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20th Feb '14 6:09:26 PM ArenaL5
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The ''Christ Clone Trilogy'' by JamesBeauSeigneur is a Christian [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] novel series, fictionalizing the story of [[Literature/TheBible Bible prophecy]] being fulfilled TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. As such, it technically qualifies as ScienceFiction, but reads more like TechnoThriller mixed with DisasterMovie. The overtly supernatural content is introduced gradually from the second book onwards.

The story is told primarily from the viewpoint of the journalist Decker Hawthorne, and spans over several decades; it begins with chronicling his work on a scientific expedition to analyze the Shroud of Turin. An old friend of his, Professor Harry Goodman, is a member of the expedition, and later reveals in private that he has found ''living cells'' on the Shroud, which he plans to cultivate. Decker, though not particularly religious, is uncomfortable with the implications, and the two don't see each other for another several years. When he later meets the Goodmans' "adopted grand-nephew," Christopher, he can't help but suspect ... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin um, well]].

Despite his initial unease, Decker quickly comes to think of Christopher as a very nice boy and good person. When the Goodmans die in a car accident, he becomes his legal guardian. But shadowy forces are at work, thinking the boy important to their vision of the world they wish to create. Moreover, as Christopher discovers that he has apparently inherited [[PsychicPowers extraordinary abilities]], it becomes clear to all that he has [[TheChosenOne an important part to play]] in what is to come.

The trilogy spans (obviously) three volumes:
* ''In His Image''
* ''Birth of an Age''
* ''Acts of God''


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!!Provides examples of:
* TheAntiChrist: [[spoiler: Christopher Goodman]].
* AnyoneCanDie: Major characters, viewpoint characters, friends and family of the above, and [[spoiler: Decker himself]] all bite the dust at various points throughout the series.
* ApocalypseHow: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Beautifully done]] done particularly in the second book, where a series of asteroid strikes manage to provide [[TheFundamentalist an almost-to-the-letter-literal interpretation]] of various Biblical prophecies while still being [[ShownTheirWork one hundred per cent grounded]] in scientific fact.
* AuthorFilibuster: Several characters make long speeches about why (fundamentalist) Christianity is [[AnviliCious the most reasonable faith there is]]. Perhaps unusually for Christian fiction, [[PathOfInspiration the villains]] also get to make their case, and it's ''not'' generally full of [[StrawmanPolitical strawmen]].
* CaughtUpInTheRapture: Subverted. When "the Disaster" (never referred to as "the Rapture" before the final instalment) happens, [[spoiler: the people who are raptured ''[[KilledOffForReal actually die]]''. It's just their souls that are taken up to God]].
* CloneJesus: Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin duh]].
* [[CUlt Cult]]: The Koum Damah Patar, an all-Jewish ascetic sect with apparent psychic powers. They dress in sackcloth and tattoo the name of God (YHWH) in their foreheads.
* DemonicPossession: The prophecy about 200 million horsemen ([[Literature/TheBible Revelation 9]]) is interpreted this way, on a continental scale. The result is HighOctaneNightmareFuel.
* TheDragon: Robert Milner, A.K.A. "The False Prophet."
* EasyEvangelism: One [[UsefulNotesJudaism Orthodox]] rabbi is converted to Christianity by convincing him that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Messiah prophecies.
* EvolutionaryLevels: The basis of much of the Antichrist's ruling ideology.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Averted. Instead of disbelieving God when the divine judgments start hitting Earth, the populace turn into [[NayTheist Nay Theists]] and join the [[NewAgeRetroHippie vaguely supernaturalistic]] but assuredly [[RageAgainstTheHeavens anti-God]] PathOfInspiration instead.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Played straight. BeauSeigneur offers a more "realistic" take on many of them than, say, ''LeftBehind'', but they all show up in order.
* ReligionIsRight: Premillennial futurist Christianity, that is.
* ShownTheirWork: The author really shines at this when writing many of the global disasters, particularly in the second book (see above). Not so much when it comes to [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the geopolitics]], however.
* StrawmanPolitical: The UN is portrayed as an evil empire in being, infiltrated to the bone with various New Age cultists ... who [[PathOfInspiration don't themselves exactly come across as sympathetic]].
* TakeThat: Most prominently, the major villains early on are [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Alice Bernley"]] and her Tibetan "spirit guide."
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Most of the series is this (with background set in the past and semi-present). The script was originally written in the 1980s, which shows in some sections.
* [[FlyingDutchman Wandering Jew]]: The mysterious leader of the Koum Damah Patar, Yokhanan Bar-Zebadee, also known as [[spoiler: the disciple John]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: TheAntiChrist makes this offer to ''[[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]]''. [[spoiler: Predictably, it doesn't work.]]
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The ''Christ Clone Trilogy'' by JamesBeauSeigneur is a Christian [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] novel series, fictionalizing the story of [[Literature/TheBible Bible prophecy]] being fulfilled TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. As such, it technically qualifies as ScienceFiction, but reads more like TechnoThriller mixed with DisasterMovie. The overtly supernatural content is introduced gradually from the second book onwards.

The story is told primarily from the viewpoint of the journalist Decker Hawthorne, and spans over several decades; it begins with chronicling his work on a scientific expedition to analyze the Shroud of Turin. An old friend of his, Professor Harry Goodman, is a member of the expedition, and later reveals in private that he has found ''living cells'' on the Shroud, which he plans to cultivate. Decker, though not particularly religious, is uncomfortable with the implications, and the two don't see each other for another several years. When he later meets the Goodmans' "adopted grand-nephew," Christopher, he can't help but suspect ... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin um, well]].

Despite his initial unease, Decker quickly comes to think of Christopher as a very nice boy and good person. When the Goodmans die in a car accident, he becomes his legal guardian. But shadowy forces are at work, thinking the boy important to their vision of the world they wish to create. Moreover, as Christopher discovers that he has apparently inherited [[PsychicPowers extraordinary abilities]], it becomes clear to all that he has [[TheChosenOne an important part to play]] in what is to come.

The trilogy spans (obviously) three volumes:
* ''In His Image''
* ''Birth of an Age''
* ''Acts of God''


----
!!Provides examples of:
* TheAntiChrist: [[spoiler: Christopher Goodman]].
* AnyoneCanDie: Major characters, viewpoint characters, friends and family of the above, and [[spoiler: Decker himself]] all bite the dust at various points throughout the series.
* ApocalypseHow: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Beautifully done]] done particularly in the second book, where a series of asteroid strikes manage to provide [[TheFundamentalist an almost-to-the-letter-literal interpretation]] of various Biblical prophecies while still being [[ShownTheirWork one hundred per cent grounded]] in scientific fact.
* AuthorFilibuster: Several characters make long speeches about why (fundamentalist) Christianity is [[AnviliCious the most reasonable faith there is]]. Perhaps unusually for Christian fiction, [[PathOfInspiration the villains]] also get to make their case, and it's ''not'' generally full of [[StrawmanPolitical strawmen]].
* CaughtUpInTheRapture: Subverted. When "the Disaster" (never referred to as "the Rapture" before the final instalment) happens, [[spoiler: the people who are raptured ''[[KilledOffForReal actually die]]''. It's just their souls that are taken up to God]].
* CloneJesus: Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin duh]].
* [[CUlt Cult]]: The Koum Damah Patar, an all-Jewish ascetic sect with apparent psychic powers. They dress in sackcloth and tattoo the name of God (YHWH) in their foreheads.
* DemonicPossession: The prophecy about 200 million horsemen ([[Literature/TheBible Revelation 9]]) is interpreted this way, on a continental scale. The result is HighOctaneNightmareFuel.
* TheDragon: Robert Milner, A.K.A. "The False Prophet."
* EasyEvangelism: One [[UsefulNotesJudaism Orthodox]] rabbi is converted to Christianity by convincing him that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Messiah prophecies.
* EvolutionaryLevels: The basis of much of the Antichrist's ruling ideology.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Averted. Instead of disbelieving God when the divine judgments start hitting Earth, the populace turn into [[NayTheist Nay Theists]] and join the [[NewAgeRetroHippie vaguely supernaturalistic]] but assuredly [[RageAgainstTheHeavens anti-God]] PathOfInspiration instead.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Played straight. BeauSeigneur offers a more "realistic" take on many of them than, say, ''LeftBehind'', but they all show up in order.
* ReligionIsRight: Premillennial futurist Christianity, that is.
* ShownTheirWork: The author really shines at this when writing many of the global disasters, particularly in the second book (see above). Not so much when it comes to [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the geopolitics]], however.
* StrawmanPolitical: The UN is portrayed as an evil empire in being, infiltrated to the bone with various New Age cultists ... who [[PathOfInspiration don't themselves exactly come across as sympathetic]].
* TakeThat: Most prominently, the major villains early on are [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Alice Bernley"]] and her Tibetan "spirit guide."
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Most of the series is this (with background set in the past and semi-present). The script was originally written in the 1980s, which shows in some sections.
* [[FlyingDutchman Wandering Jew]]: The mysterious leader of the Koum Damah Patar, Yokhanan Bar-Zebadee, also known as [[spoiler: the disciple John]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: TheAntiChrist makes this offer to ''[[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]]''. [[spoiler: Predictably, it doesn't work.]]
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9th Mar '12 10:05:13 AM Telcontar
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The ''Christ Clone Trilogy'' by JamesBeauSeigneur is a Christian [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] novel series, fictionalizing the story of [[TheBible Bible prophecy]] being fulfilled TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. As such, it technically qualifies as ScienceFiction, but reads more like TechnoThriller mixed with DisasterMovie. The overtly supernatural content is introduced gradually from the second book onwards.

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The ''Christ Clone Trilogy'' by JamesBeauSeigneur is a Christian [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] novel series, fictionalizing the story of [[TheBible [[Literature/TheBible Bible prophecy]] being fulfilled TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. As such, it technically qualifies as ScienceFiction, but reads more like TechnoThriller mixed with DisasterMovie. The overtly supernatural content is introduced gradually from the second book onwards.



* DemonicPossession: The prophecy about 200 million horsemen ([[TheBible Revelation 9]]) is interpreted this way, on a continental scale. The result is HighOctaneNightmareFuel.

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* DemonicPossession: The prophecy about 200 million horsemen ([[TheBible ([[Literature/TheBible Revelation 9]]) is interpreted this way, on a continental scale. The result is HighOctaneNightmareFuel.
7th Jan '12 11:33:07 AM MagBas
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On the Internet, at least, ''The Christ Clone Trilogy'' often seems to be considered the less known but better written counterpart of the much more famous ''LeftBehind'' series. Of course, YourMileageMayVary whether this is actually the case.

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On the Internet, at least, ''The Christ Clone Trilogy'' often seems to be considered the less known but better written counterpart of the much more famous ''LeftBehind'' series. Of course, YourMileageMayVary whether this is actually the case.
3rd Nov '11 4:51:29 PM Auxdarastrix
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The ''Christ Clone Trilogy'' by JamesBeauSeigneur is a Christian [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] novel series, fictionalizing the story of [[TheBible Bible prophecy]] being fulfilled TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. As such, it technically qualifies as ScienceFiction, but reads more like TechnoThriller mixed with DisasterMovie. The [[OrIsIt overtly supernatural]] content is introduced gradually from the second book onwards.

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The ''Christ Clone Trilogy'' by JamesBeauSeigneur is a Christian [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] novel series, fictionalizing the story of [[TheBible Bible prophecy]] being fulfilled TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. As such, it technically qualifies as ScienceFiction, but reads more like TechnoThriller mixed with DisasterMovie. The [[OrIsIt overtly supernatural]] supernatural content is introduced gradually from the second book onwards.
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