Monday, August 9, 2010
"BEST OF CFRB" Tour; Day One--FLASHPOINT
What is most remarkable about this book is how Frank Creed laces the book with scripture, important Christian values, and humor without ever slowing down the pace. The mindware that has been developed works in conjunction with the Holy Spirit, and Dave (who chooses Calamity Kid as his street name) must learn to surrender his own will and let God’s will be done. The humor is everywhere, and sometimes I had to reread portions because I missed it.
Since I wrote this, I have read quite a bit of sci-fi and fantasy, as well as other speculative fiction. I've learned a lot more about cyberpunk, film noir dialog and style, and I've come to a better understanding of how futuristic fiction with can be written with Christian values and yet not line up with your--or my--interpretation of Revelation. As a result, my original impression of Flashpoint and Frank Creed stands. Back then I declared Frank as the best living Christian author. Well, kay, I hadn't read much then, so a few others are on the podium with him, but his style is still exemplary. Smart, succinct, unapologetically Christian and yet honest non-Christians enjoy the story. I'm not sure, but I think he's the first in this sub-sub-genre of Christian cyberpunk (one other I saw recently was Eternity Falls by Kirk Outerbridge). In any case, Frank Creed is an important author in the speculative realm. The long-awaited sequel, War of Attrition, should make its appearance very soon. I recommend getting cozy with Flashpoint before diving into book two.