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Angel
by Alton Gansky

Reviewed by Darcie Gudger

"Angel not only impresses with its plot and daring content, it impresses with impeccable writing."

Reporter Priscilla Simms is out covering a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California when something unusual happens. Something so bizarre rescue crews pause to gawk.

A inverted diamond, the color of a black hole hovers above the stunned Californians and an alien descends to the ground in a bubble. Priscilla is surprised when the alien approaches her, claiming she is the one chosen to bridge the gap between him and the human race.

The alien identifies himself as Aster. He didn’t come to invade Planet Earth, rather he came to improve it. Transported around the world in a flash via the strange bubble, Aster and Priscilla visit politicians and religious leaders offering technology to obliterate poverty, disease and global warming.

Being a “first contact” rockets Priscilla into world-wide fame and prestige beyond that of a big network anchor. A dream come true. Or a nightmare?

What seems too good to be true usually is. By the time Priscilla considers the suspicions of her best friend, the entire world is evolving under Aster’s guidance. Poor countries are finding wealth, global warming is easing and people are riding the wave of evolutionary hope. Will the alien-worshipping world listen to the woman who gained Aster his global platform, out him as a deceiver? More important, will she survive long enough to make one final broadcast?

Once I peeled back the cover of Angel I was hooked. Couldn’t put it down. Work on fiction proposals was set aside, other writing duties delayed, meals skipped – it’s that good!

Angel not only impresses with its plot and daring content, it impresses with impeccable writing. Prose is tight and character arcs are clear and convicting. Angel is the kind of novel you hate to close at the end because you hate to end the relationship you just built with the characters.

Gansky breaks ground in the Christian fiction world by adding the alien element. Most Christian publishers shy away from The Man From Outer Space because the Bible doesn’t say much about the topic. Negative impact on doctrine and theology is the underlying fear. But Gansky, a senior pastor with a Master’s degree in Biblical studies, uses his alien character to anchor readers in the reality of Jesus Christ. The true God of the universe is far more powerful than any otherworldly being. With God on our side, who or what is there to fear?

Science fiction with outer-space and alien elements can be a powerful tool to draw a huge readership skeptical about Jesus Christ, straight to the cross. Look at how huge the Star Wars following is thirty years later! Star Trek never seems to go away. The Sci-Fi Channel on Direct TV and cable is viewed round the clock by millions. People love their extra-terrestrials!

Gas prices are high, money is tight, but if you love anything outer-space, I beg you to go buy this book to send booksellers and publishing houses a message. In fact add Gansky’s new release, Zero-G to your cart and request books by Randy Ingermanson as well. We gotta make this genre thrive.

Stop reading this review and go get the book! Now. Hurry!

Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.