Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows this — and so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given.
Tephe knows from the start that his mission will be a test of his skill as a leader of men and as a devout follower of his god. It’s what he doesn’t know that matters: to what ends his faith and his ship will ultimately be put — and that the tests he will face will come not only from his god and the Bishopry Militant, but from another, more malevolent source entirely....
Author John Scalzi has ascended to the top ranks of modern science fiction with the best-selling, Hugo-nominated novels Old Man’s War and Zoe’s Tale. Now he tries his hand at fantasy, with a dark and different novella that takes your expectations of what fantasy is and does, and sends them tumbling.
Say your prayers... and behold The God Engines.
©2010 John Scalzi (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a different read from Scalzi's "Red Shirts". I enjoyed his style of writing this.
I've never listen to a book read by Christopher Lane. He has a great dramatic voice and is very good at giving different characters personality.
I really enjoyed the universe the story was set in and the characters, but the way the story ended.... it just felt like something was lacking/missing.
I have read/listened to all of John Scalzi's works, but I saved this one for last because of its lower reviews. To my surprise and delight, I enjoyed this novella immensely. I loved how Scalzi used some classic fantasy ideas and reforged them in his own creative way to create a unique and interesting universe.
The ending. Haters gonna hate; I loved it.
I have not. I greatly enjoyed this performance.
Not what I'm used to from Scalzi. No humor or quick repartee here. I could see this interesting concept being developed into a longer novel, but for me, this short(er) story was dark and left me feeling a bit empty - kind of icky, actually.
Has hints of "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Miller and "Origin" by Konrath, and several other books. Themes of conquest, religious zealotry...a bit of The Inquisition
This is *I think* kind of a horror story. There are a couple short, graphic, descriptive violent scenes, and a bit of torture. Not overly done (whatever that means, haha) so they are probably palatable for the somewhat squeamish.
Good writing; creepy narration.
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