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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  289 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Moby Dick meets Duel in John Love''s debut novel of Space Opera and Military Science Fiction! Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. 300 years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith ...more
Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2012)
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mark monday
the majority of the novel Faith is one big space battle between an "Outsider"-class military spaceship (crewed by psychopaths, sociopaths, and other square pegs) and a mysterious, perhaps eternal spaceship dubbed "Faith" (crewed by beings unknown). the elusive Faith visits the galaxy from time to time and seems to have as its goal the shutting down of starfaring civilizations undergoing rapid expansion. despite a lifetime as a devout nerd who has read many a battle in space, the huge amount of t ...more
Who are you? And who are we? Is there really a concept of "we" or are we all only a finite number of Is, existing in our own universe. Maybe we orbit each other once in a while, living the illusion of becoming part of something more.

And sometimes we dance, we dance with someone else in a way that almost convinces us of this illusion. I do something and there is a reaction to my doing, it's immediate, it seems meaningful and it almost leads to immersion, to merge with that other object, that othe
Zachary Jernigan
OBJECTIVE RATING (my best stab at looking at the book's merits, regardless of whether or not I enjoyed it all that much): 4.5

PERSONAL RATING (how much the book "worked" for me personally): 5


Wow. Uh, wow. That was my reaction upon finishing this stellar debut from 2012. Undoubtedly, not everything works in the narrative -- the battles are far too long and navel-gazey; the science of space travel is so wrong at times that even I recognized it; and the events of the first 100 pages often wore on

Heard of this one? Probably not. It's been pretty under the radar for book due out in less than three weeks. Seriously, go Google it. Now try the author's name. What'd you come up with? Not much, I bet. All I could find was an erudite i09 piece and the corresponding and pages. The page doesn't even have cover art for crying out loud. All of that goes to say, more people need to be talking about Faith. Jove Love'
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The reviewer is obviously stuck on this review. He even used a ‘Goodreads’ summery to start the review, and he never does that. He has been staring at the opening to his review of ‘Faith’ for so long he has started talking to himself. Worse, some kind of internal narrator has turned on. Let’s zoom in closer and see if we can listen in.

The worst part is I don’t even know if I liked the book or not. On the whole I mean. Obviously I liked, even loved some of it, but did I enjoy
Carl Duzett
I bought Faith because it had an awesome cover, a pretentious title, and a sweet premise on the back of the book. A super powerful ship visited a civilization 100 years ago and then left, and ever since then that civilization has gone into decline. Now it's returned, and the human civilization is determined to fight it off via epic space battle with their own super awesome ship stuffed with felonious geniuses (not to be confused with felinious geniuses; that would be altogether a different book) ...more
Paul Nelson
The blurb on the back cover attracted me to this book.
An alien ship called Faith versus the commonwealth represented by the outsider vessel the Charles Manson commanded by Foord and his bunch of sociopaths.
The first 100 pages or so are wasted on Foords journey across land to get back to the Charles Manson to take off and do battle with Faith. Although partly necessary for story setting and character building it seemed to drag pointlessly.
From there onwards the story focuses on the battle, this
A science fiction tale melding hard science (mostly correct), with first (well, second) contact of a really weird kind, with a prolonged (almost book-long) space battle. Our protagonists are a bunch of loveable (well, not really) misfits who distrust even each other led by an ego-maniac (nothing new there) commander, who better come up with a plan that’s better than his ship, his crew and himself or civilization will be toast.

Nice cover art.

Some good action and introspection, but the worm Ourobo
Jun 11, 2015 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Weapons officers in short skirts, psychopaths saving civilization, Captain Ahab vs. V'Ger
A lot of reviews compare this book to Moby Dick. I can see the resemblance. I think it's superficial, but I think the author, John Love, was reaching for something deep and epic in this novel-length tale of two unique starships doing battle across a solar system. I admire his ambition, and I'd like Faith to have been one of those rare works of truly grand, literary science fiction. I've only seen a few authors pull that off — Ursula Le Guin, Dan Simmons, and a handful of deeply underappreciated ...more
Steve Skojec


A year ago, I read about an upcoming Sci-Fi novel about a battle between two indestructible spaceships. The novel is called Faith, and according to io9, thePublisher's Marketplace description of the book was as follows:
a sci-fi mix of Moby Dick and the classic movie Duel, in which an unknown, invincible, Kafkaesque alien ship has returned 300 years after breaking one galactic empire to now threaten the human Commonwealth, and the best and brightest minds that are sent in a invincible ship of
Jared Millet
John Love's impressive debut cobbles together a bunch of older ideas into something that feels like the freshest space-battle book I've read in a long time. The premise is from Saberhagen's Berserker stories: a mysterious, unstoppable spaceship appears from nowhere, makes no attempt to communicate, and lays waste to civilizations. Those sent to stop it are a Dirty Dozen mix of criminals and malcontents who, because of their evil natures, are able to conceive of and do things that the traditional ...more
When reading this book (I read it in three sessions), my mind wandered as to what kind of former book it most likely was "like."

This is definitely not really space opera. Yes, it is spaceships battling each other, as in a space opera (I love space opera), but that isn't really what it is ABOUT. It is about... well ... hmm hard to describe.

Really, need to read it to understand. The closest book I can describe it to was/is Blindsight. Like that book, there is often the mood of despair, of an alien
Tudor Ciocarlie
After I've finished Faith, I was absolutely exhausted. 300 pages of one space battle between two invincible space-ships. But what an interesting journey: the mysteries of the alien ship, the silence of space, the darkness of characters, the uncompromising ending.
Pure space opera. Faith kept me reading breathlessly through the whole book. After about the first hundred pages, it's really just one gigantic space battle, ship to ship. The crew of the Charles Manson, an Outsider class ship, take on Faith, also known as Her. Faith is an enigmatic ship that has led to the decline of one civilization and has appeared again after about 300 years. It is feared that She will destroy another burgeoning empire if She is allowed to continue.

An Outsider class ship is
At its best, a splendid tale of two warships dooking it out in an extended battle across a solar system. The good parts are, however, intertwined with wordy psychological probes of the characters and overly detailed descriptions of inscrutable events--but what really spoiled it for me was the author's near total disregard for the laws of physics (he has ships stopping and turning in space) and a concept of battle that is little different from old timey naval engagements, with ships whaling away ...more
The bad news: a trite conclusion and a muddled but very simple plot: the bulk of the novel is a running space battle between two armed ships. At times, the weapons used seem mystical and magic rather than technological. And, really, we spend too much time inside the heads of the human ship's officers.

The good news: two very interesting alien species and excellent writing. I'm not sorry I read this, but I will read reviews before investing in Love's second novel.
3.25 stars.

Good ideas but utterly loathsome characters. I guess that's the point? But I still didn't enjoy that aspect of the book. Also there's an utterly tedious middle section which is over a hundred pages of "Let's try and shoot Her with this gun! Oh that didn't work. Okay let's try and shoot Her with this gun! Oh that didn't work. Okay let's try..." and so on.

I liked the last 20% or so much more than the rest of the book.
I couldn't put this book down, it wouldn't let me go. This is how a book should be written: I just needed to know what would happen and all the while I enjoyed the writing. I don't like the title though.
It had its weaknesses, all forgivable. And of course I knew by the middle that there could be no satisfying ending, not to a book of this magnitude.

In short: highly recommended space suspense with extremely well-built characters.
Aaron Adamson
This book had an interesting premise, and a few fairly original ideas, but the execution fell flat - the characters didn't make sense, several plot points didn't make sense, the writing was self-indulgent and repetitive, and the science was wrong.

I'm giving it two stars because it held on to me enough to get me to read through till the end, but I didn't particularly enjoy it along the way, and I actually found myself skipping paragraphs at a time as the book wore on because it was constant menia
Jedi Wright
Apr 17, 2015 Jedi Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jedi by: n/a
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Looks like a promising new writer and series from one of my favorite indie publishers: Night Shade Books.

Ironically, since owning, was sent some of their manuscripts by accident some years back, which is how I ended up getting turned on to their catalog.

On that note, time to read...

One of the best science fiction books I have ever read. It also hits on some very deep philosophical and sociological levels.
Faith is a book that was able to immediately grab my interest, and keep me interested til the end of the book. The book started out with the mysterious ship Faith reappearing in the systems where it sparked the decline of an empire three hundred years previously. This part was fascinating for both the glimpse of the world it provided and the questions it raised, but as another reviewer commented it didn't seem strictly necessary to the book since the rest of the book deals with the battle betwee ...more
This is a good hardcore space sci-fi, along the traditional (but wonderful) lines that humanity cannot understand what is out there, and probably shouldn't try too hard lest such flickers of understanding destroy us.

The general premise is that there is a ship, or something that appears to be a ship, that visits interstellar civilizations and destroys portions of their militaries. It never attacks non-threatening targets. Then it leaves.

After it leaves, the civilizations inevitably go into social
(Originally reviewed on Otherwhere Gazette)

I really wanted to like this book. Really, I did. I plodded along until the end, hoping that the answer to the riddle would end up being worth all the difficulty of reading it. Unfortunately, it didn’t, but I am getting ahead of myself.

Faith by John Love had a lot of promise for a science fiction fan. Futuristic technology, alien cultures, and a ship — named Faith by the aliens that first encountered it — that attacks planets for a reason no one can det
Guillaume Jay
Seul le Charles Manson peut arrêter la Foi. [sic]
Il y a 300 ans, un navire non identifié a visité l'Empire Sakhran et l'a laissé en ruine. Un Sakhran a transformé cette expérience en un livre sacré, devenu la religion de sa race, et conduisant leur empire dans un lent et accepté déclin. De nos jour, ce vaisseau, renommé Foi, revient, menaant la Communauté humaine. La seule chose qui peut la retenir est un navire spéciale, le Charles Manson, conçu dans ce but, et contenant un équipage de psychoti
Jeff Raymond
I've been reading so much fantasy as of late that I was starting to wonder if I lost my taste for good sci-fi. The last few I tried to pick up didn't sit well with me at all, and I had high hopes for this one based on some reviews.

The bad: it starts out slow, and, frankly, kind of ridiculous. There's good concepts about this mysterious ship that essentially made a civilization regress centuries with how soundly it defeated them, and the ship, known as Faith to those in the system, is back. We ha
Jeff Miller
Quite an intriguing book from a first time author. Starts rather slow and a bit confused and then builds up in the battle between two indestructible warships. This part of the book reminded me of submarine novels where there are many aspects of attack, deception, counter-attack, hiding, with multiple tactics as the two ships fight it out. A submarine novel on steroids with great SF aspects. Considering that most of the characters are deeply flawed and not very likable, I still enjoyed this novel ...more
Mike Gilbert
Sometimes a science fiction book is a great read not because it is ground breaking, but because the execution is excellent. This is one of those books. It takes place on a ship. There's a bridge crew that serve as the stars of the story - including an alien first officer. John Love builds a few alien cultures and describes the political landscape of the future. There's a big bad guy (in this case another ship). And you even see the big bad guy through the eyes of some other, short lived characte ...more
Three hundred years ago, a strange and seemingly invincible alien ship visited the Sakhran Empire. Exactly what happened is unclear, because the events were only recorded in the Book of Srahr, a text only Sakhrans are allowed to read. After the ship left, the Sakhran Empire went into a slow but irreversible decline.

Three centuries later, the Sakhrans have been assimilated into the larger interstellar empire known as the Commonwealth, when suddenly the strange, immensely powerful ship returns. Th
Jason Walsh
This was a kick ass book. I loved the technology, the characters (in that I liked none of them but stayed curious about them at the same time), and the big reveal ending. The contrast between the technology of the spaceships and some of the low tech planet side scenes was really interesting to me, and the contrast between what a band of heros 'should be' and what they are in this book are when kept me reading. Myself, i found the writing to be....unique, sometimes a tad overdone or confusing, bu ...more
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