Review: Redshift Rendezvous by John E. Stith

Redshift Rendezvous by John E. Stith
Re-release Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: ReAnimus Press
Pages: 323
Source: book provided by the author for review



One man must stop starship hijackers from using an unusual starship to plunder a wealthy colony. Aboard the Redshift, light moves so slowly you can see its passage, and relativistic tricks are an integral part of shipboard life. Flip a light switch and see the room slowly fill with light. Run fast, and the view ahead shifts into blue, and you can create sonic booms. One component of the book is this slow-light thought experiment, a la Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott or Mr. Tomkins in Wonderland by George Gamow.


Review:  This was another enjoyable read by Mr. Stith, and another one of my favorites that I’ve reviewed. Once again, I need to reiterate that these are not romance books, but are sci-fi.

This book touched my heart because of the character Jason. He was deep, complex, aloof, damaged emotionally, and a decent person. He was also easy to like because he was nice to his crew members, the passengers, and had no intent to hurt anyone ever, either physically, or emotionally.

Tara was another character that was easy to like as well. She had an uncanny ability to really see someone. All the dark places that a person doesn’t want anyone to see, she has that ability to find it in a person. She’s a loyal person to her friends and family, and she has a vulnerability and a fragileness about her that captivates the reader.

There are lots of surprises that happen in this book so I can’t be specific about a lot of stuff, but just be aware that the good stuff happens soon after the audience meets the characters.

Twists and turns are around every corner in this book, and I want to tell the reader more, but I don’t want to spoil the plot.

If the reader wants to give sci-fi a chance, then get this book, really, really. It’s just that good.