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5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable Read
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
I purchased this on the recommendation of the author's family. I'm not sure which genre this novel is positioned, after reading I would suggest it as Inspirational/SF. That would rid the negative comments from readers expecting solid SF/F. Otherwise an enjoyable book.
4.0 out of 5 starsAn enjoyable and fast-moving space journey
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2014
"In the Blackness of Space" is an entertaining science fiction novel that also works as a story of forgiveness and redemption. It deals with such issues as child abuse but does so in a symbolic way that makes this novel appropriate for all ages. The Christian subtext is not heavy-handed, but offers possibilities for theological discussions. I especially appreciated the scenes in space and the design of the spaceship itself. Kuntz really did his homework to make this world believable and vivid. If I have any reservations, it's with the surprise ending, which revealed information that changed the scenario to set up the next book in the series. But by that time, I was enjoying the book enough to go with it!
This is an entertaining and quick read that was also a lot of fun.
A good tale of man's first interstellar slower than light ship. While struggling to keep the ship going the last surviving crew member finds Jesus. That's an organic part of the story, but was laid on with a trowel. Worth reading once, but probably not worth a second read.
This is truly excellent writing. I was blown away by the word choices, the constant movement, and the writer's ability to tell a story that is rich and intriguing without a lot of characters to work with (dogs and a computer?). Fantasy/science fiction are not usually my genre of choice, but this book made me want to read more of the author's work. He stands out as a great storyteller.
This starts off very strong, interesting and well written. It isn't a common storyline, but it's a good one and the main charactor is well developed. Much of the interaction with other charactors is stilted and not very realistic, but it fits the excentricities of the narrator and fit the world pictured through his eyes and experience.
Unfortunately, much of the final third of the book was contrived and poorly executed. The author seemed to be so set upon injecting an unecessary introduction with god that nothing else mattered. It was awkwardly handled, and didn't get any better. It seemed to skip along from poorly concieved scene to poorly concieved scene, and in its haste and excitement to promote an artificial and unrelated message it completely neglected all the mechanics that made the begginning so good.
5.0 out of 5 starsFind God In the Blackness of Space
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2015
When Grant met God in space, you felt as if you were with Grant. The description of the interaction of Grant and God was very emotional. Hope there is soon to be a sequel. Love the descriptive language.
What an enjoyable read! Grant, a man who walked from Georgia to Texas to avoid riding in a car or flying in a plane is kidnapped and sent to live in space in an experimental ship named Galileo with 3 biospheres! Grant suffers from blackouts when he gets stressed because of an abusive father and he has to survive alone in space with 2 poodles, a cage of kestrels, and a bunch of farm animals ! Grant also has to go outside the ship and make repairs or he will die - but he meets with someone who changes his life there!