Reckoning

Reckoning

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by Thomas F. Monteleone
     
 

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The previous Pope died in his arms, blessing him with his last breath. He can perform miracles. His mother was a virgin. His DNA came from the Shroud of Turin. Peter Carenza is the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy and a secret, Vatican-sponsored experiment. But is he the Second Coming, or something far, far worse? Believers the world over hail Carenza as the new

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The previous Pope died in his arms, blessing him with his last breath. He can perform miracles. His mother was a virgin. His DNA came from the Shroud of Turin. Peter Carenza is the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy and a secret, Vatican-sponsored experiment. But is he the Second Coming, or something far, far worse? Believers the world over hail Carenza as the new Pope and rejoice as he creates a new church for the new millennium. A few people know the truth-that mixing science with the works of God has created not a Saviour but the Anti-Christ.

Now the latest—and last—Pope scours the world for the human guardians of the Biblical seven seals, which must be destroyed before the final cataclysm can begin. Opposing him are a lone Archbishop, the female American journalist who chronicled Carenza's rise to power, and Peter's mother, a nun who truly hears the Word of the Lord.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Monteleone's an expert storyteller."—F. Paul Wilson

Midwest Book Review
"An interesting blending of science and religion, filled with action that never lets up."
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"[A] slam-bang actioner [that] lingers in the memory."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The imminence of biblical apocalypse sustains this ambitious but overstuffed sequel to Monteleone's millennial thriller, Blood of the Lamb (1992). In that novel, Father Peter Carenza, who was cloned from a bloodstain on the Shroud of Turin, first showed his dark side, using his awesome supernatural gifts to self-serving ends and raising fears among Vatican higher-ups that imperfect human efforts to engineer the Second Coming had produced the anti-Christ instead. As the newly appointed pope, Carenza has now begun to overturn the foundations of the Catholic religion, revoking clerical vows of celibacy so that he can marry Marion Windsor, an increasingly reluctant lover whom he accidentally kills in anger but then resurrects. Carenza's outrages coincide with the secret resurgence of the Knights of Malta, miracles performed around the globe by seven ordinary people who share a vision of a spectral "Lady in the Light," and cataclysmic solar flares that suggest all is not well in the firmament. Monteleone compresses an impressive quantity of religious and political history into the fast-paced narrative, but the provocative questions of faith and philosophy the story raises are brushed aside in the headlong rush to tie together the numerous subplots in an extravagant finale. His engagingly varied characters are reduced by the novel's broad historical and geographical terrain to props in a plot cribbed from Revelations. In effect, he has crafted a tale of intrigue and espionage whose clerics and ecclesiasts are nothing less--and, somewhat disappointingly, little more--than the cops and crooks of conventional suspense fiction. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812575248
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.16(d)

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