Christian science fiction book series
by Stephen R. Wilson

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From Reviewer Forrest Shultz at 

A Christian Fiction  Version  of  "Heroes"

     The book under review here immediately reminded me of the television series
"Heroes".  I do not want to say much more about the comparison than that because
I never got around to watching all the shows in the series.  The main parallel I
would like to draw is the mystery of how these "heroes" received their
supernatural gifts and why.

     In The Gifted we are told that the gifts were given to these people by an
extraterrestrial civilization intending to use them in its war against another
ET civilization.  This we learn at the beginning and the end of the book.  But
that does not completely solve the mystery because of the ambiguity of the exact
nature of this group.  A few of their names sound like Biblical ones -- Trinity
and Zedek Kessed; but most of the names are those of the ancient Greek deities: 
Zeus and Hermes and Dionysus and Athena and Apollo.  And the comments on the
rear jacket of the book indicate that whatever plans for these gifted children
which these extraterrestrials do have may be oveturned by "Someone" (presumably
referring to God) who "has entirely different plans for them". 

     This is not to be unexpected when we consider that the author, Stephen
Wilson, is a Pastor and the book is a work of Christian Fiction.  Wilson, in
fact, is so concerned about Christian Fiction, that he not only is writing his
own, but also does a lot of reviewing of Christian Fiction, and that he is an
active member of The Lost Genre Guild, whose members are Christian authors of
science fiction and fantasy (and other types of "speculative" fiction). 
Information about him and his writing activities is available at 

     The characters in Wilson's story are interesting and well-developed and the
action is fast paced and holds the reader's attention.  But, frankly, I did NOT
like the inordinate amount of jumping back and forth in time.  It was not really
needed for the story and tends to confuse the reader.

     Book 1 ends with The Gifted, now adolescents, being brought together and
readied for transport to their destiny in outer space.  I intend to read the
following books in the series to discover what awaits these superheroes there: 
will they boldly go where no man has gone before??  What will they do and how
will God overrule the plans the ETs have for them.  This I am anxious to
discover in the rest of the series.