First Second Coming

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Jeff Pollak

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Sixty days from threatened extinction by Earth's new God, mankind's fate depends on two lovestruck talk show hosts marked for death by zealots who don't believe the old god has retired.



Short Summary

Once Earth's new God - a planetary turnaround specialist - takes over for the retiring god, he appears on the Ram Forrester Hour show and delivers an ultimatum to mankind: within 60 days, prove humans can globally cooperate, or face extinction. Broadcast worldwide, all hell breaks loose . . . .

Anointed unwillingly as God's media team, Ram and cohost Brendali Santamaria save their romance and mankind on the 60th day, only to come face to face with the zealot trying to kill them for promoting a false god. He dies, Ram and Bren marry, and God tells them he's not done with them yet . . . .


Primarily Los Angeles, in the year 2027.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Other

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Brendali Santamaria

Age: 32

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Religious,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Ram Forrester

Age: 36

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Decisive,Empathetic,Gracious,Educated,Masculine,Selfless,Skillful,Insecure,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Earth's New God

Age: Timeless

Gender: Other

Role: logical

Key Traits: Complex,Decisive,Honorable,Leader,Blunt,Visionary,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Pietr Krol (often referred to as Skeleton Man)

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Aggressive,Crazy,Desperate,Educated,Sophisticated,Skillful,Religious,Power Hungry,Villainous,Masculine

Development Pitch

First Second Coming's reviews contain words like unique, thought-provoking, and fascinating premise. Combined with terms like brilliant, fast-paced, page-turning and captivating, the book has received acclaim from those who have read it. The 4.5 star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, sparkle. One reviewer asks: "What do you get when you cross sci-fi/fantasy as in 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,' with a budding romance . . . Mexican drug cartels, murder . . . and an earthly visitation by God?" Another states "the goals of the new god for religious tolerance of all kinds is a recipe for modern life that needs to be widely heard." That "widely heard" comment brought me to TaleFlick. I didn't write this book as a social commentary on today's world, but it is one. Compare the book's theme of cooperation, tolerance and acceptance with all the division, intolerance and rejection we're facing. The book needs a media change, from writing to visualization; from readers to watchers; from a narrow audience to a wide one. Whether that's in the form of a TV show, a movie, or something else is of secondary concern. As an editorial reviewer put it: "Religion turns into politics while the fate of mankind rests in the hands of a couple of journalists. Innovative, irreverent and ultimately thought-provoking, First Second Coming is a . . . romance/fantasy imbued with a sense of wit and wonder." Lets get people to watch, enjoy and ponder our collective fate.

About The Author

When Jeff retired from his career as a trial lawyer he challenged himself to write a novel. So he did, and three months after First Second Coming was published, it received a Gold Award for writing excellence from Literary Titan magazine. A few months later the novel was nominated for the 2021 RONE Award in fantasy. What was a challenge became a new career. Jeff is now working on a sequel and a spin-off novel even though doing that keeps him off the golf course.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Acorn Publishing, LLC San Diego - this is a hybrid publisher; Jeff owns the copyright.

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available