by Jeff Pollak Publish: Aug 01, 2020Series: The New God SeriesSupernatural SuspenseRomantic Suspense
In 2027 the deity known as NTG – short for New Testament God – retires after more than two thousand years of minding the store for his employer, Milky Way Galaxy, Inc. The new god, a planetary turnaround specialist, must decide whether Earth’s dominant species should or should not be included in his plan to bring the planet back into full compliance with Milky Way Galaxy, Inc.’s planetary operation standards.
Earth’s new God introduces himself to humanity by unexpectedly appearing on the Ram Forrester Hour talk show. Ram, an atheist, and co-host Brendali Santamaria, a devout Catholic, are stunned. God's interview, beamed worldwide, shocks and infuriates viewers. They learn that a sixty-day conference will take place in Los Angeles to determine whether humans are capable of helping him implement his planetary turnaround plan. To earn a coveted spot in this God’s good graces all mankind must do is eliminate religious violence forever, without his heavenly help, within sixty days. Failure means extinction.
God designates Ram and Bren as the conference’s only authorized media reporters. This assignment, fraught with peril, ignites their romance. Not only must the harried couple attend the conference meetings by day and do their show at night, they must also outwit a fanatical religious group bent on killing them. When rising conflicts within the conference intensify, it’s up to Ram and Bren to do whatever it takes to protect their budding romance and mankind’s very survival.
BIOGRAPHY Although I've lived in Southern California for decades, I was born and raised in New York City. That may explain why the idea for First Second Coming, my debut novel, hatched on 9/11 as I watched the World Trade Center fall.
I'd been in the building often, as my law firm conducted seminars there every May. I had clients in the building, some of whom were lost. Horrified by what I was seeing on CNN, a random thought came to me: "We need a new god. A planetary turnaround specialist."
Most random thoughts come and go, but this one didn't budge. In 2015, soon after I decided to write fiction as a retirement hobby, that random thought made itself known again. A rudimentary plot, the names and histories of the two main characters and three different story endings spilled out in one sitting.
I jotted everything down, made a bullet point outline and began to write whenever I could. First Second Coming was the result.
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