Amish Vampires in Space

Amish Vampires in Space

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by Kerry Nietz
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

FictionAddict.com - Lori Twichell
...despite the crazy title, this book is fast paced, evenly plotted, and well written. The characters were real and dramatic with very few clichés. And the overall clichés throughout the book were handled so gracefully that they really weren't as cheesy as one might believe. They became actual character details.

I really enjoyed this book. *shrugs* ...I'd recommend you give it a shot. I mean it. The book is worth the read!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983965558
Publisher:
Freeheads
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff. Amish Vampires in Space is his fifth novel.

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Amish Vampires in Space 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Si Ning Yeoh for Readers' Favorite Strange and sinister events have been threatening Jebediah’s peaceful Amish community. It is not their way for individuals to take unorthodox action to solve the problems, but for love of his wife and unborn child, Jebediah will willingly bear the condemnation of his peers to call for help. Strange truths come to light as the community receives a group of visitors from space. Their grudging acceptance of the aid offered will save their lives, but at a terrible cost; too late will they realize that they have escaped one danger only to meet a bigger one - vampires. Soon, a fight will be on and long-held principles will be abandoned as Jebediah and his people struggle to save their lives and souls from a terrible evil far beyond their ken. Such is the story of Kerry Nietz’s Amish Vampires in Space. I have to confess, I had no idea of what to expect upon first picking up Kerry Nietz’s novel, as Amish Vampires in Space sounded like an incredibly bizarre mixing of usually unrelated genres. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised to find the book to be highly thought-provoking, with a solid plot and well-developed characters. Jebediah, in particular, is a highly likable protagonist with the courage to do what is right rather than what is easy. Themes of religion, pacifism, personal responsibility, etc are explored thoroughly; we are shown how difficult it is to maintain a black-and-white view of morality in times of difficulty. Nietz takes the time to build up the suspense; my only gripe is that sometimes the suspense is drawn out frustratingly long. All in all, however, I recommend this as an uniquely interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't judge. READ. This starts out gently (like Amish fiction) and then revs up into full-out space horror/vampire menace mode, but with a heart. There is the interesting clash of the non-techie Amish with the uber-techie Space guilders. There is internal community conflict (both with the gulders and the Amish colonists). The storyline is one that fits the retro sci-fi tropes: a colony is in danger of destruciton and must be relocated. But relocation goes VERY VERY WRONG when the vampiric menace manifests on board. The author took great care to show respect for the Amish and to show where the future might lead (in terms of human society and relationships). He also gives a science fiction (not fantasy) explanation for the vampires. There is good character arc and plot twists. The title may make you think "campy" and "silly," but the premise works and the author writes it straight--a story of clashes, the evil with the good, the simple with the complex, the pacifistic with the violent. There are excellent theological ideas worked out, too. Recommended.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book cover, I didn't know what to think. It looked like a joke. But I loved this author's other books, so I wanted to read this one and see for myself. Here's the gist: Jeb is an Amish man living on the planet Alabaster as part of a group put there to colonize the planet. But Alabaster's sun is dying. And the Amish people must relocate before the sun explodes. A transport ship arrives to move them and their animals. But along the journey, something gets out of another cargo bay on the ship. Something from an old science base. Something dangerous. Soon, people are changing. And Jeb and a few others must do all they can to survive. If you absolutely hate vampire stories, you probably won't like this one. I've never been a big fan of vampires, so I got a little squeamish in a few places. But I really liked how the author came up with a clever way for where the vampires came from. And the story is about more than vampires.  I loved the struggle the Amish faced, Jeb especially. He had been shunned, as sometimes happens in the Amish culture. He was expected to repent, but he didn't feel like he had committed a sin. There was a Christian officer on board the ship, and it was interesting to see her interact with Jeb and the other Amish as they talked about works-based faith vs. grace-based faith.  I also liked the way all the characters interacted and the way the storyworld was set up. How clever that Amish people would be used to colonize new planets. They work hard, cultivate the land. It makes sense. And I loved the twist with Jeb's wife. This book is good science fiction. All in all, this story might have started out as a joke, but that is not how it ended up. This is a cool story, well-written and engaging, and very worth the read.
NathanJNorman More than 1 year ago
Summary: Generations ago a group of Amish traveled through the stars to settle the planet of Alabaster. Once there, they continued to live their simple life. But when Jebediah Miller discovers that Alabaster’s sun is dying he uses forbidden technology to call for help. The transport ship that picks the group up seems to be their salvation. The ship, though, is also transporting something else. Something dark. Something that would make Jebediah Miller and the rest of the Amish wish they had stayed on Alabaster. Review: It all began as a joke. The farce is retold in the novel’s introduction. Kerry Nietz took the title Amish Vampires in Space and ran with it, though. When I first heard the name of the book, I naturally assumed it was a satire of the over-abundance of Amish romance titles. It’s not. Nietz took the satirical title and wrote a serious novel. And he succeeds. Big time. I became familiar with Nietz’ work through his excellent Dark Trench Saga. I’d categorize his stories as hard science fiction, and he brings that same attention to detail into this novel. He writes about Amish culture effectively and accurately (I’m moderately familiar with Amish society). He has also crafted a future that is quite believable. The story feels like very natural, in that, I believed that a group of Amish had once purchased a ride to a new planet to colonize with their way of life. I believed the conditions that caused Jebediah Miller to violate the rules against using technology. And I found the situation that led to the vampires on the space ship well grounded. Amish Vampires in Space is almost equally character and plot driven. The plot takes slight precedence in the story, but the characters (both “Amishers” and “Englishers”) are likable and relatable. This is a great novel. There are clashes of worldview. Conflicts within both the ranks of the Amish and the space-farers. Explorations of rules versus grace. And, of course, lots and lots of vampires to worry about. (And how do the pacifist-Amish respond to the violent outbreak?) The only problem with the novel is one of its strengths… the title. Every time I have mentioned the book to someone, I’ve had to add, “but it’s a serious book.” Indeed, the first time I heard the title I thought it was a farce. Reading the history of how this book came about, though, the title makes sense, and I can’t imagine another title. Amish Vampires in Space is a solid stand-alone novel. (A few loose strands have left open the possibility for sequels.) So who should read it? Science fiction fans should certainly pick this up. Especially fans of hard science fiction. Readers who also enjoy Amish novels will also find much to enjoy in this book… even if they’re not terribly interested in science fiction. Finally, readers who want to read something completely and utterly unique need to check this out. Rating: 5/5 (I Loved It)
DLWatson More than 1 year ago
As I understand it, Amish Vampires in Space began as a farce, but became a challenge that Kerry Nietz took on wholeheartedly. The end result is a well-written space opera fantasy complete with good plot development and suspenseful, heart-stopping action. In addition, I loved the themes of death juxtaposed with hope, redemption and new life. Kerry created well-developed characters in two distinct and disparate groups of people—the Amish and the crew of the space freighter, Raven. Given the book’s seemingly light-hearted title, you wouldn’t think it possible, but at times I found myself filled with dread and horror, anticipating what might happen next.  Although the book has serious, heart-stopping action and deeply developed characters with real emotion and sincere angst, I still had trouble getting past the concept, mostly because of the title, I think. It’s just really hard to take Amish vampires seriously. That said, Amish Vampires in Space was a fun read and definitely a great way to spend a few quiet evenings. If you’re a fan of space opera suspense, there’s a good chance you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The idea of the book is definitely out there and I was expecting it to be an interesting and fun read. However, the characters and story were quite boring. I gave up reading it halfway through.
LovesChristianSpec More than 1 year ago
It was an entertaining story and super well-written. I cared about most of the characters and I was interested in the story line, curious to see what would happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books surprised me. Bought it on a lark for some amusement and was surprised. Godd solid writing, surprising story, good plot and characters. Great light scifi reading. Really enjoyed it. As implausible at the title sounds it the author presents a cohesive plausible and entertaining story.
IlluminiteCaliginosus More than 1 year ago
Despite the title, this is a serious sci-fi/horror story aimed at middle grade/YA readers. The story is slow to build, alternating POVs between the Amish and the crew of a cargo ship and exploring the personalities and cultures of both, setting up their inevitable clash even in the face of impending doom. Intentionally or not, Kerry Neitz works in a few pointed characterizations about the Amish way of life- such as while refusing to resort to violence themselves, taking lives in their defense- while not exactly approved of- is met with little to no resistance. There's also lots of juxtaposition regarding the unwavering rule of law (Guild bureaucracy and the Amish Ordnung code) vs common sense and doing what's right. The plot reminded me of the movie, Lonestar- multilayered and nuanced, but tying everything up at the end. The setting is straight out of ALIENS: everyone's trapped on board with beasties of highly questionable origins and heading towards an unsuspecting settlement. The pseudo-science also works; you can tell that Neitz did his research to set things up to go with some interesting characters, only dragged down by the pot-boiler plot/sub-plot setup. Could also use a little more editing to tighten up some clunky sentences, but once things get going, you'll be used to it. AViS is a solid read with a surprising amout of subtext to it. Not bad, not bad at all. Check it out.
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would also like to add that I was bossed by J. Hooligan of Platypire Reviews to read it. Or else.* I was really skeptical about this book. I'll be honest, I did not read the synopsis. Just the title alone was cringe-worthy and I didn't want to read it for fear it would prove my point. However, when I was heckled, I mean, asked if I would like to review the book, I voiced my opinion...."Uh, what?" But, I was assured that this was in fact a really good book and it was nothing like the title suggests. Ok, it is exactly like the title suggests. It is about Amish vampires in space, but not in the campy-sort of-let's-make-fun-of-Amish-people way. Does that make sense? Good. There is actually a foreword in the book that explains about the whole Amish thing. It's an enlightening read.  So, I went into this really, really doubtful. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into with this. Let me just say this: I was very pleasantly surprised and blown away by this book. I really and truly enjoyed this story so much. The reason the Amish are in space and why they are vampires is totally legit. Seriously. The Amish are used by the Guild, which is like Starfleet in Star Trek, to harvest planets that are fit for human life. They use what is in the land and what is available to them to grow the planet and make it into a living environment. What happens is that they are evacuated from their planet and are heading to another one aboard a very large cargo ship. Someone on the ship becomes infected by something, and it spreads. Hence the title, Amish Vampires in Space.  This book is really long, and maybe some people will say that it's too long. It's possible that it could have been shorter. However, I think that everything that was in the book was completely necessary. I can't really think of anything that could be taken out and still left the story intact. It would be like removing a scene from Aliens, like the one where the mother alien confronts her and opens both of it's mouths at her. You know which scene I'm talking about, right? Anyway, it was a long book, but it was necessarily long.  In conclusion, I had zero problems with this story. I loved it. It was a great science fiction book that just so happened to have Amish people in it. If you like science fiction, stories about space, and aliens, and vampires, and space travel, you will like this book. Let go of the title and dive into the book. Take a walk on the wild side. You will be glad you did. I am. 5 books!
grannywrites More than 1 year ago
Never thought I would read this book. I don't do vampires and the whole idea seemed ludicrous.  But I kept hearing from friends that it was really pretty good and had heard the story of how it came to be (started as a joke) soooo I gave it a try. I enjoyed the way Nietz came up with a believable way (well, believable for sci-fi) for the Amish to end up in space, and for them  to become vampires. He also brings the faith-based conflict of many of the characters into play. Got a little drawn out in places, but overall a good book. 
imladrisnine More than 1 year ago
AViS has been on my books-I-need-to-read radar for a while now, but to be honest I don't read a lot in the Christian Speculative fiction market (not because I don't read spec-fi, but because I tend to read secular spec-fi) and so it didn't rise to the top until I read Neitz's 'A Star Curiously Singing' and realized what a talent he is and how much I enjoy his writing. This is no different. The world, particularly the Amish world, he creates is fascinating, the characters compelling, and his voice strong (however I will note that Neitz's voice is at its strongest stride while operating in the 1st person POV of his Dark Trench Trilogy... AViS uses 3rd). The author uses science, rightly, to establish the vampire portion of this tale, keeps the Amish true to their community and plays it all undead straight. All while keeping the characters natural and simply nailing the overall concept and keeping it delightful in all the right ways. The only complaint I had with AViS was that there was a point, fairly early on in the book, where the story dragged. Honestly, everything in general seemed sort of slow to gear up, slow to realize where it was going, though once it got in gear, it was on a roll. Part of this perceived slowness might be the first character/set flip to the daily grind on the space transporter (pre-Amish arrival) I think may have bled some of the power of that wonder away because it sated my reader's curiosity about the threat the Amish were facing on their home world too soon. The transporter life seemed dull and mundane by comparison... which I cant even believe Im saying given the other 'set' is populated by a bunch of buggy driving Amish. This is remedied with the eventual Amish arrival on board and getting all the players (and food sources) in the same locale. But given how strong the writing, the characters and the world is, and just what absolute fun the whole concept is to begin with, the above is all easily overcome as the reader. You *know* the good stuff is coming. And it does. The body count is high and the ride is ultimately fun. As it should. I heartily recommend AViS for anyone who even thinks it sounds like fun, their cup of tea, or is generally curious. You will not be disappointed. And, if nothing else, if you set this book on your coffee table you will *never* suffer the need for a conversation starter ever again. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give it 1 and half stars at least. I see all the good reviews for it ... but I'm just glad that I got it on my Nook instead. This book had lackluster characters that I could have cared LESS about from page one. The plot, for me anyway, was all over the place. This was one book I should have judged the book by the cover and walked away. My curiousity got the better of me.