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What I took most from this book was how does cow shit end up on the wheel of an aeroplane, and would you be bothered if you were stuck to that wheel as it came in to land And something about the end of the world. Giving birth out of your arse ouch.Pretty forgettable other than that bit. EH, it was ok, but sort of lack luster Also weak ending. This was actually a really good book Basically Damien is reborn since his soul wasn t destroyed at the end of the 3rd book and he continues to bring about Armageddon A good read if your a fan of the Omen PB Yuck The original novel in the Omen series is by the author of one of the film novelizations and he really seems lost without a screenwriter to come up with ideas for him He seems to fall back on a lot of ideas from the films and they come as no great surprise to anyone who has seen them in theory this book is for fans of the films I love Richard Donner s 1976 original The Omen , it s a masterpiece, and Damien The Omen II is a decent entry so why didn t I have fun with this First Yuck The original novel in the Omen series is by the author of one of the film novelizations and he really seems lost without a screenwriter to come up with ideas for him He seems to fall back on a lot of ideas from the films and they come as no great surprise to anyone who has seen them in theory this book is for fans of the films I love Richard Donner s 1976 original The Omen , it s a masterpiece, and Damien The Omen II is a decent entry so why didn t I have fun with this First, this The Omen IV is not the same as the late 80s TV movie The Omen IV The Awakening , that one was an unrelated TV pilot about Damien having an evil daughter This book is about Damien s evil son I only fuzzily remember last real Omen movie The Final Conflict which had Sam Neil as the antichrist but I guess that has adult Damien balling a British lady reporter After the happy ending on that film, this 1982 book suggests she was told she had a tumor but it turned out to be a devil baby which the satan folks took and raised So the book takes place when we flash forward to The Year 2000 when the devil kid is 18 and hangs out in the same fortress of solitude that Sam Neil did in the 3rd film The plot is not really a plot so much as it is a series of scary deaths Monks and others tell various important people about how the antichrist is reborn and how the big old armageddon is coming and these people poke around a little only to be killed by accidents or by a dog The dog gets the same annoying description each time it turns up and I guess it needs a bath There s some business about an ambassador and tensions in the middle east threatening to erupt into nuclear war Yes, good old nuclear war This leads into the dated Reagan era view of 2000 Were there tension in the Middle East then and now Sure, that was an easy prediction But in this 2000 it is largely due to The Soviet Union People also listen to the radio or read the paper to get news there is a line about the TV news being extended to cover a tragedy 24 hour news not being foreseen here Characters listen to tape decks in their cars I did that too in 2000, but most folks had CD players which already existed in 1982 Now, I can t really fault this book for not attemptingfuturisms and predictions, mostly because this is meant to be horror focused and attempts at science fiction probably would have distracted from that purpose The problem is that the horror is very pedestrian and the anorexic prose just keeps it all dragging along like the throwaway drugstore paperback it is Does it read fast It can t help but read fast, since there s nothing in it No content, no wind resistance There are some so called characters who have names and appearances and some defining traits, but they are flat and you don t mind when they get killed Armageddon 2000 sounds similar to Alberto de Martino s sterling Omen knockoff Holocaust 2000 is also an example of Tell Don t Show writing, passively explaining vanilla life details of people when they turn up in a vain attempt to humanize them This was a big reminder of why I don t tend to read 70s and 80s paperbacks as a lot of the ones I have tried on have problems similar to this book Thank your lucky stars they never filmed this book, it would have put any viewer into a coma Oh And one of the first deaths is double extra un scary since we are told straight out that the victim s soul has been redeemed before a big concrete Jesus crushes her In a Christian horror universe there s nothing all that scary about knowing that God loves you know and that heaven is totes for realz The Omen series is just full of missed opportunities This fourth book, which is of no relation to the film Omen IV The Awakening, feels just like a rehash of everything that has happened thus far, only this time it s with Damien s son, who was born under rather unsavory circumstances The rud re born Nazarene is still nowhere to be found, and everyone is just trying to kill Damien s son The death scenes are entertaining and memorable, and really, I guess, that s all The Omen series real The Omen series is just full of missed opportunities This fourth book, which is of no relation to the film Omen IV The Awakening, feels just like a rehash of everything that has happened thus far, only this time it s with Damien s son, who was born under rather unsavory circumstances The rud re born Nazarene is still nowhere to be found, and everyone is just trying to kill Damien s son The death scenes are entertaining and memorable, and really, I guess, that s all The Omen series really has to offer Silly stuff, and not nearly as wild as I had heard Still, some great over the top horror moments, and the ending it pretty cool. 216 pages Quick read and fun, I laughed out loud. Armageddon 2000: Omen IV


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