- File Size: 176 KB
- Print Length: 45 pages
- Publisher: Malcolm W. Keyes (July 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005AQ4P46
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #1087 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Futuristic
- #3416 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Science Fiction
- #3512 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Jonah is one of the top pilots in the military. He enjoys the "free flight" mode of his ship, allowing his body to meld with and control the actions of the vehicle. However, Jonah has some issues he needs to deal with, and instead of getting the time to do so, he is sent on a secret and illegal mission. This mission could jeopardize not only everything he knows, but, the entire universe.
This was a great short read. I was able to complete it in a day. However, despite the shortness in length, this book was not short on story or on purpose.
There was a lot of metaphorical and colorful language used, from the method of controlling the ship to the language used to describe interactions and relationships. The detail involved in describing each scene is like an artist painting a picture with purposeful strokes.
There is a religious message to the book that is similar in nature and structure to Contact. It leaves the reader with a sense of great hope, even if they don't go into the book looking for a Christian or "religious" experience.
You are given enough background on Jonah to understand his outlook on life, without it distracting you from the story. There is little exposition really needed and "Malcolm" does a great job of balancing science, faith and action in one nice concise little package.
I would suggest this book for anyone from a middle school age or older. The only reason I suggest middle school is for attention span purposes. Really, a devoted elementary school student could get through this as well.
This was a great little fast read and really had a great message to it. I picked it up for free a while back for the Kindle and even at the current price of $.99, it is a good buy.
The story is uniquely alien to our time period in scope - space stations in the far reaches of our galaxy where entire colonies live, hyper-advanced technology, the discovery of an other-galaxy threat - but it is intimately and entirely human. That human aspect is what really brings the story home and gives the reader a gut punch that won't be soon forgotten.
If you have a buck to spare, a free afternoon and an ear for good science fiction, don't miss this gem. I'd like to know more about the universe that Keyes has deftly shaped - and who knows? Maybe he's planning to show us more. After all, Ender's Game started as a novella...
I picked this up based on a friend's recommendation. My wife also just got a kindle for her birthday, so I wanted to try things out. I enjoy novels, but with my busy life I've started to really keep an eye out for good novelettes. A novelette is, obviously, not quite a novel, but it's not a short story that's over before you've barely gotten into the world.
Malcolm Keyes does an excellent job riding the line between depth and pacing. He's presented us with a world that--as should be expected--expands the SF tropes that we've come to be familiar with. Here, we have all the elements of an exciting, thrilling, story. We have the end of the world stakes, the kind of action that makes your eyes bulge as you're reading, the tech that makes us curious to wonder if maybe, someday, it just might come true. And of course, we have the characters.
I cared about these characters. They have personal struggles, issues that must be dealt with on a very human level. It's the kind of stuff that when you yourself are confronted with similar conflicts, you would happily let the world explode if it meant personal resolution. In other words, THIS is the stuff of humanity. The story is set in a future world, sure, with all sorts of interesting crazy tech, but humans are always humans. We follow the main character through love, trials, questions of worth, and then to take it one step forward. We wonder about God.
Given, I'm sensitive to religion in books. Anyone who tries to shove their paradigm of religion down my throat via a story pisses me off. Malcolm, once again, strikes the balance. Some sections grated, just barely, but it could be that I'm sensitive. Overall, I'd say he presents the issues, but he tactfully allows the reader to consider the ideas--neither confirming nor denying your personal beliefs. And again, it's all to the credit of the story. Religion is part of the characters and therefore part of the story. It is not the author that is speaking but the characters that struggle with these questions. It is US that struggle with these questions.
Read this if you want a story of humanity. It was well worth the measly 99 cents. And I gotta say, books that I can read past the first page nowadays are few and far between. With the advent of self-pubbing, it's nice to know there's still quality out there.