The best mystery books with a science fiction feel

Randy C. Dockens Author Of T-H-B: The Coded Message Trilogy, Book 1
By Randy C. Dockens

Who am I?

I’ve always been fascinated by science fiction and by Biblical Scripture. That may seem dichotomous to some, but not to me. I have a passion for science and for Scripture because both bring understanding about our world from the microcosm to the macrocosm. My writings are a mixture of science and mystery with a science fiction feel and a Christian perspective. I like stories that show how truth arises even from the dark, confusing, and ambiguity of life to help one discover something about God they may not have considered before, and at the same time enjoy a fun, fast-paced, and exciting journey as they read.

I wrote...

T-H-B: The Coded Message Trilogy, Book 1

By Randy C. Dockens,

Book cover of T-H-B: The Coded Message Trilogy, Book 1

What is my book about?

Luke, an astrophysicist working on a Mars mission, finds his world is far more dystopian than he ever considered. Three simple letters lead him down a road of deception, mind manipulation, and espionage, and all seem tied to the planned flight to Mars. The deeper he gets into understanding that an elite few are in control, the more discoveries point to the letters T-H-B being the answer to everything.

Luke and his friends try to stay under the radar while traveling from Houston to Paris to Hong Kong to unravel this mystery of T-H-B that consumes his every waking hour.

The books I picked & why

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The Maze Runner

By James Dashner,

Book cover of The Maze Runner

Why this book?

To be honest, I read this book after seeing the movie because I wanted to understand how the author described the creature in the maze. The author did a great job of giving just enough information to let the reader’s imagination swell. Whoever designed the creature for the movie certainly let their imagination go wild, for sure! Even after seeing the movie, I found the book so powerful in stirring my imagination—and my adrenaline. It’s one of those books you just can’t put down.

By Darkness Hid: Volume 1

By Jill Williamson,

Book cover of By Darkness Hid: Volume 1

Why this book?

Although in the fantasy arena, this is a great story of someone becoming a hero just because he was willing to do the right thing and fight the injustice around him. The story was so captivating as I became immersed in a new world with forces I as a reader had to understand along with the main character of the book. It made me feel I was a part of the journey with him. Very captivating.

Edge of Apocalypse

By Tim LaHaye, Craig Parshall,

Book cover of Edge of Apocalypse

Why this book?

When I read this book, I felt our world was on the brink of such a scenario. The bravery and fortitude of the main character was inspiring, and I hoped I could be so brave in the moment when it really matters. Granted, if I had the money this character did, it may make some choices easier to pull off. But still, he had a lot at stake to consider when push came to shove. Hopefully, at such critical times I hope we all can have faith in what truly matters.


By John Michael Hileman,

Book cover of Messages

Why this book?

The main character sees messages in almost everything. I was impressed that even when he began to think himself crazy, he still stuck to his gut instinct and in the end was a hero rather than being insane as he and others sometimes thought. Conviction is a driving force that we sometimes too often give up on when the choices seem too hard.


By Tracy Higley,

Book cover of Awakening

Why this book?

I was intrigued by this storyline where the main character seems to live in the past and the present simultaneously. She loves ancient artifacts yet when she discovers them, she somehow seems to be tied to them supernaturally and finds herself living the historical moments of what she is investigating. A great storyline for sure! A book hard to put down.

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