According to the book’s forward, Amish Vampires in Space began as a farce, a joke created by Marcher Lord Press‘s founder, Jeff Gerke. However, the concept became a challenge that Kerry Nietz took seriously. The end result is a well-written space opera fantasy complete with good plot development and suspenseful, heart-stopping action. In addition, I loved the themes of death juxtaposed with hope, redemption and new life.
Kerry created well-developed characters in two distinct and disparate groups of people—the Amish and the crew of the space freighter, Raven. Given the book’s seemingly light-hearted title, you wouldn’t think it possible, but at times I found myself filled with dread and horror, anticipating what might happen next.
Although the book has serious, heart-stopping action and deeply developed characters with real emotion and sincere angst, I still had trouble getting past the concept, mostly because of the title, I think. It’s just really hard to take Amish vampires seriously.
That said, Amish Vampires in Space was a fun read and definitely a great way to spend a few quiet evenings. If you’re a fan of space opera suspense, there’s a good chance you will enjoy this book.