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The Story in the Stars (Gateway to Gannah Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Yvonne Anderson
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Book Description


The inhabitants of the planet Gannah are known as bloodthirsty savages who once tried to conquer the galaxy. Now a plague has ravaged the planet and only one survivor remains, a young woman named Dassa.

Pik, the doctor from the League of Planets assigned to her case, hates everything Gannahan and wishes every last one of its people had died. Bereft of everything she’s ever known, Dassa clings to her God and the story he has written in the stars. He has given her an assignment: to return to Gannah and replenish it with a new race of people.

But she must first overcome the prejudice of the entire galaxy and recruit her de facto enemy, Pik, to help her.

Praise for The Story in the Stars...

"Yvonne Anderson is an amazing talent. Her stories remind me of what I love best about Madeleine L'Engle's writing...depth with subtlety. Yvonne has a fan in me for life."

-- Gina Holmes, best-selling author of Crossing Oceans (Tyndale)

Product Details

  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Risen Books (May 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052UJ9PA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to read this book! May 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not a sci-fi fan, but I'm loving The Story in the Stars! The characters are realistic, they're three-dimensional, and relatable. The story is so good, I couldn't put it down. Yvonne Anderson writes with skill and emotion, bringing this new world to life for the reader. And that's amazing for a non-sci-fi aficionado. I highly recommend it! It's a "must read."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious entertainment October 14, 2011
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Timeless truth shines in the fantastic sci-fi, The Story in the Stars. Few debut novels so successfully illumine entertaining narrative with ingenious writing. Anderson captivates readers from exciting start to satisfying finish with her realistic characters, dialogue, and settings. Well worth your moderate investment and precious time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Galactic Tale June 8, 2011
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Mix together a deadly plague with a snarky hero--one sporting abnormally large ears. Then throw in an independent heroine who's lost everything, and you've got a blue-ribbon recipe for a winning debut novel. The Story in the Stars is sci-fi at it's best with plenty of action, unbelievable landscapes, and a message that is hard hitting. Don't miss Yvonne Anderson's first installment in the Gateway to Gannah series, now available by Risen Books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Story in the Stars is a page turner. December 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition

With warring planets and a Gannah that is the last of her race but promised the chance to rebuild, this is an interesting Science Fiction story. The title, The Story in the Stars refers to the belief that all the planets have the same story of the constellations, and that this story is the basis of religion. As a result there is a fair bit of religion in this story, a Christian religion where God doesn't just create the people of Earth, but of the universe. In such a manner it could be controversial to some and while I enjoyed most of the story there were some of the religious bits, especially towards the end, that began to become a bit much for me to truly enjoy the story. I haven't before read a science fiction book with such religious elements as normally the two topics don't meld well. I suppose in this case they work together as well as could be, but being non religious myself I would have preferred a less religious story.

Despite this the Story in the Stars is a page turner. The science fiction elements are superb, and the races just different enough to provide conflicts and cultural differences. There is disease, there is alien animals, there's space ships, and there's hope that not all is lost. There is enough to keep anyone interested, should the religious elements not turn you off. I found myself hooked on every word, wanting to read more. I wanted to know how Dassa would get through her predicament and what would happen next. I found the characters to be well fleshed out and engaging, with many personality traits and differences to others that could be attributed not just to their races, but to individual differences.

Overall The Story in the Stars is a good read, should you be the type to not mind the religious elements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian SF read! June 7, 2012
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I often wondered: if alien (human) forms of live should really exist, the message of Christ is to be extended to them?
The author gives a really interesting interpretation, that I liked a lot, to this question but I don't want to spoiler anything.
If you are interested in this book keep in mind two things: it is deeply Christian and it's only the first part (even if the end is quite satisfying) of a series of books still to be published (2nd part is due out summer 2012).
Looking forward to reading the sequels.
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@Andersons' profile said she was an author promoting her first book "The Story in the Stars" so I followed her on Twitter. After a lifetime travelling the world producing sporting events for TV I retired and wrote my first book about the 3 years I produced Candid Camera. I was Tweeting for potential readers. I kidded Yvonne with "U by mine I by urs" and we made a deal. I went to the Kindle Store and bought The Story in the Stars with one-click. "Read it now! In the Cloud" Amazon offered and I decided to read the first chapter. I was flabbergasted by the wonderful rhythm of her words as she introduced Hadassah hanging off a cliff gathering berries that only grew in this special place. SciFi, I said to myself, I hate SciFi. She had promised no vampires, no zombies but didn't mention SciFi. Yes, but this was wonderful scifi, three dimensional characters, marvelous story line, exciting space travel, bloody action. Surprise after surprise. Dr. Pik, six foot eleven, he could never smile. His ears took care of that. Dr. Pik, a Karkan, a sworn enemy of Gannah, who, with Dassa becomes the backbone of the story. Then, within the story line, Yvonne weaves in the message of Christianity, not blatantly like the books of Terri Blackstock or constantly like Tamara Alexander, but seamlessly improving the narration not changing it. This brilliant author has given us a great read, an unforgettable cast of characters on a stunning stage. She has produced a true work of art. This progeny of a Jewish mother and Catholic father can't wait to learn more about life from the Queen of Gannah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story bringing spiritual truth August 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
In my opinion, this is probably the best Christian science fiction I have ever read. Is it the most compelling science fiction in general? No. Is it the best written? Certainly, many would say no. So, why do I think it is the best? Conceptually. I don't read to be impressed by the writing [in fact I rarely notice that unless it is too pompous or stylized]. I don't read to be amazed at the world construction ability of a Larry Niven in Ringworld. I read to be grabbed by new concepts, clearer expressions of truth, that glowing feeling which only comes when you're built up in the spirit. On those grounds, The Story In the Stars ranks way up the list for me.

Yvonne Anderson's tale touches the heart of God in a unique way. Much like Ginny Jaques' tale of life in a possible post-second-coming millenium did with Zinovy's Journey, this book gives us a glimpse of a society ruled by Jesus as it is supposed to be. Is it flawless? Of course not. "Now we see in a mirror darkly..." But I can honestly say I don't know where any potential inaccuracies may be. The story "rang true" to me. It gave me a hunger for a true godly kingdom, or heaven, which is hard to express.

This is science fiction on the edge of fantasy
The story is space opera on one level. On another it is epic fantasy. It is a princess' coming of age under immense duress. It takes place in a universe of multiple races, multiple worlds, dealing with the interaction of very diverse cultures in a manner which is simply edifying. I don't want to spoil anything, so here is Ms. Anderson's description from her website of this particular story [book #1]:

"The plague ravages the planet Gannah. By the time help arrives, only one survivor - Dassa - remains.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware the hidden message
The Story in the Stars (Gateway to Gannah #1)
Genre: Science Fiction / Inspirational Christian Fiction
Published 2011
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Published 2 months ago by Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding!
I think I read this book in about 10 hours - complete with intrruptions! I could not put it down!

The characters are relatable and lively, not two dimienstional and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by CDawn
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome blessing!
I have often found my faith at odds with my love of science fiction. Anytime I find a science fiction book that doesn't violate my faith, I'm thrilled. Read more
Published 9 months ago by johnr
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ, Amazingly Detailed Science Fiction
This book is clearly a winner from beginning to end. I had the joy of completing it in just a few nights of reading and was enthralled from start to finish. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ken Winters
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story in the Stars
When we were contacted by the author to review her book, I jumped at the chance. Christian Science Fiction is very rare, and even rarer is Christian Sci-Fi that is well done. Read more
Published 20 months ago by 3 Lil Lambs
5.0 out of 5 stars Religion and sci-fi???? Whaaaaaat?
What Anderson has pulled off in "The Story in the Stars" is nothing less than astounding. Not only was I pulled into the story and interested in the fate of Dassa, I didn't... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rabid Readers Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Ever Read!
This is one of the best and most well-written books I've ever read. The author put this story together very well. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a Sci-Fi Fan, but I loved this book!
The skillful strands of this book intertwine to tell the story of a future planetary people who struggle with a lot of the same issues we face today. Read more
Published on December 10, 2012 by Cherie Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Story in the Stars and Words in the Wind
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Published on November 6, 2012 by Dr Ley
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction Meets Faith
Growing up watching Star Trek gave me a love for other worlds and science fiction. The Story in the Stars marries that love with a fresh look at faith, forgiveness, and redemption. Read more
Published on September 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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Anderson writes fiction that takes you out of this world. Fly through the Gateway to Gannah for some serious sci-fi adventure!


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