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Overview "The Illuminati" is a futuristic thriller tied to ancient mysticism and a powerful secret society that will appeal to fans of "The DaVinci Code" and the Left Behind series. Readers will be left wondering where fact ends and fiction begins.
From before the time of Christ, there have been rumors of a secret society called "The Illuminati."..a vicious tribe of Druids with mystical, supernatural powers. Many saw them as demons or gods. Those who opposed them simply disappeared...or met an even worse fate.
Unknown to all but the very few, this group slowly infiltrated world organizations and financial institutions with a singular goal--to control the world's economic system.
Now fast-forward to the year 2020. The Illuminati has succeeded in placing one of their people in the office of the presidency of the United States. With the worldwide launch of a financial system known as Data-Net, they suddenly have the power to single out groups of people and control their money, fuel, and food supply. How do you escape an unknown enemy operating at the highest levels who can track your every move? And how do you defeat a society that practices ancient rituals and appears to have power beyond the grave?"
The Illuminati" is a futuristic thriller tied to ancient mysticism that will appeal to fans of "The DaVinci Code" and the "Left Behind" series. It will also leave readers wondering where fact ends and fiction begins.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 6, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595540016 ISBN13 9781595540010
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More About Larry Burkett
Larry Burkett (March 3, 1939 – July 4, 2003) was an American author and radio personality whose work focused on financial counseling from an evangelical Christian point of view.
Burkett founded Christian Financial Concepts.
Burkett published more than 70 books, sales of which now exceed 11 million copies and include several national best-sellers. The three radio programs that he began -- “Money Matters,” “How to Manage Your Money,” and “MoneyWatch,” along with a series of short features titled “A Money Minute” -- have been carried on more than 1,100 radio outlets worldwide. (Crown Financial Ministries has since replaced the three longer-form radio broadcasts with shows having different titles and reworked formats.) In May 1996, Southwest Baptist University conferred on Burkett an honorary doctorate in economics.
Larry Burket (1939-2003), fue fundador y presidente de "Christian Financial Concepts, Inc., " un ministerio de ensenanza y asesoramiento sobre los principios de Dios en las finanzas. Es autor tambien del libro de mas venta "La familia y sus finanzas", entre otros.
Larry Burkett was born in 1939 and died in 2003.
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Amazing! Oct 17, 2008
When I first read this book in 1992, I enjoyed the story, but did not believe that the plot was a possibility. Now that I have read it again during the presidential election of 2008, I believe the plot it not only realistic, but potentially happening. This book reinforced my vote for McCain for president!
execellent book Aug 11, 2008
The scenes move rapidly so it keeps your interest until the end of the book.
Implausible story. Bad writing. May 12, 2008
(This review is based on the 1991 edition of the book. apparently some details have been altered in the 2004 edition)
I suspect the title of this book was chosen to cash in on the mythical Illuminati, which has nothing to do with the secret society in this novel, "The Society" (although Burkett calls it the Illuminati a few times when first describing it). Burkett's Illuminati is a group whose goals, besides world power, is to "establish Satan's kingdom on Earth". Needless to say, they hate Christians, which we are told more times than I can count. The novel is set in 2001 (re-edited version in 2015), ten years after it was written, and somehow everybody in the USA, except for a small minority, is now against Christianity. Considering that a vast majority of americans are christians, this scenario is just too implausible to believe.
Instead of just telling his story, Burkett constantly voices his own opinions, calling liberals "fanatics" and portraying liberals as anti-Christian, foul-mouthed, coke snorting homosexuals who somehow managed to outlaw religious broadcasters and turn their tv and radio stations over to the evil "Gay power" groups. The bad guys are laughable stereotypes:
"By this time an avowed socialist and atheist, Sievers was attracted to a young English woman traveling with the group. Their mutual interests included an elitist view of themselves, a disdain of religion, and a desire to establish a new world order." (p.90)
Later in the book we have large mobs assaulting and killing Christians, carrying signs with an inverted cross, which according to Burkett is a symbol of the gay rights movement. The gay rights people continue their killings and in the meantime we learn how liberals want to harvest organs from babies. If Ann Coulter would write a novel, it would probably be like this one.
In the foreword, Burkett tells us he is a talented writer (leave that up to the reader to decide, why don't you?) and that the story is realistic. Unfortunately, he's wrong on both points. As for the realism, there is none. The Christian resistance movement can do absolutely anything by hacking the "Data-Net", and the government is left clueless as to how they do it. And the writing, all other flaws aside, is awful. He constantly jumps between different perspectives and even locations within the same scene. It's a mess.
A reliable source told me that Burkett was, although a bad fiction author, a wonderful man. If that is true, this book doesn't show it. Instead he comes off as simple minded, homophobic and paranoid. And an incompetent writer. Read this book only if you want to read some of the worst religious fiction there is. As trash, it is somewhat entertaining but it's too boring to qualify as true "so bad it's good" trash.
OK but not great Mar 27, 2007
This is the second straight book I've read about the Illuminati. Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons' I thought was a little better, but this one had some worthy points - a carefully laid out thriller type of plot, and ingenious interpretation of the book of Revelation. Dan Brown's book was a little more cohesive and gave a better history of the shadowy group called the Illuminati and its intermingling with society and the Church; this book, on the other hand, was very much stuck in the present.
I have no idea how the (near) end of time is going to play out based on the Bible, but you'll know it when you see it (whoever is around then). A fairly literal reading of Revelation and Matthew chapter 24 might play out something like this book does: some really bad people doing catastrophic things, and persecuting Christians and Jews, to bring about a takeover of the world before Christ finally returns and takes it over Himself. This can make for some exciting scenarios, and that is what Larry Burkett provides. I was able read it without getting too upset because I'm more of an au-millennialist who believes the end-of-time will not necessarily include catastrophes, but I'll admit I'm not absolutely sure. I guess what I'm saying is that I have no problem reading and enjoying books that I might not agree with; in fact, I do it all the time to one extent or another.
Like 'Angels and Demons', this was like a blockbuster movie: lots of action and destruction, and no discernible cleanup. A nuclear bomb might drop somewhere, for example, but you don't hear anything about the aftermath. A few pages later, you almost forget about it because something else catastrophic is going on.
There must have been about 50 characters in the book, and I had to keep a list of them so I could keep up with the plot. Dan Brown's book was a lot leaner in that regard with only a few characters tracking through a lot of plots. I liked 'Angels and Demons' better partly for that reason.
Don't read the computer parts too carefully or you'll find it out-dated and unworkable, since the book was written in the early '90's. I was not too bothered by this since I was more interested in the plot flow.
It does help to know something about the Bible references before reading this book, to see where it is coming from.
It was an OK book, but not great.
great book Nov 28, 2006
I found Larry Burkett's The Illuminati to be a great book,a fun read and not only that, but I believe Mr. Burkett was more prophetic in this book than he himself believed. God rest his soul. Definitely...read it!