Frank Creed is a technothriller novelist (Christian cyberpunk to be precise), housecatter, and founder of the Lost Genre Guild (for the promotion of Christian Speculative fiction). Read the full bio at: http://frankcreed.com/just_who_is_frank_creed
In the Underground, 2030s Chicago, Fundis face "rehabilitation"; Underground high-tech Body of Christ saints fight for survival.
Frank authored the Amazon best-selling multi-award-winning Flashpoint: Book One of the Underground and it's sequels War of Attrition (2010), and Devil's Hit List. Frank also edited Underground Rising: tales from the Underground.
Frank's short Underground fiction may be found in the Light at the Edge of Darkness anthology (three stories).
Political and economic changes are happening like fast moving hurricanes, obliterating everything in their paths. Nothing will remain the same. It will be an unrecognizable landscape. The entire planet will have a new identity. For years the people clamored that the government should take care of them, supply their every need. Be careful what you ask for, Charlotte, because the end result may not be very pretty. Thirty eight years from now residents of the Chicago Metroplex are faced with the horrors of this clamoring. The world is now run by the One State. They are in control, they supply and run everything. However, there are those who would oppose the One State, who would stand up for Truth. The One State's opposition is Fundamentalists from all religions. Bible believing Christians are considered terrorists of the most dangerous kind.
Dave and Jen Williams find themselves in the cross-hair of the One State's paramilitary forces who have engaged in a War of Attrition in the Chicago Metroplex. Dave Williams, a.k.a. Calamity Kid, has risen to the number two most wanted of the Federal Bureau of Terrorism since he and his sister, a.k.a. egirl, has joined the Body of Christ ten months prior. The FBT marshals its forces in a cleverly designed manhunt through the Lost Wards of the Metroplex. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of Nasty Nero's henchmen, Calamity Kid and company is joined by a renegade first generation genetically engineered woman warrior. The new girl is apparently on the run from the One State and branded a traitor--or is she in fact a double agent?
Pull on a pair of kevlar spandex and prepare for the ride of your life. Frank Creed's War of Attrition delivers heart pumping action at the speed of light.Read more ›
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Imagine, if you will, a book that reads with the swagger of Dick Tracy, but has all the bang and imagination of The Matrix. Add in a some kickin' guns, sword play, wrinkly brains of knowledge, Spirit Walking, gangers, Neros, mind-speak and God's Word and you can begin to understand why I love this book and the one prior. Frank is a master of word-play and a genius of the analogy. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. I call that a good time.
Frank writes first person/past tense and we once again jump into the young mind of Calamity Kid. He is The One State's #2 Most Wanted Terrorist. The price on his head rings up faster than the National Debt...maybe not that fast, but you get my point.
The One State stays hot and heavy on his tail.What crime is he guilty of? Believing in God? That's not really the crime in the year 2037. The Word of God is though. One State has One Church, and it is believe like they do (worship the government) or be tagged a Fundi-Terrorist. The Bible has been outlawed and only the Body of Christ has a copy. That is wrinkled into their brains of course by reformation. Want to know what that is? Read the book.
Calamity is accompanied by his sister- hacker extraordinaire- e-girl, wise and proper Grandpa, grumpy and lovable Tinker and a whole cast of new and cool characters. My favorite new character and possible love interest for Calamity Kid in the series is that Latino lovely named Heartbreaker. Is she the real deal or a spy for One State? Want to know? Read the book.
What I came away with from reading War of Attrition and is a constant theme in Franks writing...we must allow God to move in our lives. HE is capable of anything if we just allow HIM to work.
Technology in our modern world is making leaps and bounds in progress. In Creed's second installment of his Books of the Underground series, War of Attrition, Creed's main character, Calamity Kid, is back with all of his techno-gear and his repressed crew of stalwart Christians, 'Fundis,' living in a world where they are labeled as 'terrorists' simply due to their beliefs. Creed's insight into the progress of cutting edge technology, particularly bio-tech, is uncanny. Fiction he wrote years ago is coming to non-fiction fruition today. I appreciated seeing the evolution of Creed himself from his first installment, Flashpoint, to this follow-up. His original characters grow deeper, and the new ones he introduces are complex, human, sometimes lost, many times imperfect, searching, longing for spiritual fulfillment. His Christian message is loud and clear and never overbearing.
Creed's action sequences fall together well in smooth, attention-holding flow. The comparison to modern graphic novels seems inevitable, but the reality is, Creed's complicated and ambitious vision could not have been simplified into any sort of 'comic book.' Don't be fooled by the action oriented nature of the novel--the action is well used as symbolic of, and catalysts for, the core Christian values he is setting forth for his heroes.
It is Christian speculative fiction, but don't let that narrow category prevent you from reading it. It is so much more--action-filled, sci-fi, philosophical, literary. Ultimately, aside from the preceding, it is just a plain ol' fun novel to read.
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