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Cradle and All by James Patterson

Cradle and All (original 2000; edition 2001)

by James Patterson

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Title:Cradle and All
Authors:James Patterson
Info:Vision (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Cradle and All by James Patterson (2000)



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An unexplained pandemic, a far deadlier form of polio, is reaching epidemic proportions in Los Angeles, Boston, famines and floods are rampant in Mexico and Asia.
And two girls, claiming to be virgins, are pregnant. Are they the fulfillment of the Fatima miracle in which the Virgin Mary gave a prophecy to three small children? According to the prophecy, one child will be the Messiah, the other the Antichrist.

The archdiocese hires a former nun turned private investigator, the Vatican sends its chief investigator of miracles; their task is to determine the truth . . . and to protect whichever child is the Messiah.

This reworking of Patterson’s “Virgin” [1980] offers readers enough twists and turns in the fast-paced plot to keep the pages turning to the surprisingly wicked twist. ( )
  jfe16 | Nov 18, 2016 |
This was a very interesting story. The premise is the end of the world is happening with plagues, polio, etc. There are two "virgins" supposedly going to have the savior to save the world. While it was an interesting story, I have a problem with it. First off it was a tad bit too religious for me.

For the rest of the review, visit my blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/106627.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Jun 28, 2016 |
Cradle and All was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday e-read. I did not pick the ending and while the plot was a little out there by today’s scientific standards it was one which was a real page turner and kept my interest until the very end.

The religious theme may be off putting to some readers but I found it quite enjoyable. ( )
  DCarlin | Jan 23, 2016 |
I really liked this book. It was pretty blasphemous, but an interesting concept. One of Patterson's best works that exists outside of his two main series (Alex Cross and Woman's Murder Club). ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
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James Patterson's Cradle and All pits the intensity of faith against the certainties of science within an arena of Millennial tensions. A reworking of his 1980 apocalyptic thriller Virgin, this remodeled version boasts a genuinely unnerving premise, amplified with Patterson's fast-paced, uncluttered prose.

In the midst of a series of unexplained plagues and famines, two teenage girls are heavily pregnant, despite being virgins. According to the sacred prophecies of Fatima, one will bear the child of Christ and the other, the spawn of Satan. Both Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private detective, and the Vatican's Father Rosetti are sent to investigate. But which girl carries which child? The possibility of a miracle will be tainted with great suffering before the awful, unexpected truth is revealed. As the action moves speedily from the hallowed halls of the Vatican to the media frenzy of America to the small-town hysteria of Ireland, Patterson divines considerable suspense from the novel's central premise, tackling issues of faith with admirable aplomb:

"All over the world, after all the years of difficulty, decades of diminishing spirituality, so many people still believed.... Everywhere, people talked of the Apocalypse, perhaps the end of the world. Which explained why so many people were suddenly going to church."

A relentless pace culminating in a superbly twisted ending won't disappoint Patterson's faithful followers, and may even convert some new members. --Danny Graydon

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:26 -0400)

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With two remarkable "immaculate conceptions" reported--one in Ireland and the other in Rhode Island--the Archdiocese of Boston is charged with watching over the two girls until they give birth.

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