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Reviewed by Si Ning Yeoh for Readers' Favorite
Strange and sinister events have been threatening Jebediah’s peaceful Amish community. It is not their way for individuals to take unorthodox action to solve the problems, but for love of his wife and unborn child, Jebediah will willingly bear the condemnation of his peers to call for help. Strange truths come to light as the community receives a group of visitors from space. Their grudging acceptance of the aid offered will save their lives, but at a terrible cost; too late will they realize that they have escaped one danger only to meet a bigger one - vampires. Soon, a fight will be on and long-held principles will be abandoned as Jebediah and his people struggle to save their lives and souls from a terrible evil far beyond their ken. Such is the story of Kerry Nietz’s Amish Vampires in Space.
I have to confess, I had no idea of what to expect upon first picking up Kerry Nietz’s novel, as Amish Vampires in Space sounded like an incredibly bizarre mixing of usually unrelated genres. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised to find the book to be highly thought-provoking, with a solid plot and well-developed characters. Jebediah, in particular, is a highly likable protagonist with the courage to do what is right rather than what is easy. Themes of religion, pacifism, personal responsibility, etc are explored thoroughly; we are shown how difficult it is to maintain a black-and-white view of morality in times of difficulty. Nietz takes the time to build up the suspense; my only gripe is that sometimes the suspense is drawn out frustratingly long. All in all, however, I recommend this as an uniquely interesting read.