The Last Christian

The Last Christian

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In the future, it's possible to live forever--but at what cost?
 
A.D. 2088.
 
Christian missionary Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. A curious message from her grandfather leads Abby to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out.
 
But a larger threat looms. The world's leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether.
 
As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father's unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance--the spiritual future of all humanity.
 
In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious themes to create a spell-binding "what-if?" novel.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : Waterbrook Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400074976
1400074975
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: viii, 407 pages ;,21 cm

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hapiatlast Nov 27, 2011

Absolutely disliked this book. The story called for a huge suspension of reality. The main character Abigail was whiney, unlikable and arrogant.

The book left some glaring holes and unanswered questions. What happened to Abigail's brother?

I had to constantly remind myself that Abigail was a grown women and not the teenager that she sounded like.

Also concerning me was the way the natives were portrayed. It bordered on racist. The implication that the natives were willing to hand over their children to the missionary without a look back, I found morally repugnant.

I would not recommend this book at all.

Cdnbookworm Jul 04, 2011

This is a thriller set in the year 2088, a time when Christianity has disappeared from North America. Abigail Caldwell emerges from a jungle village in Papua New Guinea, the sole survivor of a mysterious illness that killed the other villagers. Abby's parents were missionaries to the local Isisi tribe, and Abby lived her whole life there. Abby is assisted in making her way back to her parents' home country of the United States by an American doctor working in Papua New Guinea. She is forwarded an old message left for her at the mission offices by her grandfather saying that he and her grandmother felt that her mission was to reintroduce the Christian faith in America.
There is also another force at work in the US. The leading manufacterer of artificial intelligence has perfected a technique to download the human brain to a silicon device. Brain transplants have begun and the manufacterer is looking to enlarge his market by getting government funding for the operation. How determined are these people to achieve their goal? And is the technique really perfect or does it come at a cost? These two questions are the core of the plot, and keep things moving along.
Abby is an intelligent person with a one-track mind. Her intensity and focus moves those around her to assist in her actions. An interesting read, but a bit forced at times.

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