As Jesus returns to save the world from darkness lurking just beyond the public eye, His presence challenges modern Christianity and the core beliefs of a religion founded in His name. The ensuing struggle to save humanity is on – in a good versus evil battle of epic proportions.
This book is the first in the ‘Imagine’ Trilogy and when I first opened the cover I thought it was going to be a quick read. I was wrong. I found myself wanting to savour each part of this interesting book, which as it progressed turned into the likes of something I don’t think I have ever read before. I found myself waiting until I was done for the day before picking it up, and only reading one or two chapters before laying it down to digest what I had read.
In one sense the reader may feel that there is a main protagonist in this book and, if they can pinpoint which of the many characters this is, they will find that they are just as thoughtfully well written as any of the others that appear throughout its pages. All the characters are given different backgrounds and, with their varying belief systems this adds dimension to each encounter they have as the book progresses; it adds layers to an already intriguing and well thought out novel. The Author chose wisely when including so many ‘religions’ for his characters, as it provides the reader with someone they can personally identify with, whether they be Christian or not. The flaws and traits of all characters in the book make them believable and possibly, make you feel you have met someone like them in your everyday life.
The locations for this novel are sweeping, ranging from Germany to the high desert and all points near and not so near. It is apparent from the detail that the Author included in his descriptions that he either has an in-depth personal knowledge of these areas or has done extensive research into them to ensure they are as authentic as possible. However, as with a piece of work that chooses this topic as its subject matter, there is a great deal of artistic license taken in the writing and, in this case, this really works; the inclusion of conspiracy theories, paranormal occurrences and historical accounts mesh nicely together to make this a complete and unbiased viewpoint of what is a highly flammable issue.
There are so many different strata, points of view, opinions and hypotheses to this novel that it would be hard to place it only in the sci-fi genre, it is not just a good sci-fi novel it is more. Although at times it can read like a personal attack on the Church by the Author, I felt that this was not so much a denouncement of organized religion but another way of looking at something that is so prevalent and influential in a lot of people’s lives today, and as well as promoting good it also serves as a catalyst for war. Good editing and proof reading add to the consistent and easy to follow flow of the book, helping the reader who may be having trouble getting to grips with the ideas included in its pages have the time to digest and think about what they have read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the remaining two instalments of this trilogy.
I would highly recommend this book to any reader with an inquiring mind that is open to new interpretations of an old theme; also those who enjoy the sci-fi genre would mostly likely find this book an interesting read.