The Word Reclaimed
(The Face of the Deep, Book 1)
By: Steve Rzasa
What: Amid a space wreck, the last known copy of a Bible is discovered.
Recommended to those who like: Futuristic, dystopian, space battles, Christian, Sci-fi.
Not recommended for those who dislike: Long books that take a while to get going.
The Word Reclaimed made for a good read, albeit a long one that dragged a little at points. In it we follow Baden, a young man who is part of the crew of the Natalia Zoja. He discovers a Bible amidst a space wreck, but he and the crew are pursued relentlessly by Kesek, the enforcement agency tasked with eliminating any religions that make claims to exclusivity. When a mysterious man saves him from Kesek and claims to be a follower of the Word, can he be trusted?
Meanwhile, court politics are in an uproar as the King seems to be losing power rapidly to Kesek. Can a dedicated group of loyalists manage to save the kingdom?
The plot is multilayered and deep, which makes for a realistic, exciting read. However, it took me until about halfway through the book to become really invested in the characters and get to know them well. Bear with the first half, though, because the second half is action-packed and everything falls into place. The story ended in a cliff-hanger and I look forward to reading book two in the near future.
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