ELVIS IS ALIVE: an atypical Second Coming novel

Posted: September 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

As a full-blown Elvis fan, I try to get my hands on as many books about the King of Rock n’Roll as I can. The guy is one of my biggest inspirations, and I do love to see him get the fictional treatment if it’s done right.

A little while ago, I had the blessing and pleasure to read a novel which hits the hammer right on the head when it comes to Elvis. Why? Because it’s the first piece of fiction that heartily endorses his Christian heritage. I don’t think it should come as a shock that Elvis was a devout believer in God, no matter how many strict dogmatists will try to discredit that due to his untimely demise caused by addiction to medication and unhealthy eating habits.   The book is called ELVIS IS ALIVE, and written by Mr. James LeCroy, who was kind enough to provide me with a copy of his work.

The storyline of the novel is fairly simple, at the same time offering space for plenty of interesting stuff to happen: having reached the Throne of Jesus in Heaven, Elvis pleas for a second chance at getting things done right, realizing his wrongdoings. He’s granted 40 days to win souls for Christ, and if successful, he may return to Heaven. Thus, he appears in the middle of the Nevada desert, to Sunny Carlisle, a down-on-his luck Elvis impersonator. They meet lapsed Catholic Elisha Matthews, and together, the trio embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, with these two helping Elvis in his Heaven-granted quest by being there for him as he puts together comeback concerts to fulfill his mission.

In spite of the book safely being labeled as Christian fiction, what I love the most about it is that it doesn’t offer wishy-washy cardboard cutouts from Sunday school lessons for characters. It shows sin at its ugliest, from language to violence, pulling no punches in its attempt to show its impact on our world. The characters go through a lot of dark and violent stuff, confrontations with evil cultists and terrorists, kidnappings, murders and so on, and, shock and awe to holier-than-Thou individuals, they drop f-bombs. Yes, this is the world we live in, and the book is not afraid to take on it, mano a mano. It’s one of the grittiest and most inspiring Christian novels I’ve read in the recent period, and while it could benefit from a little more editing, the message comes through loud and clear. Four point five stars out of five for this awesome fictional tribute to the King of Rock n’Roll and the King of Kings.

 

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