"Strong SF with religious overtones"
The world of the future is a very different place than the
world we know now. All good citizens are linked via a
virtual reality net that is more alive to some people than
the actual world. Citizens must belong to a recognized
religion and each religion has its own Inquisitors who have
the power to operate in the secular world. Disenfranchised
citizens have access to mouse.net; this custom made lower
level link uses old hardware, cannibalized parts and
throwaways that can be fixed.
A meteorite struck and destroyed the Dome of the Rock in
Jerusalem, leading many to think that the end times are
approaching. The angel Elijah has come during a Passover
Seder for Amirah, the daughter of the Archangel Michael who
refuses to let him have her. Morningstar has found his
antichrist and must find someone to cure her of her
affliction and the only possible person is Mouse, hacker
extraordinare. As the world rushes towards its doom, only
Mouse, criminal to the world order, has the power to stop
events from reaching a crisis point.
Although Lyda Morehouse uses many religious symbols, this
is not a theological work of science fiction but
condemnations of runaway technology, and the integration of
church and state. The religious symbols are representative
of a world in control by extreme right wing fundamentalists
as a result of a bomb that destroyed and changed much of
the planet. MESSIAH NODE takes place in a world that is
all too believable given the current state of events
today. Ms. Morehouse is a talented powerhouse who writes
on the cutting edge.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 13, 2003