Greetings, my Simian Friends! I’m so grateful to Chris Graham and the good folks at The Story Reading Ape for granting me an opportunity to introduce myself – and much more importantly, an opportunity to unveil my devilish new theo-thriller, The Second Coming: A Love Story.
But I must caution you: It’s not for everyone.
Courting controversy of Biblical proportions, The Second Coming: A Love Story is the groundbreaking “thought-experiment” that dares to ask: How well do YOU know God?
And how well do you know evil?
Two men claim to be the Second Coming of Christ. Each claims the other is Satan in disguise. But only one is telling the truth, and the reader isn’t explicitly told who’s who.
The United States soon splits along ideological lines, with Red America swearing allegiance to the conservative “savior” and Blue America (naturally) worshiping at the altar of the other. A furious Culture War-turned-Holy War erupts, with both sides waging a win-at-all-costs marketing campaign to prove their savior’s supremacy.
It’s finally happened: Red America and Blue America are headed for Armageddon!
Adding to the intrigue, the key characters are modernized updates of Bible heroes. For example, Mary Magdalene is recast as Margaret Magdala, Esquire – an unscrupulous attorney who sells her “services” to the highest bidder, until a self-declared savior rescues her from a lifetime of sin.
But was she really saved by God? Or damned to Hell?
I’m a Tampa-based crisis communications expert who has analyzed marketing trends and political brand-building strategies for FOX News.com, Jewish World Review and the Washington Times. Here’s what led me to write this story:
According to Christian theology, the Devil is thousands of years old and deviously brilliant. I remember wondering one night, if such a creature didn’t want you to know who he was… how would you know? How could you out-think a creature that’s not only smarter than you, but also thousands of years more experienced and capable of supernatural powers? We get fooled by ordinary people every day – and most of the time, they’re not particularly clever! So what prayer would we realistically have to outwit the Prince of Darkness?
Then I had a further thought: If the Devil really wanted to con mankind, he wouldn’t appear with a pitchfork and horns. All those horror movies have it wrong; that’s too obvious. Instead, his best option would be to appear as a holy man – and to attach himself to the faith of his target audience. Because if I were Satan’s publicist, that’s what I’d recommend.
For the last 15 years, I’ve tirelessly researched the subject matter, studying ancient texts and combing through the delicate intricacies of Christian eschatology. The end-result is The Second Coming: A Love Story. You needn’t be a theologist to fall in love with this story, although it certainly won’t hurt: I’ve woven-in countless clues and subtle references to the identity of the true Second Coming – and to the identity of Satan – throughout. No matter your faith, no matter your background, this book will challenge you to reconsider the very nature of existence. And that’s the God-honest truth.