The Tarizon Saga
BY William Manchee
Trade Paperback - 354 pages ISBN-13: 978-1935722823
Due to a freak auto accident, Jack Carpenter discovers a strange
geological formation in the Mojave Desert near Bat Mountain, California.
He thinks little about it until he returns out of curiosity and
discovers the formation is growing, and doing so at a staggering rate.
Fascinated by this he calls in his friend George Parker, a local geology
professor, and together they begin to study the Bat Mountain Formation
in earnest. George has never seen or heard of a geological formation
that is growing nearly six inches a day, so he contacts a friend at the
U.S. Park Service to get him to take a look. Eventually the word of the
bizarre discovery gets out and people flock to see this miracle in the
desert, which is beginning to look like a cathedral. Seeing an
opportunity to save his failing Church of the Living Desert, Reverent
John Little proclaims that the Bat Mountain Formation is, indeed, a
cathedral and it is being built by God to herald the second coming of
Christ. But before Reverend Little and his flock can get their movement
off the ground, the U.S. Army steps in and declares the formation a
potential public hazard and possible threat to national security. A
series of mysterious deaths and the inability of scientist to explain
the phenomenon gives credence to the Army's concern.