Thursday, August 27, 2009

Offworld by Robin Parrish

Summary:

"Every Person on This Planet Has Disappeared."

Commander Christopher Burke and his crew are humanity's greatest explorers. They've finished their mission on the red dirt of Mars and now they just want to get back to Earth. To see friends, family, and loved ones. To be home.

But even with communication to ground control cut and a perilous landing, nothing could prepare the crew for what they discover when they step foot back on planet Earth.

Everyone ... everywhere ... is gone.

It's not a dream. It's not a trick.

Now Burke and his team have one mission: find out who or what is behind the disappearance of all mankind.


Author Bio: Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. He's also the author of the acclaimed DOMINION TRILOGY. Robin and his wife and son live in North Carolina. Visit Robin's Web site at www.robinparrish.com


My Thoughts: Outside of Faces in the Fire, which is in a category by itself, Offworld is the best fiction book I’ve received for review yet. Imagine twenty-ish years in the future. The first man has walked on Mars and the team is heading back to earth, ready to be home, to star in parades, to hug their friends and family. Instead they crash land and discover that every living thing on the planet has disappeared.

And so begins an action sci-fi movie in book form. The writing is excellent, I could picture every scene as it occurred. The author grabbed me immediately, pulling me in and keeping me enthralled with the world it created in my mind, even when I had to put the book down. I fell asleep reading and woke in the middle of the night wanting to read more. Even after finishing the story, the characters stayed with me for awhile, my mind filling in the details of their lives after the books end. That’s what I want out of a story!

I have not read a lot of action type writing and was very impressed with the authors ability to create scenes and images in my mind. I would love to see what a great director could do with this in a film format, as it was like a movie running through my imagination.

This is another instance of a Christian publisher and author but not a specifically Christian storyline. I would highly recommend this to those who enjoy a great story without the need for gratuitous sex and language.

Strong characters, strong plot, strong writing. Excellent.

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