Item description for In His Image (The Christ Clone Trilogy, Book 1) by James BeauSeigneur...
Outline ReviewIt's the end of life on earth as we know it in this page-turning apocalyptic novel In His Image, the first installment of the Christ Clone Trilogy. Newspaper editor Decker wangles his way onto a scientific expedition that examines the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. When body cells stuck to the shroud are found to be "alive," they are cloned, and the resulting baby, Christopher, changes the course of history. The book is an interesting mix of fact and fiction (when was the last time you read a novel with footnotes?). There are nice touches of humor, and a dollop of prophetic scripture. It's difficult to peg who's "good" and who's "evil," which admirably sustains the suspense. A good edit might have smoothed some of the rough spots, and the use of bold type for emphasis is distracting. However, those less interested in the nuances of fine literature than in a fast-paced thriller will find that this novel covers all the bases. --Cindy Crosby
Product Description Based on the actual scientific expedition to examine the Shroud of Turin, author James BeauSeigneur creates a fictionalized story that links ancient DNA to the coming of the Antichrist. While examining the Shroud of Turin-believed by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ-Professor Harold Goodman makes an incredible discovery: a cluster of skin cells still alive after 2000 years. Faced with such a startling find, Goodman conspires to carry out what may be the most earth-shattering experiment ever attempted: the cloning of Jesus Christ. When the experiment proves successful, the child born of the ancient cells soon sets in motion forces which trigger worldwide cataclysms, and could end the world as we know it....
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.22" Width: 6.41" Height: 1.35" Weight: 1.73 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2003
Publisher Warner Faith
ISBN 0446531251 ISBN13 9780446531252
Availability 0 units.
More About James BeauSeigneur
BeauSeigneur has been a newspaper publisher, political science teacher at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and an intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency.
Reviews - What do customers think about In His Image (The Christ Clone Trilogy, Book 1)?
ABSOLUTELY GREAT Apr 5, 2008
I absolutely enjoyed this trilogy. I enjoyed it so much that I actually emailed the author, via the publishers, to find out if he had written any other fiction books!!! That's a first for me!
I read quite a few of the reviews tying to decide if I should purchase the books. I must admit after reading the reviews I was put off from buying the series thinking that maybe I was wasting my money - BUT - I'm sooooooooo glad that I changed my mind and went for it!
What an amazing, gob smacking read they have been. I could not put down the first book in the series. There is just no way to know what was going to happen next - this trilogy is not a predictable read.
Other reviewers have written about the the main storylines so I would just like to say that this trilogy is much better than the last 10 books of the Left Behind series rolled together.
Don't be put off by the other not so positive reviews - go read it for yourself.
This book will stand alone in the trilogy Nov 26, 2007
As the author of The Second Virgin Birth I would have to say that the book started by introducing characters and setting a real scientific backgroud for the premise of the story. I would recomend this book to anyone who has read and enjoyed the "Left Behind" series as an alternative view of their future,
Alone Good, As trilogy not so good!!! Sep 1, 2007
After reading the first two books I was very happy with my purchase. The story was great, the imagery was good, and it was deffinately controversial. I'd say worth reading except I don't want to promote the third.
Clone Cold Sober Aug 15, 2007
Voltaire said that if God didn't exist, it would be necessary for Man to invent Him.
In "In His Image", Man does exactly that.
James Beauseigneur may very well have put literary form to the old bumper sticker "Christ is Coming: Look Busy!", with "In His Image", the first little broadside in a wickedly absorbing trilogy that dares ask the question: "hey, izzat JESUS you got in this here petri dish, Doctor?"
Bottom line: bewhiskered professor of Genetics Harry Goodman goes on a little combo Holy Land walkabout & research project to do a full genetic & biological scrape of the Shroud of Turin, supposedly the cerement of Jesus Christ, which bears the image of Christ left from the energy unleashed in His supposed Resurrection.
The Shroud doesn't mind. The genetic Scrape & Peel, I mean. About the Resurrection, I have no idea.
Anyway, let's just say while they're scraping the Shroud, a little something extra comes off. And let's just say that the Good Professor saves that little something extra, because in this life, if it's not about getting the Little Something Extra, it's about nothing at all.
Faster than you can say "beam me up Scotty!" you've got a precocious kid running around, a smart little tyke with a keen interest in the UN and an astonishing ability to levitate and walk on water.
I'm kidding about those last two things, but I couldn't help myself.
Look: I think it's awesome that something called "Christ the Clone" exists. I *dig* the idea. And whereas the "Left Behind" series from LaHaye & Jenkins concerns itself with the tactical of the New Messiah and his foes, BeauSeigneur is focused more on the strategic: the book reads more like the highpoints of an Apocalyptic powerpoint presentation than the down & dirty everyday drama of a Left Behind.
If that sounds bad---well, depends on what you're after. I found "In His Image" completely absorbing and compulsively readable: indeed, I polished it off in about three hours and I'm getting ready to dig into #2.
But be warned: BeauSeigneur might as well be writing what amounts to a Pentagon briefing: his style is pulpy but bland, and the characterization---particularly, oddly, of the 'Christ' child---is brief and shallow. Actual physical descriptions, of locations, events, and characters, are either non-existent, or told secondhand---from a news report, for example, as happens when Moscow learns an entirely new meaning of "Scorched Earth". BeauSeigneur is a much better plotter than he is a writer.
Those glaring weaknesses would normally doom a book for me, but "In His Image" is furiously engaging, bristingly with a lot of very juicy, intriguing ideas, ample Machiavellian gamesmanship at the UN, and an interesting subplot developing about the Messianic Jews.
There's even a dastardly, scheming French villain; speaking of which, there's a moment where BeauSeigneur takes his characterization gloves off & bobs and weaves with the story---you'll know it when you read it. It's a wicked moment, but all too brief: here's hoping the author loosens up going forward.
Whether you're pulpy tales of Apocalyptic doom (who isn't?), or always wondered what a test-tube Jesus would look like, "In His Image" is juicy stuff.
Not impressed but interested. Jul 2, 2007
After reading this book I felt like I only had part of a whole. This must be a trilogy (The Christ Clone Trilogy) that you have to read together. `In His Image' by itself is interesting but not very impressive. The time lags and story switching are not smooth, but I again must stress that the concept is thought provoking. Many readers seem to draw comparisons between this series and the `Left Behind' series. I have not read the `Left Behind' books but none of its advertisements, movies, or word of mouth ever interested me. This series, on the other hand, still has my attention and respect.