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Review: Christopher Galt, BIBLICAL

Christopher Galt's Biblical is one of the oddest and most satisfying novels I have ever read.

Something strange is sweeping across the planet. People are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing things that defy reality. A French teenager witnesses the martyrdom of St. Jean d'Arc. A wealthy man in a luxuirous Central Park apartment dies of malnutrition. A nfundamentalist Christian sect kidnaps and murders a geneticist. People commit suicide alone and in groups for reason no one but the dead are sure of.

Then there are the graffiti -- WE ARE BECOMING -- that have appeared in every major city around the world. And everywhere people are talking about John Astor, the author of a mysterious book that seems to be at the center of it all.

John Macbeth and a team of FBI agents and scientists come together to get to the bottom of all the often-lethal weirdness. Is this a spiritual phenomenon -- or something far more sinister?

I will not provide ultimate spoilers, but will point out that the Epilogue at the novel's end is nothing that the reader who reads this book faithfully from beginning to end could ever have predicted. It takes everything that came before, turns it inside out and upside down, and leaves the reader feeling like someone who has just jumped off a 3,000-foot cliff -- and finds the bottom is just two feet from the edge of the cliff, providing a staircase to an even stranger reality.

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Aug. 27th, 2016 08:18 am (UTC)
This does sound good!
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
It is. For some reason, I didn't drop it over the title or references to religion in the novel, and am I glad I didn't! O'Henry would have been grinding his teeth in envy over the way it turns out. :-D
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