Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Mayan Apocalypse

Author: Mark Hitchcock with Alton Gansky
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
September 2010
ISBN 978-0-7369-3055-0
Genre: Fiction/Prophecy/Apocalypse

Reviewed by Steve Hilton

While intrigued by the title, and interested in the subject matter, I must say that this book leaves quite a lot to be desired. For it doesn’t do justice to either the title or the subject matter. Instead, what I found was a loosely connected series of mini-novels sandwiched between two paperback covers. The plot was pedantic, the story-line poorly written, and the characters were as flat as the sheet of paper they were written on.

The second-best part of the book was the prologue. We are introduced to a multi-millionaire who has managed not to make his money the focus of his life. He is one of the few who has managed to learn an important lesson: love people, and use money; not the other way around. In the wake of a personal tragedy, having lost his wife and teenage son in the suspicious crash of his personal corporate jet, Andrew Morgan has managed to continue functioning, although he would not consider it living. The deaths of his family has forced him to take stock of his life, and awakened him to the brevity of life, and the possibility of the hereafter. It even got him started talking to God again.

Sadly, the book goes downhill from there. Sprinkled throughout the book are his interactions with: a disenchanted reporter, a recovering alcoholic, a shyster masquerading as the last Mayan priest who is predicting the end of the world, and a young lady by the name of Candy who is completely fascinated with Morgan’s money and his body . . . in that order.

Throw in numerous flashbacks to Morgan’s investigation into the accident which robbed him of his family, and you basically have the story in a nutshell.

And the best part of the book was the last page. Fini. 300 pages. $13.99 softcover

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