Review: Offworld

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Thanks to Jim at Bethany House for this review Copy. It is nice, every once in a while, to take a break from theological books and let the mind imagine for a bit.

First the nitty:

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bethany House; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764206060
ISBN-13: 978-0764206061

From the Back Cover

“”Every Person on This Planet Has Disappeared.” Commander Christopher Burke and his crew are humanity’s greatest explorers. They’ve finished their mission on the red dirt of Mars and now they just want to get back to Earth. To see friends, family, and loved ones. To be home. But even with communication to ground control cut and a perilous landing, nothing could prepare the crew for what they discover when they step foot back on planet Earth. Everyone…everywhere…is gone. It’s not a dream. It’s not a trick. Now Burke and his team have one mission:find out who or what is behind the disappearance of all mankind.

Now the gritty:

I grew up on Star Trek and the King James Version. I love Sci-fi, but most science fiction – nearly all – was anti-religion/God/Christianity and was like watching an R-rated movie written on paper. Parrish is able to spin a good science fiction tale while not falling into either the trap of being anti-Christianity or Christian campy. While his book does include a few violent acts, they are necessary to move the story along, it does not waste time on vulgarity of any sort.

The book is well written, and finely detailed. It was as if the author had traced the pathway of the book himself. He creates warm characters, and even a few unlikeable ones, while leaving few clues to what was coming. It was refreshing not to know what would happen at the end of the book after the first chapter.

Further, while the book is clean, it does not disappoint on the action. Nor does it give to the campiness that is usually associated with Christian fiction. It allows the story to be told, with God in the far distant, but does not diminish Him. As a matter of fact, a portion of the book is deeply theological – sneaking up on you in a most unexpected way.

For the science fiction fans among us, I would recommend this book.

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