Revisions of Reckless Faith (Spoiler Alert)

In anticipation of publishing the Reckless Faith trilogy in Kindle format, I’ve hacked up the first book based on the pretty much universal criticisms I’ve received over the years.  It only took me two hours to cut almost 10% of the novel, addressing perhaps the most common complaint that the story was longer than it needed to be.  Other revisions include:

1. The scene introducing Devonai and Richter investigating the destruction of the USS Portland has been moved to the prologue as a flash-forward.  Chapter One begins with “Eleven days earlier.”

2. Added a scene where John breaks up with his girlfriend in the first chapter.  It is also made clear that he was an avionics technician in the Air Guard.

3. Deleted the scene where Ari buys her pistol.

4. The bank robbery, shootout, and death of Ray’s partner have been deleted.  These events are revealed later by Ray at his cabin, prior to the arrival of the orb.

5. Most of Dana and Levi running around New England, including their car accident, has been deleted.

6. John’s confession to Ray that he could have prevented Ari’s capture by the CIA has been deleted.

7. Changed the location of the theft of the GAU 8/A weapons systems from Barnes to Bradley, and added a more realistic response by base personnel.  Also mentioned the theft of B-29 turrets from the New England Air Museum.

8. Added a brief dream sequence with Dana and the Kira’To, which is mentioned again in Bitter Arrow.

9. Deleted other minor parts here and there that neither served to further the plot nor developed characters.

The book is now 91,000 words, and hopefully a more tightly plotted story.

About David Kantrowitz

I am the author of Reckless Faith, The Tarantula Nebula, and Bitter Arrow, a science fiction adventure trilogy, as well as The Fox and the Eagle and Dun Ringill, stand-alone sci-fi adventures. This blog will feature new fiction as I create it.
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7 Responses to Revisions of Reckless Faith (Spoiler Alert)

  1. James Fitzer says:

    Did you add the scene where our intrepid Fitz, armed with nothing but a sharpened toothbrush, massacres an invasion force of robots while his arm is tied behind his back?

  2. Chris Kantrowitz says:

    Good work, Dave! It’s hard to go back and mess with your baby. Can I get this on my nook?

    • Thanks! Right now I am leaning towards doing a Kindle-only conversion, which costs nothing. To make the book available for the Nook and other e-book formats would require the involvement of my publisher, to the tune of $200 per book. However, I can send you a PDF copy that will look just fine on your Nook.

  3. fidficus says:

    David, I gave Reckless Faith its worst review on Amazon. I think it’s fantastic that you’re revising it and I wish you all the best.

    • Thanks! Your criticism were fair and shared by several other readers. Even some of the favorable reviews mention those negative qualities. I encourage you to check out the revised version when I publish the trilogy on the Kindle later this summer. I also encourage you to check out The Fox and the Eagle, which was composed with much more foresight, feedback, and revisions than any of my other novels to date. You can preview the first few chapters on Amazon.

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