The authors clearly have ulterior motives in this series, and noble as they may be, the story lapses into ridiculous plot devices. For example, in the first book, an Israeli scientist discovers a formula that allows vegetation to flourish in the desert, and this immediately transforms Israel into the richest nation on Earth, not because they license the formula but because they utilize it to turn every spare acre of their country into rich farmland. The fact is, Israeal's total area is less than the state of Illinois, and suddenly having the ability to grow corn in the desert on such a small scale would not transform a minor nation into the richest on Earth. The series also has very specific predjudices in terms of religion. It doesn't specify a denomination, but clearly favors the protestent faith, and there are numerous references that Catholics and Jews would likely find offensive. What's more, the "militia" movements of the United States, generally associated with racism and fascism, are portrayed as heroic, and their paranoia about the United Nations is given a very clear voice. The story itself is compelling, as it takes the most exciting aspects of Christian mythology and applies them to modern times. Also, anyone who is from the northwest suburbs of Chicago will likely be amused by the frequent references to actual localities. The writers are obviously from this area.