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The mantis cyborgs: insectlike, cruel, and determined to wipe humanity from the face of the galaxy. The Fleet is humanity’s last chance: a multi-world, multi-national task force assembled to hold the line against the aliens’ overwhelming technology and firepower. Enter Harrison Barlow, who like so many young men of wars past, simply wants to serve his people and partake of the grand adventure of military life. Only, Harrison is not a hot pilot, nor a crack shot with a rifle. What good is a Chaplain’s Assistant in the interstellar battles which will decide the fate of all? More than he thinks. Because while the mantis insectoids are determined to eliminate the human threat to mantis supremacy, they remember the errors of their past. Is there the slightest chance that humans might have value? Especially since humans seem to have the one thing the mantes explicitly do not: an innate ability to believe in what cannot be proven nor seen: God. Captured and stranded behind enemy lines, Barlow must come to grips with the fact that he is not only bargaining for his own life, but the lives of everyone he knows and loves. And so he embarks upon an improbable gambit, determined to alter the course of the entire war.
©2014 Brad R. Torgersen (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-03-17

Discussion Book

This is one of those books were they discuss everything. The discussion is often intellectual and even sometimes entertaining, but mostly very little happens.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 05-22-15

Excellent in every way

As a real chaplain and fan of science fiction I can say this is one of the best books I've ever read. The alien culture is imaginative, thought-provoking and creative while still sharing the fun of standard bug aliens. The philosophical and religious questions of military and Chaplaincy are also very compelling and accurate. Plus the narrator has many sutle and diverse character voices

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3 out of 5 stars
By Adam on 10-15-15

Thoroughly... liked

To me, three stars means: pleasant. The story was enjoyable though I did feel like it dragged on a bit sometimes. It didn't change my life. I wouldn't listen to it again. But I'm glad I did. Likewise, the narrator is good. I liked him. But I'm not in a rush to listen to anything else he's done. I'd still recommend this to friends who are interested in Sci-fi and religion.

The only thing I really didn't like was the constant shifting back and forth between past and present. It's a great device but it was overused and eventually got a bit tedious. That said, the beginning is really good and I thoroughly enjoyed the desert chapters.

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