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A Choice of Miracles by James A. Cox is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that delves into the realm of science fiction. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the book combines elements of dystopia, religious fanaticism, and ethical dilemmas to create a unique and riveting narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

The story follows the life of Dr. Elijah Hawkins, a brilliant scientist faced with an impossible decision. As the world reels from the catastrophic effects of climate change, an enigmatic organization known as The Church of Ascendancy rises to power. Led by the charismatic and manipulative Reverend Samuel, the Church offers salvation through advanced genetic engineering and promises to create a new world free from disease and suffering.

Hawkins, torn between his scientific principles and the opportunity to save his dying daughter, finds himself caught in a web of moral ambiguity. Cox masterfully explores the intricate dynamics between science and religion, delving into the nature of human existence and the consequences of tampering with the very fabric of life itself.

The characters in A Choice of Miracles are compelling and well-developed, each wrestling with their own personal demons and motivations. Hawkins' internal struggle is palpable, making the reader question what they would do in his situation. Additionally, Reverend Samuel is a formidable antagonist, whose charm and impervious beliefs create a palpable sense of danger and suspense throughout the narrative.

Cox's writing style is immersive and engaging, seamlessly blending scientific jargon with philosophical musings. The pacing is well-balanced, allowing for moments of introspection and introspection, as well as exhilarating action sequences. The world-building is also commendable, presenting a vividly detailed and bleak future that feels disturbingly realistic.

What sets A Choice of Miracles apart from other science fiction novels is its exploration of the deeper themes of choice and consequences. Cox forces readers to confront the ethical implications of playing God, while also highlighting the power of hope and the resilience of the human spirit.

However, the story does have a few minor flaws. At times, the intricate scientific explanations may become overwhelming, making it slightly difficult to fully grasp certain concepts. Additionally, while the climax is satisfying, the resolution feels somewhat rushed.

Overall, A Choice of Miracles is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that seamlessly blends science fiction with existential questions. Cox's mastery of storytelling, well-developed characters, and exploration of complex themes make this book a must-read for fans of the genre. It is a profound tale that challenges the reader's preconceptions and leaves them contemplating the limits of human ingenuity and the choices we make in the face of adversity.

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A Choice Of Miracles


You're down in the jungle with death staring you in the face. There is nothing left but prayer. So you ask for your life. But wait! Are you sure that's really what you want above all else?

Andy Larson was a hard headed Swede. He had to be, to be still alive. He hadn't been able to move anything but that hard head for what he estimated to be about three hours since he regained consciousness. And in that time he hadn't heard anything that led him to believe anyone else had survived the crash.

[Illustration: Hurt and helpless, Larson waited for death.]

The only thing Andy Larson had heard was the water and the far away whine of the patrol ship on its grid track search pattern. It had not reached his area yet, and he wasn't at all excited about his chances of being spotted when it did get nearer. He could turn his head, and he could see the tangled interlacing of tree branches and vines above and around him. He remembered, at the first moment of impact, just before the ship began to break apart, a tremendous geyser of mud and water. The picture was indelibly imprinted on his mind. He couldn't see the water now, but he could hear it. The litter he could see by twisting his head as far to the left as it would go told him they had crash landed on the water a river by the sound of it and had skipped drunkenly, in something approximating flat stone fashion, into the forest lining the river's bank... Continue reading book >>

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