“The law of averages dictate, with all the baseless predictions and educated guesses made throughout mankind’s recorded existence, some of these will have proven accurate, many others quite the opposite. There have however been examples of auguries or predictions which transpired to be uncannily accurate, describing events and unfolding consequences in such detail, the last remaining defense for any skeptic is the classic, vaticinatio post eventum*…. That they were in fact fraudulently created after the incidents described took place.”
This is one of those mashups of detective mystery, paranormal spirit/demon/god story, The DaVinci Code tale, thriller, archeologically-based plot that partners a somewhat loose cannon homicide detective who has some kind of special foresight or insight abilities, with a respected archeologist working in a dig in Iran, against an entity which we are not sure until the end is a demon, a god, THE god, some universal force, or what. But this entity believes that mankind has ruined everything and the only way to cure the world is by spilling the blood of the innocent. This entity has fathered a son with a Nigerian virgin teenager, who dies in childbirth. The child is found to have some kind of crazy special abilities, such as curing ailments, wounds and injuries, and special foreknowledge.
Yeah, see what I mean?
The detective is called to a murder scene where an entire family has been brutally murdered and placed at their dining room table set as if for a party. Fingerprints reveal the perpetrator to be a resident of a local psychiatric institute. Also a resident at this institute is a former preacher, who is now apparently in thrall to the entity, and has as his life’s mission to kill the special boy. The baby born to the teenage mother, who is now 9 years old), has been placed in an obscure group foster home for his safety.
The archeologist and his team at last uncover a buried room in a cave in Iran which has cuneform symbols all around it making predictions. And those same strange symbols were found painted in blood at the murder scene. An attempt to learn their meaning is what brings together the archeologist and the detective.
The idea is that the entity inserted himself into various places and situations during the growth of civilization in order to create the events that were prophesied. So we bounce around in the book between the archeological dig, the homicide investigation, the growing problem of protecting the boy, and flashbacks to the entity’s efforts throughout the ages.
As one reviewer put it, “Very Dark, very gnostic, very intense.” And another calls it a horror thriller with pseudo-mystical trappings that the author outlines in a broad-brush introduction of the ancient myths.” Yeah, that pretty much covers it.
*or Vaticinium ex eventu, “prophecy from the event”), a technical theological or historiographical term referring to a prophecy written after the author already had information about the events being “foretold”. The text is written so as to appear that the prophecy had taken place before the event, when in fact it was written after the events supposedly predicted. Vaticinium ex eventu is a form of hindsight bias.