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Some bad ideas go back a long way, and this one goes all the way back to the original home planet: Someone's god told them they had a right to more territory - so they figure they can take what they want by divine right.

In the far future among the colonized worlds of the galaxy, there's a war going on between the majority of civilized worlds and a colonial theocracy. Trystin Desoll grows up fighting against religious fanatics and becomes a hero, a first-class pilot, then, amazingly, a spy.

What do you do if you're a relatively humane soldier fighting millions of suicidal volunteers on the other side who know that they are utterly right, and you are utterly wrong, with no middle ground? Trystin Desoll has an idea.

©1996 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Jerry Kill
  • 13-08-18

Long build-up that goes flat at the end.

The author spends 95% of the book with a slow long build-up, then its over.
The end seems like it was squeezed out at the last minute, and is not really plausible.
The whole book is a case study; in a false equivalency between religious fanatics and rational people.

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  • gander
  • 27-06-18

I had faith they would do this audiobook!

When i first got into audiobooks, this novel was one of the ones I searched for. I am glad they finally made it and made it well.

This novel is science fiction the way science fiction should be. Yes it tells a story of how humanity might be in a far distant future beyond this stellar system. However it does not forget that good stories depict a human story. This story follows Trystan Desol as he learns about cultures and the ways cultures meet and interact. This is a heroic story of a human choosing how he wants to live.

Joel Richard does a wonderful job with his performance.