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Amish Zombies from Space Paperback – May 6, 2015
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About the Author
Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff. Amish Zombies from Space is his fifth novel.
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As with the vampires in book 1, the zombies in this book were unique and awesome. The scientific basis that Kerry used to explain them gave the book a fun edge and set it apart from the usual fare.
This book explores both the light and darkness of humanity. Through one particular character we get to see the horrifying result when a person fails to value human life. Through others we see the hope and beauty of forgiveness.
Once again, this book explores the Amish culture in a very sensitive way. It pays great respect to them while not putting them on a pedestal either.
There are also a couple of fun Easter eggs in here for those who have read some of Kerry's other work - hinting at a larger story universe.
The book brings the saga to a very satisfying conclusion - while still leaving room for a potential follow-up should the author decide to write one.
I heartily recommend this series to anyone who loves thoughtful science fiction mixed with a fun adventure and some monsters for good measure.
AZfS takes place a few years after the events of AViS. Some of the Amishers from Resolve have settled in on Miller's Crossing, reestablishing their community. A mysterious ship lands, bringing with it a new threat that reminds them of the vampires they faced on the Raven. But this time it's different.
As he did in AViS, Nietz takes familiar sci-fi/horror themes and shapes a fresh and original story. Flesh-eating zombies? Yawn. But Nietz turns the zombie cliche on its head (in a way that I won't go into in the interest of not giving away spoilers. . . .). Amish Zombies is solid sci-fi with well-written action scenes and a great story. While not the focus of the book, Nietz also engages faithfulness to Amish values, challenges to living the Christian life, and the call to live as a witness to people around us. I know, you don't often see that in a sci-fi novel!
Readers who liked AViS won't be disappointed with the follow-up. Although it stands alone, there are enough ties to AViS that I would recommend reading AViS before reading Amish Zombies from Space. Nietz's voice is original and welcome. Amish Zombies is listed as Book 2 in the "Peril in Plain Space" series. I hope to see a book 3!