Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review! Abiding Flame by Pauline Creeden

Darkness can be overcome…

Terminally ill Lynette Lamb is forced to reunite her wayward son and grandson. Her options are as limited as her strength and mobility. Through a fateful series of events, the rejoined pair will leave Earth to become part of a colony orbiting a new planet. Sam Austin and his wife mourn the loss of their only child and decide to make a fresh start at the space station. The same ship holds the one who will fulfill the dark planet’s prophecy, but a demonic force boards to stop the vessel. The demon’s obedient but unwilling servant is sent on a suicide mission to keep the ship from reaching its destination

Title: Abiding Flame

Author: Pauline Creeden

Genres: Religion, Science Fiction

Publisher/Publication Date: Prism Book Group, June 9, 2014

In Abiding Flame, Pauline Creeden bravely combines science fiction and religion into a fast-paced story. In a futuristic world of enhanced technology, faith has become nearly extinct. But Lynette Lamb and her grandson, Jeremy, are among the last believers on Earth. Lynette has an inoperable disease which leaves her dying, and she is forced to send Jeremy to live with his estranged father, Lieutenant Harold Lamb, who is leaving Earth to reside at the Sorin Space Station. Lt. Lamb can’t stand Jeremy because he is so different, and refuses to comply with the “normalization” process.

“The boy reminded him of a wild weed, a dandelion sullying an otherwise pristine lawn—unchecked, unassimilated, and unnormalized.”

Also traveling on this star cruiser is Bill, a lonely, deeply disturbed character, whose only companion is Celfarus, an evil, terrifying demon. Because Bill has “the Sight,” he can see and communicate with his demon instead of Celfarus possessing him like it did other humans, yet his influence on Bill is no less powerful.

As civilian passengers aboard the same star cruiser, Sam and his wife, Tanya, play a huge role in Jeremy’s life as they attempt to put their lives back together after the death of their only son.

With dazzling characters, a wonderfully descriptive science fiction setting, and a well-paced plot, this was a suspenseful, intriguing read! 

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine.

Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and is now available as an audiobook. #1 Bestseller on Amazon in Christian Sci/Fi and Fantasy (October 2013)

One of Pauline's short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. 

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