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In Boston, a young woman finds herself pregnant--even though she is still a virgin.

In Ireland, another young woman discovers she is in the same impossible condition.

And in cities all around the world, medical authorities are overwhelmed by epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and worse. It all feels like a sign that something awful is coming.

Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun

Hardcover, 210 pages
Published May 1st 1980 by Mcgraw-Hill
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Lola  Reviewer

Well that was a cruel, devilish ending. Pun oh so intended.

I needed to read a James Patterson book, and I finally did. I can’t say I chose right as my first read by him – maybe I should have started with ''Maximum Ride'' – but one can certainly admit that he takes the reader to unexpected, uncharted places.

How could I have resisted the premise? Two girls, both pregnant, yet both virgin, also. The son of God is growing inside one, and the son of Lucifer inside the other. But who is the lucky one?
May 07, 2010 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first non-Alex Cross book of Patterson's that I've read. While the story is good, the writing is poor -- not up to the standard I'd expect from Patterson. I suspect this is an early novel that Patterson dusted off and marketed after he got hot.
The secret of the miraculous revelations of the appearance of the Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1918 is that two virgins will conceive. One will bear the Son of God, the other will bear the Son of Satan. The premise of the book is that two teenag
I read this book years ago when it was first published, so I was intrigued to see how it was reworked to be YA. I only had a vague memory of what happened, but I knew I liked the story. And it was still just as interesting.

I really enjoyed that Anne's portion of the story was the main POV. I loved that we got first person with her. It definitely made it easy to connect with her and feel like I was on the journey for revelations. Getting random POV of the other characters normally irritates me,
Samantha Ham
Nov 02, 2011 Samantha Ham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book.. is so much more than a book to me. This book is a beautiful, yet bittersweet memory for me. I remember reading this book when I was about 12-years-old. I had spent the weekend with Nana (my mom's mother). She had taken me to the library that Friday to get me a stack of Sweet Valley High books. I had read through them, and wanted to read something else. Nana grabbed the book she had finished, she had just gotten it. And it was Cradle and All. She figured that I might enjoy it. I began ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Nayarit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ok, so my opinion of this book might be totally bias because this book is honestly the first book I ever remember reading that wasn't a "school assignment" or those Goosebumps books in middle school. (go R.L. Stine!)

So it was my first "adult" choice book. And I'm SO glad it was, because it did the job. I don't know if I'd be as taken with reading if I didn't like this book.

Thankfully that wasn't the case.

Have I read things I've loved more since this book? Of course. But you're always gonna have
Apr 11, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson is skilled at making the reader keep turning the page, primarily by withholding infuriating details and writing chapters that are no longer than 3 pages. This book was definitely a page-turner, but ultimately I did not enjoy it. Most, if not all, of the characters were underdeveloped, and the plot bordered on ridiculous at times. I wasn't sure what type of book Patterson intended this to be. For a long time I wondered if the visions and voices that different characters were seein ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago (like 1980), Patterson dove into the area of religious action and suspense with this novel, which is really the story of the three women. The main narrative character is Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, who has been hired by the Catholic Church to look into the mysterious case of a virgin from Newport, Rhode Island who is very pregnant. Kathleen Beavier is a young teen from a very wealthy family. She was attacked months earlier, but has no memory of the ...more
Kelly Hager
This was published years ago (I know I read it in high school or maybe college) but has been updated and repackaged as a YA novel.

If you missed it the first time, this is about two teens (Kathleen and Colleen; the former is American and the latter is Irish). Both are pregnant. Both are virgins. According to prophecy, one is carrying the second coming and the other...well, you've seen Rosemary's Baby. The problem is, no one knows which baby is which. That's where Anne comes in. It's her job (wit
Sam Bucu
Jun 17, 2013 Sam Bucu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a big fan of this writer, I will always be interested with his novels. But this one is yet another different output from JP. It wasn't just any modern take of the perennial story of the Immaculate Conception, sprinkled with twists and turns of a typical James Patterson suspense-thriller. What was quite surprising for me was that it also had a touch of fantasy and paranormal in it, like people suddenly appearing and disappearing, miraculous and infernal phenomena, and the like. It wasn't the f ...more
This is a quick and spooky read. Two teenage pregnant virgins; one in Ireland, one in America. Who and what are these girls and their babies? The world waits for the births in frenzy of religious fervor. Lots of involvement with the Catholic Church. Don't look for solid logic, but for entertainment this is a good book.
Jul 08, 2010 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first James Patterson book I've read, and I was a little disappointed. I do understand that this was a reworking of one of his very early books, perhaps that's the problem.

Although I enjoyed the writing, generally, I found myself wondering what the point of the book was. It might have worked as a prequel or sequel. But, standing alone, it was definitely lacking.

I didn't find myself involved enough with the main characters, and thought they were a little two-dimensional.

I do, however
Apr 03, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing mystery of two young teenagers in different parts of the world who are pregnant, but claim they did not have intercourse. The Church is very interested in their background, and, of course, of the impending births. Enter investigators from the Church and a private investigator who just happens to have been a nun. Will one of the teenagers give birth to Satan? Will the other give birth to the Messiah? Are the epidemics, wars, hunger in the world related to these births? Is the ending a ...more
BenandRachel Poling
Could not put this one down!
Kayla Townsend
Nov 02, 2015 Kayla Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a crazy book! It was very spiritual and insightful. basically there were supposedly 2 virgin pregnancies. One mother was to give birth to the devil and one to the savior. Anne is a private investigator who takes up with one of the mothers named Katherine. She is almost fooled by the devil into killing the girls baby because it was Satan. But, it turns out the other girls (named colleen) baby was Satan and Katherine's wasn't. Colleens baby was almost murdered but lived. The book ends wit ...more

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Niente appassiona di più dell'eterna lotta tra il Bene e il Male, soprattutto quando di mezzo ci sono il Vaticano e i preti. Ne era ben consapevole anche James Patterson, quando, nel lontano 1980, decise di scrivere un thriller per dare la sua interpretazione al tema della Natività, dell'attesa del Messia. Patterson si è chiesto sicuramente come avrebbero reagito la comunità cristiana e il mondo intero, ma anche cosa avrebbe comportato questo evento d'incredibile portata storica.
Aug 06, 2016 Hobbes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just terrible. A story about two virgins about to give birth, we find out one will be to the Saviour and one will be to the Beast. But which one? Well, lets see, one of the girls is a rich, white, blonde, debutante, from America and getting loads of press. The other a poor girl in a poor Irish town who is abused by the locals and gets maybe 15 pages in the whole book. While there are a couple of twists, its not good. The characters are flat, the plot weak and drawn out by repeated ' ...more
Ralph McEwen
Dec 05, 2012 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad I was able to pick up the early Patterson novel. I thought it was a real page turner. I found the characters realistic and the story almost believable.
Apr 20, 2011 Alyson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
saw this ending coming from a mile away!
Sep 08, 2014 Maybel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The message of this book is fairly simple; there’s GOOD around us and there’s EVIL. It’s always your choice what to follow. The scriptures say “as it is in Heaven – as it is on Earth”. These simple words will show us that it is our responsibility to make this world better. I always believe that earth is just a testing ground to see if we are worthy of His love and His kingdom.

This book also reminds me of the story between an old man and his grandson about good and evil, let me share their inspi
The Cats Mother
One of his early standalone books, and the only one I've read that's about religion. I found the plot very choppy - dramatic things happen but are not explained and the characters move on with no further mention of them, people get away with extreme violence with no sanction and are free to jet around the world unhindered, and there are lots of supernatural events which I suppose show the conflict between good and evil but seem pretty random.
Anne is an ex - nun turned private investigator workin
Aug 13, 2014 Mercedes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, aside from the ending (which was just odd and felt incredibly rushed), I really liked this book! I'm not a religious person (in fact, I usually avoid ALL religious crap), but I didn't feel like this book was jamming it down my throat.

The story was told at a great pace and the writing was good! I found myself being disappointed whenever I had to put this down and really excited to pick it back up. Which virgin would bear the child of Satan, and which would bear the Savior?

As I said, the end
Mar 19, 2011 Shireen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2011
Boy, does James Patterson write short chapters. That was my first thought, this from someone who writes short chapters herself, but not quite that brief. This style of writing moves the story along rapidly and doesn't require the author to put in transitions in between scenes or even mid-scene. But it doesn't create suspense. The plot itself is suspenseful -- for about a third of the way in. Then we know what the mystery is about. Still, the main story is engaging enough to keep one reading to f ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Emesdea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on last Sunday. It was a second hand book with good condition. I didn't plan to buy this book, cause actually i was only interested because the book store is the one and only second hand book store in that mall. But, i still remember James Patterson. And I still remember Alex Cross, the charismatic detective in his books.
So I grabbed this book, start reading it when I got home and beyond my expectation, I get hooked with this book. Maybe because the plot, maybe because the th
Sep 04, 2011 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson does a passable action story, and I can see that his books would translate well to film. On the other side, characterization is almost non-existent. The action in this book involves events surrounding the "virgin" pregnancies of two teenaged girls, closely scrutinized by the Catholic Church. The protagonist is a former Catholic nun, turned private detective, and hired by the church to watch over one of the girls. Presumably, one girl will give birth to the Saviour, and the other ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Elketw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Category: Books
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: James Patterson

Di Boston seorang gadis remaja berusia 16 tahun ditemukan mengandung dalam keadaan perawan.

Di Irlandia, gadis remaja berusia 14 tahun ditemukan hamil dalam kondisi yang sama.

Dan disetiap sisi penjuru dunia tejadi bencana dimana-mana banjir, kebakaran, epidemi virus mematikan semuanya terjadi tanpa alasan yang jelas dan tidak masuk akal. Seolah-olah semuanya itu terjadi sebagai pertanda kiamat.

Anne Fitzgerald, seorang ma
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Limau Nipis
he plot outline was simple: Two virgins find themselves pregnant. And around the world, it seemed that apocalypse is coming. The question is, which one is the God's child and which one carries the Satan's?

The book had so many creepy scenes, but, even it move in fast paced scenes, I still feel that the book cannot be absorbed much by me. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the turns of events in the book, which makes me questioning what happen next. It had such a shocking ending that reading i
Anna Serra i Vidal
I wanted to read something quick paced and got a copy of this book. I have already read a few Patterson's, specially the four women from Murder Mystery Club and some Alex Cross too. But I wanted a stand alone. The thing is, this doesn't really feel as a stand alone because the conclusion is so surprising you want to know what happens next.
I know Patterson's style, so no surprise here. Though this feels like an early version of Patterson's real style. In this one, he overuses brand names to esta
Jeremy Aldana
Mar 06, 2013 Jeremy Aldana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Well, there isn't too much to say about this story other than it was a great read! The pace was perfect and the plot was masterful! This story will move to the top of my list. The way Mr. Patterson writes is unique and his use of shorter chapters is sheer brilliance. This story was a new plot line, when it came out, for the author. I was apprehensive, at first, but have since breathed a sigh of relief for taking the plunge! As with all of his stories, you can easily see the time and effort the a ...more
Mitsu Vaishnav
Apr 26, 2012 Mitsu Vaishnav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I know it's been a while since my last post. I have been busy with admission process in post-graduation. Phew !!! Finally got into one. Yea !!! Anyways I have been itching to write about this one. I have read so many of James Patterson novels but this one caught me by surprise.


Well, obviously Mother Mary gave birth to Jesus as a virgin. Well believe it or not this story is based in on this. The earth it seems is taken on by Devils or Satan. There are fami
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