Wow, this is soooo cool.
The writer of Halloween IV, Nicholas Grabowski reviewed my Christian sci-fi novel from a literary perspective. This is the stuff of my childhood dreams, y'all.
Flashpoint by Frank Creed (2007 The Writers' Cafe Press.)
Well here we go: speculative Christian Science Fiction taken to such an extreme that the fibers of contemporary Christian beliefs are integrated into every aspect of plot and storyline, becoming preachy, yes, but the fact that they are meshed into the situations and storyline in a futuristic environment ads character, that’s for sure, aside from its message.
Creed brings to the plate a meticulously implemented series of events of our very near future upon the basis of how things are going on in these current times, taking on a biblical theme ala the Left Behind series, but taken away are the stereotypical end times chronology of events that you’d find in the sermons of many preachers…..you know, that point A to point B scenario of the Rapture first, a succession of fulfilled prophecies second, the Anti-Christ’s rise to power, that sort of thing. Here, as another reviewer put it, is a more Matrix kind of premise that mixes political climate with the computer age. That’s not to say the whole biblical apocalypse isn’t part of the scheme…..after all, this is part of a series…..it’s just that it’s not the case with this work.
This vision incorporates a unified global government that outlaws radical religions such as Christianity and sends Christians to places where they get their minds corrected to where they can be placed back into conformed society again once they’re rehabilitated. The ones keeping the faith have gone underground and fight the establishment with its own technology and a extremely heightened awareness of the one true God through a technological process that makes their eyes gold in color. When they confront the establishment in very action-packed gun-shooting all-balls-out episodes, the “Body of Christ,” as the Christian terrorist underground movement calls itself, implements upon their adversaries non-lethal firepower, putting their human foes to sleep rather than killing them.
A young brother and sister are catapulted into a situation where, after finding themselves immersed with the underground Body of Christ, being Christians as well whose parents end up getting captured by law enforcement and sent to brain-washing establishments to become reformed, become prominent fixtures in their militant pro-Christ movement to such an extent they become virtual legends and make the government’s top-something most wanted list.
This sucker is way too preachy for me, with scriptural insights inserted into the storyline that could have been better integrated by Creed some other way…..I know not how, because there’s almost no further room for preachiness and the book would explode in your face and ooze all over your hands as you read it in regards to its abundance of religious persuasion even if a majority of it was indeed shrouded in some way. That aside, it’s impossible to see any other way around Creed’s liberal dosage of expression of faith and its integration so deep into this vision. Like I said, it gives it character, character like you wouldn’t believe.
Isolating and addressing the author’s ability to tell a story though, Creed has proved himself more than a capable writer by this work alone, and I believe this piece of his that I’m reviewing here will be a signature book for him in his blossoming career and forever. It’s executed with that distinct sort of author personality that makes one able to tell it’s Frank Creed who’s writing, versus multitudes of other authors who have yet to achieve the distinction between one writer and another.
Being preachy about one’s faith ain’t all that bad, however, this coming from a believer myself who tends to metaphor everything with writing material less family-friendly. The real deal here is that Frank Creed writes well, and two sets of readers will really dig this work: both the Sci-fi die-hard and any single church-going believer in the country. In this regard, Frank Creed has potentially got it made, just gotta keep going at it, and he’ll get it, sure as the end of the world.
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