Hill of Great Darkness

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
264 Pages
Reviewed on 08/16/2023
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Author Biography

Born and raised in the middle of America, I was introduced to one of the mysteries of our land at an early age. I am speaking of what is now known as the Cahokia Mounds Historical Site, also known locally as Monk’s Mound
Raised by my grandparents during the turbulent 60s as well as the revolutionary phase of the 70’s, I learned great respect for our nation and the difference between right and wrong.
I fell in love with classic Sci-Fi and always dreamed of writing a Science Fiction story of my own.
With my faith in the Bible and a love for storytelling I have crafted a Christian Sci-Fi genre that I call Chri-Fi.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Hill of Great Darkness is a work of fiction in the science fiction, Christian fiction, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author H C Beckerr. Set in the near future of 2037, the story revolves around the first test flight of a spacecraft designed to explore our solar system using new engine systems. However, during the test flight utilizing a gravity-wave-based drive system, unexpected and unsettling outcomes occur. These results are linked to an unidentified object buried beneath an ancient Indian mound in the heartland of America. The novel seamlessly merges elements of science fiction with Christian themes, creating an intriguing narrative that delves into the mysteries of the universe and the nature of faith.

Author H C Beckerr has crafted an imaginative and engaging novel with a unique blend of futuristic technology and spiritual exploration. The book's exploration of advanced technology and its potential consequences is balanced with thought-provoking reflections on spirituality, destiny, and the unknown. I also really enjoyed the wide-angle focus of the piece as a whole, in keeping with the science fiction tradition of centering on the plot and letting the characters speak for themselves without too much intense focus on their personal dramas. Even from this viewpoint, the characters are relatable thanks to their dialogue and the author’s narrative skill, and their journey to uncover the truth behind the ancient mound and the unexpected test-flight results kept me engaged throughout. Overall, Hill of Great Darkness offers readers a fresh perspective on the intersection of faith and science, making it a captivating read for both sci-fi enthusiasts and those interested in exploring deeper philosophical questions.

Scott Cahan

Hill of Great Darkness by H C Beckerr is a science fiction adventure based on popular space travel theories. The year is 2037, and the Magellan, a manned spacecraft, leaves Earth on a mission planned to be a historic first for mankind. Something goes wrong, causing the ship to go drastically off course. At the same time, a strange phenomenon happens back on Earth that is somehow connected to the fate of the Magellan. Roger Hand, chief executive of ground control, is suddenly in a race against time to figure out what’s happening and how to bring his astronauts home safely.

Hill of Great Darkness is a fast-paced sci-fi tale with many moving parts. The science it’s based on seems plausible, and the attempts at explaining how it all works sounded good to me, although I’m no science expert. Many characters are involved as the action takes place in multiple locations, often simultaneously. Author H C Beckerr does a great job of cranking up the tension by jumping from one scene to the next at just the right points in the story. This makes for a strong plot that twists and turns and flows onward effortlessly, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. The author has also done a fantastic job ensuring that each character is interesting and unique. I highly recommend Hill of Great Darkness for fans of hard science fiction and those who enjoy watching appealing characters placed in dangerous situations, trying to overcome the challenges.

Essien Asian

After years of careful preparation, the Magellan, a spaceship created with state-of-the-art technology, prepares for its maiden voyage, where the leading space agencies of the time have drawn up estimates of the ship potentially making it to Mars. On the eve of the journey, catastrophe strikes as the Magellan disappears without a trace while in mid-flight. Roger Hand is tasked with discovering what happened to the Magellan and bringing the ship and her crew back home safely. Little does he know that the answers he seeks are closer to home than he can imagine in H.C. Beckerr and Henry Martin's Hill Of Great Darkness.

Elements of folklore and religion combine to great effect to create the intriguing plot of this collaborative effort between H.C. Beckerr and Henry Martin. The use of curious backstories laced with deliberate gaps in them for almost every one of the characters shows a conscious effort by Beckerr and Martin to draw the reader into their story using built-up intrigue early in the novel. The religious undertones are fairly obvious, with references to unique events that many Christians are familiar with. Kudos must go to the duo for maintaining the high-intensity activities of an action story using vivid and highly detailed storytelling. The result of this is a story where you are keen on understanding Jessica Vandale's game plan while appreciating the technicalities the science of space travel is based on. It is never easy blending science with religion in a novel without displaying some bias either way, but with Hill Of Great Darkness, Beckerr and Martin seem to have found that balance.

Rabia Tanveer

Hill of Great Darkness by H C Beckerr is an adventure/science fiction novel set in 2037. The first human-crewed spacecraft, Magellan, with revolutionary technology, left Earth to take mankind on a journey to our solar system before it all went haywire. Before anyone could anticipate it, the Magellan was off its course. It was down to Roger Hand to get the Magellan back on track before it was too late. It was a race against time to bring the astronauts and the technology back to Earth before this vital information fell into the hands of terrible people. Can Roger bring it back to Earth before it is too late?

I loved Hill of Great Darkness. I loved that it was not a government-hating, political rage science fiction novel with an evil head of state going mad with power. This novel was a genuine science fiction adventure story with a great plot, fantastic characters, and a fast pace that kept me invested in the story. H C Beckerr introduced his characters gradually, and at first, I had no idea why it all felt synchronized. There was a rhyme and reason to how each character was introduced and how they were presented. I immediately knew Roger would be a reliable character who would accompany me till the end. While Roger was my favorite, Simone, the scientist, quickly rose to the top as well. She was focused and had a very strong mind. I really enjoyed the dry humor and the narrative style. The chapters were short, the pace was perfect, and I was entertained! What more could I ask for?