“Most people don’t want the truth … they’re looking for answers to confirm their prejudices,” reads the cover of Michael S. Heiser’s thriller novel, The Façade.
I joke that I read most of this book in the bathroom because it scared the “you know what” out of me. There is no doubt that Mike Heiser, who edits Bible Study Magazine with me and is the Academic Editor of Logos Bible Software, knows how to weave a plot and write dialogue. The pages of this chilling book are riddled with examples of his skill:
“The creature quietly removed the papers from his hand. The sight of its freakishly long but powerful fingers sent Mantello’s diaphragm into spasms. Unable to even scream, he struggled to control his breathing and nearly passed out. But for some inexplicable reason he could not look away. Out of the corner of his eye he watched it, now standing erect and shockingly tall, as it scanned and shuffled the pages. The priest suddenly felt himself being lifted out of his chair” (pg. 23).
The Façade is full of twists, turns and “insider information” that only the reader knows. We know more than most of the characters, but less than some: The characters we know less than are shrouded in mystery. We are just as frightened by them, their occupations, and their power as the main character, Brian. To say this book keeps you on the edge of your seat is an understatement. (Caution: Don’t read it before bed. You won’t sleep.)
But the well-written narrative is only half the story—only half the scare. What really freaks you out is the back of the book: “Every person in The Façade other than the characters is real. Every government document in The Façade actually exists. Every ancient text discussed in The Façade is authentic. Every technology in The Façade is under development.” Heiser’s book is full of scans of documents only recently made public and in-depth theological conversations between characters that are based on Mike’s cutting-edge research.
I don’t know much about the UFO and alien side of things, but I specialize in the theological side. And I can say that no explanation for aliens makes more sense to me than Mike’s view. His theology is sound and his biblical research is solid. I guarantee that this book will change your perspective on the Bible. At the very least, this book will make you want to read the Bible again, or for the first time.
Among the aliens and nephilim of Mike’s story is something human. This book reveals the raw side of emotive and irrational behaviors. It gets at the core of what we think. It pushes us to reevaluate how our theological framework (or lack thereof) influences everything we do.
The Façade leaves us asking: What facades are there all around us? And more than that, it makes us realize that the greatest facades of all are not those we suspect. Instead, they are the shrouds we place over our heads everyday for comfort. They are the shrouds all the evil in the world is working to keep on us.
So, if you are up for a thrill and hopping down the theological rabbit hole, pick up a copy here. (I received my review copy for free, but I would definately buy one for a friend.)