Undercover American climatologist Martin Faber is kidnapped by a group calling itself Forces of Popular Defense. The price of his release is the immediate withdrawal of all NATO forces from within 150 miles of Mount Ararat.
The chapters describe the actions of different characters with Martin's wife, Julia Alvarez, narrating her own actions. This change in point of view is difficult to achieve and the author handles it professionally.
As the story unfolds, Julia is narrating about the attempt on her life and how she was saved by Col. Nicholas Allen of the National Security Agency, who informed her about her husband's kidnapping.
Col. Allen believes that Martin left clues about how to save him in the body of the message he was made to deliver.
Faber is being held by a group that feels they are the descendants of angels and are about to be returned to heaven. To do this, they must destroy the world and will be able to do so with something that Martin and Julia possess.
They have a pair of stones that are magical and enable the possessor to see into the future. In history, it was thought that these stones could be used to communicate with the angels.
The premise of the novel is difficult for this reader to accept. Javier Sierra gives great detail and an interesting Index of churches and places in history that support the idea of talking directly with angels.
This plot driven story is interesting and the author knows how to weave a clever tale. He attempts to overcome any doubt by having the characters discuss the history of events and in persuading each other, they are adding the reader into the discussion. This is a good strategy but it didn't convince me not to be skeptical.
If the reader wants a trip into fantasy with the idea of speaking to angels and see multitudes of evidence as to why this might be possible, this novel would entertain.
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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual. Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters. … more
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