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Set against a backdrop of ancient and modern religious conflict, this solid thriller from bestseller Khoury (The Last Templar) explores a number of current planetary preoccupations, from far-right political demagoguery to global warming. While in Antarctica covering the breakup of the continent's ice shelf, TV reporter Grace Logan and her crew are astounded to see a bright, shimmering sphere of light in the sky. They film this astronomical anomaly as it runs through a variety of tricks, then disappears. People around the globe wonder: is it a UFO? a sign from God? or some sort of techno trick fashioned by perpetrators unknown? After the blazing sign reappears over the Arctic, a possible link emerges to an old Catholic priest, who has heard on a desolate mountain in Egypt a portentous voice in his head (Are you ready to lead your people to salvation?). Unrelenting action and a suitably twisted ending compensate for the clichéd prose.(May)
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ISBN-10:  0525950974
ISBN-13:  978-0525950974
Author:  Raymond Khoury
Publisher:  Dutton Adult
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review by . September 04, 2009
This is Raymond Khoury's third book, following The Sanctuary and The Last Templar. He writes about age-old religious mysteries that become significant suddenly in modern times.  The Sign is a tale of the unexpected and seemingly supernatural appearance of a very large shimmering sphere of light hovering in the sky in Antarctica where ice is breaking up and melting because of global warming. Is this a sign from God to warn foolish humans that they need to change their behavior before they …
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