4-4.5 out of 5 stars
Release Date: 10/7/2014
I previously read parts of this as a short story and as novella (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.
The original stories were expanded and an additional story line added to pull all of the narrative into a cohesive whole. I related well to Harry Barlow and had no trouble re-reading parts of his story. The only quibble I was with the ending. It was a good and satisfying ending, but I just didn’t ‘believe’ how some of the minor loose ends were conveniently and neatly tied up.
This story appealed to me because it explored some timeless questions we as human beings have been asking ourselves for centuries. Questions about religion (pick your ‘flavor’), faith and technology’s impact on our lives and perceptions.
My thanks to NetGalley and Baen for allowing me to read the eARC of this novel.