Babylon Rising, Chapter 69
Huh-huh-huh-huh, she said “sixty-nine,” huh-huh-huh-huh.
/Beavis and Butthead
This chapter is just weird and jarring. Logically, it should precede the chapter in which Murphy finds the Golden Head, because it is yet another italicized flashback to the time of King Nebuchadnezzar.
The evil fictional high priest Dakkuri thinks angrily about how King Neb used to be insane, but has now traded in hanging out in the fields with the cows for a new type of insanity, following Daniel and his One True God.
(LaHaye and Dinallo get in a few nice little zings here, about how Dakkuri doesn’t really fer real believe in the multitude of gods, it’s just that being a high priest gets him good wine and pretty dancing girls. Because only Real True Believers really believe, right?)
So Dakkuri keeps the Brazen Serpent for himself and his little inner circle of believers, and thus becomes (get ready for it) a devotee of the former angel of light who had rebelled against the Creator. Dakkuri, the Chaldean, belonged to, and was a servant of, the dark angel Lucifer.
How could he…when did the…who thought…wargyuiftjnkfkl…
Yeah, they’re Luciferians. Sure they are. I don’t even get how that works, but you know what? I’m not going to stress about it, because LaHaye and Dinallo sure didn’t stress about this chapter, which should come before Murphy discovers the Head so we all get the significance of what he’s found, and so that the ends can neatly be tied up at the real end of the book.
Then Dakkuri tells us a bunch of stuff we already know, about how he’s going to write treasure clues on the pieces of the Serpent and leave them buried all around the desert so in a couple thousand years, a smug archeologist can find them and then find the Golden Head.
And then, Dakkuri, like any good nonbeliever, admits that he knows Daniel’s God is real and that Daniel speaks the truth, he is just Mad at God and also Evil and so must fight him by breaking a bronze sculpture into three pieces. Then, to top it all off, Dakkuri agrees with any good RTC that everything that has happened in the world, and all of their lives, are entirely meaningless because it is all just about the lead-up to the second rising of Babylon and the taking over of the world by the Antichrist.
Were LaHaye and Dinallo afraid that their readers would forget what this whole expedition of Murphy’s was about, and what he believed? Why are they trying to back-build their story now, in the second-to-last chapter? Except for the head-desking “Luciferians” part, this chapter tells us nothing we haven’t been told at least three times already.
Oh, well. At least we’ll end the book on a high note…with The Seven!
They’ll stop at nothing. After all, they have the world’s greatest squadron of attack falcons.