2012 The War for Souls Author:Whitley Strieber December 21, 2012, may be one of the most watched dates in history. Every 26,000 years, earth lines up with the exact center of our galaxy. At 11:11 on December 21, 2012, this event happens again, and the ancient Maya calculated that it would mark the end, not only of this age, but of human consciousness as we know it. But what will actually hap... more »pen? The end of the world? A new age for mankind? Nothing? The last time this happened, Cro-Magnon man suddenly began creating great art in the caves of southern France, which to this day remains one of the most inexplicable changes in human history. Now Whitley Strieber explores 2012 in a towering work of fiction that will astound readers with its truly new insights and a riveting roller-coaster ride of a story. A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice, loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life, and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.« less
I have ALWAYS been a reader. I read for pleasure and inspiration and imagination. I usually read mystery, drama, comedy, bios and memoir. Every once in a while I come across a science fiction/fantasy type book that speaks to me and I give it a shot. I sometime wonder if I lack imagination and that is the reason I don't care for Sci/Fi/Fantasy books. Anyhoo.. this book spoke to me and I ordered it (thanks for the new home page book selector deal!) I must admit there were times as I was reading I said to myself, "WHAAAA??? what is this!!) but I muddled onward page by page.
Strieber is a gifted writer, he hooked me in, early on and I found myself reading at 2:30am before a work day. Bottom line: Good vs Evil know no genre. It is the classic battle and the makings of a great book. This one is that.. A great book. Very enjoyable and entertaining.
I'll admit, my interest is more than a little peaked about 2012, and the historical background and predictions surrounding the much-anticipated date. So, 2012: The War for Souls practically jumped off the library shelf and into my eager hands.
I've never read anything by Whitley Strieber, and I was very young when he wrote Communion and received all the attention for the work. So I was even more intrigued by the book.
I really enjoyed the first third of the 2012. I devoured the first 10 chapters, which are like something out of a summer blockbuster disaster movie. The next third of the book started to get a little strange as Strieber's writing returned to its alien-themed comfort zone. And the end third of the tale was just out there.
The book follows writer (Wiley) who finds himself completely engrossed in his new novel. In fact, at times he finds himself compelled to write, as if he's channeling events that are happening in another world. The main character of his story, Martin, is an archeologist who knows too much, caught up in a global disaster and an otherworldly threat that can destroy his family, his career and even his very soul. And the cruel and calculating alien creatures that are killing millions on the Earth in Wiley's unfinished story might soon be coming for his world, too.
I did enjoy Streiber's writing style. His descriptions are colorful and he uses language well to help advance his scariest plot points. He's also masterful at subtle and unexpected humor. Anyone that can work Ann Coulter into a story like that deserves kudos for providing creative laughs. Both primary characters were also very well developed, and likeable.
My biggest problem with the book was that it was just a little too out there -- sorry to repeat, but it's really the only way I can put it. It's one of the wackiest and strangest stories I've ever read. It was well written and engaging, but I know it's not something I'd reread. In fact, I think it may deter me from seeking out any of Strieber's many other books of the alien persuasion. Strieber contends that he is the survivor of an alien abduction, and he certainly writes about the experience with gritty and disturbing intimacy.
In the end, I appreciated the story's creativity, but I can't say I liked it. Parts of 2012 just made me feel like I needed a shower. I now know more about cattle mutilations and anal probs than I ever wanted to. And I wish I was kidding.
I agree with Scott, though i am an avid reader of Scifi, and am also into 2012 books. They all are very unique but with the same type of attitude around them, and it is a good attitude, one that should make one peaceful inside. But yes i can agree with you and say that the ending was a bit off. But, how can one end a book that is supposed to be in the future. wouldn't that ruin it for everyone?! This is going to be turned into a movie as well hopefully as visual as the book was too. here is a link. It is due to be out in 2010.http://scifipedia.scifi.com/index.php/2012:_The_War_for_Souls_(movie)
Don't think this book is going to be like the movie. It is much more complicated with two stores interwoven which makes it hard to follow at times. This said however the story is exciting, imaginative and will raise goose-bumps on your arms. A chilling look into what might be in our future. Expect to be frightened. Good one.