The Chaplain’s War

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This is a new novel in the style of classic science-fiction: a war between aliens and humans, a realistic description of future military, philosophical questions explored through a science-fiction scenario, and an ultimate expression of hope. In the book, a space-marine chaplain finds himself at the center of a diplomatic mission to try to save humanity from the technologically advanced mantises who defeat the humans at every turn.

The book’s cover blurb bills the work as a blend of Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, and that is an accurate description. Torgersen writes realistic, believable characters who, despite the work’s strong religious theme overall, turn out to be neither devils nor saints. Rather, the characters are exactly the sort one meets every day, which is part of what makes the novel so effective—it is easy to get lost imagining oneself alongside the chaplain and his companions as they go through extraordinary events.

If there is a flaw in the book, it is that, like Heinlein and Clarke, there is less action and slower pacing than some modern readers would prefer. However, overall The Chaplain’s War is an excellent read, and will be delightful for any reader, young adult or older, of science-fiction.

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Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Baen
Publish Date 2014-Oct-07
ISBN 9781476736853 Buy this Book
Issue March 2015
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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