Roland Allnach has been writing since his early teens, first as a hobby, but as the years passed, more as a serious creative pursuit. He is an avid reader, with his main interests residing in history, mythology, and literary classics, along with some fantasy and science fiction in his earlier years. Although his college years were focused on a technical education, he always fostered his interest in literature, and has sought to fill every gap on his bookshelves.
By nature a do-it-yourself type of personality, his creative inclinations started with art and evolved to the written word. The process of creativity is a source of fascination for him, and the notion of bringing something to being that would not exist without personal effort and commitment serves not only as inspiration but as fulfillment as well. So whether it is writing, woodwork, or landscaping, his hands and mind are not often at rest.
"Remnant" consists of three stories within the speculative/science fiction genres. The stories are linked in theme by characters seeking self-truth, redemption, and their moral center. The three novellas, in order of appearance in the anthology, are: "All the Fallen Angels," in which a convicted war criminal attempts to make peace with his past; "Enemy, I Know You Not," in which a military officer that was captured and tortured tries to find his loyalty in an abyss of suspected betrayals; and "Remnant," in which the survivor of a global pandemic is confronted with the prospect of making peace with his memories when other survivors attempt to bring him back from self-imposed isolation.
For myself I found that the stories jumped around a little too much, which at times did get confusing but as I read on I'm not sure if it was because I was getting used to the authors way of writing or not but it did become easier to read.
Although the first story felt at times a little too extended the main characters of Stokho and Pallia had me engrossed. The guilt Stokho harboured due to his war crimes and the struggle and turmoil he then went through both in space and planetside in the 'Hermium europhia' was immense. What was real and what was an illusion? I would describe the story as part science fiction and part war crimes with plenty of twists.
The other two stories were again action packed both continuing with twists and turns as you read them. 'Enemy, I know not you,' again had had the war theme but the third 'Remnant' I enjoyed most out of the two of them, purely down to it being my type of story, all about a devastating plague and the survival that follows.
If you like a full on story that is a challenging read and thought provoking then this is the book for you.