Saturday - The name of the dog that kept coming back to its own vomit is Re-Pete. Okay, doesn't have a lot to do with things, or does it. If it sounds like I keep saying the same thing over and over in these reviews it's because I don't want to give too much of the story away and, being a matter of attrition, it is by its very nature repetitive. Interesting note Frank puts up at the end of the book. Bioengineering of human clones, while illegal in the United States, seems to be alive and well just the same. Be sure to follow the link he has to read some of the interesting articles about this. Why am I mentioning that? Because one of our favorite new characters has been so genetically enhanced that they have a difficult time grasping the fact that they are still human. If you think about that for a while you'll realize how tragic that must be.
Tragic or not, it seems like someone has always been trying to monkey around with God's creation. Hitler tried to do it during WWII to create a super-race. Now, under the guise of medical research, scientists are trying to do the same thing. They want to genetically engineer a species of humankind that will be supernaturally strong and impervious to illness and disease. If that's all they wanted it might not be such a bad thing, but their premise is all wrong. If you've been following the scientific community you'll have noticed that they have tossed God out and replaced Him with "Scientific Studies", which is really just a fancy way of saying, they replaced God with themselves. So they are incapable of doing even the good things they claim, simply because they are not including God in their tidy little notebooks. Right now the oldest living human clone would be around 8 years old. How well do you think they will be able to assimilate into society? Won't they have questions about their origins? And if they are of superior intellect, then they are going to wonder what's to become of them, because they are not God's creation. Does His salvation still extend to them, or are they like the animals who have no hope?
Interestingly I have met people who have had some of the same questions, although they were not clones. They wondered if they were beyond the saving grace of the Almighty God. Most of these absolutely are sure that God cannot reach them. Where did they get such an absurd idea? Isn't our God the True and Living God? For Scripture says, "Whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." The only ones beyond God's salvation are those who have hardened their hearts to the point where they would never ask for forgiveness. God knows who these are. He never created them to be like that, but He knew what they would become all the same. It must sadden Him to know that their sins where paid for by the precious blood of His One and Only Son, even Jesus the Christ, and yet they will refuse to accept this wondrous gift of mercy and grace.
As we end one book and look forward to another of Frank Creed's marvelous tales, we are left wondering about a couple of our characters. Will they realize that God loves them and receive His love, or will they harden their hearts and die in their sin? I suppose only the next book will unveil that to us. For us, however, we have the ability to become the children of God no matter what we may or may not have done. No matter how great our sins may seem to us or even to society, God's grace is greater still. To me, that is the point of this book. It isn't by fighting in the normal sense of the word, but it is by grace that this War of Attrition is defeated. Grace is like an extra shield of armor over top of the whole armor of God. So even if you never read this book, which I highly recommend, at least read God's Book and find your own mercy and grace gift from God.
Be sure to visit Frank Creed at his blog. He's a really interesting and complex guy. You can find him HERE.
Or visit THE UNDERGROUND (but I don't think it's been kept up as good as his blog)
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This is where I'm supposed to tell you that I'm doing this review in exchange for a free copy of his book. Well, if that were the case it wouldn't make his book any less compelling. The fact is I'm trying to do these reviews from an e-copy of his book because I haven't received his in the mail yet. I don't review garbage. If I have to I'll send the book back. In this case I'm doing the review with nothing but a e-file of the book. So you be the judge. Am I really doing this to get a free book? Or perhaps am I doing this because I want others to learn about the grace and love of Jesus Christ?