Father Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael O'Brien is a thrilling, fast-paced novel that takes readers into the world of an apocalyptic future, and explores the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene and the state of the modern world.
The protagonist in this suspenseful tale is Father Elijah Schafer, a Carmelite priest sent on a secret mission for the Vatican. He must navigate through crisis after crisis, all while trying to determine what effect his actions may have towards determining whether or not God's will be done at the end of time.
This captivating story draws from historical events to craft an accelerated narrative that vigorously engages its characters in the present moment and asks questions about loyalty, love, faith and survival. Father Elijah's religious background as a former Jew and Holocaust survivor give him a unique perspective as he embarks on his mission for the Vatican—and allows readers to investigate morality during turbulent times from an equally eye-opening viewpoint.
A gripping read from beginning to end, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse offers a riveting sci-fi thriller combined with thought-provoking commentary on faith and adversity that will keep readers entertained and their minds pondering long after they turn the last page!
Both his written work and visual art have been reviewed and reproduced widely. He is an author of several books, notably his seven volume series of novels published by Ignatius Press of San Francisco. The first volume, Father Elijah, published in 1996, has sold more than 40,000 copies in hardcover, and subsequent novels have also sold well.
"I've read thousands of books, and this is one of the great ones. I hope tens of thousands read it, and are shaken as I have been. It's a novel that grips one like a thriller -- indeed it is a thriller, but also something far deeper. There are love and friendship, interwoven with drama, but what it is essentially is faith, faith in the Christ." ---Sheldon Vanauken, Author, A Severe Mercy
"Father Elijah is that rare thing, a great novel which is also a testimony to orthodox Catholicism. But it is more even than this. Basing himself squarely on Scripture and human experience, O'Brien has produced a prophetic work and a manual of spiritual warfare. This compelling masterpiece will stretch your imagination in the right direction. Read it and pray." ---Stratford Caldecott, Centre for Faith and Culture, Oxford
"I guarantee you that once you take up this book you will not put it down until the end of the world. Here is a meaty page-turner with the pace of a thriller, beautifully written, and that something more that turns entertainment into literature." ---Ralph McInerny, Author, Fr. Dowling Mysteries
Father Elijah is one of the best pieces of Catholic fiction that I have read in a long while. It draws the reader in and doesn't let you go until you reach the end of the tale, as all fiction should. I lost nearly an entire night of sleep reading this! At the same time, this book is sobering. It serves as a reminder of one's own death, as well as a reminder of the Last Judgement each man shall face. I found many of the elements the author incorporated in the plot to be relevant to the current situation in the Church and in the world. The author portrays evil as it truly is: horrible and disgusting. The devil and his minions are not portrayed as sympathetic (as so many foolish persons imagine them to be). Rather, the horror of evil makes the reader turn with greater conviction to Jesus. Any piece of fiction that leaves the reader with the impulse to pick up their rosary is a good one. This is a book I heartily recommend.