The Superlative Stream, The Darktrench Saga Series #2   -     By: Kerry Nietz
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The Superlative Stream, The Darktrench Saga Series #2

Marcher Lord Press / 2010 / Paperback

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Sandfly is free of the rules and free of Earth, but now there's a new mystery to solve. With his famale companion, HardCandy, and a secret ship named DarkTrench, he travels across time and space to find the source and meaning if the transmission that changed his life.

When they arrive in the Betelgeuse system, they discover something the former crew did not--a planet. On it lives a civilization of humanoids that are technologically advanced, peaceful, and mystifying. Is their meeting an occurrence the Scriptures predicted? HardCandy thinks so, Sandfly is not so sure.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 382
Vendor: Marcher Lord Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.85 (inches)
ISBN: 0982598726
ISBN-13: 9780982598726
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Series: DarkTrench Saga

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He crossed the stars to follow a song...so where's the singer? Sandfly is free of the rules and free of Earth, but now there's a new mystery to solve. With his female companion, HardCandy, and a secret ship named DarkTrench, he travels across time and space to find the source and meaning of the transmission that changed his life. When they arrive in the Betelgeuse system, they discover something the former crew did not--a planet. On it lives a civilization of humanoids that are technologically advanced, peaceful, and mystifying. Is their meeting an occurrence the Scriptures predicted? HardCandy thinks so. Sandfly is not so sure. But what he most wants to know is why is he seeing things no one else can. And where is the song that brought them here--or its singer? Where is the Superlative Stream? *** Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits-first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft. He is a husband and father, a technophile and a movie buff. He has two previously published books: a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software and Book 1 in the DarkTrench Saga: A Star Curiously Singing.

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  1. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderfully creative
    June 27, 2011
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The story begins where book one left off. Sandfly and HardCandy are traveling in the spacecraft called DarkTrench, following the mysterious stream they picked up on at the end of book one. But instead of a stream, they find a planet. One with life on it. Life that raises many questions in both Sandfly and HardCandy's minds.

    I liked this story as much as the first—maybe more so. The whole premise is wonderfully creative. And now that Sandfly is free from the former restraints on his mind, it is interesting how he sees life in a different way. I particularly enjoyed the backflashes in which we learned how HardCandy became a debugger. Nietz has weaved an incredible tale and is sharing bits of data with us just when we need it. Fabulous science fiction! I can't wait to read the next book.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    HE STOOPS TO STREAM
    June 25, 2011
    TimothyJDean
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Superlative Stream" is the sequel to "A Star Curiously Singing" - and a voyage of discovery into deep space.

    I want to talk about what makes Mr. Nietz's work controversial. Some love it - some decry it. In a word, it's spiritual. It is Christian, but not in a narrow, preachy sense. In fact, I would guess that this is written for the secular world, but with special interest for those who follow the Way of the Carpenter.

    "TSS" is entertainment. As famous director Alfred Hitchcock said of his work, "it's only a movie!" In author Nietz's case, it is "only" a series of futuristic, fantasy novels.

    These works do live in a theistic universe. Readers learn that the "superlative stream" is received as fragments of a poetic, mystical message from a power beyond the material universe. It is a force so huge, so awe-inspiring, it must "stoop" to communicate with humanity.

    In Vol. 1 of the Dark Trench Saga, Nietz showed us a future-Earth controlled by an Islam that has embraced technology. Now, in some naïve circles, there's a sense that we must be tolerant of all religions, no matter how violent and repressive they become. In my view, that attitude is as foolhardy and dangerous as British Prime Minister Chamberlain trying to suck up to Adolph Hitler. If there are those who hate you and your way of life, and call your nation "Satan," it's not smart to say "ah well! Live and let live!"

    It doesn't take a quantum physicist to figure out that Kerry Nietz's work is a fantasy about the future - not a description of a nation that exists today. It's the job of dystopian novels like "Brave New World," "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451" to observe disturbing trends, and extrapolate what will happen if they continue and grow strong - the "what ifs" of fiction.

    This is Vol. 2 of "The Dark Trench Saga" - and as you might expect, the ending sets us up for the final tome of the series. So what's the scoop? Where are we going with Sandfly, HardCandy - and of course, Dark Trench (for this is the starship's saga)?

    The ending of "The Superlative Stream" sets the stage. But that, my friend, you must discover for yourself.
  3. Rochester, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Superlative Saga
    February 21, 2011
    Daniel L Carter
    Rochester, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After reading A Star Curiously Singing I had to get the sequel in The Darktrench Saga. The Superlative Stream is as unique and imaginative as it's predecessor while having a completely different feel to it. As Sandfly and HardCandy are searching for the source of the Superlative Stream they are transported by the deep space exploring ship Darktrench. What and who they find is reminiscent of the classic Star Trek series as they encounter a superior race of people. Again, I don't wish to go into too much detail but once again Mr. Nietz manages to create a society filled with well developed and thought out detail which makes for a fun ride. When you add impending doom and a love story to the mix I was hard pressed to put the book down. There are many chapters of flashbacks mixed into the story as well that give you the history of HardCandy and how a woman was allowed to be a debugger. Once again faith and politics play a major role in this back story which only add to what I know will be a major factor in the sequel or sequels to come. Mr. Nietz has created such a detailed world filled with tremendous imagination that rival the world of Gene Roddenberry! This is a series you do not want to miss out on! I give The Superlative Stream a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to see what Kerry Nietz will come up with next.

    Blessings,

    Daniel L Carter

    Author of The Unwanted Trilogy
  4. Oregon
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sci-fi The way it should be!
    December 7, 2010
    Millard
    Oregon
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Superlative Stream is the next installment in Dark Trench Saga series. Kerry Nietz has written another buckle up and hold on tight story with Sandfly and HardCandy now marooned in deep space. The characters in this book were just as lovable and hilarious as last time around—even without the laughable chute sleep incidents!

    I found the way Kerry wove the Qur'anic mentions, references, and prophecies into the story really gave me an interesting peek into a different way of thinking; while at the same time driving the story, piquing my interest, and adding a draw for readers of all types. His dash of mystery and unknown with the meeting of strangers on the planet that---didn't exist, was more than even to drive me to speculate. The strange properties of these blue skinned men and their caste system made me continually wish I could examine one myself and see what I thought! I couldn't wait to flip the page and find out whether these creatures were revealed for what they were(I wanted to know!!), or if some new wonder would appear!

    I have to say, if you want a boring read, this book is NOT for you! Even their ship-- DarkTrench---gets in on the action. Something is wrong with it, er—him? I admit that I actually grew attached to the ship. Its' quips at Sandfly and the humorous ways it tried to put the two passenger crew at ease, as well as its knowledge of a huge variety of subjects including abstract ones. I was pulling for it to recover all the way!

    Mr. Nietz really put out more great material in the series and I can't wait for his next book! Bring it on, I'm ready :D
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nietz delivers with his sequel
    October 22, 2010
    Nathanael
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kerry Nietz maintains his edge in his sequel. The nature of this book is different from A Star Curiously Singing. That book was like a mystery, with clues and deductions leading the main character to the solution. The Superlative Stream, however, is a quest. It is the search for the Superlative Stream (what else?). Without giving too much of the book away, the type of science fiction also shifts subtly, from that of Asimov to that of Star Trek. You'll have to read the book to find out how.

    Nietz's main strength in the previous book (his strong protagonist) carries over, but with a few twists. Some chapters are written as memories of HardCandy's past, helpfully labeled as ‘HardCandy Storage'. A lot of back story is revealed, but it is all very gentle. GrimJack only appears in memories, but his character is fleshed out and given a touching metaphor. Also, the eponymous DarkTrench, the ship on which Sandfly and HardCandy travel, becomes a character, with dialogue and a personality all to its own.

    Nietz's world deserves a lot of praise as well. Very little has to be explained to the reader, and those few explanations are smooth and barely noticeable. Unlike 1984, in which Winston spends a lengthy chapter reading about the history of his world, the history of their world is seamless and bound up in the world itself. Story elements such as Tanzer, the date change, and the science all flow without any explanation needed. One particular detail stands out: the use of the names of well-known science fiction authors as expletives. Not having read anything by Arthur C. Clarke or Michael Crichton, I failed to notice it in the first book, but the repertoire of invective is expanded, and a few familiar names helped me catch on now.

    The plot took some getting used to, but once I adjusted, I loved it. I was taken with the new world they discovered, and surprised at each new twist. Nietz remains one of my favorite authors beneath the Marcher Lord Press banner.
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