A Perfect Flock

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
330 Pages
Reviewed on 02/01/2024
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Author Biography

A graduate of Jerry Jenkins’ “Your Novel Blueprint” course, Mike Bogue wrote the well-received McFarland nonfiction book "Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema: 1951-1967," which received an NPR endorsement.

A life-long speculative fiction fan, Mike finds science fiction a perfect genre to explore timeless themes and timely science. His SF short stories have appeared in G-FAN, Scary Monsters Magazine, Daikaiju! 3, and Don’t Go In the Water.

"A Perfect Flock," Mike’s first Christian science fiction novel, probes the nature of free will in its tale of technology-enhanced Christians who are perfect in every way—or are they?

Single and retired from higher ed, Mike lives with his cat Bendi in Western Arkansas, where he and Bendi regularly hold contests to see who can nap the longest in a single day.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

A Perfect Flock is a work of fiction penned by author Mike Bogue in the science fiction, suspense, and Christian fiction subgenres. The work is suitable for the general adult reading audience with some mild scenes of violence. In this thrilling and fast-paced adventure, we follow Tuck Jameson as he races against time to rescue his brother Clay from The Body, a religious cult utilizing nanotechnology for zealous conversions. As Clay faces imminent transformation, Tuck teams up with former mentor Adam Shimura, who is now a black ops agent. The cult's enigmatic leader, Brother Moody, intensifies the pursuit, and a prophecy unveils the staggering implications of their struggle.

Author Mike Bogue has penned a truly thrilling experience that never lets up from cover to cover, seamlessly blending elements of suspense and techno-thriller, and even a dash of the speculative into its sci-fi plot. Bogue puts a lot of thought into the pacing of the gripping narrative structure. I loved the way that dialogue was utilized to explore the convergence of religion, technology, and the human psyche in a natural and easy-to-access format as the characters make these discoveries alongside us. The characters are also compellingly brought to life with vivid descriptions and narrative focus, and I was especially fascinated by Adam and Tuck’s dynamic and how well they complemented one another to solve seemingly impossible problems. The novel deftly raises questions about the intersection of faith, autonomy, and societal control, all bubbling in the background so that you suddenly think about them later on when you’ve set the work down. Overall, I would highly recommend A Perfect Flock for fans of science fiction as a well-penned, thought-provoking, and riveting read.