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by Kerry Nietz

** 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards, Finalist **** 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist, Science Fiction **** 2011 EPIC eBook Awards, Finalist, Science Fiction **He crossed the stars to follow a song...So where's the singer?Sandfly is free of the rules and free of Earth, but now there's a new mystery to solve.With his female companion, HardCandy, and a secret ship named DarkTrench, he travels across time and space to find the source and meaning of the transmission that changed his life.When they arrive in the Betelgeuse system, they discover something the former crew did not--a planet. On it lives a civilization of humanoids that are technologically advanced, peaceful, and mystifying. Is their meeting an occurrence the Scriptures predicted? HardCandy thinks so. Sandfly is not so sure.But what he most wants to know is why is he seeing things no one else can.And where is the song that brought them here--or its singer? Where is the Superlative Stream?
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ISBN: 0982598726
ISBN13: 978-0982598726
Category: Religion
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Kerry Nietz
Language: English
Publisher: Gilead Publishing (April 1, 2010)
Pages: 382 pages
ePUB size: 1306 kb
FB2 size: 1929 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 384
Other Formats: lit docx lrf mbr

This is a solid sequel to A Star Curiously Singing. One thing I love about this series is that the main characters are ordinary people. I had a gap between reading A Star Curiously Singing and The Superlative Stream. Kerry Nietz formulated the perfect introduction that was neither a boring information dump nor a confusing segue. He summarizes what we need to remember from ASCS to immerse ourselves back into The Dark Trench Saga with a cool device. A memo Sandfly drafts to his boss. Clever and fitting with the story. HardCandy is such a cool character, especially in the male-dominated story and in a setting where Islam is the ruling religion. I was so curious about her and loved reading about her back story. There was just enough, and the flashbacks works so well with the present story.
The main story of their landing and experiences on Betelgeuse sucked me right in to the utopian life just like Sandfly and HardCandy experience. The mystery of the place was well done. Now on to Freeheads (which may be my favorite book title, ever).
Another winner for Kerry Nietz! As I read I was amazed at Nietz's world building. This book follows right where A Star Curiously Singing left off, taking us again into the world of Sandfly and HardCandy, both former debuggers on a mission to a distant star. Interspersed through the novel are scenes that show us how HardCandy came to be a debugger (usually an all male profession.) Sometimes these sort of things slow down a narrative, but they did not at all in this case. In fact, they are even more poignant now that Islam has been making the headlines of late. We see just how a woman is treated in many societies today and easily empathize with HardCandy's plight.

This isn't a blow 'em up and race across the galaxy type of science fiction novel (though there are several chase-type scenes), but The Superlative Stream is more of a thinking man/woman's science fiction tale. The spiritual insights are real, powerful, and never feel forced. Reminded me at times of C. S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. A terrific novel to read in a snowstorm!
The Superlative Stream is 2nd of a trilogy. I have never read a second book so distinctly different than the first book of a series yet so connected. Kudos to the author for originality.

Like the first offering, A Star Curiously Singing, this book takes the characters looking for something more to life. The reason and purpose behind our being. The supernatural Creator often rejected by mainstream society. (No pun intended by "stream").

This book has a bit of a castaway vibe--two people stranded on a planet. That's not exactly what happens, but it has that feel and I don't typically go for those stories, so that's why 4 stars instead of 5.

I enjoyed learning more about HardCandy and GrimJack. My favorite character is Dark Trench (ironic, because he's a ship). And I absolutely love the symbolism in the novel. What a superlative metaphor. :)

Recommended for readers who are looking for a unique sci-fi experience.

I will be moving on to #3 as soon as I find some spare cash. :)
Book two was just as good as book one if not more enjoyable. Our story continues with Sandfly and HardCandy flying off in the ship Dark Trench to find the source of the Superlative Stream. It's a story of adventure, discovery and a search for truth. In book one we learn about religious bondage of one type and in book two we learn about an entire different philosophy. Both take away your freedom and both bring death. In book two we also skip back in time to learn more about HardCandy and how she came to be a Debugger. At first I thought I didn't want to know and then I found myself looking forward to the chapters that showed us her story.

The writing is smooth and easy to read. I'd even say it's a joy to read. Kerry doesn't make this sci-fi adventure they type where you have to learn a whole new vocabulary. For that I'm thankful. Although the first three quarters of the book is not what I would call fast-paced it does have that Hitchcock type force that keeps you reading because you have no idea what's coming next.

If you are looking for the perfect sci-fi trilogy with a Biblical worldview then you've come to the right place. It rally doesn't get any better then this. I'm very glad I waited until book three came out before reading book two. Now I don't have to endure the dreaded wait time. Great job Kerry!


If you've read this book (or wrote it) I have two questions for you. 1. Why the names Shem, Ham and Japheth? 2. Why did Sandfly and HardCandy not mention anything about the dangers that the triped was facing on the surface of the planet?


1 Star = Pathetic
2 Stars = Fair
3 Stars = Good
4 Stars = Excellent
5 Stars = Life changing

For those who give me a negative vote on my review please comment and let me know why. I'd like to improve my reviews so they can be helpful to those who read them. Please understand I choose not to give a synopsis of the book because it's already given at the top of the books page. In doing so too many reviewers give away too much of the plot. Thank you.
This is an excellent second book in the series, which is particularly pleasing since middle-of-the series books rarely excite me. Even though there is something left to accomplish, this book is a complete story unto itself with a meaningful conclusion. I liked that Hardcandy's character is more fleshed out and she plays a more significant role than in the first book. I also love how unpredictable the plot is and the points made near the end.