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Remnant Paperback – November 9, 2010
Attention Science Fiction Fans
Man vs. machine, humans vs. aliens, paranormal activities – discover the best of science fiction with these collectible books. Learn More.
"Remnant" is an action packed anthology...each of the three novellas is a beautifully crafted gem of a story, making the collection one I would highly recommend to any fans of science fiction. - Douglas R. Cobb --BestSellersWorld.com
Allnach's writing style can be described as smart, elegant, and addicting, and you will find yourself deep into the story before you know it. "Remnant" is an accomplishment of a book. --San Francisco Book Review
I believe that "Remnant: An Anthology" will appeal to those who enjoy science fiction novels...Allnach's intelligent writing style is quite appealing and I expect we will see more from him in the future. --Kam Aures, RebeccasReads
With each story offered, the author gets better and better. Feathered Quill Says: An interesting read. "Remnant," especially, is one story that all individuals should read and strive to understand. --FeatheredQuill.com
Mr. Allnach takes the reader into a new and strange universe of science fiction, fantasy, mystery and intrigue -This is a book well both the reading and the thinking that comes with the reading. If you're interested in a somewhat different tale of what's ahead, this is a "Must Read." - Donn Gurney, Bookreview.com
About the Author
Roland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He has been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in several publications. He can be found at his website, rolandallnach.com, along with his published stories. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.
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Top Customer Reviews
"All the fallen Angels" was quite an intriguing story for me. It centered around a convicted war criminal who was attempting to make peace with his past. I found as you learned more about what he had done, and the reasons behind it, the more likable this character became, and the more drawn into the story I became. Although this story was a little more difficult for me to follow at times, due to the setting of outer space and spaceships, etc.; I found that in the end, I was hoping for the story to continue, and was disappointed that it had to end. If Roland ever decides to turn this into a full fledged novel and expand on the story even more, I think he would have something great on his hands!
"Enemy, I Know you Not" was the second novella in the anthology. This story is not one I would normally choose for myself to read since it involved war and military conflicts, which are not my type of stories; however, the story was written well, and I have to say that if you do like this kind of story, you will not be let down. The characters were very well embedded in the plot, and the twists and turns kept you on your toes.
The first novella is "All the Fallen Angels" which examines how a basically good human being can descend into the depths of demonic as a brutal war criminal. Throughout the story we wonder if the accusations are authentic or merely an evil nightmare. After all, our protagonist has a devoted wife who stands by him to the bitter-end. Amongst such prettiness in paradise, the dread of doom and gloom shadow veracity.
"Enemy, I Know You Not", the second serving in Remnant, takes place in the realm of virtual reality. A platoon of soldiers train together in a simulator, and as they are killed in the virtual world, they die in the real world. This is a "who done it" mystery saga sucking the reader into the warfare simulation. Could this happen in real life? Are we safe playing simulator games?
And the final contribution is "Remnant", my personal favorite of the three because of its hopeful ending. Allnach takes us to a place where society has ended and survival of the fittest may not be enough. What does it mean to be left behind? What would you do if you were one of the last people on earth? How would you survive? Could you trust another human? Would you welcome the solitude or go crazy with loneliness?
Roland's words are a pleasure to read. In Remnant we investigate themes of torture, condemnation, forgiveness, redemption, horror, confrontation, isolation, abandonment, guilt, love, and, of course, hope. After twenty years of working the night shift in a hospital laboratory, Roland's acute responses to the microscopic particles of life fill his stories with a richness and creativity that force us into self-examination. He crafts a story with respect for the reader so that we retreat inwardly to arrive at our own choices and conclusions.
Are we alive or cursed? Is this paradise or hell? Remnant delivers the questions...and perhaps the answers.
Cynthia Brian is Producer/Host of StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio and a New York Times best selling author
For myself I found that the stories jumped around a little too much, which at times did get confusing but as I read on I'm not sure if it was because I was getting used to the authors way of writing or not but it did become easier to read.
Although the first story felt at times a little too extended the main characters of Stokho and Pallia had me engrossed. The guilt Stokho harboured due to his war crimes and the struggle and turmoil he then went through both in space and planetside in the 'Hermium europhia' was immense. What was real and what was an illusion? I would describe the story as part science fiction and part war crimes with plenty of twists.
The other two stories were again action packed both continuing with twists and turns as you read them. 'Enemy, I know not you,' again had had the war theme but the third 'Remnant' I enjoyed most out of the two of them, purely down to it being my type of story, all about a devastating plague and the survival that follows.
If you like a full on story that is a challenging read and thought provoking then this is the book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Roland has been writing since his early teens, first as a hobby, but as the years passed, more as a serious creative pursuit.Read more