Publisher: Phoenix Pick
Publishing Date: August 2015
Four people uncover a secret that has the power to shake the foundation of faith as we know it. Reverend Joshua Barker feels that it is his duty to bring the Word to the oppressed beings on alien worlds, to teach them to repent their sins and cherish the teachings of the Good Book. It’s a noble ambition… until he discovers something that challenges his understanding of everything he believes.
Review: This was a compilation of stories based on the same plot that moves through time as the story line advances. Resnick talks about his writing protégé that pens some of the stories. Oddly, I think that Tina Gower should have written the entire novel as her stories were at once compelling and subtly riveting. She crafts the emotive while delivering the innumerable facets of an alien culture as viewed from a human perspective.
Where Gower excels at character development, Resnick fails to deliver a meaningful story line with a one dimensional character coupled to halting movement. His anti-hero travels here and there in the universe looking for an alien spiritual connection under the veil of a centuries long cover up. In the end the novel held no interest for me as Gower’s writing is a tough act to follow.