From the backliner we read:
A sacred brotherhood with unprecedented power . . .
A prediction by the most influential man in history . . .
An unthinkable plot to thwart the Second Coming . . .
Sir Isaac Newton was a brilliant scientist, a crazed chemist, even an obsessed researcher of Biblical verse, but it is what few people ever knew about the reticent man that has Harvard Divinity Professor, Michael DiBianco running for his life, struggling to find answers to a mystery that not only threatens Christianity, but the meaning of his own existence.
I'm tired of books that "threaten Christianity." I've read far too many of these over the last year or two. But Katsikas does a decent job of putting an interesting twist on a very tired theme.
The main character, Michael DiBianco, is a religion professor at Harvard. With a new book coming out, guaranteed to be a best-seller, he runs into a little trouble with the Descendants of Lucifer. This is where things get a little fuzzy. Di Bianco is apparently important to the DoL and they are doing everything they can to get their hands on him. Why? I'm not really sure.
There were several interesting premises in the book which were never fully developed and some simply unexplained. Of course, the story takes place predominantly in Europe, because that is apparently where all books with plots that "threaten Christianity" take place. Roll the Catholic Church into the plot, high-ranking politicians and leaders of nations and you have all the main ingredients.
With that being said, Katsikas is a good writer. Despite its weaknesses, I liked the way the story flowed. Although I'm still confused as to why killing DiBianco will stop the Second Coming. I'm still trying to figure that one out. In fact, that might be the best way to describe my reaction to the book: Confused but entertained.
Perhaps I better give you a sampling of other reviews. Maybe those will explain things a little better.
Review 1: THE NEWTON PROPHECIES IS A MUST READ!
This high-suspense thriller is action packed, keeps you guessing, crammed with twist and turns that you can't see coming; it has you questioning who's good and who's evil, keeps you so enthralled that you just don't want to put it down till the last page is read. It leaves you with a WOW when everything is said and done. You can't imagine you just read the whole book in just a few hours. There is no way your going to want to put this book down! The ending explains everything and leaves it open for a sequel. I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next. If you love action packed mysteries, real page-turner thrills, then I highly recommend The Newton Prophecies. It is reminiscent of Dan Brown & Robert Ludlum. ~ Amy Flannery
Review 2: Behold, the Not-to-be-Missed Novel of 2008
The Newton Prophesies is a mind-blowing, faced-paced and exciting book! Very reminiscent of Dan Brown, yet very unique as well. There is a great and exciting future in store for this up and coming author!
Huh, guess they caught something I missed. Anyway, I'll give the book a single thumbs up. Good writing, fun story, just didn't quite connect with me.
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (March 18, 2008)
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