Heiser, Michael. The Facade.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. Theologians don’t really have a reputation as novelists. Further, I knew this book had an “X Files” vibe to it. That’s not necessarily a fault, as X Files is the greatest show of all time. Still, I wasn’t wanting to read Mulder fanfiction (which isn’t a bad idea). This book, however, exceeded all expectations.
Of course, Heiser delivered on scope and vision. That’s a given. Along those lines, the book raises questions: “If presented with ‘evidence’ of extraterrestrial life, how would you do theology?” What does that mean for image of God? Is image of God merely a set of metaphysical properties, or is a function (bet’ of predication) of royal dominion?
All of that is well and good, but does the “story” work? Yes. Heiser does a great job with dialogue and suspense, and the book ends with a cliffhanger.
What is the story? Again, that X Files vibe (but by the end of the book you have long since forgotten about the X Files). There is a shadow govt group that either contacts extraterrestrials or engages in disinformation. Enter MJ-12, Paperclip, and all the other dark spots on America’s reputation.
Some might quibble on why a shadow govt would need a Semitics scholar. Perhaps that’s the only suspension of disbelief required. The rest is basic facts.
Heiser tells the story of Dr Brian Scott, a down on his luck Semitics scholar who doesn’t have any friends in life. His life is turned upside down when he is forced to work at a secret govt facility dealing with the possible aftershocks of “alien disclosure.”
The book is fantastic. The character development is very moving.
Colton: So Mulder, what do you think? Does this look like the work of little green men?
Colton: Excuse me?
Mulder: Grey. You said green men. A Reticulan’s skin tone is actually grey. They’re notorious for their extraction of human terrestrial livers. Due to the iron depletion in the Reticulum galaxy.
Colton: You can’t be serious.
Mulder: Do you have any idea what liver and onions go for on Reticulum?