Visions Of The Last Adam, by Rafael Garcia, Jr.
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest review.]
To be honest, when I requested this book originally based on what was written about the book, I had in mind that this would be a light-hearted and humorous sort of novel about the events of Revelation told from a wacky perspective full of incorrect speculations, but largely something that would be a fun read. I thought, given its description, that it would combine an idiosyncratic view of Revelation with the opportunity for some laughter and perhaps some serious insights, as occasionally happens with this contentious book . Very quickly upon beginning to read this book it became clear that this would be a strong candidate for the best worst book ever award , and I immediately thought of clever and witty jokes to make about it, but as the book went on and on, it became clear that this was not a book for laughing at or ridicule, but rather a much more serious effort that required a much more cautious treatment.
This book is a challenging one to review. Part of that is because it is incoherent on all levels. On the most basic level, on the level of sentences, it is difficult to understand the meaning of sentences because of basic grammatical errors, the absence of prepositional phrases, and the fact that most of the grammar of the book is at a rudimentary level, something that an intelligent middle schooler could far exceed . On the next level up, many of the paragraphs do not hold together well , nor do the contents of the book’s chapters always relate obviously to the chapter of Revelation that they are tied to (this book contains all 22 chapters of Revelation, interspersed with visions and ruminations about a wide range of subjects). On the highest level this book has extreme incoherence, being labeled as a novel while labeling itself as a history, prophecy, religion book (all nonfiction genres). At no point does this work make sense, veering from simple sentences that use over and over again verbs like “is” or “explains” to well-crafted and nuanced sentences taken from material on Greco-Roman or Azetec myths.
In some ways, this book looks like a cry for help. The author states that he has a license to kill (Granted by whom? Hopefully he doesn’t use that license to kill on negative reviewers.) He is very down on the US military, the founding fathers of this country, Jews, blacks, Englishmen, and psychologists. He has an angelology as complicated as the tv series Supernatural, dislikes psychologists, and comments on his own troubled mind and lengthy “friendship” with depression. It may be tempting for someone to read this book and seek to laugh at the author, but in reading this book I am far more inclined to have compassion, as it is clear that only a soul in great distress could write a book like this which combines so many threads of religious thought, so much evidence of disturbed thinking, and such a combination of incoherence and frighteningly intense focus. When one sees lines like this from the introduction (page x), one hopes that the author gets the help he seems to seriously need:
“Holy Ghost sends North Korea to respond to my tsunami by Big Brother with war as I go in and out of high psychotic fevers during a forty-two month period. I am Raphael to vomit out the forty-two months following the sea dragon’s seventh head wound to be healed. I am like Samson having his hair cut.
My diminished spirit prevents me from being a high school football All-American quarterback. Joe Namath gets all my underdog glory. The CIA killed JFK so they can hand me over to the Viet Cong in Vietnam. They soften me up with Agent Orange, and roadside bombs to super size my infantile PTSD with adult size. This is why Jesus said a prophet of God must die in Jerusalem.
Hollywood has me carrying Sodom on my back out of Vietnam in the movie Forrest Gump. I am left with a loss of feelings and memory, making it hard to speak. After that, Sex and the City keep me on this slippery slope. I am left feeling like an angry third-class citizen saddled with immigration reform.
I have no choice but to keep falling down and getting back up, trying to learn something on the way up. I try to hide my crazy ruined life. The whole family is wounded if one member is wounded. American presidents from Lincoln down have been assassinated with a bullet to head as a result. USA youth respond to this wounded environment with mass killings.”
It is tempting to read this book and be completely confused by its incoherence, or to laugh at the inarticulate phrasing of the author. Make no mistake, though, the author is in serious earnest about what he writes, and he needs help. Hopefully, this cry of the heart is answered by someone who can respond with compassion and understanding, and a great deal of skill, as this book is the result of generational patterns and a seriously traumatic life, one worthy of gentleness and understanding and not the ridicule or hostility it is likely to receive from those who read it.
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 See, for example, these paragraphs from page 141, taken at random:
“He is the great star landing in the state of Washington creating the Mount Rainier area. The Cascades is his road to the underworld. It measures Israel’s territory from Dan to Beersheba. The man-child is destined to be on the road of gold into New Jerusalem.
The man-child has the rod of iron identifying wormwood leading to the nuclear age. Everyone drinks of this river. The man-child is Zeus confronting the Titans. The man-child does not have the power of Jesus Christ and is called Wormwood.
The hydrogen bomb counters the man-child’s rod of iron explaining weapons of mass destruction. This allows the forces of darkness to claim the power of God with these weapons.
The Egyptians use the power of the man-child to build the pyramids, pointing to Orion the hunter to war with the testimony of Jesus. Satan uses the subconscious to maintain mind control over the masses.
Silent movies prophesied the coming of the man-child with Rudolph Valentino explaining how a great star fell to earth. Man develops this great ego. Man is the only creature with an ego and free will.”
Note: these paragraphs are not edited in any way from the original. No linking paragraphs or references were deleted, no words were changed in any way. Now, imagine 300 pages like that.