The Divine Invasion : Valis

  • by Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • Series: Valis
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Worst PKD book ever.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't like earlier PKD stories. If you thought Horse Lover Fat should have just sucked it up and prayed harder so everything would turn out OK, then this book is for you.

What could Philip K. Dick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He should have left this one unpublished.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was OK. No complaints there.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really. Which is a little sad.

Any additional comments?

I don't expect en entirely coherent plot from PKD stories. This had an easy to follow plot, so that's a big red flag right there. Too bad really. I had high hopes.

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- Joe A. Consumer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio