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The Abomination - Omen V

Novel by Gordon McGill 1985.

As we begin the fifth, and currently last Omen novel, Armageddon has come and gone; Israel and its surrounding countries have been returned to desert. In London, the architect of much of the desolation, Paul Buher, who has at the end turned to the true God, watches Damien Thorn's son take his father's name and position at the head of the Thorn Corporation. Buher now understands the false prophecy that the thousand year peace would be as one day, and, knowing he has only a few days to live, sets the scene for the final destruction of the Anti-Christ. The man who seems destined to do the job is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author, Jack Mason, who is researching the Thorns for his new book, and is coming dangerously close to the truth.

Armageddon 2000 read as if Gordon McGill enjoyed writing it. This book reads as if he didn't want to write any more books in the series, and so neatly tied up the plot so that it would be too difficult to continue it further. Like The Final Conflict this works as a conclusion to a series, and even then only because it is a conclusion. As a direct contrast to its immediate predecessor, it's not particularly well written, the plot seems threadbare and the characterisation is skimpy. In short, it's the undoubted down point of the series, but it's not all bad. There are a couple of memorable scenes (again, very visual) and the finale would look great in a Hammer Horror. If you're going to read the whole series, this is a fair enough conclusion; but otherwise it's not worth the effort.


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