Knox’s Irregulars by J. Wesley Bush (Four Stars)

Knox’s Irregulars by J. Wesley Bush

(Four stars out of Five)

I hasten to confess up front: this is not a four star story. But in keeping with my policy of granting an extra star to credible freshman efforts. It’s only fair to raise this story’s three to a four.

That said, it’s a really good read.

In many ways it’s a typical military science fiction tale of a country (on a planet far, far away) overrun by ruthless enemies and the emergence of a behind-the-lines resistance movement centered around the few remaining regular soldiers. The invented history, technology and cultures are plausible. The writing is very good.

I hesitate to mention, because this may be book store poison, but this story has a decidedly Christian perspective. I do mention it because so many Christian stories are of such poor quality that they give the genre a bad reputation. (You’d think it would be the other way, but it sadly isn’t.) That said the cast is multiracial, multigender and multicultural and includes several CINOs (Christians in name only).

Nice, relevant historical quote opens each chapter. Fun in themselves, and a lot of extra work for the author.

Quibble: the prologue is told from the internal point of view of Lt. Nabil al-Hise, who later figures among the supporting cast of the good guys. Nabil undergoes a radical change of perspective between the first and second time he appears in text, but the reader has no clue of that. (Come to think of it, that’s a strength—except for the weak-minded (like me), who missed it. ;))

Noteworthy as well is its position among the first titles published by the new Enclave imprint.

Good job.