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The Santaroga Barrier is a novel of a republic and its quite real god at war with the outside. "Santaroga" isn't quite Spanish, but "santo" is "holy," and "rogar" is "to pray," so I tentatively interpret "Santaroga" as the republic of "holy prayer." Readers of Plato will recognize features of the republic imagined by Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus. Readers of Spinoza will recognize man as the thinking part of Substance. Readers of Heidegger will recognize "Dasein" and "Sorge." Readers who study childhood education will recognize "Piaget." For students of political philosophy who like fictional treatments of the political problems, the novel probably warrants multiple readings.
Scott Brick read well, as he always does. He could have made the characters' voices easier to distinguish in dialogue, but his narration still deserves four or five stars.