Across four millenna, Turtan, our greatest hero, battles to save all humanity from invincible aliens.
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Inspector of the Cross based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is the first novel in the author’s Inspector of the Cross science-fiction series and begins with a mysterious, potentially dangerous artifact on an alien world and then follows the hero across the universe to another strange planet. Humanity is on the verge of annihilation and Turtan endlessly searches for a device that can defeat the ruthless and seemingly invincible enemy. The novel ends with him having to make a very difficult and painful decision. Great characters and fully realized aliens, plus a marriage like none other. Definitely a 5 star read!
A good old-fashioned science fiction novel, John B. Rosenman’s Inspector of the Cross offers the premise of a universe at war, with weapons seekers traveling the stars in search of alien promises of victory. Time dilation leaves these would-be warriors aging so slowly their grandchildren die before they’ve even had chance to say hello. But loyalty keeps them wandering the stars, while age’s weariness begins to wear them down. Turtan is old, well experienced, and fiercely loyal to his home, though perhaps not his faith. He’s an Inspector of the Cross, like a futuristic knight of the Round Table. He meets with alien races on fascinating planets, with beautifully imagined scenery, touches of foreign mythology, and gloriously convincing hints of science. Weariness and excitement war with each other as it seems his quest may come to an end. Love and betrayal loom. And perfect tiny hints of myth and fairytale dance around the edges of a truly enticing story. Does faith move mountains, or does it just might mean unquestioning obedience? Faithless Turtan learns to question here, at the end of a universe that’s maybe not quite as it seems. And Inspector of the Cross is a cool, clever novel, detailed in the sense of all the best science fiction classics, and reading like maybe a cross between Heinlein and Scott Card. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.
Although I am not a rabid Sci-Fi fan, I've found I'm a INTRIGUED Sci-Fi dabbler. What does that mean? For one thing it means I've had the opportunity to read stories written by the amazingly creative mind of John B. Rosenman...(And OMG...have your read this guy's resumé?) Someone, somewhere once said...and I think it was Gene Rodenberry, there really aren't more than maybe four Sci-Fi themes. What brings them to life is how the author reweaves them. I don't know if that's true, but as I read this story I kept seeing correlations to an episode of the Original Star Trek TV Series. In INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS we have an agent of The Cross who spends most of his life...over 3500 years and counting floating around in space in a state of cryogenic...uhmmm...absence...while his AI controlled ship takes him from one end of the universe to another and from one mission...the search for the perfect weapon...to the next. His people, The Cross, have been in a perpetual war with the evil Cenknife Civilization. All The Cross needs is that one PERFECT weapon to end the stalemate war and allow its side to finally win. The Cross seems to be founded, or guided by the words written in the Bible. (In the episode of Star Trek, the (GOOD) culture in it deified the words of The Constitution.) INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS aptly reveals the dichotomy of clinging, with blind, unquestioning obedience, to beliefs sanctified way back when. No system that expands over the generations into an empire avoids the inherent weakness in man's longing and designs for avarice, power, and all too imperfect perfection. This story shows that in spades! INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS is powerful, richly detailed, and despite being placed somewhere in the nebulous future, right on the nose accurate. John B. Rosenman proves again that he's a master at creating Science Fiction that grabs his readers, hangs onto his readers, and squeezes every emotion from his readers along the way. INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS easily warrants the FIVE STARS I can do no less than rightly award it. To John B. Rosenman, I bow before your skill, Oh Masterful One! Well Done!