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The Mayan Apocalypse
Harvest House Publishers / 2010 / Paperback
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When oil executive Andrew Morgan stumbles upon ancient Mayan predictions that the world will end in 2012, he investigates the validity of the claims---and dismisses Christian journalist Lisa Campbell's biblical picture of the last days. But natural disasters and wars rapidly escalate in 2011. Is there no escape from the holocaust to come? 300 pages, softcover from Harvest.
On the heels of Mark Hitchcock's prophecy bestseller 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World comes a suspenseful novel (coauthored with bestselling novelist Alton Gansky) about the supposed expiration date of planet earth--December 21, 2012.
Andrew Morgan is a wealthy oil executive in search of the meaning of life. In his quest for answers he encounters the ancient Mayan predictions that the world will end in 2012. That the claims seem supported by math and astronomy drives him to check on them. Then he meets Lisa Campbell, an attractive Christian journalist also researching the Mayan calendar. When he learns that she is a Christian, he quickly dismisses what she has to say.
As the time draws closer to December 21, 2012, a meteorite impact in Arizona, a volcanic eruption, and the threat of an asteroid on a collision-course with earth escalate fears. Are these indicators of a global apocalypse? Will anyone survive? Does Lisa's Christian faith have the answers after all? Or has fate destined everyone to a holocaust from which there is no escape?
The Mayan Apocalypse by Mark Hitchcock and Alton Gansky delivers not only a well-crafted thriller but also a memorable, endearing cast of characters who bring to life this powerful tale of deception and redemption. Billionaire CEO Andrew Morgan and struggling Christian journalist Lisa Campbell are two polar opposites brought together by the threat of Armageddon. Morgan, mourning the suspicious deaths of his beloved family, finds himself wrapped up in a billion-dollar conspiracy and a web of lies that spans continents. Lisa, Morgans single anchor to reality, struggles to balance her responsibilities to her reading audience, to her Savior, and to Morgan, a man who wants little to do God.
From the first paragraph, this book races! It begins with Andrew Morgans heartbreaking tragedy and concludes on the Mayan prophetic day of destruction, December 21st, 2012 in a nerve-wracking, yet satisfying climax. Convinced after the death of his family that God is either unreal or unloving, Morgan turns to thoughts of doomsday to ease his restless mind. This involves him with the sketchy, charismatic Quetzal, a self-proclaimed prophet who promises an escape from the coming destruction at the cost of mere millions. Meanwhile, Lisa races to discover the truth about Quetzal, about Morgan, and about what will really happen in 2012. Her search is desperate and captivating, as well as a model example of how Christians ought to behave under pressure. The novel reaches its peak, natural disasters abound, and the paths of Lisa, Andrew Morgan, Quetzal, and eternity collide in a whirlwind of the spiritual and material.
The novels characters complement one another perfectlyLisa and Andrew Morgan are clearly meant for each other, yet Lisa stands by the biblical instruction to not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14). Meanwhile, Quetzal provides just the necessary blend of threat and mystery to be an entirely believable antagonist. Nor are their lives filled with sunshine and rainbows! Morgans grief and anger with God are powerful and moving, as is Lisas desperation as she races to save both Morgans life and his eternal soul. In fact, it is this realism that makes the novel an exceptional look into the minds of both believers and non-believers. As a result, this novel is an excellent ministry tool in addition to a fast-paced thrillerChristians can understand the reasons for Morgans disbelief, while non-Christians will appreciate Lisas evangelical drive without feeling preached at.
Lisa and Morgan fulfill their roles flawlessly throughout the novel. They both have the motivated, intelligent personalities common in thrillers, but there is a strong sense of morality underlying each of their decisions. Their interactions, with the other characters and with each other, are realistic, witty, action packed, and quite revealing as to the role spirituality plays in the midst of humanity. Lisa, especially, lives her life through both speech and actions that highlight the Christian role of being in the world, yet not of the world (John 17: 13-19). Whereas the book does allude to some sinful actions, such as adultery and alcoholism, these practices are sharply condemned and used only to emphasize the purity or redeemed state of the characters.
Mark Hitchcock and Alton Gansky have hit a literary home run with this Christian thriller. The Mayan Apocalypse combines the danger and suspense of Hollywood disaster movies with the redemptive personal stories of mainstream Christian fiction, and it succeeds spectacularly. This novel is destined to find its place somewhere in between the works of Ted Dekker and Jerry B. Jenkins. It leaves the reader with a warm sense of satisfaction, a calm appreciation of Gods plan, and a new-found understanding of Revelation 8. There are a few concepts and passages that might be lost on younger readers, but for those over the age of 12, this book will prove a fantastic, captivating read. For Christians and non-Christians alike, The Mayan Apocalypse gets two thumbs way, way up! Ryan Denison, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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