I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Book Crash. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard
Published by Soothkeep Press on May 16th 2017
Genres: Christian, Fantasy, Religion, Sci-Fi
Source: Book Crash
“Men’s hearts shall fail from fear…for the planets of the heavens shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26).
When rookie astronomer Irina Kirilenko discovers a planet-size comet in the Kuiper Belt on a collision course for Mars, she first faces stonewalling from the Minor Planet Center, then coercion and stricture from NASA. They press her to embrace an ingenious reinterpretation of her discovery and ban her from talking about it.
It slowly dawns on her that the government is fostering a massive conspiracy to keep the public oblivious to the truth—Earth is facing an existential threat. Unwilling to be silenced, she recruits fellow astronomer Ariele Serrafe to evaluate her discovery, placing both in the crosshairs of government agents.
Set in a dystopian vision of the near future, The Rogue, the first volume of the Planets Shaken series, weaves the threads of biblical prophecy, ancient history, government conspiracy, and electric universe theory into a thought-provoking, tensely plotted thriller—one that asks us to reconsider the nature of the universe and the destiny of the world.
I have to do this backward. I LOVED this book. This book is definitely Top 10 for me this year. Yes I know it’s only a 4 star rating which seems a bit backward but… Here’s the total truth. There is two reasons for the rating I gave it, yet a million reasons for why it’s a Top 10. The truth is the absolute abuse (OK perhaps overkill is a better choice) of ellipses. Words … more words … and a whole paragraph goes by like that. 15-20 pages later another paragraph like that. I mean it wasn’t as if they were used incorrectly per se but they drove me absolutely batty. Secondly, the technical. Oh, for the love of gravy I haven’t read anything so technical, probably ever. Here’s the deal though, it was overly technical and throwing out all the acronyms that make up government agencies that I can never remember what they stand for and what they mean and the physics and math and … there was a LOT of technical. Here’s the secret though, while I go so bogged down in all of that it actually enhanced the story and I don’t think the book would have been as great without it. Even though I was sinking in the bog of stuffs.
There’s something about apocalyptic fiction that draws me in and makes me need to read it. There’s something to be said about astronomy and the heavens that draws me in. The idea that there are things out there that I can’t begin to understand interests me. I can’t imagine having the knowledge and education and technical understanding to be in Irina or Ariele’s shoes. I’ll never have that, heck I didn’t even truly understand any of the depth and technical aspects of the book. I didn’t need to though. I do know that I saw too much in what is happening in our world society in this book. I do know that there is not one scenario that came up in this book that did not feel real. I do know that sometimes I’m scared that this is not science fiction but is a realistic vision of reality. I do know that Biblical prophecy is real and while I don’t know how or when it will happen I do know that it will happen. I do know that I’m on the right side of that scenario but I also know that knowledge doesn’t make it any less scary.
This book sets a stage of a potential threat from space, a rogue planet or oversized comet, something that potentially could wipe out civilization as we know it on a good chunk of the planet. This book takes things that have legitimately happened in the course of history and provides a plausible explanation that correlates to this impending scenario. With a discovery of this magnitude government steps in, takes over, shuts down research and reexplains it as something that wouldn’t be end of the world. FEMA camps, NASA taking over all public and private telescopes (the big research ones), the FBI delving into things that aren’t normally part of it’s scope, targeting ‘preppers’ as potential domestic terrorists. Any of this starting to sound familiar? These things are happening. Does that mean that The Rogue in this book is based on fact? I’m not that much a conspiracy theorist. I also can understand why the government would take the steps they took in this book. I feel like it was over the top and alarmist but if there was something out there that could wipe out part of the planet what would you do? Most of us would panic. Wipe the bank, the grocery store shelves and head for somewhere we assume would be safe. Those actions would decimate society before there was a chance for an external force to do so. I don’t agree with the government actions and ‘Big Brother’ attitude that this book portrays but I can realistically see it happening. That scares me just as much as whatever might be out there.
The truth is, there are many options for apocalyptic fiction out there, both secular and Christian. Most of them have merit and at least a grain of truth to them. Relying heavily on Biblical prophecy this book paints a world that I can truly imagine. It paints a world that I feel like is straight out of current events. I came across this book on Book Crash and I was intrigued by the premise. The idea that it’s the first book in a series makes it even more interesting. This book is just the beginning, the setting of the stage, and I hope that I am able to read the next book and the next book and the entire series as it comes out. It’s just that good. It’s just that real. There’s so much to still experience and explore and find out as this unfolds.