Our last 2010 CWA nomination is The Word Reclaimed by Steve Rzasa (Marcher Lord Press).
Adult Christian science fiction/space opera
- Book 1: The Face of the Deep
In the far future, the civilized worlds have finally been freed of the curse of religion. Tolerance now rules the five colonies. Thanks to the secret police, no one has been bothered by so much as a hymn in two generations—much less a Torah, Koran, or that most dangerous of books, a Bible.
Baden is a teenager with an attitude. He spends his spare time salvaging wrecks in deep space, claiming for himself whatever the pirates leave behind. One day, Baden finds a book. A strange and very old book, preserved carefully against the ravages of deep space. Thinking he’ll become rich if only for the value of the paper, he takes it. He counts himself lucky beyond all imagining. Until it begins talking to him.
Amidst an interstellar war that threatens to overthrow the monarchy and drive great families to oblivion, Baden must evade the secret police and their attempts to get that book. Baden never had much use for religion. But it seems one has use of him.
What others are saying:
- Almost from page one I was hooked. I hated putting it down. I liked that the book isn’t full of aliens, but rather a futuristic look at our universe if there were human expansion onto other planets. Overall this book is similar to stories I have read about Christians in persecuted countries in our day today. People hungry for the Word, living on the snippets that come their way but desperate for a whole copy of the Bible so that they would know just what God requires of them. There are the evil entities trying to snuff out the Word of God and any of Christ’s children in this story too, as they are in our world today. Then there are those in the middle, at the moment fighting against the truth, not knowing that God is real, and Steve Rzasa made them very likable people, people you didn’t want to jeer at; they will eventually have to make a choice. If you get a chance to read this book, take it, you won’t be disappointed.
– Kim Gregory, reviewer at Amazon
Carol Award (formerly ACFW Book of the Year) finalist – Speculative Category
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