On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne has landed on Hamal. His assignment: To detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population. To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet - and the people here place certain expectations on their gods.
The Godmakers is an expansion of four short stories written from 1958 - 1960. It is an exploration of the concepts of war and peace, government and religion.
©2013 Frank Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Readers hoping for something approaching the richness and excellence of Frank Herbert's Dune masterpiece will find The Godmakers disappointing. The Godmakers consists of four closely connected short stories concerning Lewis Orne, an agent of the Investigative Adjustment (AI) organization. Similar to the Bene Gesserit in the Dune Universe, the AI employs made-up religious doctrine and applied sociology to neutralize threats posed by potentially warlike planetary societies. Also like the Bene Gesserit, AI agents possess extrasensory psychic powers and prescience which they employ to manipulate individuals and societies to their ends. Unfortunately, the stories in this book are not that interesting. The characters are one dimensional and spend entirely too much of their time pontificating at each other. One cannot fault the generally excellent narrator Scott Brick, who does the best he can with what he has to work with, for the failure of this book to engage the reader.
I just discovered that Audible has most of Frank Herbert's older, non-Dune books. Because his Dune series is SO famous, and has been extended by his son, some of his other work fades into the background. Most, if not all, of his older work deserves the same fame that the Dune books do. I'm glad I discovered that Audible has them in audiobook form. The narration is excellent, as well.
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