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David Kantrowitz aspires to create compelling character-driven stories that reference actual astronomical locations and contain plausible science fiction technology. He takes inspiration from Robert A. Heinlein, Neil Stephenson, Roger Zelazny, and Douglas Adams. He is a life-long martial artist and an Infantryman in the New Hampshire Army National Guard, interests that both inspire and inform his writing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (April 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741419858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741419859
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,109,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Kantrowitz aspires to create compelling character-driven stories that reference actual astronomical locations and contain plausible science fiction technology. He takes inspiration from Robert A. Heinlein, Neil Stephenson, Roger Zelazny, and Douglas Adams. He is a life-long martial artist and a member of the National Guard, interests that both inspire and inform his writing.

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I like good science fiction and have read SF for many, many years.
grampster
Very well done book, dialog was awkward at the start but smoothed out midway and was excellent for the rest of the book.
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From start to finish it kept me wanting to read just one more chapter before I put it down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joel P. Tanzi on July 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
A first novel from a promising writer, "Reckless Faith" brings together a motley crew (literally) and drops them squarely into the kind of situation you might see on an old episode of "The Outer Limits". Instead of simply working from there, however, it takes it to the next level. This is an origination story for sophisticates; people who are tired of the usual "find ship/meet alien" story will find something refreshing here.
The principles are varied and take some time to gather. The most steady of them is John, who at the novel's beginning is growing increasingly restless working as a CAD designer in a job he's long since lost interest in. Recently connected again with his old college friend, Ray, he arranges a trip to their old cabin in the woods of New Hampshire. Joining them is Ari, another friend from their alma mater who has reemerged to awaken repressed feelings of both longing and concern over her impulsive behavior.
The trip to the woods leads to an enigma when an apparently extraterrestrial pod touches down near them. Inside is an apparently artificial entity named Seth, who brings word of an urgent mission for which a ship will be needed. The only catch is, Seth doesn't know what the mission involves. The three discoverers are soon joined by a university astronomer and a pair of radio technicians from a SETI-like organization. When the government gets wind of their project, things get really complicated.
All of this may sound like the kind of thing you've seen before. But the characters refuse to follow convention, and it adds a lot when you realize the group is amateurish and very uncertain of what they are doing, instead of being square-jawed heroes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By grampster on June 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm not a book reviewer. I read books for enjoyment and to be able to remove myself from reality for a little while. I like good science fiction and have read SF for many, many years.

Reckless Faith is simply fun to read. It's science fiction at it's best, with a great adventure thrown in. Mr. Kantrowicz has the ability to use his words to start a movie in your head.

I'm simply going to say that this book is fun and has set in motion a series of events that made me wish I could have had a part in it. Three friends, an alien intelligence, pets, the CIA and DIA, guns, and a stalker. Is there room for one more on board? I hope there is a sequel. This is a story where one has to resist the temptation to speed read a page because you can't wait to see what is going to happen. At the same time one wants to savor each page because you don't want to get to the end too soon.

Mr. Kantrowicz has set the stage for another great adventure. He brings to life a scenario that those of us who sit up late, gaze at the stars and wish for. Buy the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Campbell on November 23, 2004
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An intrepid group of 20 somethings finds an object from outer space that wants them to build a spaceship and who are they to argue with destiny? The result is Reckless Faith, a book about people who are given a unique opportuntiy and go after it no matter what the cost. On the way, they run afoul of several government agencies and action ensues.

Kantrowitz's characters are rough and tumble and not afraid to get their hands dirty. The book is a western set in modern times. Expect lots of bourbon and bullets.

If fastpaced sci-fi/action reads are your thing this book is a must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ...and the half-light. on October 6, 2013
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A friend of mine had brought me a pile of science-fiction books she had gotten at a local library book sale. "Reckless Faith" was one of them. (The next book, "The Tarantula Nebula" was also in the bunch, but I'll save that for another review.) I guess you can say I stumbled across the book by chance.

"Reckless Faith" is an excellent book! It is the first book that I have read in a LONG time that was hard to put down. I read through it in two days, totally lost in the story and characters that the author, David Kantrowitz, so skillfully crafted. I feel like I know these people, like I've met them before. I found myself "missing" them and the story when I wasn't reading the book. I'm so glad that their story continues in a three part series. The action was great and kept things moving - I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next!

I also loved the "believability" factor of this style of science-fiction. Mr. Kantrowitz pulls from actual places and things, weaving his plot around stuff we're familiar with. Being a native of the Boston, Massachusetts area, I recognized the places featured in the story. It was great to read about these very real places, some that I've been to myself, but then I'm taken to a new level in "Reckless Faith" where the characters are traveling among the stars to other worlds around other stars. These characters embody the very dreams that have crossed many a stargazer's mind as they stared longingly into a velvet sky lit by over a million points of light.

Wonderful read! I highly recommend this book. (As well as the titles that follow "Reckless Faith" - I'm currently in the middle of "The Tarantula Nebula" and this one is as promising as the first!)
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