“Wow. Uh, wow. That was my reaction upon finishing this stellar debut…FAITH, to be clear, is one of the most literary space operas I’ve ever read. It can be favourably compared to anything from Delany or Tiptree Jr…It just reads as masterful.” - Zach Jernigan, Goodreads.com
“It is safe to say that Faith is the most bizarre and unexpected debut novel in American fiction in recent years…one hundred percent original and memorable…The novel stands out from any genre limits…breathtaking.” - FB Fantasy.
“A superb slice of traditional science fiction, reminiscent of the early (and very best) Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov, though sufficiently political to suggest we’ve moved on from those Astounding Stories days just a little. I found echoes of Asimov’s original Foundation trilogy, which is all to the good, and John’s characters are strong enough to carry off this most enjoyable piece of space opera. It’s my understanding a film may be in the offing. Can’t wait!” - Books Monthly, booksmonthly.co.uk
“FAITH is a brilliant freaking book. It shows more imagination, more creativity, more conceptual thinking than any Sci-Fi novel I can think of…
“This is a book that first resists you. Then it grabs you. Then it appals and fascinates you. Then it abandons you. Then it grows on you…
“I feel that my encounter with FAITH has changed me in ways I never could have anticipated…a genius bit of writing, and an absolute home run for first-timer John Love.” - Steve Skojec, blog.steveskojec.com
“FAITH begins with the kind of opening sentence that grabs readers by the throat…
“FAITH succeeds both as a purely visceral, exciting story and as a meditation on the place of humanity in the universe…There is a kind of passionate wonder on display here that makes FAITH exhilirating to read, a novel that demands and rewards the reader’s attention form the first sentence to the last.” - Katherine Farmar, strangehorizons.com
“A simply awesome, very exciting battle between two massive spaceships…it’s tactical, it’s psychological, nothing at all happens the way you’d expect, it becomes very philosophical, and it rarely lets up on the gas the entire time…
“A great read because it was so unexpected and unpredictable…This book definitely lived up to the hype.” - Jeff Raymond, fruitlesspursuits.com
“I finished up FAITH by John Love a few weeks ago. I set aside the book and put off my reviews so I could ponder just exactly what I had finished reading. And, yes, it’s taken me a few weeks to get my mind around both the plot and the ultimate meaning that this book throws at its readers…
“When I finished this book (or as I neared the end and the ultimate truth of the tale began to take shape) I began to realize that this tale was way more than a simple ship versus ship story. Yes, the technology, descriptions of the fights, the variety of weapons that each ship throws at the other, the physics involved in sub-luminal travel and fighting… all of this is very entertaining and well written. But there’s a secret tucked into the story…and the secret doesn’t hit you until you’re so close to finishing the book that all of the mysteries and questions that have been raised about the Sakhrans, Faith, and the ship’s intentions all come together in one super-fast smack across the face…
I mean… I really didn’t see that coming. What didn’t I see? Read the book.” – James Floyd Kelly, wired.com/geekdad
“Powerful and original…an intense claustrophobia…wonderful macabre humour. A fiercely gripping story…the tension and suspense do not falter.” – Fred Cleaver, Denver Post.
“This multilayered novel…Guts and glory indeed, but also depths to characters and relentless pacing, make this novel fit right into the top shelf of ship fighting fiction. If you like the ‘how’ of space warfare, good…and if you like some of the ‘why’, even better.” – utsandiego.com
“Remember Peter Watts’ Blindsight? Blend it with Moby Dick, and then imagine it was written by Gene Wolfe. Now ramp up the tension and suspense to eleven. It’s hard to believe Faith is a debut novel. It reads so smooth and subtle that as the pages fly by under your fingers, all you feel is the copper tang of a nameless fear…
“Faith is the space opera that those of us who like that sort of thing have been waiting for…
“So tense, so sinister and disturbing that it pushes the boundaries between pleasure and pain, as it pulses with the rhythm and metre of an orchestral counterpoint…
“As I write this, it’s been about 24 hours since I finished the book, and I feel changed. A little heavier, a little more angular, like I just saw the edge of an iceberg before the fog hid it forever from sight. I feel affected, like I’ve been told only the first few words of something so very destructive that learning the rest of it could destroy a person.
“…I feel confident John Love’s Faith will be on my best of the year list.” – Redhead, littleredreviewer.wordpress.com
“Special and different…A totally enthralling story…Leaves you with that sense of wonder about space, what it can hold, and our place in it.
Whoever found John Love for Nightshade Books should get a bonus for finding the next great Science Fiction star. Love is going to eventually belong in the same breath as some of our greatest Sci-Fi writers.” – The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review, booktionary.blogspot.com
“FAITH is the story of choice and fate, about obsession, and the existence of God, but it’s also exciting and thrilling. There are space battles and explosions, but this isn’t Star Wars. It’s much more powerful… Highly recommended.” – James Powell, thedebutreview.com
“FAITH is a science fiction debut of the highest order. It has fascinating, well-rounded characters who will remain with you for a long time. It has gorgeous, understated prose. It is chock-full of tension, making it a compulsive page-turner. It has an intriguing fictional universe which, I hope, will host more novels in the future. It’s got one of the highest signal-to-noise ratios I’ve encountered in a long time…FAITH is a novel I maybe would have expected from the mind of Iain M. Banks – and if that isn’t a compliment for an SF debut, I don’t know what is…I’m already sure this novel will end up on my list of 2012 favourites.” – Stefan Raets, Tor.com
“When the Hugo nominations come around for 2012, I’ll more than likely be listing John Love’s début, Faith, in the novel category…it’s extremely original, in all sorts of ways.” – Peadar O Guilin, peadarog.livejournal.com
“John Love’s debut novel is tremendous science fiction that blends literary tradition with space opera…A psychological journey akin to that of Captain Ahab in Moby Dick…I have little doubt that the currents of this novel will ebb and flow in mind for years to come.” – Justin Landon, Staffersmusings.blogspot.com
” This debut novel delivers the goods…It seems virtually impossible to imagine an SF fan who won’t thoroughly enjoy the tale. ” – David Pitt, Booklistonline.com
“A huge widescreen premise…The perfect mix of space battles and politics.” – Charlie Jane Anders, io9.com
“Sophisticated, inventive and beautifully written, Faith is a cut above the rest. John Love has made an excellent debut.” – Allen Steele, author of Oceanspace and The Coyote Chronicles.
“The beautiful, brutal bastard of Iain M Banks and Peter Watts – absolutely brilliant.” – Sean Williams, author of The Resurrected Man and The Green Conjunction.
“Gripping and original.” – David Moles, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winning author.