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|In His Image
by James BeauSeigneur
Published by SelectiveHouse Publishers, Inc., 1997 (Republished by Warner Faith, 2003)
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Recommended by: Greg Slade
This is the first book in the Christ Clone Trilogy. (The other two books are Birth of an Age and Acts of God.) The action opens in 1978, when Decker Hawthorne, the publisher of a small weekly paper, manages to sneak onto the team studying the Shroud of Turin as an assistant to Harold Goodman, one of his professors from college. Years later, Goodman calls Hawthorne and promises to give him an exclusive on the greatest news story since Christopher Columbus, in return for Hawthorne's silence until Goodman is ready to publish. To his shock, Hawthorne discovers that Goodman has cloned cells he found on the Shroud.
Simply because it is an "end of the world" novel, and because it's not published by a major press, many people will probably be tempted to give it a miss. That would be a shame, because BeauSeigneur has taken a subgenre often marked by predictable plots, cardboard characters, and stereotypes, and brought to it a surprising level of writing ability and thoughtful plotting. This is an extremely well-written book. The action is gripping, and the "bad guys" are, for the most part, presented a good deal more realistically than is usual. Even those elements which appear to be predictable at first are given a new twist. (February, 2000)
James took part in an online interview in March, 2000.
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