Experience the Nightmare of a Perfect World
Welcome to America: where every school child is completely healthy; where an all-embracing church speaks only of unconditional love and acceptance; where diseases once thought beyond reach have been conquered; and where those who have lost loved ones receive soothing messages of hope.
Yet beneath the surface of this seeming utopia lies a horrifying darkness.
In a world long since reshaped in the wake of 9/11, Matthew Bridger, president of the United States, Bryson Lawe, a Secret Service agent, and Karen Foley, a Christian activist must face the atrocity the American dream has become. Life has lost its value, deception is epidemic, and in a nation of more than three million square miles, there is no room for God.
As a Russian oil embargo jeopardizes American petroleum reserves, a massive terrorist strike forces the United States to withdraw its support of Israel. Finally given their long-awaited opening, enemies of the Jewish state attack, igniting a war that threatens to sweep the globe. Amid the escalating chaos, Bridger, Lawe and Foley race to uncover the truths that will secure their survival–and that of America itself.
|Publisher:||The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.35(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.08(d)|
About the Author
Shane Johnson is a writer, graphic artist, and spaceflight historian. His previous novels include the historical thriller Chayatocha, the 2002 Christy Award finalist ICE, and The Last Guardian, a Christy Award finalist chosen by Booklist magazine as one of the top 10 Christian novels of 2001.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
No matter what your religious affiliation, if any, this is just a good thriller. A lot of ethical issues to entertain in this reading. Written very well. My only critique is that the sequel isn't available yet!
This is an excellent book and is set in the near future. Matthew Bridger is President of the United States and he faces many severe situations. Terrorist strikes have killed thousands of US citizens on US soil. International stress is huge, and suddenly oil supplies are disrupted. Politicians are moving against the president. How will President Bridger deal with this? Interweaved and well told is the story about Bryson Lawe a Secret Service Agent. Exciting story lines and very believable situations. Superb secondary characters. Some of the cast of characters are sinister and the supernatural elements are well done by Johnson. One character, Randall Sullivan believes that after he survives a terrorist attack he can now communicate with the dead, but just who is in control in these encounters? In some ways 'A Form of Godliness' is written in the same genre as '1984' or 'Brave New World' in that Shane Johnson looks at current situations and follows them to their logical and unnerving conclusions. The descriptions of events and the detailed way Johnson writes paints vivid and thought provoking images. Johnson also has great dialogue and the story flows smoothly. I had trouble putting the book down. The cliff hanger ending leaves me eagerly awaiting Shane Johnson's next book!
In this post 9/11 world, Americans have lost their direction as if the terrorist attacks were God¿s fault instead of man¿s free will. Companies like Life Quality take advantage of the deep doubts about God by legally harvesting organs from handicap babies deemed unnecessary to battle crippling diseases, but the cost in saving a life is another life. Opposing Life Quality is Sacred Child whose mission is the sacredness of life.--- On top of a world lacking spiritual harmony, the Russians begin an oil embargo that causes havoc in the United States and the terrorists hit New York again. While the world heads towards the end of days with Arab states invading Israel, public relations specialist Karen Foley works for Sacred Child and loves Secret Service Agent Bryson Lowe, assigned to President Matthew Berger. However, Bryson has doubts about God although he admires the devout beliefs of his beloved girlfriend and his employer. Bryson, Karen and Matthew seek a means for America to survive the Mideast mess and its own ungodliness.--- A FORM OF GODLINESS is exciting and well written, but one sided on all issues whether they are religious or not (support for Alaska oil drilling for instance). The story line grips the audience with its description of a Sodom and Gomorrah United States and a globe in its final Revelations countdown. Though exhilarating anyone to the left of the Neocons (no room for Schwarzenegger in this tent so they need to switch amendments to a third term) or of Muslim descent will take exception to the religious and cultural stereotyping. Still the apocalyptic biblical crowd will appreciate Shane Johnson¿s tense inspirational thriller dedicated to Bush seemingly like a modern day Moses.--- Harriet Klausner