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Sheol Has Opened
     

Sheol Has Opened

by Judith Virta
 
On December 21, 2012 a gamma-ray burst explodes from Sagittarius A*, the singularity at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. In Iceland light pulses come out of the ground, coalesce, and dart off into the twilight sky.
A cascade of events lead researchers to the discovery of a primordial black hole just outside the orbit of Pluto, and the eventual realization that

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On December 21, 2012 a gamma-ray burst explodes from Sagittarius A*, the singularity at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. In Iceland light pulses come out of the ground, coalesce, and dart off into the twilight sky.
A cascade of events lead researchers to the discovery of a primordial black hole just outside the orbit of Pluto, and the eventual realization that events they are witnessing tie in with Biblical prophecy as well as Mayan timelines.
The Maya calculated a 'final alignment', when the cosmic center would open. This alignment was December 21, 2012 and represents the beginning of a galactic mechanism.
Mankind will be shown a Biblical level cleansing, as well as what some people call Hell.

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In Virta's debut novel, perplexing global and solar events lead scientists to speculate that they're seeing signs of a prophecy foretold. Geologists studying seismic activity in Iceland witness light emitting from the open earth, which hovers before flying into the sky. On that same day, December 21, 2012, astronomers Rachel and Dan in Canada watch a gamma-ray burst in Sagittarius A*, the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Similar occurrences take place around the world, including the discovery of a primordial black hole. Rachel and Dan finally turn to end-of-the-world predictions, namely the Mayans' belief of a "final alignment" and the biblical lake of fire. This intelligently written novel focuses the bulk of its narrative on Rachel, Dan and geologist Greg as they generate theories. This sometimes comes at the expense of character development, as the relationships among the chief scientists remain professional. Regardless, the villain of the piece is unquestionable: Canadian observatory director Dr. Bentov, an overt misogynist who's either acting as a hindrance to Rachel or shamelessly stealing her credit. The bountiful scientific parlay doesn't dilute stellar scenes such as Greg and Rút trying to outrun a glacial burst or noteworthy hurdles like the Catholic Church's resistance to alternate readings of the Bible. The author mostly plays it safe: The Mayan end-date is considered accurate, despite the story's chronology extending past 2012, while a skeptical priest is offset by an empathetic, academic bishop. Such an approach allows the inclusion of a rather brilliant scientific translation of the great flood of the Bible, supporting both evolution and creation. The story leaves much open to interpretation, including the central idea of Sheol, which is seen as purgatory, hell or Earth itself. A story that may not have the answers, but one that tries to understand the complexities of the universe and humanity.

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ISBN-13:
9781460928646
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.91(d)

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