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Remnant Paperback – November 9, 2010
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"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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"All the Fallen Angels,"starts off the anthology with a bang. Captain Stohko Jansing (he was a Colonel and is referred to as such in scenes from his past in the short story) has had a history that was both distinguished and infamous, in turn. He is haunted by his memories of what happened to him on the beautiful and spell-binding planet Hermium, how he went from being a peacekeeper to a killer, and his and his wife's desires to have children. Stohko discovers he can't escape his past, and having been put on trial for his war-crimes, including shooting and killing a nine-year-old girl.
He is the captain of his own ship, trying to leave his past behind him, but he's drawn back into dealing with the military when an IS agent, Colonel Osler, makes him an offer he can't refuse. Stohko's ship will be repaired, and his mounting debts paid off, if he will agree to towing a ship, the Chyrsopoeia, to Hermium to dump it off there. It's a high-risk transport-Stohko is not told what is inside the ship, but it seems that whatever it is makes the job one no one else wants to take. It's a cursed ship, that even its rats abandoned. But, can he and his crew make it to Hermium, without an effect known as Hermium euphoria driving them to actions they wouldn't ordinarily commit?
"Enemy, I Know You Not," is an excellent story about what happens when one's enemies can attack you, even in the realm of virtual reality, within one's own mind, and transform people who are seemingly your allies into your enemies. What can you do to fight an enemy who knows how to infiltrate your mind, and make you into a mole, ready to turn against and kill people on your own side? And, when you realize that it might be yourself who is the traitorous mole, acting against your own will, can you live with the guilt? When virtual reality becomes actual reality, and your actions cause your fellow soldiers to die, is there any way to right the wrongs you've committed?
That's the basic premise of "Enemy, I Know You Not." Training Officer Sheffield has got some "new meat," trainees who are inexperienced, to replace those Sergeant Ellister and Lieutenant Hovland lost in their mission to end an insurgency that took place on the planet Tropico. Before the new soldiers engage in battle, they have to undergo a virtual training exercise, or "sim run". They are linked up together, and while unconscious, engage the enemy in a training exercise. They can be "killed," but as long as they are awakened in time, they will return back to life. But, if too much time elapses, they cannot be brought back, and they will die in reality. This is a very cool story, and I liked reading about what happens when the men finally realize they have a traitor in their midst, and wonder who it is, and paranoia strikes a chord of fear in them.
The final tale in the trilogy, the title story, "Remnant," is a suspenseful, page-turning conclusion to the anthology. It's about what happens when a terrible plague hits the Earth, and kills billions of people. Only one in fifty thousand are left alive, those who have a natural immunity. This story is about how one of humanity's "remnants," a man known in it as Peter, tries to survive and start a new life for himself in Connecticut. Pockets of the survivors have gathered together, for basic protection and to better obtain the necessities of life, like food, shelter, and clothing for everyone. But, this also means living under the rules of the community, and giving up a part of one's freedom. Will the plague prove to be a chance for mankind's remnants to create a better world for themselves, or will it only result in a return to how they were prior to the plague?
Peter (teamed up with another survivor, Jim MacPherson) rescues a woman, Emily Lewis, from a man who has been chasing after her for two days. The man claims to be a cop, but Peter believes he's been trying to catch Emily for other reasons, so he shoots and kills the man. Peter rationalizes that if he hadn't killed the man, he would have come back, and tried to kill them. Will he find love with Emily, or is she just using him, trying to recruit him to her point of view? This concluding story is probably my favorite of the three. Each deals with the decisions we sometimes have to face, and how are lives, and those of others, is effected by them. Do our choices, like those of Peter's in "Remnant," make us "more human," or "less human"?
Remnant is an action-packed anthology of Military SF, with the title story dealing with how mankind's remnants survive after a global plague. 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. Roland Allnach is an author who is one of SF's rising stars, and if you like Military SF, this is an anthology you'll definitely want to check out!
"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.
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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