The Second Coming was my first ever novel. It was never intended to be a trilogy, but as I came toward the end of the book, I realised there was just so much more about these exciting characters that I still wanted to share. Jesus (JC), Maria, Adonis, Gabs, Ronnie and all the other modern-day Disciples had gotten into my bloodstream, so by the time the book was completed, I was ready and raring to go with the sequel - Rise of the AntiChrist.
I'm often asked why I wrote The Second Coming in the first place. That, is a story in itself.
I had a look around the current best-seller's at the time and one book in particular stood out as something that interested me. It was called, The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom.
Two things struck me immediately; 1/ God Sells! and 2/ With my background I had enough knowledge of Christianity to write something along a similar line. I was determined, however, that my book would not be a "religious" book. I wanted to write something a bit offbeat, a little humorous, but still with a strong message about good and evil as well as morality. The Second Coming was born.
Why did I set it in The Philippines? Well, that's where I live now and I wanted to base it here for that reason alone, but more importantly and Michael expanded on this in the book. If there was a country anywhere in the world where the Second Coming of Jesus Christ would not only be accepted, but warmly embraced, I strongly believed it was this enclave of over 7,000 Islands in the South China Sea. With their unshakeable beliefs in God, the Church, and family, I felt Filipinos would embrace the idea of a returning saviour.
"The Second Coming" begins with Jesus (JC to his friends) in an induced coma in a Manila hospital after having been hit by a bus, losing his memory in the process. The book follows the exploits of Jesus and his "disciples" as they seek to firstly recover his memory and then embarking on a mission of saving humanity from the brink. The action takes us from Manila, to Davao, back to Manila and then off to Pangutaran Island in the Sulu Sea, as JC and his "disciples" seek to make a difference.
There is interwoven into the story the burgeoning romance between Jesus (Jose Christian Castillo or JC for short) and his number one "Disciple" Maria Lyn Manyanan (Ma for short). Ultimately it is the romance that is the center of this novel; the setting and the characters are just the clothes horse on which the story is hung.
The story is set in the beautiful Philippine Islands although it includes travel to Las Vegas and all over Asia. It follows the two children, a girl (Samantha) and her brother (Damien), who realize very early on that although their father has relinquished his immortality to marry their mother, their genes are still far from those of a normal human being.
Their parents are continuing the work begun by JC and Ma, in "The Second Coming", touring the world trying to instill a positive change in humanity. The two children who accompany them will go through the process of understanding that they are "different" from their peers and will begin to exercise and test the limits of just how "different" they really are.
Ultimately one, or both will be pitted in a battle with their parents for the minds and souls of a generation.
The continuing sage of the Castillo clan as they work to claim humanity for God. Beelzebub (the Devil) has escaped the pits of Hades and is loose in the world attempting to win the souls of man in his quest to claim his rightful position as ruler of the Universe.
Beelzebub has raised up a human to take the battle to the people and convince them to throw their lot in behind his campaign of world domination. Beelzebub has raised the AntiChrist and so begins a battle for the hearts, minds and souls of a generation.
Lined up to face the axis of Evil are our familiar team led by JC (Jesus Christ) and Maria, with assistance from the Archangel Michael. All the familiar characters from the previous books will join together in a climatic battle for souls that can only ever have one possible ending.
The forces of Evil and the forces of Love will meet in a final battle that will decide Earth's fate for all eternity. The hosts of heaven will fight a pitched war against the denizens of hell for control of the Universe.
EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITIES LIFE PRESENTS TO YOU AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!
HAVE A GREAT LIFE AND SPREAD THE LOVE!
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