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Alpha and Omega

The standard bearer for alternate history USA Today now turns his potent imagination to the End of Days in this gripping novel about a discovery in the Middle East that turns the world upside downWhat would happen if the ancient prophecy of the End of Days came true It is certainly the last thing Eric Katz a secular archeologist from Los Angeles expects to Harry Turtledove has written a lot of books Really a lot Alternate history pure science fiction whimsical fantasy humor historical fiction and I haven t come across a single one that wasn t a fast smooth read with plenty of action and a ton of nifty ideas Every once in a while though he so completely nails a story concept and prose and thematic resonances that it stays with me and I find myself blabbing about it like a fangirl to all my friends The Guns of the South time traveling racists arm the Confederacy with automatic weapons was one such Also Ruled Brittanica the Spanish Armada prevails and William Shakespeare writes insurrectionist plays and In the Presence of Mind Enemies Jews survive in the shadow of victorious Nazi Germany Now I can add Alpha and Omega to that listThe elevator pitch for this book might run Indiana Jones in 21st Century Israel complete with American evangelicals ultra Orthodox Jewish settlers Muslim terrorists and journalists on the lookout for a good story with an occasional miracle But it s much It begins in a perfectly ordinary thriller ish way with a dirty bomb detonated in Tel Aviv and team of Israeli archaeologists Jewish and Arab with a nonobservant Jewish American and a dewy eyed Christian student thrown in for good measure excavate under the Temple Mount and find of course Indiana Jones style the Ark of the Covenant floating inches above the floor And the skeptical journalist who unwisely lays hands on it is summarily carbonizedWhat to make of this miracleEveryone with an ax to grind about the fate of the Middle East has an opinion and Turtledove minces no words in depicting the sincerity fervor and insanity of the different viewpoints Muslims Jews and Christians are all convinced the End Times are nigh and that their version of who wins and who loses is the correct one The only thing they can agree on is that the Ark floats because God wants it to It would be all too easy for a story such as this to devolve into proselytizing taking sides playing religious favorites or turning the various proponents into caricatures Turtledove avoids all these pitfalls forging ahead at pager turner speed while subtly weaving in threads that reflect not only our human prejudices but also our shared human experiences To say that the ending transcends the current political polemic is an understatementGo out and buy this book and then use it as the context for discussing the difficult issues of today with people you don t agree with yetThe usual disclaimer I received a review copy of this book but no one bribed me to praise it Although chocolates and fine imported tea are always welcome

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Discover during what should be a routine dig in Jerusalem But perhaps higher forces have something else in mind For when a sign presaging the rising of the Third Temple is located in America and a dirty bomb is detonated in downtown Tel Aviv events conspire to place a team of archaeologists in the tunnels deep under the Temple Mount And there Eric is witnes Can t believe I hadn t read Turtledove beforeExcellent book As befits a PhD in history there s a sense that Turtledove meticulously researched the religions in this book along with the historical tensions between them Anton of the Third Temple is located in America and a dirty bomb is detonated in downtown Tel Aviv events conspire to place a team Missing, Assumed Dead of archaeologists in the tunnels deep under the Temple Mount And there Eric is witnes Can t believe I hadn t read Turtledove beforeExcellent book As befits a PhD in history there s a sense that Turtledove meticulously researched the religions in this book along with the historical tensions between them

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S to a discovery of such monumental proportions that nothing will ever be the same againHarry Turtledove is the master at portraying ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events and what is extraordinary than the incontrovertible proof that there truly is a higher force controlling human destiny But as to what that force desireswell that is the uestion What if God proved to be real Beyond all doubtHarry Turtledove the master of alternate history creates an alternate present day scenario in Alpha and Omega in which various people react to an incontrovertible series of demonstrations that God exists Set almost entirely in Israel he gives us the points of view of people on all points on the compass of faith secular archeologists fundamentalist leaders of all three major western religions disinterested television personalities out for the best possible story a young Israeli boy and his uncle and a cast of additional charactersI don t have a firm grasp of the body of work that exists in fiction that deals with proof of God I read Calculating God by Robert Sawyer and I guess you can count The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta which I read before watching the TV show There s the current TV show God Friended Me though it s not yet clear whether that s really God Indeed my only published work of fiction albeit from forty years ago was a short short story speculating a specific form that God could take As a high concept I found it uite interesting to read Turtledove s take on what proof of God could look like in this day and ageThat said I have a number of issues with his presentation The most obvious is the length of the book padded with what I find to be an inordinate amount of repetition in the characters reactions to each succeeding event there are maybe six or seven discreet events which makes it about one every 75 pages and each time we get pretty much the same set of responses with the needle moving just a little It s all too much By at least half and we re talking nearly 500 pages hereNow place that alongside glaring omissions that could ve filled that space instead of repetitive musings Like the reaction of societies around the world mostly in Asia and Africa that now number upwards of three billion people who have no history of ever even conceiving of a God like the one that is the singular focus of this book the God of Christianity Islam and Judaism Not One Single Word The perspective here is as white and Euro centric as you can get defining white Euro centrism as having its roots in the ancient civilizations of the Near EastAnd what about alternative reactions within the world of western religion itself like uh panic or celebration or mass demonstration or anything other than continuing to make the buses and trains run on time a highly unlikely response to God suddenly appearing and doing the things he does in Alpha and Omega There doesn t even seem to have been much of a mass reaction around the world to a disaster early in the book think about 911 how can master speculator Harry Turtledove not imagine how a real life event of that type would be greetedSeveral times during Alpha and Omega as it begins to dawn on people that God may actually be manifesting himself yes HIM self the uestion is asked Why now Where was he when millions were slain during the Holocaust You could easily ask that uestion about slavery the black death the vast senseless slaughter of World War I and countless other atrocities committed by humans over the centuries and millennia although those are not asked in this book only the Holocaust Turtledove never attempts to answer that uestion which would be fine except that he s the one who brought it up in the first placeI hesitate to ascribe the apparent point of view of this book to the author I have no way of knowing what Turtledove himself believes But the scenario he presents is highly specific leaving no room for interpretation especially by those other three billion people out there So specific that in the end he doesn t answer the uestion about proof of God in general not in any way To me that means that he has failed in what I believe to be his reason for writing this book or at least what I was looking for in this book once I realized as I was reading what it was aboutI didn t know ahead of time what I was getting other than the name of an author I have previously read and liked I got an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I thank them for the chance to do so and I have to ualify my honest opinion with a note that your mileage may vary that will likely depend on what you believe as you enter into this endeavor just as mine is surely influenced by my journey from an Orthodox Jewish upbringing to a life of secular humanism and atheism


10 thoughts on “Alpha and Omega

  1. says:

    No matter what one's religious beliefs or non beliefs I thoroughly believe every single adult should read ALPHA AND OMEGA I cannot r

  2. says:

    While Harry Turtledove is best known for his alternate history series this latest novel from him is a stand alone and of a somewhat different genre category It is speculative fiction without being identifiably science fiction fantasy or alternate history You see the proposition is what if all the ancient prophesies of the Abrahami

  3. says:

    Harry Turtledove has written a lot of books Really a lot Alternate history pure science fiction whimsical fantasy humor historical fiction and I haven’t come across a single one that wasn’t a fast smooth read with plenty of action and a ton of nifty ideas Every once in a while though he so completely nails a story concept and prose and thematic resonances that it stays with me and I find myself blabbing about it like

  4. says:

    A Joel C Rosenberg like story The title is not good it could be on a book about the Greek alphabet Had some good insight on life in Israel

  5. says:

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest review If giv

  6. says:

    Can’t believe I hadn’t read Turtledove beforeExcellent book As befits a PhD in history there’s a sense that Turtledove meticulo

  7. says:

    Wow What a great end times book Excellent writing by the author I truly felt like I was watching the text play outWhat happens when an a team digging under the Temple Mount finds the Ark of the Covenant How will this change the lives of the te

  8. says:

    What if God proved to be real Beyond all doubtHarry Turtledove the master of alternate history creates an alternate present day scenario in Alpha and Omega in which various people react to an incontrovertible series of demo

  9. says:

    Alpha and Omega is the most thought provoking thriller I’ve read this yearA dirty bomb carried by a suicide bomber destroys the Tel Aviv bus station in Israel An American talk show personality is on site and gets the afte

  10. says:

    Great bookOne of mr Turtledoves best books in a long line of excellent tales I hope this part one of a series

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