Misago / Armour of God
Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Inherit the Wind
New York Times journalist Daniel Duboce opens a black valise at the San Francisco Public Library, lifts out a stolen vial of space dust from the Japanese space module Misago, and uncovers a conspiracy to suppress a truth hidden from mankind since the dawn of time.
Duboce, a former candidate for the priesthood, now reclaiming his identity as a gay man, seeks verification of the find before going public—and becomes a target of forces, religious and political, determined to prevent a revelation that could plunge the world into chaos. Allied with a wily Japanese space scientist sought as a traitor by his own government and the young chemist who brought Duboce the discovery, he faces formidable adversaries: America’s born-again president; a Roman Catholic cardinal who sits at the right hand of the Pope; and a cadre of conservative Christian leaders desperate to protect the sanctity of Jesus and the nation’s future. Murder for them, in these circumstances, is not always a sin.