The author, Pete Koziar, holds the position of Principal Research Scientist at a major defense contractor, and also serves as the pastor/rabbi/congregational leader at B'nai Avraham Messianic Congregation just outside of Baltimore Maryland, USA. His web site is www.PeteKoziar.com, which contains additional information about him and more of his writing.
Dauntless Homecomingby Pete Koziar
Set hundreds of years in the future, this novel tells the story of the crew of The Dauntless, one of mankind's first interstellar ships, as they return to Earth. It took them hundreds of years, Earth time, to make their voyage. When they return, they initially believe their adventuring to be over,
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Sometimes, the most alien place you can go is back home again.
Set hundreds of years in the future, this novel tells the story of the crew of The Dauntless, one of mankind's first interstellar ships, as they return to Earth. It took them hundreds of years, Earth time, to make their voyage. When they return, they initially believe their adventuring to be over, but it is only then that their real journey begins.
Their world had changed in unexpected ways. It is ruled by a supreme ruler, the king, accompanied by powerful creatures known as the Purnarkat. The crew faces several crisis points where they must decide whom to follow, and even whom to believe. They find themselves caught between the followers of the Purnarkat and an ancient creature, who has his own plans for the crew and their ship.
Although the novel is set in a very high-tech future world, it is the spiritual realm where the most important battles take place. Christian assumptions underlie the story, but it refrains from being preachy or overbearing.
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Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite The story in this book is quite original, at least in the sense that I haven’t encountered it before. It includes a whole troop of likeable characters that keep the tale entertaining. The writing, though good, could use some editing to take away a lot of the tags because they distract and slow the book down. The tale is well-thought out, clean and entertaining. Dauntless is a spaceship, sent with five crew members to a distant planet. After the trip that lasted more than a century, the ship lands back on earth. The five crew members are well-received by the nearby village where mentors are provided for the travelers. It is considered an honor to be close to them. None of the crew recognizes this new world they return to, or the Gods that are worshiped one day every week. At first sight, everything seems fine until the crew members are asked to worship with the townspeople. It appears more than an invitation, and some of the crew members feel insulted. They decide to skip town and pass through many travels to find different things, places, or persons. They encounter other people from the world including angels and prophets that are named Purnarke in the story. They have to learn how to work together, and also convince others to join their side in the war against evil. This book teaches many of life’s concepts about Christianity without being preachy and in a funny way. The author did a great job mixing fantasy and reality within the tale. Readers, from young adults to adults, will be edified by reading this book. It is a nice piece of work for those who enjoy high fantasy mixed with a bit of SCI FI.