The Sun Is God

  • by Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.
Retired British military police officer Will Prior is recruited to investigate the circumstances of Lutzow's death. At first, the eccentric group seems friendly and willing to cooperate with the investigation. They all insist that Lutzow died of malaria. Despite lack of evidence for a murder, Prior is convinced the group is hiding something.
Things come to a head during a late-night feast supposedly given as a send-off for the visitors before they return to Herbertshöhe. Prior fears the intent of the "celebration" is not to fete the visitors - but to make them the latest murder victims.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fascinating! McKinty always blows my socks off.

Would you listen to The Sun Is God again? Why?

I have listened to his two trilogies more than once already. I always find something new in a second listen if the book is well written.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Is God?

Loved the twist in heroics near the end. No spoilers from me, just read it.


Any additional comments?

Of course this book sent me on a research binge to try to get a hint at what was or wasn't true, and what might have really happened. I can see how the sketchy clues in the true story must have fired McKinty's estimable imagination, and I'm so glad it did. Still one of my very favorite authors.

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- 6catz

Great prose, but not a great story.

This is a work of historical fiction about a relatively minor episode in the history of New Guinea, although it does provide a glimpse of what German colonialism was like in 1906. I've read all McKinty's mysteries, and this novel is quite different. Although I thought his prose was often as fine as usual, the story itself isn't all that exciting. Some of the characters were interesting, although I couldn't tell how much of their personalities were figments of McKinty's imagination. I love listening to Gerard Doyle, so between his narration and McKinty's writing, I found the book enjoyable. Thankfully, it wasn't too long.
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- MidwestGeek

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.