Jun 04, 12
Read from June 03 to 04, 2012
I have a hard time rating this. The idea of this "story" is supposed to be shocking and eye-opening, and it's true that it is - mostly because it is purported to be based on facts. The author uses a verse in the Bible that warns Old Testament Israel about coming judgment if it doesn't repent against catastrophic happening in the U.S., specifically 9/11 and the collapse of the stock market.
There obviously is a tremendous amount of research that has gone into this book, and clearly the author's intent is to reach as many people as possible with this information. This book is not to entertain; it's to make people think, and then act. It has the potential to be very powerful, and many readers have found it to be that way.
Unfortunately, for me the poor "narrative writing" aspect of this book overshadowed everything else. It is as if the author wanted to get this information out there, and thought this was the best way to get people to read. And maybe more people will read this than would read a non-fiction examination of the events, but I found the format tedious. Essentially, the book is two very long dialogues. There is very little narrative, little happening other than the mere explanation of what the harbingers mean. There is, in this questioning, an inordinate amount of repetition. A character asks a question, the other characters says the same words back, and the first character repeats it again. This happens over and over.
The material in this novel is fascinating, there is no doubt about that. It's worth the read for that alone. But the material IS strong enough to stand on its own, and I for one would have enjoyed this more in a non-fiction format where the lack of story elements would not have bothered me.