If this story is anything, it is an imaginative satire. Seth is a Jewish man in his early thirties living in Manhattan. He finds out that he is the Messiah. Actually, he finds out he is God's number two son. He is the backup plan. He has to accept the calling because Armageddon is quickly approaching – it's actually a telephone call from God. There is also a talking cat and a gangsta-rapping Guardian Angel. Need I say more? Very funny. Yes, it does become a little preposterous, (and why not?) it is satire after all. Something we see so little of these days because of political correctness. It was a cheap purchase on Kindle and worth it. Satisfying for the atheist in me. Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
'That’s when I realized that they believed every word they said was the truth.’
Seth Miller, aged in his early thirties, is happy with his life. Seth is especially happy when the Yankees win, and as long as he can keep his mother away from his Greenwich Village apartment. But Seth’s life is turned upside down after a phone call from his mother inviting him for tea. Mrs Miller tells Seth that he is God’s youngest son: the second coming of Christ. After a phone call from God confirms this, Seth reluctantly assumes the role of the Messiah in what will be the final conflict between good and evil.
‘I could imagine outraged Christians the world over disappointed that a tubby Jew was their new figurehead.’
And so, Seth gathers unto himself some disciples: his best friend Bob Nancy helps him as he (with God’s help, naturally) performs miracles in order to try to inspire followers. Alas, things don’t always go according to plan, as God seems somewhat preoccupied. Will good triumph over evil? Will Walter the talking cat continue as God’s mouthpiece? Will Seth Miller find his true love with Maggie De Lynne? And how – exactly – will Seth and the anti-Christ wage this final battle?
‘Once again, his forgetfulness had potentially devastating consequences.’
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this novel, but within a few pages, I was laughing out loud. And why was I laughing while poor Seth was struggling to come to terms with his destiny? How mean of me. The truth is I loved the way Mr Whitehead put this story together. From Seth’s overbearing mother, to his poor timid father (the earthly one, not God) to Seth and his dilemma, the characters assisting him (especially Walter the talking cat) and his disciples: it is great fun.
If comedic treatment of any aspects of Christianity offends you, then you may not enjoy this novel. If fast moving humour (with perhaps a hint or two of parody) amuses you, then you may find this novel as funny as I did.
Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this novel for review purposes.