For Us Humans, by Steve Rzasa (Enclave Publishing, 2018)
Fun and fast-paced, with snappy commentary from point-of-view character Caz Fortel, For Us Humans puts a science fiction spin on the classic mismatched detectives story, rife with nods to iconic science fiction shows.
Caz poses as an unprincipled art buyer to help the authorities catch art thieves and reclaim stolen art. Now he’s tapped to find a missing piece of alien art—and failure will not bode well for Earth.
He’s cocky enough to think he can do it on his own, but the powers-that-be pair him with a four-armed alien named Nil.
Fifteen years earlier, the aliens arrived. In Caz’s words, it wasn’t so much an invasion as a corporate takeover. The governments love having access to new technology, but the population resents the alien presence. Caz is no exception.
As well as the action plot of Caz and Nil chasing the missing sculpture and the subplot of their slowly-changing attitudes toward one another, the novel has a faith subplot I don’t remember seeing before.
Proof of alien existence triggered a worldwide crisis of faith. A minority of Christians still worship together, but most—including Caz—can’t reconcile aliens with their beliefs. Ironically, Nil claims his own culture has hints pointing to something special about Earth and God. That’s why he’s here.
Meanwhile, their assignment is about to get a whole lot more complicated.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We need more science fiction like this. And the cover’s great.
Steve Rzasa writes both science fiction and fantasy. For more about the author and his books, visit steverzasa.com.
[Review copy from my personal library.]