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Publisher's Summary

God is not dead. He has merely been exiled to an extraterrestrial planet. And it is on this planet that God meets Herb Asher and persuades him to help retake Earth from the demonic Belial.
Featuring virtual reality, parallel worlds, and interstellar travel, The Divine Invasion blends philosophy and adventure in a way few authors can achieve. As the middle novel of Dick’s VALIS trilogy, The Divine Invasion plays a pivotal role in answering the questions raised by the first novel, expanding that world while exploring just how much anyone can really know - even God himself.
Also listen to the first book, VALIS.
©1981 Phillip K. Dick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Darwin8u on 08-19-13

Trippy, gnostic exploration of good/evil & God/man

Book 2 of Philip K Dick's VALIS Trilogy (Gnostic Trilogy [God Trilogy]), 'The Divine Invasion' is a funky PKDesque exploration of good and evil, God and Belial, gnostic truth, etc. In this short novel, Emmanuel (God) is smuggled back to Earth via the womb of a Jewish woman with MS. She is accompanied by Herb Asher, a DJ protagonist of sorts (Jesus as a DJ's son) who marries Rybys (read Mary) to assist getting her and her unborn God-baby smuggled safely to Earth, and Elias (Elijah) the one who prepares the way. They have to get past Cardinal Fulton Statler Harms, Chief Prelate of the Christian Islamic Church (C.I.C.) and their counterpoint - the Scientific Legate (S.L.) and all the rest of Satan's bureaucracy.

As science fiction, the Divine Invasion is so far left of funky that it isn't on the map. It is definitely NOT what your typical teenage, pimply reader would expect from pulp Sci Fi. But in many ways it is messy genius. Well, maybe genius after a psychic break, and way too much religious exploration and hit after hit after hit of LSD. IT is weird, off beat and leaves you the reader in a trippy religious, dream-like, loop.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brendan Morrison on 02-25-15

so wierd

Dick is one of my favorite writers, but the divine trilogy books are so strange. The plot seems secondary to the sense of the profound. If you are a P.K. Dick fan go for it, if not, well... good luck.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 11-25-13

Wouldn't listen to again

Would you try another book written by Philip K. Dick or narrated by Dick Hill?

Yes. I like Dick and the performance was ok. This was a poor book though.

What was most disappointing about Philip K. Dick’s story?

The ending. It ends far too soon, I felt there was about a quarter of the book left. Dick's books can do this but it's always frustrating.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Nothing was that inspiring.

Did The Divine Invasion inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to not get the third in the Valis series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-30-17

Philip K Dick in the end times

Not a direct sequel to VALIS, and much more a direct retelling of Gnostic Apocrypha

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