Audiobooks The Chaplain's War – Albawater.co

ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK A chaplain serving in Earth s space fleet is trapped behind enemy lines where he struggles for both personal survival and humanity s futureThe mantis cyborgs insectlike, cruel, and determined to wipe humanity from the face of the galaxy The Fleet is humanity s last chance a multi world, multi national task force assembled to hold the line against the aliens overwhelming technology and firepower Enter Harrison Barlow, who like so many young men of wars past, simply wants to serve his people and partake of the grand adventure of military life Only, Harrison is not a hot pilot, nor a crack shot with a rifle What good is a Chaplain s Assistant in the interstellar battles which will decide the fate of all More than he thinks Because while the mantis insectoids are determined to eliminate the human threat to mantis supremacy, they remember the errors of their past Is there the slightest chance that humans might have value Especially since humans seem to have the one thing the mantes explicitly do not an innate ability to believe in what cannot be proven nor seen God Captured and stranded behind enemy lines, Barlow must come to grips with the fact that he is not only bargaining for his own life, but the lives of everyone he knows and loves And so he embarks upon an improbable gambit, determined to alter the course of the entire war This review is a little oblique so as to avoid spoilers I give thislike 3.5 stars I love the overall idea but it was a slow burn and the execution was a little shaky What happens when humanity meets an alien species the insect like mantis utterly devoid of spirituality or a concept of God The author has the protagonist, Henry Barlow, as a spiritual none you might call him agnostic but he has not given enough thought to spirituality to even qualify as that He s neither hosti This review is a little oblique so as to avoid spoilers I give thislike 3.5 stars I love the overall idea but it was a slow burn and the execution was a little shaky What happens when humanity meets an alien species the insect like mantis utterly devoid of spirituality or a concept of God The author has the protagonist, Henry Barlow, as a spiritual none you might call him agnostic but he has not given enough thought to spirituality to even qualify as that He s neither hostile nor, at first, really open to religion The book touches lightly on his spiritual journey, but I think he serves as a foil for the bigger idea and thus it is useful for him to be unencumbered by religious ideology The book does take us through a journey, though Barlow s spiritual development is eclipsed by his complicated relationship with the mantis While he is motivated by a desire to save humanity, he forms genuine bonds of friendship with several of the species and, in a sense, wants to save them In turn, a few of the mantes go through their own journey of metaphysical awakening In this regard, the book challenges our views of ethnic and religious other How different are we from each other, really Beyond the story of galactic interspecies conflict, the story asks about our relationship with, and reliance on technology The mantes are cyborgs, harnessed to electronic carriages at birth The book asks how this affects, not only our spirituality, but our humanity As stated, the book was a slow burn and I almost put it down at first I m glad I persisted It asks an interesting question and doesn t treat its subject matter in a heavy handed way That said, I found the writing style a little stilted at time Barlow speakslike a technician than a relaxed guy who isn t afraid to thumb his nose at authority The chapters flip between the present and his early days in boot camp While it did come together, I spent the first half of the book wondering if the boot camp scenes were just filler All that said, by the last half of the book I didn t want to put it down So I loved this book.It tells the story of a chaplain s assistant, and his time as a POW of a race of killer mantis aliens Awesome, bad ass, cyborg killer mantis aliens.It also tells, via flashybacky, about his time before serving A bit of childhood, his hellish journey through basic training, all the good life in the futuristic military tropes Meanwhile, in alternating chapter format, it tells his story going forward from where we meet him, as a humble keeper of a humble chapel on a shit So I loved this book.It tells the story of a chaplain s assistant, and his time as a POW of a race of killer mantis aliens Awesome, bad ass, cyborg killer mantis aliens.It also tells, via flashybacky, about his time before serving A bit of childhood, his hellish journey through basic training, all the good life in the futuristic military tropes Meanwhile, in alternating chapter format, it tells his story going forward from where we meet him, as a humble keeper of a humble chapel on a shitball planet in alien occupied space.But, oh, the things this book examines Spirituality, religion, faith, and how those three may or may not be combined how the sum is not necessarily greater than its parts Also, dependence on technology, the ideology of hate, the understanding of differences.This is a story about mankind s war against bug monsters You can read it for that This is a story about a man, a good man, trying to do right You can read it for that This is hard military sci fi You can read it for that This is a study in faith and moralism You can read it for that.Or you can do yourself a favor, and just read it, and appreciate all the varied flavors The Chaplain s War is military science fiction, but it s not jingoistic The Chaplain s War is spiritual in places, but it s not preachy This is a book that takes a great idea, and really runs with it.Torgersen gives the reader everything that s good about military SF, but he does so with resonance and meaning I found the Chaplain s War to be a solid bildungsroman we follow a new recruit through basic training, discovering the horror of war, and all of that stuff, but this is where any simil The Chaplain s War is military science fiction, but it s not jingoistic The Chaplain s War is spiritual in places, but it s not preachy This is a book that takes a great idea, and really runs with it.Torgersen gives the reader everything that s good about military SF, but he does so with resonance and meaning I found the Chaplain s War to be a solid bildungsroman we follow a new recruit through basic training, discovering the horror of war, and all of that stuff, but this is where any similarity to Starship Troopers ends Humanity has lost the alien war before it began All the hoo ha and chest thumping doesn t make any difference Defeated and captured, the only thing left for the somewhat agnostic protagonist is to build a chapel for the other survivors a promise to his dying superior, the Chaplain.All of this spirituality gets the alien s attention, and the Chaplain s assistant finds himself on a new battle front How to explain the notions of god and faith to an alien,so when you are struggling with these questions yourself A great read that will stay in your mind long after finishing it The Chaplain s War is highly recommended 4 4.5 starsI previously read parts of this as short stories or novellas one of which was nominated for a Hugo last year and got my enthusiastic vote This novel fills in the gaps in Chaplain s Assistant Harry Barlow s past and a few important bits of his future Read the rest of my review here at my blog 4 4.5 starsI previously read parts of this as short stories or novellas one of which was nominated for a Hugo last year and got my enthusiastic vote This novel fills in the gaps in Chaplain s Assistant Harry Barlow s past and a few important bits of his future Read the rest of my review here at my blog