NO LESS DAYS

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Religion Books—fiction - JOHN M. MUR­RAY

Amanda G. Stevens, Shiloh Run Press (MAY) Soft­cover $14.99 (320pp), 978-1-68322-551-5

In the en­gag­ing spec­u­la­tive Chris­tian novel No Less Days, an im­mor­tal man grap­ples with his faith.

David Gal­loway is close to death when a wellmean­ing doc­tor in­jects him with a serum that grants him seem­ing im­mor­tal­ity. David lives the next few decades in rel­a­tive iso­la­tion, work­ing as a book­seller.

Ev­ery­thing changes when a dare­devil celebrity sur­vives an ac­ci­dent that should have been fa­tal—an in­ci­dent that puts David in touch with a group of im­mor­tals. They have a se­cret that chal­lenges his un­wa­ver­ing faith.

The disparity between David’s gift (or curse) of im­mor­tal­ity and his sim­ple life as a book­seller serves not only as his driv­ing force, but also as an im­por­tant pivot point for the story. He is pushed in un­ex­pected ways by his sud­den shift from think­ing of him­self as the only im­mor­tal to be­com­ing a mem­ber of an er­satz fam­ily.

From the dare­devil to David’s moral as­sis­tant, char­ac­ters all rely on strong moral foun­da­tions. Faith it­self is nearly per­son­i­fied. Dark is­sues arise in the text, and con­flicts between do­ing what needs to be done and do­ing what’s ac­tu­ally right are com­pelling.

The writ­ing flows beau­ti­fully and ben­e­fits from care­ful ex­po­si­tion. A key ex­am­ple is a trou­bled mem­ber of the im­mor­tal fam­ily, Colm. Colm’s life mir­rors David’s, but twists into dark­ness and vi­o­lence. While Colm’s off-bal­ance na­ture haunts the fam­ily, it also drives David to con­tem­pla­tive ac­tion.

There are some mi­nor plot is­sues, as when a char­ac­ter who pro­vides ma­jor rev­e­la­tions dis­ap­pears without clear res­o­lu­tion. The rev­e­la­tions sug­gest in­ter­est­ing com­pli­ca­tions for David and the im­mor­tals, so the lack of clo­sure stands out.

No Less Days ex­am­ines the im­por­tance of faith in try­ing times with an in­trigu­ing spec­u­la­tive fic­tion twist.

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