The Facade (Michael Heiser)

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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?
Mulder: Grey.
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?

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