Atheist or agnostic readers may struggle with this book. Jaques's rhetoric is often condescending to non-religious people; the contention that the lives of non-religious people are empty and joyless is repeated often throughout the book. Unfortunately, this sapped a great deal of my enjoyment, and I expect others like myself will have a similar experience. However, it must be said that the book is well-written and well-edited. Although, I can't help but think that it would have worked better as a series of essays rather than a work of fiction.
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I recommend this book to religious readers who want a book that reaffirms their faith. To view more of my reviews, visit my blog Star Lit. Dec 05, Joy rated it really liked it. A different kind of story that kept my interest the whole way through. An intriguing look at a new world and the complete and gradual change of some of the characters who survived the transition to the new world. The choice of a Russian as the main character rather than an American or someone more familiar made the story that much more absorbing.
I felt the different reactions and outcomes from the events were natural for the most part, and it was interesting to follow the different paths take A different kind of story that kept my interest the whole way through. I felt the different reactions and outcomes from the events were natural for the most part, and it was interesting to follow the different paths taken by different characters. I did not personally agree with all the conclusions made by the main characters, but this is a fiction book after all.
I would have liked some more explanation of the current world at the beginning of the story, I had a couple impressions that later on ended up confusing me. Some of the many moral and spiritual issues brought up were left unresolved. But overall a well-written story that will keep the interest and challenge the mind. Nov 28, Janet Sketchley rated it really liked it Shelves: Then he was running for his life.
Now the earth itself has changed and his enemies are dead or out of reach. Author Ginny Jaques has envisioned a richly wondrous world set during Revelation's thousand-year reign of Christ, and I'm sure the real thing will be all that and more than we can imagine. Reading about it made me wistful. The author has chosen to interpret biblical references "as literally as possible in creating the setting, because that approach made an interesting physical backdrop for Zinovy's journey.
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But you'll also miss the story. Readers who take it as fiction and not doctrine will engage the universal story of human choices on the journey to a relationship with God. One of the many things I appreciate about the novel is it doesn't end with Zinovy accepting Christ. That happens in the middle section, and then we get to see his struggles as he learns what his choice means — and what it costs.
For a rational man like Zinovy who has always dismissed Bible stories as fables taught by his mother, the path to faith is indeed quite a journey. I found the pace slower in The Journey section, because there's a lot of philosophical discussion among the travellers. Readers who enjoy deep thinking will be satisfied, and the characters touch on all the heavy-duty spiritual questions. To the characters, it's not slow; it's a necessary part of working through their concerns. And the action never stops, it just happens between conversations.
The characters came alive to me, especially Zinovy, Sara, and the boy Caleb. The day after finishing the story, I caught myself wondering what was happening in their world now. It was a bit disappointing to remember I couldn't pick up the book and read more! Some scenes in this book contain violence, strong language, and religious ideas. Nov 14, Tracy Krauss rated it it was amazing. I actually want to rate this book a 10, not a five! That's how awesome it is! For a first novel, Ginny Jaques sure knows how to grab the reader right from the instant the book begins and not let go.
The description is magnificent, the characters varied and believable, and the action is well paced. The book is set in the not too dis I actually want to rate this book a 10, not a five! The book is set in the not too distant future when a worldwide government has been established. The main character, Zinovy, is a Russian hit-man who is well known for his ability to get the job done — quickly and cleanly. After some unsettling events, he must flee for his own life aboard the International space station. What happens next sets the entire world into a literal tailspin.
On their journey back to earth, the crew of the space station witness what appears to be a catastrophic nuclear blast that destroys the earth. However, as they approach the surface, they realize that earth has been mysteriously altered. Suffice to say that this is one awesome read. Even when I thought I had everything figured out, I was in for a pleasant surprise at the end. If this book is any indication of things to come, Jacques is about to explode into the literary world with cosmic effects. Jun 15, Misty Iputi rated it really liked it. Zinovoy's journey is when the world as we know it ends.
This was a good book. There was some confusing parts however if you would push thorough them they would become clear. During the book some Christian beliefs are explained in an easy and understanding way. Overall impression of the book is that it was good, maybe a bit long, and also had good solid facts based on Biblical and Christian fact. I received a free copy for an honest review.
Nov 03, Brayden Hirsch rated it it was amazing. This story, a first novel from author with a knack for sharp dialogue and emotional characters, is not only a thrilling science fiction story, easy to read and enjoy, but also an impressive attempt to answer a lot of the deeper questions that we, as a human race, so often wonder about. I look forward to more from this author. May 14, David Bergsland rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was certain I reviewed this, but it is one of the best prophetic novels I've ever read. It covers the millennium in a way that will surprise you, but is soundly Biblical.
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In other words it is certainly a possibility of how things will happen. It is a wonderful book! One of the best I've ever read and I've read a couple hundred books a years since the mids. View all 3 comments. Apr 13, Jo-Anne Vandermeulen rated it it was amazing Shelves: John Reventas rated it it was amazing Nov 08, John Herndon rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Barb Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing Apr 22, Mary Beth Jackson rated it really liked it Mar 15, This was a very powerful book!
That actually surprised me as I wasn't expecting it to be anything but possibly entertaining at first. In fact, at the very start I was surprised to find that the main character was a Russian assassin! At that point I wasn't even sure I'd like the book, or that I'd be able to relate to him at all. Then, a bit further in, we get into the real fantasy part of the book - and let me tell you, it's definitely pure fantasy!
So much so that again, at first I had my doubts This was a very powerful book! So much so that again, at first I had my doubts I'd be able to get into it. But somehow, the author made it work, and I began to enjoy it. Then it surprised me again as God was introduced into the mix, in a different then usual way. By the time I was getting to the end, I knew how powerful this book is. By then, I didn't want it to end! All I can suggest is that you make sure you have tissues near by for the last quarter of this book.
The only thing I think that could have made this book even better and more powerful, would have been if they had used a real Bible translation instead of a mans paraphrase, the Message.
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Notify me of new comments via email. Born to be wild - adventurous, alive, secure in the Father's love Ginny is a great writer whom I have known for many years on the North Shore. But Zinovy has enemies whose political power extends into space, and those enemies are determined to kill him. Then the earth is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust and everything changes.
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