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Abiding Flame [Kindle Edition]

Pauline Creeden
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Book Description

Darkness can be overcome…

Terminally ill Lynette Lamb is forced to reunite her wayward son and grandson. Her options are as limited as her strength and mobility. Through a fateful series of events, the rejoined pair will leave Earth to become part of a colony orbiting a new planet. Sam Austin and his wife mourn the loss of their only child and decide to make a fresh start at the space station. The same ship holds the one who will fulfill the dark planet’s prophecy, but a demonic force boards to stop the vessel. The demon’s obedient but unwilling servant is sent on a suicide mission to keep the ship from reaching its destination.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prism Book Group (9 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #806,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough to buy the rest 8 Aug. 2014
By Y bird
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wasn't my cup of tea as I prefer my si-fi without god bothering. It wasn't a bad book in the main, needs the proof reader to actually read it; incoherent sentences bug the life out of me and there are enough in this book to irritate. On the positive side, spell-checker has been used so at least that's been avoided.
Is it an Americanism to believe the past tense of 'shine' is 'shined' rather than 'shone'? Yesterday the sun didn't shined, it shone. Every time I read this I grit my teeth, but it's not the first book I've seen it in and my teeth are starting to wear down…
I would say its a book aimed at the American market and wouldn't particularly be enjoyed by the English. There's many references to god and praying, that for me, got in the way of the story. If that will turn you off from reading a book, avoid this one. I'd say putting a warning in the blurb is only polite; if I'd paid for it I'd be pretty miffed. Fortunately, I got it free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 19 Aug. 2014
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Abiding Flame, is brilliant!! I'm a great fan of this author, and this book was certainly not disappointing. Strangely, I particularly liked the nasty little demon Celfarus, but I felt sorry for poor Bill, constantly tormented by the nasty thing.
The thought of stepping out of a space ship into the vast darkness of space, fills me with horror. The story is fast paced and exciting...well written and wonderfully atmospheric.
The way the story ended was intriguing, and I'm hoping there will be sequel.
Great book, which I highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Science Fiction At It's Best! 10 July 2014
By Becca Wilson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This story was definitely something different than I was used to but in a great way! It tells the story of many years in the future where the Bible and Christianity are pretty much extinct. The Tulamites are in the belief that there is going to be a savior that comes to earth and will make sure that everything is running smoothly. They are so sure that this is going to happen that they need to make sure that they have the fifty civilians arrive to the colony each year. This is one of the things that is supposed to make the savior come. Lynette is one of those characters that is strong within her own right. She is dying but still manages to take care of her grandson even though it is taking a toll on her. She has to make the decision to send Jeremy away to live with his father on a space colony. Jeremy does not know his dad well at all. Lynette has told Jeremy to follow God’s word and to make sure that all his guidance comes from Him. She does not want him to turn out to be brainwashed and conform to society.
There are also the characters of Sam and Tanya that are also on their way to the space colony. They are eager to see what awaits them. Tanya had not been herself since their nineteen year old son died. The workings of what would be a fresh start on the space colony give the reader hope that she will be able to cope and start a new life without all the hardship and grief. Questions are also arisen from the other characters in the book as to whether everything will turn out the way it is supposed to. I have honestly never thought of putting a Christian themed novel together with Science Fiction, but it was amazing. The characters were so well developed and they each had their own story to tell. The book moved along at just the perfect speed so that I did not get bored or even worse, lost. Pauline Creeden is one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint with this book!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this novel for my open and honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, Intriguing Read! 8 July 2014
By Becky @ Twisted Book Junkie - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
In Abiding Flame, Pauline Creeden bravely combines science fiction and religion into a fast-paced story. In a futuristic world of enhanced technology, faith has become nearly extinct. But Lynette Lamb and her grandson, Jeremy, are among the last believers on Earth. Lynette has an inoperable disease which leaves her dying, and she is forced to send Jeremy to live with his estranged father, Lieutenant Harold Lamb, who is leaving Earth to reside at the Sorin Space Station. Lt. Lamb can’t stand Jeremy because he is so different, and refuses to comply with the “normalization” process.

“The boy reminded him of a wild weed, a dandelion sullying an otherwise pristine lawn—unchecked, unassimilated, and unnormalized.”

Also traveling on this star cruiser is Bill, a lonely, deeply disturbed character, whose only companion is Celfarus, an evil, terrifying demon. Because Bill has “the Sight,” he can see and communicate with his demon instead of Celfarus possessing him like it did other humans, yet his influence on Bill is no less powerful.

As civilian passengers aboard the same star cruiser, Sam and his wife, Tanya, play a huge role in Jeremy’s life as they attempt to put their lives back together after the death of their only son.

With dazzling characters, a wonderfully descriptive science fiction setting, and a well-paced plot, this was a suspenseful, intriguing read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely should be your next Hot Summer Read! 14 July 2014
By Leslie1213 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
5.5/5 Stars!

When the book started out in a futuristic world of computerized houses and a crew equipping a cruiser for intergalactic travel, I thought I knew what was coming. When the purpose behind the trip was explained by negotiations with an alien race for our use of their tech, I settled in for a good old sci-fi adventure.

When the demon showed up and started talking about a prophecy concerning one of the passengers... I sat up and read with renewed interest.

"Renewal" is a great word to describe Pauline Creeden's treatment of the sci-fi genre in this book! She seamlessly combines elements of the supernatural within a "traditional" sci-fi setting without ever feeling overdrawn or forced.

I really enjoyed this book, and would readily recommend it to anybody! [For a more in-depth review, check out my blog: [...] ]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Awesome CS Lewis meets Star Trek. 26 Jun. 2014
By Melissa Lee - Published on
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Abiding Flame is a creepily awesome futuristic sci-fi story following several characters into space. We start with Lynette Lamb and her grandson Jeremy who are among the few Christians left on the planet. Lynette is dying and has to send Jeremy to live with his father who is about to leave for space again. On board the ship is a man named bill who acts a bit crazy because of the demon attached to him.

It was like CS Lewis meets Star Trek. The characters are really fleshed out. The pacing is great and keeps your attention.

Pauline Creeden is a very talented author who made me think and rethink how often the spiritual realm is at work in our daily lives without us realizing it. This must be a first book in a series because the story stops more than ends, but I really want to know more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detail and imagination make this science fiction story believable 15 Jun. 2014
By Victoria Pitts Caine - Published on
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In a world centuries into the future where the Bible is unknown and God has been forgotten, Lynette Lamb must make the difficult decision to send her beloved grandson to live with his father.

Lieutenant Lamb has no use for his son or the God to whom he prays. If not for Tanya and Sam Austin, the boy would have no one to love and care for him on a mission to a new space colony.

Needing to fill an extra seat on the ship, the lieutenant picks Bill, a poor choice who has an ever present demon. Bill has his eye on the captain’s daughter, but the demon wants Bill to sabotage the ship.

Murder, intrigue, and suspense fill the pages of this novel and the hope of a handful of believers delivers God’s rescue.

Science fiction and space travel are not usually my first choice in a read, but I couldn't put this one down for long. It is well written and Ms Creeden’s imagination and attention to detail makes for a very good story.
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