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July 27, 2011

THE PARADISE PROPHECY by Robert Browne, 2011

The Paradise ProphecyThe Myth:  When God cast the archangel Satan into Hell, ending the War in Heaven, peace prevailed on Earth. Until the fallen angels took revenge in the Garden of Eden. Ever since, mankind has been in a struggle between good and evil, paradise and apocalypse: the fall of Rome, The Crusades, World Wars, nuclear proliferation, the Middle East Crisis... The War in Heaven never really ended-it just changed venues. For millennia, God's angels have been fighting Satan's demons on Earth, all in hopes of bringing about Satan's greatest ambition, the Apocalypse. The Reality:  Satan has never been closer to his goal than right now. (Amazon)

Review by Laura Madsen, mom, veterinarian and writer

Angels and demons walk among humans, and the battle in Heaven continues.

We’ve seen a lot of Revelation-type badness recently—wars, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, nuclear accidents. Maybe the Apocalypse really is coming. Robert Browne draws from the Old Testament, Milton’s PARADISE LOST, and angel lore to tell a tale of angels and demons in their eternal war over humanity.

The main characters in THE PARADISE PROPHECY are Sebastian LaLaurie, a religious studies professor at a southern Baptist university, and Bernadette Callahan, a tough government agent who has been sent to Brazil to investigate the mysterious death of a Christian pop star.

The pop singer experienced a meteoric rise to superstar from meth addict in the slums (“The forgotten people, left to rot in their own waste, with little or no chance of ever moving beyond this hole they called home. They were born, grew up and died here—often violently—barely a blip on heaven’s radar screen”). When her inexplicably charred remains are found, Callahan suspects foul play, while LaLaurie recognizes supernatural forces.

The novel is plot-driven; we learn enough about the characters to understand their motivations, but what carries the story along is the mystery. Callahan and LaLaurie fly around the world, from Brazil to Turkey to Thailand, searching for answers. There are enough unexpected plot twists to keep you reading late into the night.

THE PARADISE PROPHECY will appeal to fans of Dan Brown’s ANGELS & DEMONS and THE DA VINCI CODE.

Market: Adult Fiction (thriller/ paranormal)
Language: explicit
Sensuality: explicit
Violence: explicit
Mature Themes: good vs. evil, demonic possession, the Apocalypse, murder, sex, drug use, spontaneous combustion

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