Thursday, May 27, 2010

Book Review: The Last Christian

The Last Christian
by David Gregory

About this book:
In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost?

A.D. 2088.

Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.

But a larger threat looms. The world's leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether—but at what expense? 

As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father's unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance—the spiritual future of all humanity.

In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious themes to create a spell-binding "what-if?" novel.
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From the time I started reading this book, I had a hard time putting it down. I didn't want to do other things - I just wanted to read the book and see how it all turned out.  Read the first chapter for yourself and see if you don't get hooked!  I thought the book was really well written and kept you guessing until the very end.  It was easy to read and fast-paced, and I really enjoyed it.

I love science fiction, and especially when it doesn't feel so much like fiction but more like possibility.  The future David Gregory pictures in The Last Christian may not be so far-fetched.  How long until technology and science promise eternal life, and how long until people no longer see a need for God?  Unfortunately, there are a lot of trends in our country today that can lead to exactly that.  Some of the technology in this book sounds fantastic - virtual reality, cars that drive themselves, robots that perform surgery - but The Last Christian will really make you think about the possible consequences of all these advances.

The Last Christian is available now from Waterbrook Multnomah.  Here are a couple giveaways, if you'd like to try and win a copy:

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

1 comment:

  1. The Bible tells us that towards the end all will led astray … so the last Christian will happen at sometime. Your review really makes this book sound interesting. One final comment I think people in US actually live a wonderful life compared to some parts of the world. I can’t imagine your home, city, town or village being totally ruined because of a disease.



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