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“I did not know what to expect from Foundation: Credence, Book 1, by Marco Guarda. What I got was an enthralling read. It is a futuristic sci-fi fantasy where people live on other planets besides earth. Ecological rules have changed. Where once corporations would rape the lands in their...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I did not know what to expect from Foundation: Credence, Book 1, by Marco Guarda. What I got was an enthralling read. It is a futuristic sci-fi fantasy where people live on other planets besides earth. Ecological rules have changed. Where once corporations would rape the lands in their quests to find products to monopolize and sell to the Earth and other planets, now the laws protect the planets. Gone are many of the machines used for work and travel. Now minds thinking about moving a ship to another planet can move it from Earth to where it needs to go. In all of this, a murder is committed. The murder victim, Aarmo Jarva , is the man responsible for the development of this more peaceful way of life. He was a visionary who saw beyond what most men thought. But he was danger to the laws of the land, to Credence, and he had to be stopped.
When I started reading Credence I was not sure I was going to like it. The prose is beautiful. Words flow from the pen of Marco Guarda painting a wonderful picture. The murder and the hunt for the murderer is absorbing. I hated putting the book down (had to--had to get back to work.) I loved Christian Trumaine. He is a complex man. His life is not turning out the way he envisioned. His wife works off-planet in Aquaria, where there are very strict laws on the environment and citizenship. He cannot be with her full time because he is not a citizen of Aquaria. Tragedy has occurred to leave him little more than a shell--full of guilt, going through the motions of living, estranged from most people. His captain, Grant Firrell, along with the TSA and the Feds have given him hope that maybe he can become a citizen of Aquaria, if he finds the murderer. If he fails, he is the scapegoat. With very few clues to the murder, I figured he would remain on Earth.
Some of the other characters I was unsure if they were friend or foe. Who was working with whom? Who would stop at nothing to cover up the murder? To cover up what Dr. Jarva was researching? Why was it important? Noah Benedict, the head of Credence, and his assistant were helpful to Trumaine. Noah explained things to him and helped him to find the murderer at the beginning. Credence was not looking good at that point. The TSA and the Feds were threatening him with shutting down Credence if the murderer, who looked to be a part of Credence, was not found. Faith, a believer in Credence, also showed Trumaine things he did not know and, sometimes, did not want to remember or know.
Where I found problems was in the world building of Credence. Mr. Guarda needed to build the Credence world. He sometimes got wordy in trying to make the reader understand this world. I was confused when I was pulled out of the murder investigation for world building. Some of the passages contained too much information that did not have context with the story at the point of explaining the world of Credence. When the story went back to the murder plotline, I enjoyed the story much better. I also began to understand the world of Credence when Mr. Guarda naturally allowed the world building to be shown through the story.
Overall, I looked Foundation: Credence, Book 1. I am hooked and need another fix of this world. I hope it comes soon. This seems to be a series that will be interesting and unique.”