The Parafaith War

The Parafaith War

J. r. ,. L. E. Modesitt

Book 1.0 of Parafaith

Language: English

Publisher: TOR

Published: Feb 1, 1996

Words: 141945
Pages: 565


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. From Publishers Weekly The primacy of ideas over characterization-a hallmark of (John) Campbellian science fiction-distinguishes Modesitt's current novel from his popular Recluse series and the delightful Of Tangible Ghosts. Trystin Desoll is a young Eco-Tech officer who is fighting two enemies: the opposing Revenant forces, and the prejudice of his own people against his looks, which are more rev than Eco-Tech. Employing his impressive wits and skills, he creates innovative solutions to each, ultimately devising a ploy aimed at ending the war by using the Revenants' faith-based culture. All this is potentially interesting, but Modesitt leaves too much unsaid (e.g., the reason for the interstellar war). Trystin is too stolid a character as well, barely reacting as several family members, friends and lovers are lost or forgotten. Modesitt is capable of turning out provocative, entertaining SF-but this, despite some good ideas, isn't that. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review "Echoes of both Joe Haldeman's *The Forever War* and Robert A. Heinlein's *Starship Troopers:* dense, gritty, strong on technical detail." --*Kirkus Reviews* "Mr. Modesitt's novel is a thoughtful commentary on the comparative influences of science and religion in the human story." --*The Washington Times*