The Word Reclaimed, The Face of the Deep Series #1
A wonderful Christian science fiction read!
Baden Haczyk may seem on the surface to be a run-of-the-mill, surly teenager with a grudge against life, the Universe, and especially his dad, Simon, the captain of the Natalia Zoja, but as The Word Reclaimed unfolds, Baden fleshes out into quite an interesting character. Baden, Simon, and the crew of the Natalia Zoja find themselves on the run, escaping pirates and Kesek, the long arm of the Emperor's secret police, who have outlawed all religious books, and are waging a campaign of extermination against those who try to preserve them, and all because Baden rescues a copy of the Bible from the wreckage of a space ship that was attacked by pirates working for Kesek.
Join Baden as he seeks to discover the meaning of the Holy Book that has fallen into his hands and decipher the enigma that is Jason, Baden's sometime protector and would-be thief of his new treasure. In the meantime, the Natalia Zoja heads for an out of the way planet called Bethel, and a firestorm of epic proportions.
I give this book two thumbs up. Reading level: for YA and above; a very readable tale that flashes by, page after page as the plot/s unfold in unexpected ways!
November 30, 2010
Steve Rzasa paints a picture of the future, all religious texts are outlawed, especially the Bible.
Baden works aboard his father's ship as a scavenger of a sorts, scavenging what he can for themselves that the pirates leave behind. One day, Baden finds a book. He find a Bible in the wreckage of ship that had been pursued and destroyed by 'pirates.'
Baden is ecstatic, finding a book means money, since none had been printed for two centuries. The paper itself would be worth a fortune. Reveling in his good luck, Baden starts reading and is fascinated...until it starts talking to him. On the run from Kesek police, Baden is determined to find out more from the book.
This book has everything, action that will leave you gripping the book white-knuckled, machines that will make you say "I want one of those!", but the only bone I pick with this book is that it introduces a whole new character and plot line halfway into the novel. Despite this, this is definitely on my re-read list and recommend list.
October 2, 2010
I really enjoyed the Word Reclaimed. It is something akin to Asimov's Empire meets Star Wars meets God's Smuggler (a non-fiction book about efforts to smuggle Bibles into Eastern Europe). An unusual mix, perhaps, but I think the book fuses it all together nicely. Clearly this is a universe that Steve has thought about (and probably dreamed in) for a very long time. It shows in the breadth of gadgets, characters, worlds and opposing factions. There are a number of different plotlines and all are interesting, but where the book shines brightest is when it follows the crew of the Natalia Zola--particularly Baden, the boy who (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) finds the last Bible in a universe where sacred texts are forbidden. The Word Reclaimed is book one of a two book series, so don't expect everything to tie up nicely quite yet. There is enough resolution to leave you satisfied, though...for now. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all plays out. Again, enjoyable book. I recommend it!
July 3, 2010
Baden assists his father aboard their six-brace vessel the Natalia Zoja, salvaging wrecks in deep space. One day Baden makes a great find: a Bible. Any book is a relic, but this one is banned by Kesek, the secret police. Badens dad wants him to get rid of it, but its Badens salvage and therefore, his rightful property. Before he can decide what to do, pirates come after them. They know Baden has the book and they want it.Meanwhile, a political and religious war is brewing throughout the Realm of Five and the Natalia Zoja is headed straight for it.A cross between Firefly and Star Trek, Rzasa pens a story filled with a great cast of characters and some sweet space battles. His Realm of Five is imaginative and well thought out and his space ships are mind boggling. Plus, the story has a deeper thread that I found compelling. A world without the word of God. It intrigued me how Rzasa depicted people trying to hold onto the hope of a creator without his word to guide them. I was totally impressed. This is a clean, exciting read that anyone who loves space epics will enjoy. Looking forward to part two.
July 1, 2010