Crosswind   -     By: Steve Rzasa
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Crosswind

Enclave / 2012 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 504
Vendor: Enclave
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 1.12 (inches)
ISBN: 1935929836
ISBN-13: 9781935929833

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AEROPLANES AND INTRIGUE - It's been almost five hundred years since the collapse of the Great Commonwealth. The plagues left folk few and far between. City-states rule the continent of Galderica. There's coin to be had in trade-whether you take your wares by aeroplane or ride them over the rails. Winchell Sark has a fine life as a reporter for the Perch Advocate newspaper, a good family at home and a faith that seems downright peculiar to most everyone else. So when he is called out to investigate a biplane crash at the foot of Perch, the finest center of aviation in the Sawtooth Mountains, he doesn't think much of it. But there are dark powers at work-powers that have their eye on Perch. Powers that mankind long thought consigned to the trash heap of mythology. 'Cept they were wrong. It's up to Winch and his brother, Copernicus, a hotshot pilot, to save their people-and it ain't going to be easy. * STEVE RZASA is a librarian in Wyoming who fills his head with Scripture, history, graphic novels, and TV shows like Castle and Big Bang Theory, ideally in that order. Steve has had three science-fiction books published by Marcher Lord Press: The Word Reclaimed (2009), its sequel, The Word Unleashed (2010), and Broken Sight (2011), which won the 2012 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction from the American Christi an Fiction Writers.

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing World with Great Characters
    July 14, 2013
    Pastor Nathan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Summary: Winch and Cope Sark are brothers cut from entirely different clothes in Steve Rzasa's steam-punk, alternate-reality fantasy novel. But Winch, the overly cautious reporter, and Cope, the ladies-man pilot, are caught up in the intrigue of city-states, locomotive conglomerates, aeroplane corporations, military operations and a supernatural force that threatens to destroy everything the brothers hold dear.

    Review: Crosswind - The First Sark Brothers Tale, is an entirely otherworldly story. It's sort of a western, but the setting of the story has elements of steam-punk, alternative reality and fantasy thrown in. Rzasa has created a wonderful world within the pages of his novel. What I like about it though, is how the reader is just thrown into this world. There's no long, awkward, opening monologue about how the world functions, or what the rules are. The reader is just thrown into the story and the rules of the world slowly reveal themselves! I love it! And hats-off to Marcher Lord Press for allowing the story to be presented this way! (I've had many-a'-editor try and force me to write a clunky explanation.) This sort of writing enhances the otherworldliness of the story.

    Even though, Rzasa has created a very rich world filled with bi-planes, airships, railroads, mastodons and branters (kind of, two-legged, upright, transportation beasts), Crosswind is character driven! Winch, the wimpy intellectual older brother contrasts well with his younger, brasher, and braver younger brother, Cope. Both of these characters go through wonderful character arcs, even in the midst of all the action and intrigue.

    The religions in Crosswind certainly mirrors Christian sensibilities, with only very moderate adaptations to reflect what the incarnate son would look like in this world. The religion is functional, often powerful and poignant, but clunky in a couple of places. But Rzasa still manages to work some great theology into the story without being terribly overbearing.

    I really enjoyed this book throughout. My only real major qualm was with the editing of the latter half of the book. I read the book via the kindle app and the back half of the book had regular and constant typos. Nothing too major, but things link a wrong letter, transposed letters, repeated words and the occasional pronoun jumble really slowed down the reading of the book and made the work come across as rather unpolished.

    (Presentation: 3/5)

    Rating: 5/5
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