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Divine Space: Series Boxset: Books 1 and 2

Narrated by: Fuad Baloch
Series: Divine Space, Book 1-2
Length: 28 hrs and 55 mins
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Can a medieval prophet save the world from a future alien invasion?

Gulatu Koza often looks to the heavens and imagines his eternal reward. But when his day of reckoning arrives, he wakes up to an Earth 800 years in the future. Above him, he’s shocked to see familiar stars sharing the sky with strange ships in flight. No sooner than he makes his peace with the curious new world and the alien colonists living alongside humans, a hostile fleet arrives with a bloody purpose. 

With Earth under attack, Gulatu struggles to help defend against an enemy light-years ahead of anything he’s ever experienced. But when he comes into contact with ancient alien artifacts, his own powers of prophecy grow in ways he could never have divined. In the face of startling new abilities and intergalactic war, Gulatu must make an impossible choice: betray the cornerstone of his faith or stand by as humanity fights a losing battle for survival.

The Lost Prophet and The Faithless Prophet are the first two stories in this exciting sci-fi fantasy series. If you like mind-bending adventures, earth-destroying stakes, and a touch of philosophy, then you’ll love Fuad Baloch’s compelling tale of time travel and extraterrestrial invaders.

Buy the boxset to save the world from an alien threat today!

©2018 Fuad Baloch (P)2018 Fuad Baloch

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Slow, accessive discription of unimportant details, constantly confused religious main character with a weired accented narrator. Just irritated the hell out of me. I couldn't finish listening it. This is only my personal opinion, so you may will like it, but I truly doubt it.
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Reincarnated Prophet Tries to Save a Galaxy!

This collection is the first 2 parts of the Divine Space Series, 'The Lost Prophet' and 'The Faithless Prophet', following are my individual reviews of both audio books. Obviously, for spoilers sake, do not read the review of 'The Faithless Prophet' until you have listened to Part 1 :-)
I have written the reviews for the actual audio books, and then done a separate section at the end of each part covering the Narration.
This is a brilliant series so far, and well worth the listen, I am fascinated to see what happens with the Prophet in part 3.

Part 1 - 'The Lost Prophet':
The Lost Prophet is a fascinating start to what is going to be an epic saga. It follows the path of Gulatu Koza, known to many as the Prophet of a divine being. ‘Alf’. At the start of the book, we see the passing of the first Gulatu, some 800yrs in the past with his family and friends, a revered character amongst his people, with his teachings going on to become incredibly important.
The story leaps forward to a time approx. 800yrs from then, when Gulatu has been reborn again as The Prophet of ‘Alf’ to the people. Many are fascinated by his ‘alleged’ return, as the Prophet’s writings have grown significantly over the last 800yrs, turning him into a sort of status symbol. This reincarnation though, is not the same. He does not have the same connection to Alf that the original had, meaning he cannot speak to Alf like the original did. Gulatu though takes this in his stride, and takes on his role of Lieutenant in the Fleet aboard a key ship, in a role as a ships counsellor to help with morale and other things. The Hierarchy want to use his position as Prophet to inspire those around him.
He meets with interesting reactions, the Captain hates him, and the crew have mixed feelings, from adoration, to complete fear.
Gulatu has returned at a time that a Prophet is most required though, it is a time when the Galaxy is on the brink of war, when multiple races are about to fight over control of planets, shipping lanes, minerals, all the usual stuff, but what it all comes down to is Power. One race though stands out amongst them all, and everybody is scared of them, the Pithrean’s.
This is a book of multiple different philosophical ideas, looking at Religion, War, Politics, Government, and the combination of all of them. Several times, Gulatu is worried about being seen as a figurehead of the war effort, to be seen as standing for one side or the other, when he is a Prophet for peace. But there are those that would see him used as a pawn to push the war effort, or rally the masses.
For Gulatu, this is made all the harder, as he cannot speak with his God, and cannot get advice on what to do.
This is an amazing story, with some powerful characters. Gulatu himself is an amazing character, so tragic in some ways, and yet in others, he is so strong.
My favourite character in the book is Ruma, the Officer that is assigned to look after Gulatu. She is extremely loyal to him, even though he has no faith in himself. She starts off as appearing to be a somewhat timid and almost weak character, but we quickly see that she is nothing of the sort as the book progresses.
There are so many characters in this book, it would be difficult to discuss them all without writing a short essay, but needless to say, Bulach’s strength is his character writing, he brings the story to life with this incredibly gifted characters, and some amazing dialogue that leaves you flipping pages wanting to find out what happens.
This is a multi-faceted story of a galaxy at war, of multiple races trying to intervene, or get involved, and one in particular just waiting for the right time to strike. Ultimately it is up to Gulatu to bring them together towards a common enemy, but to do that, he has to be able to bring himself together.
This is the journey of the reincarnated Gulatu, trying to re-kindle his faith, find his path, and in doing so, lead those that follow him, from the beautiful officer that he is falling for, to an entire race that thinks he is their Messiah, on the right path, and that path may well kill them all anyway.
You have to stick with this book, be willing to give it a go. It is a little slow to get started, but once it does get started, it is an outstanding audiobook, with exceptional characters. I have already dived into part 2, and have part 3 pre-ordered. It is well worth the listen as it is an incredible Space Opera.

The Author, Fuad Baloch has chosen to do his own Narration for these titles, and whilst at the very start I was skeptical of this, I soon found that it was a good choice. He has a wonderfully melodious voice, peaceful in its nature, allowing you to not only sit back and enjoy this book, but to also find yourself feeling rather calmed and relaxed by his voice. His voice is perfect for The Prophet, and his thoughts, he brings this character to life, giving him such depth, such feeling, and you know that as he tells this tale, he is telling it from the heart. Having said that, he is more than capable though of providing good coverage of the other voices within the story, bringing out the strength and passion in Ruma, the fire of Yoshina, the poise and grace of Avel the Yeth, and the hilarity of some of the other crew.
Best of all, he tells this tale in a clear, concise voice, like a proper story teller of old. You can imagine a Village Elder sitting down with the Village around a large fire as he tells the tale of the Prophet who returned and his tale at trying to save the Galaxy, and those that tried to help him.
This is wonderful Narration, and well worth the Listen!

**********DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS POINT UNTIL YOU HAVE READ PART 1**********

Part 2 'The Faithless Prophet':
In Part 2 of this series, we see a fundamental shift in the character of Gulatu, having used the shards to shift his ship around at the end of the first book, allowing for the defeat of an enemy fleet, and victory. With the arrival of the Pithrean, he is now seen as the last hope for not just humanity, but for the other races too, including the Yeth, the Zrivisi and the Hengoli. They want him to aid them in the coming fight with the Pithrean’s.
Gulatu however has no interest in helping with the Pithreans, he has a promise to keep to Ruma before he can become involved in another war.
And that is how this book starts, Gulatu, sitting in a cave, pondering all that has happened in the first book, trying to come to terms with his life as a Godless prophet, a man who can no longer convene with his God, other than the first and only time, in a cave such as the one as he is in now, thinking over all that has happened and all that has been, and his love for someone in particular (a rather different way of doing a re-cap of book 1, but one that allowed us to go back over events that had happened from Gulatu’s perspective)
And so begins the story, with Gulatu wanting to seek out Ruma’s Father, and, with all that they feel he is owed after the first battle, and to keep him on their side, he is offered both a commission again, and a small starship, the salvaged and repaired Aroha.
Together, he and eclectic crew of companions (Friends is the wrong word, it implies a certain relationship, whereas some of these people are not friends, some are closer, whilst others are only just tolerated for their skillsets, but they are all there because of their belief in him, and this is what makes the group both unique and powerful).
These Characters are beautifully crafted, from the extraordinary relationship he has with Ruma, a love that will span the ages and be spoken of in texts in the years to come when they mention the modern day version of Gulatu Koza of Irtiza the Prophet, to his just as emotional relationship with the Yeth, Ayel. There is some humour with Yoshina and Rosho to make sure that the story does not get too bogged down in its telling of a Prophet without a God, who is trying to prevent the Galaxy from being destroyed by a superior alien force.
Gulatu discovered in the first book that he is also gifted not just as a prophet, but as a ‘Shard-Bearer’, or someone who can use the crystal shards that all ships use to jump through, to actually move himself and other ships.
Whilst every ship has to use these great crystals situated at various points throughout each star system, Gulatu can take a crystal, and summon his power, and shift his ship and other ships through ‘his’ crystal. This allows him to move without having to be anywhere near the Systems Crystal, and, as a result, he can conduct hit and run strikes on ships anywhere he likes, fleeing before enemy fire hits them. He won the original battle in the first book using this ability, and now everyone is expecting him to do the same for the up coming battle with the Pithreans.
But, being a man of his word, Gulatu is more interested in helping Ruma, finding her Father and returning him to her, keeping the promise he made.
Whilst the story starts off with this adventure to go find Ruma’s Father, it soon moves to a multitude of other things as our ‘Prophet’ is again embroiled in Galactic Politics.
This is a fascinating listen, full of intrigue, exceptional characters, that are not only engaging, but creative, and in-depth. The world building is exquisite, with these remarkable worlds full of stunning creatures, and outstanding backgrounds to get lost in. It is not just the Characters and the backgrounds, there are a wealth of Aliens in these books, from the standard Human, to the totally robotic Yeth, and everything in between. This makes the story even more captivating as you are faced with different aliens consistently, engaging you in from multiple aspects of the story.
If you enjoyed the first part of this series, you will love the second, as the writing has matured, and the story is slightly better than the first.
This is a series that is well worth the Listen!

The Author has again Narrated the 2nd volume, and for this we are most fortunate. He again brings such life to the Prophet, telling this tale of the reincarnated Prophet and his struggle to save the Galaxy. Although in Part 2, we see him differ from his goals in Part 1, being more selfless as he goes to the aid of Ruma, to find her missing Father. The Narration of each of the characters is again, absolutely brilliant, and Baloch brings not only his Characters to life, but adds an extra level of passion to his story as he is so close to his characters and their plight.
The first 2 parts of this Saga have been Exemplary, and I eagerly await their release.

This is a series that is most definitely worth getting - and for 1 credit, two exceptional stories is more than worth it.

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  • Michel Brode
  • 01-11-19

A thought provoking and philosophical story

A story that centers itself in the mind of thoughtful and humble but influential man.
A superb example of speculative fiction within a universe that is both foreign and similar to ours. A fascinating epic combining action, drama, comedy, and philosophy within the framework of space and time bending events.
It is definitely worth getting the boxset rather than the individual volumes.
I am looking forward to the next volume in the series “Lady of the Sands”

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-17-19

A good idea and premise totally ruined.

Awful narration makes the torturous melodramatic nature of this book almost painful to listen to. Great idea but by the end I wanted to throw up