Asylum: A Christian Science Fiction Review
January 21, 2013 1 Comment
The Circeae Tales
by Ashley Hodges Bazer
Chase Leighton is a starship captain embroiled in a protracted conflict between the “Ghosts” and the “Legacy.” During the course of the conflict, his wife Trista is captured by Legacy forces and he risks everything to rescue her from her plight. When he finally catches up to her, she does not recognize him, and claims that her name is Krissa.
This book can be described as Christian Science Fiction. The allegory used is familiar to those educated in the Christian faith, yet the story is good enough to stand on its own. This is part of a series now encompassing ten novels, but is new to me. Reading this is a bit like jumping into a story that has already started, missing lots of background, but things move at a fast pace and keep the reader’s interest.
The medical ethics, or lack of them, exhibited by members of the Legacy tampering with Trista’s mind is explored in length. The temptation for Chase to exact vengeance for the mistreatment of his wife is also examined.
These medical experiments illicit comparisons in the reader’s mind with Nazi experiments during World War II, or perhaps Cold War era brainwashing techniques tried by the Soviets.
Despite the good story, I found the characters’ use of “Soli Deo Gloria” as an everyday phrase to be a stretch. However, this is the first Christian space opera I have ever read, and it proved to be an entertaining and fast read. At the time of the writing of this review, the book is available on Kindle for $3.99, a substantial discount off the hardcover and paperback editions.
4 stars out of 5
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- “Asylum, The Circeae Tales” by Ashley Hodges Bazer (christiannoob.wordpress.com)