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First born
Sears, Richard.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 2000.
Physical Description:
300 pages ; 25 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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John Reed, born right after midnight on January 1, 2000, is obviously special, so Neo Tech, the secret organization at the sources of power, assigns psychic Casey Lee Armstrong to monitor him, but when she discovers the truth about the baby her life is forfeit, and only detective Mike Caruso can he

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Booklist Review

A baby boy is born to a woman who had no sexual relations any time close to when conception should have occurred. But she did have what may have been a paranormal experience, though she remembers nothing but a bright light. The infant, John Reed by name, is almost immediately aware of those around him and quickly develops the ability to heal. A miracle-hungry priest sees him as the new Messiah. But is he human or an alien-human hybrid? A clandestine group called New-Tech wants Casey Lee Armstrong, a "remote viewer," to establish psychic contact with the child and determine its origins. What she learns scares her bosses, who suddenly want her dead. Soon enough, Armstrong, a police detective, and the golden child himself are on the run from hordes eager to either worship the child or kill him. Although not as compelling as Perdue's Daughter of God (see review above), about a female messiah, Sears' novel will intrigue fans of apocalyptic thrillers. --Budd Arthur

Publisher's Weekly Review

Crammed with sci-fi effects, this is an imaginative but rather sophomoric debut thriller by a Long Island ex-psychiatric counselor turned journalist interested in paranormal phenomena and alien abduction. As the story begins, power-grasping Neo Tech, a super-secret arm of the National Security Agency that utilizes ESP for international espionage, calls in its most sensitive "remote viewer," lovely young Casey Lee Armstrong, to examine a small, otherworldly artifact taken from the uterus of a young Mexican "virgin" in 1994, during the C-section delivery of her son. (Shortly after the birth, both mother and baby were killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident.) The results of Casey's psychic probe are a set of map coordinates that point to Colorado Springs and a middle-aged woman who had a UFO encounter in Mexico City during the solar eclipse of 1991. Now, nine years later, just past the stroke of midnight of the old millennium, the woman gives birth to a strange baby--extraterrestrial, devil or messiah, it's unclear--and an identical artifact is removed from her uterus. The Neo Tech bad guys erase Casey's memory of her seance and head to Colorado, scheming to kidnap the baby. However, the telepathic link between psychic Casey and the mystical new life force overpowers her artificial amnesia and she is drawn to the coordinates. Set up as a patsy for the murder of a priest, Casey tries desperately to enlist the aid of a cop who has been cured of fatal ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) through contact with the baby. Fanciful plotting and fast action only partially compensate for Sears's corny premise and untutored prose, with its scattergun POV. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-An X-Files type of story with a messianic twist, this novel demands that readers suspend reality fairly early. Nevertheless, it will hold their attention. Molly and Thomas Reed lost their only child to a drowning accident. Unexpectedly, and almost miraculously, Molly becomes pregnant 15 years later. Meanwhile, Casey Armstrong is experiencing confusion, depression, and a feeling of amnesia. She functions as a sort of psychic spy for the military. Unknown to her, she has done a remote viewing for members of a global, top-secret group that actually runs the world and the memory has been blocked from her conscious awareness. Meanwhile the Reeds' baby is born. Within a few days, John begins to speak and seems to have an awareness and understanding of those around him that defy logic. Casey soon realizes that she must go to see this special baby. Before long the evil members of the group are trying to find John, ultimately to destroy him, fearing he is of alien origin. Those who have come in contact with him, though, sense something higher in him-possibly the Second Coming? A series of healings that John initiates, including that of a police officer investigating the murders that seem to be occurring around this unusual child, seems to confirm this belief. The nonstop action, suspense, and strange doings should keep most teens interested through to the demise of the bad guys and the safe retreat of the unusual baby.-Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.