadowed by the hood in the dawning sunlight behind.

Feldman, the TV crew, and the millions of breathless spectators watched, spellbound, as the mysterious form appeared to slowly unfurl itself. The head tilted back. The slim arms rose steadily from its side, upward to the sky. The sleeves slid gracefully down to unveil thin, opalescent arms. Arms that extended to small, clenched fists which petaled open to display fine, outstretched, alabaster fingers.

And at last the hood dropped away, revealing an unearthly, radiant, alluring, upturned face of an angel. Innocent, unpretentious, childlike and beautiful. Yet purposeful and wise. The eyes were closed and the mouth opened wide, exposing straight and perfectly white teeth.

Feldman was taken aback, then charmed to realize that this transfixing, commanding display had been, in actuality, nothing more than an early morning stretch and yawn. Although, because of the contrast of sunlight and shadows, and the distance of the crowd, Feldman doubted anyone but he could tell.

While this was most certainly the same arresting face Feldman had seen in the crude Millennium Eve video, its impact on him now was entirely different. There was no semblance of the pain, rage or anguish that had exuded from the dark TV monitor. Perhaps it was the inexactness of the computer enhancement, but this face had none of the intensity. It even appeared less angular now. Softened. Sweetened.

Yet, it had lost none of the otherworldliness that gave it its divinity. This was an amazing creature. The skin was so completely smooth, unblemished and literally vibrant in its pure, radiant whiteness. The face was perfect in its symmetry, with large, wide-set dark eyes rimmed with long black lashes. The jawline was chiseled, firm. The nose prominent, Roman-godly. Entirely appropriate.

The only physical imperfection to mar this compelling, flawless visage was the appearance of odd red welts that were visible in small, scalped patches in the Messiah's unruly, raven hair. A very bad haircut.

But if this were indeed the face of a Messiah, God had played a cruel joke on His anointed one. This strange and surreal appearance wasn't that of a boy, but of a young woman. And when Feldman heard her speak, he was certain of it.

Looking over the crowd, the Messiah called out in a clear, engrossing, authoritative, but entirely feminine voice: "Vasheim aboteinu tovu lisanecha," she announced in perfect Hebrew, which Feldman did not comprehend.

"Bism Elah atty laka," she intoned in perfect Arabic, which was also lost on the reporter.

"In the Name of the Father, I come to you," she said in perfect English, and Feldman realized the Messiah was repeating the same phrases in a variety of languages.

"Au Nom de Dieu notre Père, je viens à vous," she continued in French.

She repeated the process in German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Italian and Japanese, picking up the pace in a rhythmic chant that physically moved the crowd. Ten separate languages in all, recorded on tape, and her accent, in each instance, was perfect. Finishing one circuit, the Messiah began a new phrase, starting the rhythmic translation process all over again. She punctuated her oration with decisive movements of her arms and body.

The world received its first sermon from the new prophetess. A short speech that came to be known as the New Beatitudes:

In the name of the Father, I come to you.

In the name of Truth, I come to you.

In the name of Revelation, I come to you.


Blessed are you who listen, for you shall understand.

Blessed are you who see, for the New Light shall shine upon you.

Blessed are you who resist convention for the sake of righteousness, for you shall be vindicated.

Blessed are you who seek the Answer within you, for you shall know the mind of God.

Blessed are you who defy the powerful in My name, for you shall be called courageous.

Blessed are you who are selfless, for your compensation shall be immeasurable.

Blessed are you who are tolerant, for you shall attain Unity.

Blessed are you who safeguard the defenseless, for you shall gain life everlasting.

Blessed are the secure of heart, for you shall find comfort in yourself

Rejoice and exult, because your reward is great in heaven; for so did they persecute the prophets who came before. Apotheosis 4:6-19

There was one point near the end where the Messiah, in her sweeping scope of the crowd, brought her eyes to rest on Feldman's. Only for an instant, only in passing, but there was a connect. And even in the briefest of glances, her dark, serene, multihued blue eyes penetrated him unnervingly.

He felt simultaneously dizzy, confused and invaded. But he had no opportunity to reflect on the experience. The Messiah's hands rose to the heavens as if bestowing a blessing upon the crowd. And then the slender figure turned abruptly, arms dropping, and calmly descended the steps as the crowd erupted.

The massive audience was in ecstasy. Laughing, crying, praying, fully sated and taken with the rapture of this religious moment. Feldman was fearful that at any second the insensate, joyous mob would surge forward and shock divine sense into some of the more unfortunate faithful near the electric fence, providing Hunter with a little anecdotal footage. But the assembly remained respectful of itself and there was never any danger.

Feldman believed that most of the crowd had been prepared from the onset to accept this Messiah figure as their Savior, regardless of her newly revealed sex. That she did such an effective job surpassing expectations, however, was what sent her audience into this prolonged state of euphoria.

But not all her audience. There were some here who did not come to welcome a new religious icon. Particularly a female one. And they left this encounter with skepticism, scorn and displeasure.

Yet, to all who personally witnessed this unprecedented event, there was no denial that something very extraordinary had happened here.


Reprinted from THE LAST DAY by Glenn Kleier. Copyright © 1997 by Glenn Kleier. Published by arrangement with Warner Books, Inc., New York, New York, U.S.A. All rights reserved.

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Interviews & Essays

On Sunday, January 11, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Glenn Kleier, author of THE LAST DAY.


Moderator: barnesandnoble.com welcomed first-time novelist Glenn Kleier to discuss his new book, THE LAST DAY. The Messiah arrives on New Year's Day, 1999, on a hallowed hill in Jerusalem. To the surprise of millennialist cults and WNN News reporter, Jon Feldman, the messiah is a "she." Is she, Jeza, the by-product of a bizarre military experiment, or is she truly the daughter of God? You'll have to read the book to find out!



Moderator: Welcome, Mr. Kleier! We're happy to have you with us tonight! Do you have any opening comments?

Glenn Kleier: Hello! Great to be with everyone tonight. Hope you've saved up some controversial topics to discuss. Theology, philosophy, politics. The Messiah is with me to add a few of Her comments as well!



David from San Diego: When did you first have the idea for THE LAST DAY?

Glenn Kleier: I started incubating this concept about nine years ago. Just got around to drafting the novel in early '92.



Rebecca from Dallas, TX: Have you always considered yourself to be a writer? Why did you choose such an inflammatory topic for your first book?

Glenn Kleier: I always knew I wanted to be a writer -- literally from the time I could hold a pencil in my hand. I really didn't intend to be inflammatory with this book, I just had the need to dispell some of the angst built up from 18 years of Catholic upbringing.



Megan from Seattle, WA: Will your next project singe as many ears?

Glenn Kleier: Hopefully so. As a natural follow-up to religion, my next book focuses on politics. I'm styling it, "Mrs. Smith goes to Washington...with a vengeance!"



Anne from Orlando, FL: Jeza proclaims that all leaders of world churches should lock their doors and stop teaching doctrine.... Does that reflect how you feel about organized religion? Decentralization?

Glenn Kleier: More or less. I just feel it's high time all of us use the God-given gray matter we have between our ears and come to our own theological conclusions. Let's cut out the moral middlemen.



Kelly from Toronto: Jeza also condones homosexuality, an endorsement which flies in the face of practically every organized religion I can think of. What prompted you to include that as part of her teachings?

Glenn Kleier: To be precise, Jeza doesn't condone homosexuality, she accepts it as a natural part of God's world. There is a growing body of science that supports the fact that homosexuals are born imprinted with their persuasions. We don't revile people for being born lame or blind, so why condemn anyone for a natural condition? Jeza preaches tolerance.



Ellen from Chicago, IL: Your characterization of reporter Jon Feldman was so well-constructed. Did you ever consider being a reporter yourself?

Glenn Kleier: Thank you for the compliment. Actually, I did practice a little journalism after graduation from college. Also entered the publishing field for a short time. At the time, I was convinced there was no money in either, and switched to advertising. That's pretty much fiction anyway, right?



Kathy from Sea Cliff, NY: As a recovering Catholic myself, I was really impressed by your audacity, taking on the Church and all. Do you believe the Roman Catholic Church has gotten out of touch with its constituents? Your book seemed to reflect that. Am I right?

Glenn Kleier: Yes, you are right. I think the Church has a very serious and growing problem in that regard as reflected in the recent Vatican synod of bishops, convened to discuss that very issue. I believe organized religions in general -- not just the Catholic Church -- are failing their congregations. It's time to put some issues on the table.



Kate from Chapel Hill, NC: Do you have any great predictions for the next millennium? Will the world finally discover the truth about Jimmy Hoffa? Just teasing, but seriously, I'd like your predictions.... Thanks for taking my question!

Glenn Kleier: I have a couple of predictions for the next millennium. I feel that women will come to play a much greater role in all religions, but primarily by default. As congregations read contributions decline, the organized religions will make the pragmatic decision that women are a viable way to stanch the declining numbers. As a marketing decision alone, churches will reach out. Cynical, aren't I? I also feel that, just as the Catholic Church and others are finally taking the long-overdue step of asking forgiveness of the Jews for centuries of prejudice, they'll eventually do the same for women and homosexuals.



Beth from Sparta, NJ: Were you prepared for the immense interest in THE LAST DAY?

Glenn Kleier: In all honesty, I wasn't even certain I would find a publsher for THE LAST DAY. I knew it would be controversial, but when Warner picked it up for a mainstream title, and it subsequently sold to Columbia TriStar for a movie, I was completely overwhelmed. You just never know...



Brad from Los Angeles: Which character do you most identify with? Besides the Messiah, of course. Ha-ha. Thanks for answering my Q!

Glenn Kleier: In so far as I'm reflected as a character at all, I'd say I'm probably a blend between Hunter and Feldman. Hunter -- the secular cynic, Feldman -- the more spiritual, reflective guy does that say agnostic?.



Laura Friedman from Prospect, Kentucky: What do your children think of your book?

Glenn Kleier: Hi, Laura. Only my elder son 12 years old has read the book. He says he liked it, but I think he'd have been more impressed if his dad was an astronaut or NBA player.



Reed from Minneapolis!: Pertaining to Kathy from Sea Cliff's question, you said that organized religion needs to put some issues on the table. I'm curious, what issues? I totally agree with Jeza's stress on tolerance; is that what you mean?

Glenn Kleier: Tolerance is certainly one issue. But how about the enormous wealth of the churches? How can the organized religions justify their huge, extravagant cathedrals and churches; their large coffers and, in many cases, very high life styles? Christ said, "If you would be perfect, sell all your belongings and give your money to the poor." We don't have very many perfect religious organizations out there, do we?



Jim from Arlington, VA: THE LAST DAY paints a slightly distressing portrayal of mass market media. The WNN news crew is a crackerjack team, but in the end, what is it really good for? They disband to spread Jeza's word, and acknowledge that the story-hound life might not be worthwhile.... Was that an intentional commentary? I'd love to hear your thoughts...

Glenn Kleier: Well, for one thing, WNN was certainly helpful in introducing Jeza to the world, so that was a positive utilization of mass media. But in actuality, I intended the media -- and the discussions revolving around impartial reporting -- as a sort of contrast and comparison with the way religious scripture is "disseminated" to the public. Instead of interpreting the message for the audience, simply deliver it, clean and clear, and let the audience come to its own conclusions. Again. I don't think we need the clamoring ecclesiasts to tell us what to think.



Alice from Austin, TX: You told Publishers Weekly that you figured "Salman Rushdie needs a roommate..." Has your book encountered negative reactions from religious groups? Do you anticipate it will?

Glenn Kleier: It's been a really interesting ride so far. On the one hand, I have people like the Catholic League mounting a letter campaign to block production of the movie slated to begin production this summer. And then, I've also been gratified to have had my early manuscript read by, and endorsed by, Mother Teresa, who shared my literary agent on her work MEDITATIONS before she passed away. Go figure.



Ben from Cleveland: What is your personal religion? Is it a combination of a few? What do you believe?

Glenn Kleier: I am a retired Catholic with no official affiliation at this time. My own personal view is thisIn my heart of hearts, I desperately want there to be a God. This earth needs one -- ideally, a proactive one, rather than a passive diety. In my mind, I have a very difficult time reconciling the tremendous torment and anguish that goes on in the world and have a difficult time accepting that a sentient, supreme being won't do more to intervene. It's a neverending battle for me. I want to believe, sometimes I find it very difficult.



Howard from Haverford, Pa: Were you concerned about the controversy your book might generate before you sold it? If yes, then what persuaded you to publish it?

Glenn Kleier: I was somewhat concerned about the controversy. But for 2,000 years the organized religions of the world have dangled this Doomsday Sword over everyone's head. I just felt it was time to call the question, and nobody else seemed to be doing it.



Justine from Billings, MT: What was the hardest part of the book to write? Why?

Glenn Kleier: The parables. I felt they had to smack perfectly of the real thing, and Christ is a pretty tough act to follow.



Gabriel from St. Louis, MO: I thought the opening of the book, at the bioengineering lab, was shocking but fascinating!. Were the experiments done there an elaboration of what you had researched? Because it doesn't seem that far-fetched.

Glenn Kleier: Actually, while I did research this aspect to some degree, I felt I knew in advance what I had to do here to create the parthenogenesis virgin birth aspect of the story. It just sort of fell into place because I knew where I had to go with it.



Ingrid from San Jose: So many writers struggle to get their work published, but it seems that everything came together for you immediately! Do you have any tips for those still toiling in obscurity?

Glenn Kleier: I could write all night about tips. I'll give you a few, but I also invite you to visit the book's website, www.thelastday.com, where I'll be adding a number of specific suggestions shortly. In brief, try to net a literary agent, don't go directly to a publisher -- it's a tough industry and you really don't want to make the journey without an escort. I refer you to a book by Writer's Digest called "Guide to Literary Agents '98," where you'll find a generous mittenful of advice on writing cover letters, synopses, submission specifications, and more. It's a good start. And one last thing -- don't let anyone diminish your enthusiasm for your concept. It's a subjective world out there, and some of the hottest bestsellers on the market were rejected numerous times before finding their rightful place and well-earned success.



Joanne from Tucson, AZ: I think it must be very difficult to convey the opinions of so many different groups news reporters, Catholics, Jews, military governments, believers, nonbelievers -- how did you pull it off so smoothly? Do you have any tips?

Glenn Kleier: I spent a lot of time reading and studying the various groups. Primarily, however, it worked for me to simply put myself in their shoes for a while. To really consider their perspectives, almost as an exercise in forensics, attempting to assimilate a different perspective. Does that make sense?



Aaron from Harrisburg, PA: Your particular blend of hot topics is unique, I think. The bioengineering mixed with religion is so appropriate, because reproductive rights are so fervently disputed by primarily right-wing Christians at least in the U.S.. You must have spent a great deal of time considering this double-sided coin.... Could you run with this thought?

Glenn Kleier: Exactly what are a human being's rights in the minds of most religious organizations? And when they do promote a certain point of view as dogma, where exactly is their God Housekeeping seal that says their arcane interpretation is better than any of the countless others floating around out there in the spiritual ethers? As Shakespeare once wrote, "Even the Devil can quote scripture to his own purpose." The point being, truth is open to interpretation, and we each have the ability to find our ways to that truth. Women included.



Pavia from Denver, CO: I was pleasantly surprised that Jeza had a pro-woman, pro-choice stance. Yay! What prompted you to portray her with those beliefs -- are you trying to hit as many nerves as you possibly can? I loved it!

Glenn Kleier: I was told once before that I was peculiar for having the point of view I do. All I can do is reference my source, which I feel is Truth. I just told it like I see it. It's pretty obvious women have been getting the brunt end of the pastoral staff for more than two millennia. It's time we all owned up to it and accepted the consequences.



Brett from Sun Valley, ID: Mother Teresa liked your book! Now that's an endorsement! What do you think spoke to her? I think she was the closest thing to Jeza on this earth. She preached tolerance as a Catholic -- remarkable.

Glenn Kleier: According to my agent, who spoke with Mother Teresa, the good nun identified with a number of Jeza's feminist issues, as well as Her emphasis on protecting children and the aged. I was also surprised to learn that Mother was a closet supporter of birth control not abortion, of course and that she shared Jeza's feelings regarding women having more control of their bodies as well as the ability to conduct sacraments within the Church.



Patrick from Phoenix, AZ: How carefully did you plan your novel before you wrote it? Were you ever surprised by the way this one turned out? Thanks!

Glenn Kleier: Although I let the book lead me as much as I tried to lead it, I did have a game plan from the beginning. I pretty much followed it.



Rose from St. Petersburg, FL: As a "retired Catholic," was this book cathartic to write? Did it allow you to solidify your beliefs?

Glenn Kleier: Yes it was cathartic. It allowed me to release a lot of angst that had been clawing at me since childhood. It felt good! Plus, it was fun to play God for a while!



Robin from Philadelphia, PA: OK, so we know what was the hardest part of the book to write, but what is your favorite section of the book? My favorite was when Jeza stopped the mob from killing the bus driver by bringing the child he hit back to life. And the bread truck that was never empty came straight out of the Old Testament! Great!

Glenn Kleier: My favorite was the scene in which she confronted the pope in the Vatican. This was the point where I released some truly pent-up emotions.



Moderator: You were an incredible guest, Mr. Kleier, thanks for answering our questions! What are your parting words?

Glenn Kleier: My thanks to Barnes and Noble a truly wonderful bookstore!. My wishes for everyone tonight is that they are able in their lives to find their God, wherever She may be. Health, happiness and open minds. God bless.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Fantastic story that will leave you with much to marvel about.

    Fantastic story that will leave you with much to marvel about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Highly recommend - you MUST read this

    This was recommeded by a friend, so I read it. BOY it was just fantastic! Extremely well written and the characters are "real". This is exacely what would happen in this particular situation!!! If you want to know what it wopuld be like if the Messiah came today, you must read this book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    Abridged, but excellent!

    Rene Auberjonois does a superb job--as does Carrie Gordon (voice of female messiah).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Interesting

    The Last Day was very interesting. I didn't want to put it down. The ending was abrubt though. I would recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Absolutely Great

    I really enjoyed this book. It moved me in so many different directions, it made you think and examine your own personal beliefs. This is a book that would inspire a great deal of people and I plan on telling all my friends that this is a 'must read'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    an amazing read you won't believe!

    great stuff. REALLY makes you think. told in a sort of news headline setup at first. delves into religious areas no one has dared. but, not a 'religious' story (ala left behind). totally engrossing. great characters....i gave this to my dad and he finished it in 2 days...couldn't put it down. do yourself a favor...get this book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Can't wait for his next book

    This was an absolutely amazing story. Words cannot describe the feeling that you just cannot put this book down. Not only is the storyline novel (at least I have never read one like this before), but the author involved the reader in the lives of the characters to the extent that you truly cared about Feldman, Hunter, Jeza, etc.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2001

    A head spinner

    This book really had me on the edge of my seat. Didn't know where it was going at any given time, it just kept turning and twisting and getting more nerve-racking every page. Can't say enough about it. It you like suspense and scary but thought provoking books, this is not to be missed, the best read I've come across in years.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2001

    THE LAST DAY?

    this is a very powerful, extremely moving story of a realistic approach to a biblical subject ¿the second coming of the Messiah¿. Courageous in the way it sets against old doctrines of all known religions! Especially against the ¿Roman Catholic Church¿! Giving food for thought on how we as part of ¿mankind¿ should act and react with one another. Inspired, it touches not just the heart but the very core of the reader who comes to ask him/herself just where he or she stands in ¿GOD¿S PLAN¿ for mankind! Once past the first few chapters, this story will hardly let you stop reading, until you finish the final chapter! EXCELLENT, ENGROSSING, COMMENDABLE!!! Similar in theme to ¿FIRE¿ by Alan Rodgers but more commanding by it¿s comparison to the ¿Old¿ and ¿New Testament¿ I¿d give this book 10 stars!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    Interesting

    I found this to be a good read. Chapters were of varying length, and almost always ended in such a way that made it difficult to put down the book. The only thing that bothered me was the obvious contempt in which the author holds organized religion. I would guess that the author had an upbringing in which religion was forced on him, and as a result is hostile toward Christianity as an established religion. However, it also carried the message of belief in a Supreme Being. My guess is that the author is a Deist trying to encourage others to feel likewise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    Interesting, good read - Well worth $5

    I recently finished the Left Behind Series and was looking for somehting that moved a bit quicker. The Last Day offered a new twist on potenital messiah theories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Radical!

    Finally, somebody who isn't afraid to tell the Emperor he's naked! This book rocks the old religious institutions to their foundations. A superb suspense story that leaves you with lots to think about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    The best novel on this topic, period.

    No other title I've ever read on this thrilling topic compares with this novel. Not Stephen King's THE STAND, and certainly NONE of the LEFT BEHIND series, which are true drivel. THE LAST DAY stands alone as the definitive tale of this supernatural subject--brilliantly written and technically superb. This is as scary and real as it can get, readers, and if you've not read it, I advise you not to read any review that reveal the story line. Just pick up a copy, find yourself some solitude, and get ready to be transported into a very provocative realm.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    Take a bow, Mr. Kleier

    Mr. Kleier, you have achieved a rare event with this book--combining fact with fantasy to deliver profound insights into man's eternal struggle with man over God. This novel is a classic that deserves wide readership and discussion. My congratulations!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2000

    This is a superbly written novel

    Can't remember when I've read a richer, more satsifying novel than this. It has it all, a deep and intriguing mystery, appealing hero, truly extraordinary central figures (VERY fascinating) and huge suspense & thrills. This is as good at they come, so pick a day when you won't be disturbed and curl up with this memorable and exciting story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2000

    The Last Day is the First Day for Brotherly Love

    All the details are there for a Messiah...to be compassionate, to share, to die and be risen again in this very same story. But after all, aren't the same principles available to US if we practice 'Love your brother' as a Messiah would do?? My journey and my heart has been transformed by words written in this book, The Last Day, don't let time fly by without one good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    Intriguing

    It was a very well written story. A great deal of research went into the book. It held my interest wondering how it would turn out in the end. I truly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book written by Glenn Kleier.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    Wonderful...

    I am a Pagan, and was skeptical when starting this book. But I found it to be a quite refreshing view, perhaps what religion ought be in this society. Many different levels to read it on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    Last Day

    I started this novel highly skeptical and ended up with a smile on my face. This is really quite a clever book. There is far more going on underneath the surface than I think many readers suspect. But even if you're not into all the intrigue and innuendo, this is still a well done suspense/mystery. It will keep your attention and interest all the way through, guaranteed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2000

    Last Day

    I enjoyed this novel. A lot. About as exciting and honest as you'll find in a novel these days. Deals with a lot of controversial issues and handles them all with wit and aplomb. I recommend it to all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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