“Failstate” by John W. Otte – Book Review

John W. Otte’s debut novel, Failstate, follows Robin Laughlin (the secret identity of the titular hero) on a journey of faith and freedom.

Aimed at a Christian YA audience, this Christy Award-nominated novel explores a niche that has yet to be fully explored by Christian authors and is sure to appeal to teen readers. Continue reading ““Failstate” by John W. Otte – Book Review”

“The God Conspiracy” by Derek P. Gilbert Book Review

With the release of The God Conspiracy Derek P. Gilbert dives into the thriller/suspense genre head first. This seems like a more comfortable element for Derek as he’s been hosting PID Radio for 5 years where he and his wife and fellow authorSharon K. Gilbert have found plenty of source material for their novels.

Derek P. Gilbert‘s novel The God Conspiracy weaves a tale of political intrigue and faith. His first novel, Iron Dragons was a fantasy novel with an alien twist. This novel is completely different and seems to be a better fit for Derek’s writing style.

It’s available for free at Podiobooks and available in Paperback and e-book formats. It was originally released in 2009 but made it’s debut on Kindle last year. Continue reading ““The God Conspiracy” by Derek P. Gilbert Book Review”

“Frontiers” by Jeff W. Horton Book Review

Reviewing science fiction is tough. I have very specific tastes and I’m not one to keep reading a book just because “I have to finish it”.

Frontiers by Jeff W. Horton appealed to my sci-fi tastes and left me wondering, “Why can’t more Christian sci-fi authors write like this?” Continue reading ““Frontiers” by Jeff W. Horton Book Review”

“A Time to Die” by Nadine Brandes Book Review

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to know the day you would die? Would you live differently? Would you feel invincible?

Set in a dystopian future, A Time to Die by first-time novelist Nadine Brandes follows the story of a teenage girl who learns that faith in God doesn’t have an expiration date. Continue reading ““A Time to Die” by Nadine Brandes Book Review”

“4104” by Phil Elmore Will Blow Your Mind – UPDATED

4104 by Phil ElmoreToday I step away from reviewing Christian-themed speculative fiction to recommend an online serial story that you don’t want to miss.

4104 is an online, episodic novel by Phil Elmore. I was given the privilege of reading an advance copy. Yes, I know how it ends. Yes, you will want to read it.

Phil describes his project the best:

My series 4104 is an ongoing and original serial published here on my website. It began with this short story, which was my attempt to create as much plot and as much implied history as I could — with as few words as possible. Individual entries in the 4104 series could be classified as flash fiction, but as they develop, they are coalescing into chapters of a loosely plotted novel.

Now, a word of warning to the squeamish: this is not the book for you. People die horribly in this book. If that kind of thing disturbs you, you’ll want to skip this story. I don’t recall any profanity (I even search the preview copy). There are also a few very dark themes in this book but they are handled tastefully by Phil. That said, you probably don’t want your kids reading this book. Teens 16 and up would have no trouble with the story but you determine what your kids read, not me.

The story could be fleshed out a little bit more and probably will be in its final incarnation. Even in its current state 4104 is a pleasure to read and feels like a solid novel. Sometimes I lost track of the supporting characters and their motivations but that’s probably due to the nature of reading the story from week-to-week. Once I got a copy of the rough draft I was able to easily track with the characters.

If you haven’t already started reading 4104 get on over to Phil’s site and start reading today. The last installment has been published and will only be available for free until Phil starts publishing the next book in the series: Detective Moxley.

4104 will be published in paperback and given a new title: Monsters. Very appropriate.