The Sign by Raymond Khoury is outstanding and highly recommended. It is a must read for book clubs and for everyone who is concerned about either climate change or American fundamentalism. Read it today and then thank the gods for Raymond Khoury.
If you enjoy one-dimensional extreme characters then this is the book for you. It's plot is tied to global-warming issues but they are approached in a fashion that implies that the common man has never heard of such a thing and Christians specifically are anti-environment. It's kind of bizarre.
One of the main characters described as "a visionary" who is highly involved in scientific studies and plans to go to extemes to "protect the planet", actually says that people need to know that every day that they drive the cars they are killing the planet, but then personally has multiple large homes, jet and a yacht. So I guess his pollution/energy usage doesn't count?
The author's political views are thrown in your face constantly, so if you agree with him you'll be fine, if not, be prepared to be offended. Here is a lovely example
"These people don't read newspapers. They don't research things on the internet. They listen to what their preachers tell them - and they believe them. Fanatically. They don't question what the preachers say."
There's more where that came from. The worst part is that these statements are coming from an "intelligent" character. So I conclude that either the author was purposefully trying to make that character completely out of touch with actual Chrisitans or more likely the author himself is.
I much preferred The Last Templar and its sequel to this book. Slightly more than 460 pages, I had to put it down several times and take a break from the hostile attitude toward organized religion in general, Christianity specifically. Minus that, it could have been a pretty good read with an interesting plot and characters, but the blatant scorn really put me off the author.
not a bad read. the author has something to say about religious extremism on all fronts. fans of religious thrillers will love this.
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