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“Good Omens ”

Written on: 05/03/2006 by Harriet Klausner (18660 reviews written)

Good Omens

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Morrow, Mar 2006, $29.95

ISBN: 0060853964

In 1655 the witch Agnes Nutter proclaimed Armageddon will occur on what is next Saturday. Now everyone in the know knows that Nutter, though deceased for over three centuries, was a very accurate forecaster; just ask the villagers she burned who reside in Hell. The omens to the final countdown are everywhere. The Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are on the road; Atlantis rises, frogs die; rage is the norm as fights break out between loved ones. The armies of God and those of the Antichrist prepare for the final war between Heaven and hell, battlefield earth.

However, Aziraphale the angel and Crowley the demon, like their present lifestyles, amiable with each other rather than their distant employers, who neither has seen in eons, and would prefer delaying the Rapture for eternity. To halt Armageddon, Crowley and Aziraphale team up knowing that only one thing can do so, murder the Antichrist. However, first they need to find him, as he has been placed in the wrong household, but neither know who his parents are, or for that matter who he is. Their hope to locate the kid resides in Agnes Nutter, an allegedly dead witch.

This is a reprint of an amusing wild satire that the religiously intolerant will claim the two authors and those like this reviewer who enjoyed the tale will be left behind. The storyline is fast-paced and action packed while skewing organized religion with its good vs. evil rigid doctrine, leading to war against infidels in the name of God on earth. GOOD OMENS is a great satirical thriller that makes a delightful mockery of those who "evilly" use religion as a shield to foster hate and murder in the name of God, for one does not need 666 to commit atrocities on earth.

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