Item description for Flashpoint: Book One of The Underground (Bk. 1) by Frank Creed...
"Flashpoint" is Biblical Cyberpunk set in the year 2036 and is the story of an alternative future where patriotism meets tyranny, the Patriot Act waxes Stalin-esque and the violence of terrorism has united the world. 2036 is the time of a central one-world government: the One-State. Fundamentalist terrorists are the One-State's only threat. This group includes Bible-believing Christians. When peacekeepers make a home-church bust in Ward-Six of the Chicago Metroplex, only Dave and Jen Williams evade capture. The siblings turn to the Body of Christ Underground for help, adopt street-names (Calamity Kid and e-girl) and slip between the cracks of the Chicago Metroplex. Calamity Kid and e-girl undergo technological re-formation that provides them with skills, knowledge and other abilities that allow them meet the gravest challenges facing Fundamentalist Christians and ultimately help them save their family, friends and neighbors before they're brainwashed, enslaved or worse by the One-State Neros.
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Studio: The Writers Cafe Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher The Writers Cafe Press
ISBN 1934284017 ISBN13 9781934284018
Availability 0 units.
More About Frank Creed
Frank Creed has worked for the past 10 years as an auto-worker for Subaru of Indiana Automotive. He had been writing fiction as a hobby for over 20 years, but after a severe head-on collision that left him disabled, suddenly his writing took on a life of its own. Creed has had short stories published in speculative fiction anthologies.
Frank Creed currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Frank Creed was born in 1966.
Reviews - What do customers think about Flashpoint: Book One of The Underground (Bk. 1)?
Exciting Sci-Fi Action Mar 16, 2009
Let me start by saying I disagree with some of the descriptions of this book and they could be the reason some have not chosen to read it: 1. It is not an End Times book. While yes it is in the future and there is a One World government there is nothing else that points or hints at Biblical End Times. There are too many Last Days books as it is and this isn't one of them. 2. The word "Fundamentalist" is used to describe the Christians that are considered enemies by the One State. I don't agree with the use of the word. I, for instance, am not a Fundamentalist but I do believe in the fundamentals of scripture. The use of the word "Fundamentalist" to describe Bible believing Christians has too many stereotypes (whether we like it or not) and cuts out all the rest of us that are not in that camp of Christianity. If the use of the title is keeping you from getting this book, don't let it. 3. Don't judge this book by its ugly cover. I know the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" but let's face it we all do it. If I were in a store and the cover of a book had a close-up of a young Amish woman with a guy in the background pushing a plow I would not pick up the book to see what the back cover said. Would you? "Flashpoint" has a bad 1960s cover but in no way does it match the story.
The story is entertaining, exciting and even comical at times. Christian fiction is terribly lacking in sci-fi so it was good to find this book. The story follows mostly one side - those of the believers - and their trials to free those Christians arrested by the One State government. The tech gear of 2036 is really cool and how it blends with the power of the Holy Spirit is very clever and original. Although I have a couple of doctrinal issues with the book it is mostly strong in its Biblical message and uplifting to believers and honorable to our God.
I did find the writing style to be hard for me to read. I found it chopped and the sentence structure hard to comprehend. At times I could not tell which character was talking and other areas I'd have to re-read. I realize many other reviewers said they like the writing so maybe it was me. (I was educated in government schools.) I also had a hard time with the slang although I easily grasped the tech-talk (go figure?) The print style was closely spaced which also made it harder to read. The book is only 187 pages long but if it were line-spaced better it would have been 250.
Overall this is a good book and worth reading. The story is basic and the plot simple which would make it a good book for the youth. The book ends so I'm guessing this is a series and not a trilogy. It'll be interesting to see how "War of Attrition" turns out.
1 Star = Pathetic 2 Stars = Fair 3 Stars = Good 4 Stars = Excellent 5 Stars = Life changing
Good book with a caveat Feb 10, 2009
When I first purchased this book from this site, I had found it appearing on list after list of "Great Cyberpunk Novels." Being a fan of the genre, I checked out the reviews, the few that were there gave high praise. So I bought it. When it arrived I knew from the first page that either I or the reviewers missed something.
As it is now obvious from the subsequent reviews & articles, the author is a devout Christian. As soon as you begin reading this will become apparent. As someone with similar beliefs, I figured that couldn't be that bad. I was in for a surprise.
The plot, characters & writing style are quite excellent & this leads to a compelling and entertaining story. I enjoyed many elements of the book. The idea that in a one-state future, Christians would be branded as extremist terrorists intrigued me. The character castes also served to draw me in.
The downside is that between almost every beat (and sometimes in the middle of an action sequence) the writer decides to insert a heavy-handed 'preaching session.' Don't get me wrong, in no way does the author say 'believe this' or 'think that', but he almost awkwardly inserts phrases or descriptions that would pull me right out of the story, make me put down the book & take a breather. Lines like "The new king of the hill is Liberator, and Liberator says treat everyone how you'd like them to treat you." Momentum & tension is also lost when you can envision these characters with a constant condescending smile that parents reserve for dumb children.
It breaks down like this: The closer you are to the author's beliefs, the better this novel is. When it came down to it, this book just makes 4 stars. Even with all that is said above, I still finished satisfied with my purchase. I believe the author would be better served to tone down portions of the book, he'd be more likely to actually connect to those who don't already agree with his world view. He has too much raw talent to risk alienating any potential readers.
Christian Science Fiction at its Best Nov 13, 2008
I recommend this book. Not often does an author integrate Scripture into fiction in a way that does not belittle the Word of God or damage the fictive dream presented in the story. Frank Creed has created a world in which the reader can believe that the power of the Word is used by these fascinating and believable characters. The demonstration of faith is natural not contrived. Young believers, reading this futuristic tale, will witness Christians in action against foes that represent real opposition present in our world today.
Buyer Be Aware Mar 30, 2008
2 of the 3 reviews are written by the author. No place in the description of the book do they describe what the novel really is -- a propaganda piece for fundamentalist beliefs.
There is nothing wrong with this type of novel. If those are your beliefs and you chose to engage in reading this type of material -- please enjoy. If you do not want to read a book with a strong pro-fundamentalist christian slant then do not read this book.
With apologies to Mr. Creed it is also fairly poorly written. I tried to hang with it despite my discomfort with the subject material but in the end the terrible writing did me in and I had to put it down. Left it in a hotel room next to the bible figuring that's where he would like it to be anyhow.
One word version of this review = drivel.
Flashpoint in Christian Fiction Mar 12, 2008
Great book. Besides entertainment, the story goes non-stop from beginning to end, I found the character of Calamity Kid to be inspiring! Despite his faults (he does suffer from pride and can be condescending) this character is superbly drawn.
The author, Frank Creed, writes in a tight highly descriptive style -- every word is precise and there is no superfulous verbiage. The fight scenes are written to make one feel they are in the room, if not the character of CK.
Highly recommended -- and I don't usually read sci-fi, let alone cyberpunk.