In a place no man’s eye can see, a decision has been made, and the countdown has begun: Apocalypse. The close of civilization and the end of the world.
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Which, of course, calls for major re-org and a heck of a lot of overtime throughout the infrastructure of the Heavenly Hosts. Big jobs take big planning. Unfortunately, ancient prophesies have put a hitch in the plans—the end of time must be declared by two human prophets who speak for all mankind.
• Clayton Pinkes: A powerful charismatic religious leader haunted by bizarre visions, taunted by angels who call him Pinhead, and obsessed with the fear that maybe God doesn’t believe in him.
• Henri Elobert: Culturally engineered to be brilliant, sociopathic to a degree that makes even the Prince of Angels jittery, and practitioner of the world’s most dangerous profession … management consulting.
All in all, not the most fitting candidates for prophethood, but rules are rules. Or are they? As Clayton and Henri’s intrigues reveal their global impact, it seems not everyone in heaven and on Earth has the same agenda … and that only a mid-list comedienne named Elizabeth Goddard and a brooding, mysterious schoolboy named Paolo Diosana stand between out world and an Improper Apocalypse.
“To examine substantial moral and theological issues with as much comic zip and brio as Donnelly does is no small feat.” –Isaac Asimov Science Fiction
“Utterly gripping, very funny, and very clever… read it, laugh, and weep.” –New York Review of Science Fiction