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Dauntless Homecoming Paperback – July 21, 2010
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About the Author
The author, Pete Koziar, holds the position of Principal Research Scientist at a major defense contractor, and also serves as the pastor/rabbi/congregational leader at B'nai Avraham Messianic Congregation just outside of Baltimore Maryland, USA. He lives happily with his wife, one son, and two attitude-enhanced little dogs.
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What hooked me was the description of space travelers returning to Earth after years of travel to discover sweeping changes had occurred. I never get tired of this theme whether in the form of the ever popular Planet of the Apes or a largely forgotten work of Larry Niven - A World Out of Time.
In this respect, Dauntless Homecoming is not only not a disappointment, but ranks equal to these similar works. I enjoyed the characters - most were developed so vividly it would be easy to confuse them with real people.
The work is unapologetically Christian, but strangely avoids religious overtones and never becomes as trite as some mass publications about the end times. The author wisely avoids the tiresome Rapture issue and doesn't try to predict how events unfold, but dumps the reader into the time when good has triumphed and the world under Christ is almost a Paradise, though still holding many dangers and challenges.
This use of understatement captures the reader and places the book at a serious level rather than as a tract trying to promote the author's theology - which also makes the comparison to C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy completely plausible. Not only that, but Koziar also uses this to pull the rug out from under the reader's feet at times - providing a wonderful balance between being descriptive and still letting the reader's imagination take over. There was one part of this book where this was done so effectively, I almost had bad dreams later. Note fellow fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey and it's HAL 9000 computer will love a good part of this novel!
I enjoyed this work very much. Peter Koziar succeeded in creating a story in a setting few have dared to tread. It was a worthwhile read and one I'm sure I'll come back to again and again. I hope to hear more of Peter Koziar in the near future!
The Dauntless has returned to Earth, but it is not the Earth that they left. They have returned hundreds of years into their future. The crew now must face a world totally alien compared to the world they left. This homecoming is just the initial step into a longer journey that will change the lives of each individual member of the Dauntless' crew.
This new Earth had certainly changed. There is one supreme ruler, referred to as The King, who is accompanied by powerful creatures known as the Purnarkat. The crew of the Dauntless must come to grips as to how they will fit into this new society. Not only must they decide who to follow, but everything they have believed is challenged like it has never been challenged before. The ancient struggle of good verses evil still permeates life in this new future world. Will the crew of the Dauntless survive this homecoming?
Peter Koziar's first novel is an interesting read for those who might be fans of CS Lewis' Space Trilogy. As with any first novel, and one that is self-published, there are flaws in the narrative that might bog the reader down from time to time, but none the less, this is a fairly good first novel with an intriguing storyline.--Steven Fivecats, Editor
This story was a tremendously ambitious attempt to blend Sci-Fi with End Times theology. I found myself lost in the story, but not in a good way. The characters who encountered by the space travelers upon their return all have unusual names. There are a LOT of them and they are mostly bland, making it difficult to keep them separate. The crew members of the Dauntless were slightly more well-developed. It made keeping up with the plot a bit challenging.
The story itself is ok, but doesn't quite keep up with the scale of the story I think Koziar intended to tell. He attempted to "go deep" with issues like good v evil, the true nature of freedom, the value of faith, etc, but he tried to dig into so many issues that they all seem shorted.
The book has a number of editing issues that are typical of a self-published novel. For the most part, they aren't too distracting except for the following. There are entirely too many exclamation points in the dialogue. Considering the grim nature of what is going on, it makes the characters seem oddly upbeat. There is also the consistent misuse of "who" and "whom". It happens so much that I was beginning to wonder if maybe the particular dialect spoken by the characters simply used the words differently. The prose also leans on a number of "go to" words/phrases which results in a lot of sighing, head shaking, glaring, etc by the characters.
All-in-all I liked the book ok, but couldn't shake the feeling that it could have been so much better than it was. The prose is very readable if the issues I mentioned above don't bother you, and Koziar uses a number of interesting similes/metaphors that are often well-employed. His descriptions of the settings, particularly those outdoors, are vibrant and well-done. I'd rate this 2.5 stars rounded to 3 (but I'm a tough reviewer!).
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