The last stand against the self-proclaimed God, Adam, has retreated to the anarchic planet Bakunin - a world besieged by civil war. Humanity's last hope lies with Nickolai Rajasthan, a Moreau who believes that the human race that created his kind is already damned beyond redemption.
Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to another title in the Apotheosis series.
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"A super space opera with incredible technological battles and well-developed characters." (Alternative Worlds)
"A potent and perfectly-balanced mixture of action/adventure, intrigue, mystery, religion, cool tech and world building.... Messiah is an excellent conclusion to a consistently good series and proves that S. Andrew Swann is one of science fiction's most underrated authors." (SF Signal)
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The narrator takes a while to get used to, he is like William Shatner when he talks - there are pauses at od times and speed ups at strange parts making words sound funny as if there are a set amount of words that must be said per minute and no matter what the sentence structure it is the same amount of words per minute - at times it is fast and then slow as ever, I had problems with this at first but I got used to it and you should as well, I just cant wait to get on to a better narrator - and Audible.com, let the narrator be rated separate from the book rating
Well first let me say this this is a review for all 3 books, I listened to all 3 of them back to back and they blend together because they are a single story
this starts off good and then there is religion in there, about some saint and stuff like that - I understand why things like this are needed in sci-fi books because lets face it there will always be people who believe that religion is something that they need in there life for whatever reason - this author has put religion everywhere and its almost the whole story since there is someone trying to be like god but thats not my point, what I am saying is that the main characters are all into religion also and this gets old quick
The religion is something that I dont really like but I do like the whole trilogy as they are
the best part comes at the end of book 3, I wont ruin anything here but there are these 2 sisters or more accurately the same person just from 10 minutes removed in time and they think alike and everything, well they decide to hook up with each other, so that makes the religion tolerable, lol
but really the story ends pretty good, my only complaint about that is that like most books when the end comes and the problem is solved or the bad guy is defeated there is little after that before the end - I would like more after the fact to see more of how things are doing but I guess thats not a good story
This was a moderately enjoyable way to spend nearly 60 hours (counting the whole series), with a very intriguing concept, exciting plotting, and intellectual constructions that kept me engaged the entire time. However, like many intellectual works that delve deeply into philosophical and religious fare clothed in deeply symbolic myth-imagery and construction, the character depth and engagement was, I found, sadly lacking. And in the denouement of the entire story, as character story lines are being cleaned up and reconciled, several moments led me to feel that Swann himself felt the same way.
In the end, I felt the final story arc left me feeling unsatisfied, more like I'd just engaged in a 60 hour algebraic word problem, rather than an epic tale of good vs evil.
Beware when an author actual names the last section of his book "Deus ex Machina" . . . he probably means it . . .
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