Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. Three hundred years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos. Eventually it reaches Sakhra, now an important Commonwealth possession, and it seems like history is about to repeat itself.
But this time, something is waiting: an Outsider, one of the Commonwealth's ultimate warships. Slender silver ships, full of functionality and crewed by people of unusual abilities, often sociopaths or psychopaths, Outsiders were conceived in back alleys, built and launched in secret, and commissioned without ceremony. One system away from Earth, the Outsider ship, Charles Manson, makes a stand. Commander Foord waits with his crew of miscreants and sociopaths, hoping to accomplish what no other human has been able to do - to destroy Faith!
John Love's Faith blends military drama with dark mystery in a vein far more literary and ambiguous than the traditional space opera. Instead of good versus evil, Love gives us deeply flawed criminals who have been relegated to the role of cannon fodder in the fight against the unknowable She, the massive ship of unidentified origin that brings ruin to civilizations over centuries and galaxies.
Andy Paris' crisp performance suits the brisk martial pace of the epic ship-to-ship battles, while also bringing humanity to the suffering of the humanoid alien Sakhran species, whose empire has already been destroyed by Her. Perhaps that which humanity cannot understand should not be as doggedly pursued as it is in Faith by our interstellar Ahab, Aaron Foord.
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