Both Luke and Mark report that Jesus said no prophet is honored in his own country. With social media uniting the world, no prophet is going to be honored anywhere, which is something Will Dando, gig musician, discovers when he receives 108 predictions in a dream. Unsure what it all means, he posts a few of them on a website, one that is heavily protected to maintain his anonymity. He called on the expertise of his best friend Hamza to help leverage his knowledge for the money and anonymity he needed.
His site soon becomes a worldwide phenomenon as all his prophecies come true, though many are very minor. Now he is The Oracle. He sells some prophecies to corporations who can use the knowledge to make money. He posts a few that warn people so they can avoid a disaster. And of course, there are repercussions. Religious leaders condemn this infringement on their domain. Political leaders, including the President and national security advisors, are worried about the power The Oracle could wield. International espionage and high jinks begin with The Coach, the ultimate agent of the powerful whose single-minded pursuit of mission success is equal parts awe-inspiring and awful.
I enjoyed The Oracle Year, mainly because I like Will Dando who begins the story as an ordinary guy but is transformed into one smart cookie. I appreciate that he considers the burden of knowledge and power. He wants to share what he knows, but in ways that minimize harm. He has a moral center that keeps the book on course, making this book more than an adventure thriller, but also an inquiry into what we owe our fellow people on this planet.
I received an e-galley of The Oracle Year from the publisher through Edelweiss.
The Oracle Year at Harper Collins
Charles Soule author site