April 23rd, 2014
Thankfully, John W. Otte has penned Numb – a stand-alone sci-fi tale that takes place in a post galactic imperalism/expansion, but sans aliens! Woohoo! As a nice bonus it also includes some faith-based themes of dead religion vs. a life lived by the direction of the spirit. Sort of a reformation-persecuted church in….spaaaaaace. But less corny than that, trust me.
Crusader is a church-sanctioned assassin. The Ministrix says kill, he does. It’s all for the good of his soul and helps him work towards alleviating an ever-presence sense that he’s not right with God. Or so they tell him. Thankfully he’s pretty much immune to feelings, both physical and emotional (hence the book title) because of some church tinkering. That is, until his feelings go ablitz and a mission goes wrong when he fails to eliminate target Isolda Westin. It’s a wild dash-and-chase ride after that, full of political maneuverings, action, and grit.
It’s probably too gritty to make it as a mainstream CFBA-style read, hence the Marcher Lord Press imprint (man, I love those guys). There is some true-to-the-story action and violence, but the language is clean, and the male-female character interactions are squeaky as well.
It’s SO nice to be able to read sci-fi without scanning for humanistic/evolutionistic tendencies and Otte delivers. Good fun read, recommended!
Check out the book here on AMAZON (Kindle and Hard Copy available)!
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
Check out the other CSFF bloggers on tour and see what they have to say!
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Rachel Starr Thomson