~ About the Book ~
~ Synopsis ~
~ About the Author ~
~ Excerpt ~
Jebediah had a secret.
It was a weight, really. Something the songs of church service couldn’t lighten. Even daily prayers and scripture reading were no help. It was always present. Always hidden.
“It is Gelassenheit,” his father had said. “Surrendering yourself for others.”
So Jeb bore the weight. It was God’s will. Like Abraham tying Isaac to the altar. We hold the knife with the faith that God will stop us from using it.
With a groan, Jebediah pushed his way out of bed. Beside him, Sarah sighed and rolled his direction. Even with the passage of decades, she still appeared as beautiful to him as when they married. A day twenty years ago now. Her in a simple white dress and kapp. He in his best black suit. Family and friends, similarly attired. A simpler time. A happier time. An early spring.
Before the secret had passed to him.
“Is it morning so soon?” she whispered.
Jeb smiled. “Ya, it is.”
She made to get out of bed, but Jeb frowned and held out a hand. “Stay in,” he said. “At forty, you’ve earned a few more minutes.”
She put the back of her hand over her mouth and yawned. “So much to do today. The Troyers need breakfast. And Eli will need help with that baby. And the garden.”
Jeb glanced out the bedroom window. The sun had not yet begun to rise. And neither moon. Only a few distant stars and the mass of what was commonly called the Morning Nebbit.
Still very dark. That was a comfort, at least.
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~ Review by Angela ~
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!