Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Final Summit

The Angel ((Archangel, yes Mr. Gabriel, I understand there's a difference) Gabriel summons Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, the WWII spy Eric Ericson, and a modern businessmen to provide a two-word answer to explain how the world can avoid the apocolypse. No, this isn't a joke. It's the plot of The Final Summit by Andy Andrews.
I did not enjoy this book at all. First of all, the opening chapter is spent on a minor character we never see again. Secondly, a plot entirely consisting of discussion, no matter how well done, is bound to come off pedantic. Finally--and most seriously, there is nothing remotely Christian in this book. Apart from a brief mention of "barely slipping in," there is no mention of faith or belief required to entire heaven. Personalities like Socrates, Anne Frank, Edison, and Franklin just hang out together. But the worst part is the answer. What must humanity do to avert disaster?
Do something.
That's no help at all, not even remotely. Do what? Where do we start? Hitler and Stalin did something, for that matter, and they thought they were doing right.
No stars
I was given a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program in exchange for writing an unbiased review.

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