2060: THE NEWTON PROPHECIES
ISBN# 1-4196-9191-0 / 978-1419691911
Rating: 2 Cups
Michael DiBianco is a professor at Harvard Divinity. He is also an author who has been researching the Newton Prophecies, a controversial set of documents purporting to predict the end of the world. Michael has suffered a series of tragedies, losing his parents, his wife, and being forced to give up his children in order to take care of his wife. These loses have only strengthened Michael’s belief in God, a belief that will soon be put to the ultimate test.
Savanna Campbell is Michael’s girlfriend but there is more to her than is apparent. The same applies to Crystal, a student of Michael’s. Both women are instrumental in the monumental events that Michael finds himself embroiled in.
At the beginning of the novel, Michael is brought in for questioning by the FBI. The questioning has barely begun when Michael and the FBI learn about a massive explosion at Harvard Divinity, an explosion that kills most of Michael’s students. Michael realizes that the FBI considers him to be prime suspect in the case and seizes the first opportunity to flee, kicking off a series of world shattering events.
2060 is a bit of a mess. Exclamatory verbs are vastly overused, making it difficult for the reader to know what to pay attention to and when. The plot lines are overly complex and make this novel hard to follow. Suspenseful moment’s help to keep a reader hooked but in this case there are too many of them and after a while the story loses it edge. The story is primarily told from Michael’s point of view but I just couldn’t identify with him. The author’s attempts to make Michael into an ordinary person backfire, resulting in a character that isn’t very likable or even admirable. Attempts to introduce other points of view fail when the motivation and goals of the characters in question change to accommodate the Byzantine plot lines. At one point the novel references Dan Brown, either in an attempt to leverage his success or to distance the novel from those works. Regardless of the motivation the tactic fails, making me wish that I was reading a Dan Brown novel. 2060 is an ambitious attempt at a controversial subject and it is apparent that the author has done his research and is passionate about it. Unfortunately in the end the story fails to live up to its promise.
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