With the release of Flashpoint: Book One of the Underground, author Frank Creed reaches out to teens and tweens, as well as science fiction and cyberpunk fans with his speculative fiction.
Set in Chicago 2036, Flashpoint takes the reader into a frightening future where patriotism has turned into tyranny and the world as we know it has been turned upside down. In Creed’s word, the violence of terrorism has united all nations into a one-world government, and the Patriot Act has darkened into something much more ominous. Fundamentalist religions have all been all labeled as terrorists and are the One State’s only enemy, including Bible-believing Christians in Flashpoint: Book One of the Underground.
When One State peacekeepers (called “Neros”) invade a home-church in the Chicago Metroplex and arrest all the members, only three people escape capture: a 20-year-old young man, his 16-year-old sister, and their father. Before turning himself in to join his wife and give his children a chance for freedom, the father sends his son and daughter to the “Body of Christ Underground” where they adopt street-names, undergo spiritual and technological reformation, and disappear into the dangerous world of underground Chicago. Their new mission in their new life is to save believers, including their family, before they are captured by the One State Neros to be rehabilitated, brainwashed, or killed.
The young hero of Flashpoint: Book One of the Underground becomes Calamity Kid after joining the “Body of Christ Underground,” and his tech-savvy sister takes the name e-girl. To accomplish their mission, they will willingly walk through the valley of death, because He’s with them, but they will need all of their enhanced faith to stand against the peacekeepers, gangers, One-State Neros, and fallen angels who will stop at nothing to capture or kill them.
Flashpoint: Book One of the Underground is loaded with images and slang which will appeal to teens, and is also loaded with morals and values which will appeal to Christian parents. I have read many press releases which promise “the next Harry Potter” but fail miserably to deliver a book that is readable. Flashpoint: Book One of the Underground delivers an exciting plot and Christian values without resorting to tedious apologetics or heavy-handed bombardment of scripture.
Published by The Writers Cafe Press, Flashpoint was the 2006 winner of best science fiction chapter book at the world’s largest sci-fi/ fantasy online community, Elfwood.com, as well as earning the 2007 Christian Fiction Review Impress award for the best book toured.
Flashpoint: Book One of the Underground is good reading for teens and tweens,