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.
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I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
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.
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.
Great continuation of Valis. Book two ties in some additional information with brand new characters, set in a whole new future. Fantastic read. Wish the series had been finished before Dick's death. Guess I'll have to settle for Timothy Archer as the third and final installment, though I'm skeptical. If you enjoyed Valis, I think you'll enjoy this, Book 2, The Divine Invasion.
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.
He should have left this one unpublished.
The narrator was OK. No complaints there.
Not really. Which is a little sad.
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.
I might try another book, but it would have to be an exceptional case.
No, hope springs eternal.
Overacted. Strange inflections and intonations like circus music. Creepy women and children's' voices.
"Wouldn't listen to again"
Yes. I like Dick and the performance was ok. This was a poor book though.
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.
Nothing was that inspiring.
It inspired me to not get the third in the Valis series.
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