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4 Stars Out Of 5
Excellent Science Fiction
March 4, 2014
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Asylum was an excellent science fiction novel; fast-paced, full of action, with a touch of clean romance. It very clearly had a good vs. evil kind of theme.
I thought the plot was quite interesting - medical implants to rewrite a person's memories. I don't know if that's even plausible, but, it is science fiction, and some of yesterday's science fiction is today's fact, so you never know.
I found the whole practice on the Straightjacket to be quite brutal and horrific, but it was meant to be. Thankfully it was not described in too much detail. I really felt Chase and his crew who were imprisoned there.
I loved the character of Chase and particularly appreciated his dedication to his wife. I wish we saw more of that kind of commitment in marriages today.
I really thought the two underlying messages of the story were well-carried out: 1) the Crown is in control of all situations and can work them out for good for those who follow Him and 2) love is very powerful. It can best be summed up by this verse from 2 Corinthians 13:13 "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" Everything Chase tried to do was because he loved his wife and when he was working with the assistance of the Crown, he was successful.
If you go to the author's website, you will discover that Asylum is actually part of a 15 book series, and while this is the first book penned in the series, it is really meant to be the 14th book of said series. So, when you read it, if it doesn't sound like the first book of a series, that's why. It will be interesting to find out what happens before and after Asylum. I'm looking forward to it.
I gave Asylum 4 stars out of 5. If you like science fiction and clean romance, I'm sure you'll enjoy this novel by Ashley Bazer.
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Chase Leighton is a starship captain embroiled in a protracted conflict between the "Ghosts" and the "Legacy." During the course of the conflict, his wife Trista is captured by Legacy forces and he risks everything to rescue her from her plight. When he finally catches up to her, she does not recognize him, and claims that her name is Krissa.
This book can be described as Christian Science Fiction. The allegory used is familiar to those educated in the Christian faith, yet the story is good enough to stand on its own. This is part of a series now encompassing ten novels, but is new to me. Reading this is a bit like jumping into a story that has already started, missing lots of background, but things move at a fast pace and keep the reader's interest.
The medical ethics, or lack of them, exhibited by members of the Legacy tampering with Trista's mind is explored in length. The temptation for Chase to exact vengeance for the mistreatment of his wife is also examined.
These medical experiments illicit comparisons in the reader's mind with Nazi experiments during World War II, or perhaps Cold War era brainwashing techniques tried by the Soviets.
Despite the good story, I found the characters' use of "Soli Deo Gloria" as an everyday phrase to be a stretch. However, this is the first Christian space opera I have ever read, and it proved to be an entertaining and fast read.
4 stars out of 5
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