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by Ed Stewart
Published by Victor Books, 1994
Recommended by: Greg Slade
Yes, the mad bomber from Millennium's Eve stays dead, and doesn't find a way to come back again to haunt the characters in this sequel. Instead, the story picks up 18 months later, in June, 2001. Shelby Hornecker, one of the televangelists who was threatened by the plot in the first book, has met a new man, and marries him. Then, just as Shelby and Evan are about to set out on their honeymoon, a skeleton jumps out of Evan's closet, and threatens his career, and both of their lives, as well as the lives of various bystanders of varying degrees of innocence.
Just as in Millennium's Eve, even though the story was set in the future at the time of publication, it's not really about technological innovations. Yes, Sergeant Cole does pack a DAB (Drop And Burn) gun (sort of a chemical equivalent to a tazer), and he drives an electric car and uses a satellite tracking device to follow the bad guy, but, for the most part, the future setting isn't all that important to the story, so the fact that the setting is now in the past doesn't cripple the story, either.
Also like the first book, the story gets gritty in parts. The characters are neither plaster saints nor cardboard villains. Each has strengths and weaknesses, and there are points where unbelieving characters make right moral decisions, and others where believing characters fail. I was also impressed with the way the story points readers beyond simply regarding prayer as simply a way to ask God to give us blessings and protect us from harm. (At one point, one character, who is a relatively new believer, is praying fervently for all concerned to make it through the crisis unharmed, while another, more mature believer sees and acts on the opportunity to witness to the "bad guys.") (May, 2007)
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