• Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
  • Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
  • Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
ISBN: 0898706904
EAN13: 9780898706901
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 1, 1997
Pages: 597
Dimensions: 1.6" H x 7.8" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Michael O'Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time. It explores the state of the modern world, and the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene, by taking his central character, Father Elijah Schafer, a Carmelite priest, on a secret mission for the Vatican which embroils him in a series of crises and subterfuges affecting the ultimate destiny of the Church. Father Elijah is a convert from Judaism, a survivor of the Holocaust, a man once powerful in Israel. For twenty years he has been buried in the dark night of Carmel on the mountain of the prophet Elijah. The Pope and the Cardinal Secretary of State call him out of obscurity and give him a task of the highest sensitivity: to penetrate into the inner circles of a man whom they believe may be the Antichrist. Their purpose: to call the Man of Sin to repentance, and thus to postpone the great tribulation long enough to preach the Gospel to the whole world. In this richly textured tale, Father Elijah crosses Europe and the Middle East, moves through the echelons of world power, meets saints and sinners, presidents, judges, mystics, embattled Catholic journalists, faithful priests and a conspiracy of traitors within the very House of God. This is an apocalypse in the old literary sense, but one that was written in the light of Christian revelation.

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5
   A wonderful novel
This is my first O 'Brien, and there will be many more. While I think the heavy Catholic Christian themes may put some off reading it, it serves rich rewards to those who stay the course. The character development is dense and structured, the plot lines contain enough surprise to make for an interesting story, and the prose itself is beautiful and a joy to read. For the Christian there are the added experiences of a well-known story arch mirrored in the novel with an epic struggle between Good and Evil, with a human but very charismatic priest as the protagonist and generally some beautiful scenes in Rome and Italy.
 
4
   Excellent set of philosophical/theological/religious Platonic dialogues in the guise of a novel
O 'Brien has written a highly unusual novel, an apocalyptic spiritual fantasy set in the late 20th century. Unlike Left Behind O'Brien, O'Brien is less concerned with mapping the spectacular rise of the Antichrist and his subsequent downfall. He is more concerned with the portrayal of each person's own apocalyptic struggle for his or his own soul. We are treated to extended sequences in which Father Elijah, the titular character and hero of the book, is not only concerned about the souls of the people he interacts with, but also for his own soul. Unfortunately, while the dialogues and monologues are well-written, I found the plotline a bit weak and was mainly there to transfer Father Elijah from one encounter to another. It would be better to characterize the book as a set of philosophical theologically platitudeal dialogues, held together by a very loose plot. Other '' was highly enjoyable, otherwise.
 
3
   Very well written and an exciting story to follow
I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and was saddened when it ended. It was a rollicking ride through the Rise of the Antichrist, as seen by the eyes of the Catholic Church and a monk named Fr. Elijah is a great leader in delivering quality services. The characters are well researched and the story is well thought out with plenty of twists and plots to keep you hooked. The only disappointment I had with the book is that the story does not adapt well into a series. It seems that I began to know the character only, and he seems to fade in future volumes in other stories. I wish the author would continue to evoloving the story around the main character, Fr. Elijah, a great priest, goes head to head with the Antichrist.
 
5
   Beautifully written, and sensitive to the subject matter which ...
Beautifully written and sensitive to the subject matter, which is at best illusive. The people's dramatazation of the story is good. One makes one thinks about how the future unfolds.
 
4
   The Catholic Apocalypse at last
It gets great at times and the author gives you a dry detail of names and places in Europe. The plot is good and is quite suspenseful throughout the entire book. If you're a fan of cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, you won 't be disappointed.
 
5
   awesome
A book that reaches and touches deep into the very depths of body, mind and soul. It is magnificently written, worth every moment of my time, and a book that I read many times. JA thanks So!, Alan.
 
5
   Good Read!
The book was recommended by a friend. Unless it is based on a real story, don 't usually read much fiction. This book has a lot of truth in it and could even be based on a true story. Enlightening is very important. I write further if I find it.
 
5
   Food for thought about moral relativism
I am a third of the way through it. The narrative is driven by deep conversations about the Church and its place in the world and the slippery role of Evil. Very interesting, wth some engaging characters.
 
4
   Enjoyed by a Protestant!
Michael D. O ’Brien is one of the series by Elijah An Apocalypse. I was introduced to this series for the first time more than a decade ago with the Eclipse of the Sun and was astonished to find out that Catholics wrote about the end times! Elijah follows the path of a Catholic priest who is a Jew. He is sent to the Vatican and called on a perilous mission. The novel follows him into danger, again and into worse danger, as the Vatican confronts evil outside and evil within. Don 't pick it up until you have a few days of holiday relaxation on the schedule!
 
5
   A dramatic story
This is a prophetic apocalyptic story told by a stirring Catholic author who was clearly distressed by the trends he saw in the Church and in the world. Since then, his vision has been borne out. You really feel for the central characters who experience moments of anguish and despair as they fight on God's behalf to hold back the forces of darkness that enguling the world.
 
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