"A thrilling chiller"
In 1978 a group of American scientists conducted tests on
the Shroud of Turin to determine its authenticity and (in
terms of age among other analysis) whether the icon could
have been the burial cloth of Christ. Ten years later, one
member of the team, Dr. Harry Goodman, using advanced
technology, reexamines some of the samples he still has
from the shroud. He informs a Shroud teammate, reporter
Decker Hawthorne of an incredible find that will shake the
world once he proves his theory about Christ.
Harry has discovered live body cells attached to the Shroud
that are not of this earth. These cells seem invincible
surviving two millennium without harm. Harry believes
these cells could cure humanity of many diseases. However,
a pandemic plague decimates much of the world including
Harry leaving Decker to raise Harry's "nephew" Christopher,
cloned from the non-human Shroud of Turin cells.
The first book in James BeauSeigneur "The Christ Clone"
trilogy is a tremendous allegorical thriller that uses real
events, biblical references and predictions, and modern
science and technology to provide readers with a superb
novel that asks numerous questions. The story line occurs
over five decades, but never misses a beat even when
chapters transition in time. The use of footnotes adds a
feel of realism, making the plot even more haunting. The
omen for this tremendous thriller is that the apocalypse
crowd will treasure this Second Coming from a test tube and
like this reviewer will not want to be left behind seeking
the other two novels.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 18, 2003