Year Zero

Year Zero

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
When he opens an ancient relic, a wealthy artifact collector accidentally unleashes a virulent airborne plague that threatens to annihilate all life on Earth.

Simon and Schuster
In The Descent, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Long led readers into the darkest regions of suspense and adventure. Now he returns with an apocalyptic scenario that threatens to eradicate mankind.

In Jerusalem, an American archaeologist working on Project Year Zero -- the search for the historical Jesus -- crosses the line between science and theft when he helps plunder an old Roman landfill beneath the crucifixion grounds known as Golgotha. Nathan Lee Swift's crime will have devastating consequences. When an ancient relic is opened on the black market, a two-thousand-year-old plague is unleashed -- and the dying begins.

As the pestilence threatens to wipe out humanity, he finds a chance for redemption -- by finding the cure. Skirting the edges of civilization, Nathan Lee sets out to find his younger daughter and travels to Los Alamos, where a desperate tactic has been adopted: the use of human lab rats cloned from Project Year Zero remains. Now Nathan Lee will come face-to-face with one special cloned human who may hold the key to salvation -- in more ways than one. Patient Zero claims to remember who he is....

And his name is Jesus Christ.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Pocket Star, c2002
ISBN: 9780743406123
0743406125
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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Nov 20, 2017

Really enjoyed this book, even though it got a bit confusing near the end. Well researched, and a very original idea. Especially to imagine what might happen if scientists were to clone people from the remains of crucified men from the area and time that Jesus was around. This novel also shows the absolute arrogance of many scientists, alongside the bizarre behavior of extremists of any religion. Juxtapose all this with the Big Brotherism rampant in those with any power in America these days and you have a scenario that has no end of possibilities. Not sure if there is a sequel to this, but it certainly ends crying out for one.

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