by Don Mardak
This book was my first introduction to Christian mysticism, which was intriguing for me, as I was indoctrinated as a child in conservative Protestantism. Most of the main character's out-of-body experiences took place within familiar Old and New Testament stories, so it was interesting to delve into the author's variations of those situations. I enjoyed the elaborations on the personalities of Moses, Paul, and Peter, since the Bible itself never gives much detail on the human side of these famous characters. While many of my conservative acquaintances would categorize much of this book as blasphemous, I personally view it as a good fantasy book that incorporates the author's treasured religious beliefs -- and one does not have to share those beliefs to appreciate the story.
Armageddon and the Fourth Timeline kept my attention up until the end. It is well written and the tale continues at a fast pace. My only problem is that it has a bit of a patriarchal tone. For instance, the main character meets reincarnations of his wife and soul mate on his journeys through time, but she is always portrayed as a slightly inferior creature and is quick to voice skepticism of his heroic experiences. Her purpose seems to be to follow him throughout the world and listen to his spiritual theories.
I think the book was definitely a worth-while read, especially for fans of apocalyptic and time travel tales.