Year Zero: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Fiction - 512 pages
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InThe Descent, New York Timesbestselling author Jeff Long led readers into the darkest regions of suspense and adventure. Now he returns with an apocalyptic scenario that threatens to eradicate mankind.

In Jerusalem, an American archaeologist working on Project Year Zero -- the search for the historical Jesus -- crosses the line between science and theft when he helps plunder an old Roman landfill beneath the crucifixion grounds known as Golgotha. Nathan Lee Swift's crime will have devastating consequences. When an ancient relic is opened on the black market, a two-thousand-year-old plague is unleashed -- and the dying begins.

As the pestilence threatens to wipe out humanity, he finds a chance for redemption -- by finding the cure. Skirting the edges of civilization, Nathan Lee sets out to find his younger daughter and travels to Los Alamos, where a desperate tactic has been adopted: the use of human lab rats cloned from Project Year Zero remains. Now Nathan Lee will come face-to-face with one special cloned human who may hold the key to salvation -- in more ways than one. Patient Zero claims to remember who he is....

And his name is Jesus Christ.

 

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In his follow-up to The Descent, Long once again combines adventure, horror, religion, and philosophy in a tale that can be, at times, absorbing reading. Nathan Lee Swift is a young anthropologist ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
47
Section 3
67
Section 4
85
Section 5
90
Section 6
109
Section 7
126
Section 8
136
Section 20
272
Section 21
281
Section 22
297
Section 23
312
Section 24
324
Section 25
329
Section 26
340
Section 27
375

Section 9
150
Section 10
160
Section 11
174
Section 12
181
Section 13
193
Section 14
207
Section 15
215
Section 16
224
Section 17
242
Section 18
256
Section 19
261
Section 28
389
Section 29
405
Section 30
432
Section 31
446
Section 32
463
Section 33
471
Section 34
488
Section 35
492
Section 36
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About the author (2003)

Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author of The Descent, is a veteran climber and traveler in the Himalayas and has worked as a stonemason, journalist, historian, screenwriter, and elections supervisor for Bosnia's first democratic election. Year Zero is his fifth book. He lives in Colorado, where he is at work on his next novel, Dead Reckoning.

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