My Review: The Second Coming By Scott Pinsker

“Two men claim to be the Second Coming of Christ. Each claims the other is Satan in disguise. But only one is telling the truth.”
Early on in the opening chapters the reader is introduced to David Shepherd and Michael Waters who have just come away from a religious man ranting in the street. On their journey home they are confronted by a mysterious tribesman who convinces them to come to his church. The tribesman waits patiently for their arrival and breaks the news that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ and goes by the name of Israel.
In this very moment an attractive woman by the name of Margret Magdala sits nursing her drink in a bar and meets a stranger who claims he knows the exact date of her turning her back on God and he can back his story up with truth. The stranger asks Margret to walk with him and follow God. His name is Joe and he claims that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Both opposite parties, David and Margret eventually become strong devoured disciples for their chosen Messiah’s and go on to spread the word and recruit new followers while declaring the other Messiah is Satan. All this leads to a major political divide of liberal and conservative ideology across America, especially Washington DC and Coastal Carolina where the two different Messiah’s reside. Both sides do all they can to discredit each other through various media outlets. Margret with her goddess like looks and charm emerges as the femme fatale of fundamentalism, the divine diva of deliverance and the conservative community love her. David’s popularity with the liberal community soon sky-rockets as he is perceived as an avenging angel for all those victimized by persecution and prejudice.
Joe challenges Israel to a live television debate and the battle of the Gods begins. The prelude of this godly debate continues to dominate the headlines. The main stream media are pro-Israel, while the talk radio universe rally behind Joe. When the fateful day finally comes and the two Messiah’s must share the same stage, it is clear there’s only enough room for one Messiah and this is when the real battle commences with a highly unpredictable ending.
This is a powerful thought-provoking work of fiction that cleverly examines age-old arguments, predicaments and biblical interpretations that are commonly believed concepts by Christians with regards to their salvation on earth and what will happen in the event of the apocalypse and afterlife that follows. S. Pinsker clearly has a great sense of humour as he injects just the right amount of satire to soften the ebb of biblical text and injects plenty of twist and turns to keep the reader guessing the outcome while allowing the reader to think about their own beliefs and ideology. S. Pinsker also has a unique talent for depicting a conceivable pre-apocalyptic phase that will leave many readers, like me waiting anxiously for the sequel.
My Ranking:
5 Stars
My Review Sites:
Amazon & Goodreads

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