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John Wells spent all of his adult life devoted to one goal: astronaut selection. From humble beginnings, he waited on God’s timing, becoming an experienced Navy pilot and spacecraft systems engineer. One amazing day, fighting a Russian attack submarine, he received the call to space and to his destiny. Thirteen years later, from the International Space Station, John witnesses a terrorist attack that decimates the nation’s capitol and national security systems. When it’s followed by strange indications of alien ...
John Wells spent all of his adult life devoted to one goal: astronaut selection. From humble beginnings, he waited on God’s timing, becoming an experienced Navy pilot and spacecraft systems engineer. One amazing day, fighting a Russian attack submarine, he received the call to space and to his destiny. Thirteen years later, from the International Space Station, John witnesses a terrorist attack that decimates the nation’s capitol and national security systems. When it’s followed by strange indications of alien life on Mars, John’s call puts him in the midst of a great controversy that tests him and his faith to the limit.
Self-proclaimed prophet Reverend Nick Rykert becomes a national lightning rod as he predicts the aliens’ behavior and messages. When aerospace industrialist Rex Edwards defies NASA by challenging the world to go to Mars on his thousand-day timetable, a savvy Presidential administration responds. But first, an unmanned robot is sent to observe the aliens in advance. Meanwhile, FBI Special Agent Vincent Kerry begins to pull threads of intelligence together that point to the surprising identity of the murderous terrorists.
To his surprise, John is called to crew the Mars mission, and he and his close-knit family struggle with the conflict and pain generated by this apparent good news. His friend, Reverend Jeff Dempsey, publicly preaches the need to keep the alien issue in balance and prayer: God calls all to a personal relationship with Him, and aliens, if they do exist, do not negate the Bible’s truths or the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Ham radio enthusiast Ronnie Williams foils NASA and exposes on the Internet the true nature of the frightening alien images from Mars. As millions fearfully watch menacing spider-like craft advance on the unmanned Earth Rover that has just landed, the aliens offer a surprising gift, and John realizes that this is the moment to which God has called him. This is where he will make his mark; he was made for such a time as this.
Posted June 25, 2011
The primary objective in telling a story is to make it entertaining. Everything else is secondary, even teaching a lesson. When an author forgets this, a novel becomes at best a parable, and at worst a piece of propaganda. The Evidence shows the failures of not following these simple rules of writing. One of my main complaints with this book is that many parts seemed thrown together with numerous plotholes and elements seemingly thrown in at random. There were a couple points where the book seemed like it was going to end, and then managed to start up again in what was almost an entirely new story. Maybe this is due to the trilogy, but all the books should stand alone. Considering all the problems with the storytelling, Evidence holds a limited appeal to those not interested in Christian scifi and even then there is so much better. This falls far below the bar set by C. S. Lewis with his Chronicles of Narnia.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2011
I am a Christian and I like to read science fiction, that being said I didn't like this novel at all. As SF it was a weak story that never engages the reader. Its like the scifi is just a backdrop, which might be ok if the characters had any development beyond the fact that they are Christians with a dilemma. I just don't get it, wasn't there an editor to point out that this needed some fleshing out. I looked to see what else the author Austin Boyd had written and this appears to be his freshman effort, he has no where to go but up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2009
Posted April 30, 2006
Christianity and space come together, along with a twist of terrorism and politcal intrigue in this Christian 'science fiction' thriller. The technical aspects are well researched by this former astronaut candidate and space engineer. Not just for the guys either -- my wife has not yet put it down!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In 2011 American astronaut Commander John Wells and his crew watch from the space station the horror of the crippling terrorist attack that devastated DC and much of his nation¿s security with the brilliantly executed assault that has sent leadership into a tailspin on what to do. The predominant reaction around the earth is similar to that of Oklahoma City that a skillful knowledgeable group from the Middle East supported by a rogue government conducted the successful destruction. --- FBI agent Terrance Kerry begins to gather astounding information that seems to point otherwise than the Middle East in fact off world. He contacts Wells to assist him in uncovering the truth as NASA has received telecommunications including pictures from Mars that seem doubtful that they could have come from an old probe. While many wonder about ET attacking the earth, influential Reverend Malcolm Raines claims it¿s a sign from God telling his flock to return to the fold and shepherd the aliens to the Lord. John is considered a key to the face to face contact, but he will leave behind a family who needs him. --- This is an interesting first contact thriller that grips the audience from start to finish on two levels. The obvious action-packed attack and its ¿Martian¿ overtones counter the personal dilemma confronting the hero who as a preteen child dreamed of soaring into space, but has earthly obligations. John is the key as he not only keeps the story line moving, he seems genuine (apparently somewhat autobiographic) wondering what to do to balance his world and country¿s needs vs. the pull of his family. NASA¿s loss is readers¿ gain as Austin Boyd takes his audience on a terrific science fiction tale. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.