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Amish Vampires in Space

by Kerry Nietz

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All is not well on Alabaster, a remote planet colonized by an Amish group. The planet is warming and crops are failing. Jebediah Miller bears his family’s secret responsibility for monitoring the planet’s sun. What he sees causes him to bring out a mysterious metallic object hidden in the barn and activate it. Little does he know that it is a beacon signaling outsiders to come to their aid. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing on the Guild freighter Raven. They have picked up the remnants of an experimental outpost and are on their way to Alabaster to rescue the Amish before their sun becomes a red giant and engulfs the planet. Both Congi, the finder, who “finds” items in the cargo to sell to the crew, and Greels, the loading supervisor, are drawn to the containers from the outpost. Both find more than they had bargained for. Chaos ensues when the results of a genetic experiment gone bad are unleashed on the passengers and crew of the freighter. Will the Captain Drake and Jebediah be able to control those contaminated by science run amuck? And what about the bloodthirsty livestock? You can find the answers in Kerry Nietz’s entertaining, genre scrambling novel, Amish Vampires in Space. Settle down in a comfy chair on the deck at the lake and enjoy! ( )
  westfargolibrary | Jun 3, 2014 |
In my thread on the 75er's group (2013), I mention this book and suggest that rather than me trying to explain the details of this book, you can find a great summary of how it came about in the comments on Amazon (really, go check it out if you're at all intrigued by this book) -- it started off as just a cover and a joke at the publisher's office, until one of their authors came up with a real idea for a story to go with it!

And... uh... it works. It really works! It's a serious, not at all contrived, excellently written science-fiction novel. Honestly, on more than one occasion, I realized I'd been reading for several hours without getting up from my seat and thought "how is this possible?! how is this ridiculous concept working as a novel?!" In that sense, it was funny, but the story itself is serious. Also, that cover. If nothing else, you're going to want this book for the cover alone...!!!

It's character driven, with a cast of believable and flawed people -- Amish and "Englishers" alike -- and despite being from a Christian sci-fi/fantasy publisher, the Christian element isn't over the top or shoved in your face (especially during the most ridiculous, distracting moments, as tends to happen in many CBA novels). I was highly impressed at how naturally the story and the characters flowed... again, how?!

Obviously, the author is a genius. A crazy, talented genius. Hence, I ordered several more of his books, because more good sci-fi is never a bad thing. ( )
  dk_phoenix | Dec 11, 2013 |
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Jebediah has a secret that will change his world forever and send his people into space. The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars. But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive... or used to be. Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these simple believers must decide whether their faith depends upon their honored traditions or something even older.… (more)

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