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Flashpoint: Book One of The Underground (Bk. 1) Perfect Paperback – September 30, 2007
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Flashpoint ought to come with an amusement park warning: exercise extreme caution while reading because it's an edge-of-your-seat, action-packed ride. -- The Guild Review, October 1, 2007
I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long, long time. Creed is a gusty writer. -- Yellow30 Sci-Fi, June 1, 2007
About the Author
<div>Frank Creed has worked for the past 10 years as an auto-worker for Subaru of Indiana Automotive. He had been writing fiction as a hobby for over 20 years, but after a severe head-on collision that left him disabled, suddenly his writing took on a life of its own. Creed has had short stories published in speculative fiction anthologies. </div>
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In this book, two youngsters, codenamed e-girl and Calamity Kid, join the underground after their home church is raided by the government. They have to find out who gave them up, and where their parents are being held. With the help of "Mindwire" tech, they gain superpowers that help them in their search.
As Christian sci-fi and speculative fiction goes, this is well-told and the story is compelling. The jargon/figures of speech used in the narrative style can sometimes get a little intrusive, but I believe this is part of the atmosphere of the book and needs to be taken in stride. This story also has a lot of Jackie Chan/Jet Li style fight scenes, with acrobatic flips, double sword fights, robotic armor, and chatty/comic banter which I think is especially attractive to those who like martial arts and RPGs. By the way, there is no blood and gore, for those who might be wondering.
The Christian elements blend nicely into the storyline (no lengthy preaching), which is the way I think it should always be handled. Nevertheless, they are there, and designed to make readers think while they are being carried along for the ride. This is a good reason why I gave it this many stars.
The dystopian backdrop of this novel also hits way too close to home at times, drawing attention to changes in US and World politics that have only become more striking since this book was published. Science fiction can sometimes be prophetic, but we hope this book is not.
I recommend this one for those who have been searching for a good piece of Christian sci-fi to sink their teeth into.
As it is now obvious from the subsequent reviews & articles, the author is a devout Christian. As soon as you begin reading this will become apparent. As someone with similar beliefs, I figured that couldn't be that bad. I was in for a surprise.
The plot, characters & writing style are quite excellent & this leads to a compelling and entertaining story. I enjoyed many elements of the book. The idea that in a one-state future, Christians would be branded as extremist terrorists intrigued me. The character castes also served to draw me in.
The downside is that between almost every beat (and sometimes in the middle of an action sequence) the writer decides to insert a heavy-handed 'preaching session.' Don't get me wrong, in no way does the author say 'believe this' or 'think that', but he almost awkwardly inserts phrases or descriptions that would pull me right out of the story, make me put down the book & take a breather. Lines like "The new king of the hill is Liberator, and Liberator says treat everyone how you'd like them to treat you." Momentum & tension is also lost when you can envision these characters with a constant condescending smile that parents reserve for dumb children.
It breaks down like this: The closer you are to the author's beliefs, the better this novel is. When it came down to it, this book just makes 4 stars. Even with all that is said above, I still finished satisfied with my purchase. I believe the author would be better served to tone down portions of the book, he'd be more likely to actually connect to those who don't already agree with his world view. He has too much raw talent to risk alienating any potential readers.
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(Book One of "The Underground")
by Frank Creed
$9.95, 190 pages and preview of Book Two
Lost Genre Guild, publisher