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A Dark and Hungry God Arises [Paperback]

Stephen R. Donaldson
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July 1 1993
A master storyteller, Stephen R. Donaldson established a worldwide reputation with his unforgettable, critically acclaimed fantasy series The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant.  Then, with The Real Story and Forbidden Knowledge, he launched a thrilling new science fiction series.  Now the galactic epic continues as humanity struggles against the forces of ultimate evil--and its own dark nature.

The stage is set of confrontation at Billingate--illegal shipyard, haven for pirates and brigands, where every vice flourishes and every appetite can be sated.  Gateway to the alien realm of the Amnion, the shipyard is a clearinghouse for all they require to fulfill their mutagenic plans against humanity.

It is here that the fate of Morn Hyland is to be decided amid a kaleidoscopic whirl of plot and counterplot, treachery and betrayal.

As schemes unravel to reveal yet deeper designs, Morn, Nick, Angus' lives may all be forfeit as pawns in the titanic game played our between Warden Dios, dedicated director of the UMC Police, and the Dragon, greed-driven ruler of the UMC.  Here, the future of humankind hangs on the uncertain fortune of Morn Hyland in a daring novel of epic power and suspense, relentlessly gripping from first page to last.

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Remember how the fairy-tale-ish The Hobbit morphed into a wide-lens The Lord of the Rings? Plots, counterplots, and intrigue galore await readers of the Gap saga, which is still picking up speed. Allusions to Wagner's The Ring Cycle in opening book The Real Story's afterword now become clear as Earth politicians, Holt "Dragon" Fasner, and the rest of the United Mining Company Police bureaucrats enter the fray. Morn and company still teeter between exhilaration and desperation.... even readers who don't care for action or space opera may enjoy a story with this forceful a meld of character, cabal, and adventure.

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Although this third volume of Donaldson's projected five-volume space epic doesn't answer the questions raised in the first two books ( The Real Story and Forbidden Knowledge ), it brings many new, if unsatisfying, twists to the various plots and counterplots. And the scattered main characters--captured police officer Morn Hyland and rival pirates Angus Thermopyle and Nick Succorso--are assembled by the book's end. Nick, with Morn under guard and the angry alien Amnion on his tail, has fled to the pirate trading post Billingate, where he hopes to wheel and deal his way out of the mess he's in--even if this means trading Morn to the Amnion. Angus, meanwhile, successfully programmed by the police back in human space, has been sent to Billingate as well, ostensibly to sabotage it. But it seems that Nick, who sometimes works for the cops himself, was sent to wreak havoc on Billingate, too . . . and the convolutions don't stop there. By the final pages, readers may well have no idea who is doing what, or why, or at whose bidding. Original purposes are revealed as lies; new motives contradict others; unlikely coincidences spur major plot twists. But through it all runs Donaldson's trademark sadism, betrayal, amorality and purposeless cruelty, so his fans will hardly be disappointed.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Feb. 25 2004
"The Gap into Power: A Dark and Hungry God Arises" is a brutal novel. It focuses, at great length, on extreme suffering, pain, depression, isolation, defeat, violence, and insanity. Stephen R. Donaldson, of course, has never run away from aggressively dark and vicious literature. Even by his standards, however, "The Gap into Power" still stands out. This novel is frequently unpleasant, sometimes even painful to read. But those who have the guts to get through it will find a masterpiece waiting in here. This is no ordinary science fiction experience.
Nick Succurso recaptures Morn Hyland and reaches Thanatos Minor. But once there, he finds himself short on allies and facing a most unpleasant surprise. Angus Thermopylae travels through space, heading for the exact same outlaw's hangout, his brain still controlled by UMCP computers. Unpredictable developments are in store for him as well, however. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the political situation approaches boiling point, as every player tries to outmaneuver the others and emerge from the scenario on top. This truly is one of the most far-reaching and intricate plots of all time. Not a cheesy setup where you can see all the twists and turns coming far in advance. Here everything is up in the air. You actually have to think about what each person is trying to accomplish, and more importantly, about which ones are actually good and which are evil.
But behind all this, Donaldson is actually telling us something. He is showing us not just how technology changes the human experience, but how humans themselves will change the shape of the future. The characters we see, Nick Succurso, Angus Thermopylae, Holt Frasner, the Bill and all the rest, live in a world where morality is completely gone.
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"A Dark and Hungry God Arises" is an expansion from the second book as much as the second is an expansion from the first. The structure changes from mostly-Morn-and-occasionally-Angus to swapping between many different characters over the course of the long and dizzyingly complex story. Donaldson's world expands to include politicians and leaders, both power-crazy and honest, all driving at their own aims and all caught in utter deadlock by each other. The theme of all the plots and complex intentions of every character in the book concentrating in one spot and acting like a "critical mass" is a good one, and gives a suitable background for a highly explosive ending. The structuring is brilliant - unfaultable, in my book - and if you try listing all the characters the story swaps between after you've read it, you'll find a couple of interesting "nuggets" for the really attentive reader . . . This is true of the third and fourth books, as well.
In my review on here of the second book in the Gap Series, "Forbidden Knowledge", I stated that my considerations of readers of a more squeamish disposition forced me to mark down. In the third book this is less true - the darkness is still there, but the utter horror of the second (particularly the "force-growing" of Davies Hyland on Enablement Station) isn't so much in evidence. Only one particular scene - where an important conversation is conducted to the background of a woman gutting herself for the pleasure of a crowd - is particularly vile. I think that is the only example of horror in the series which can be considered entirely gratuitous. It is unnecessary, and rather wince-worthy. That it elicits disgust from me is testament to that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Superb Feb. 5 2002
By Joy
Superb writing, darkly powerful, a stab of adrenaline. A group of unique criminals must oppose the looming enemies of humanity, or die. Third book in one of the most exciting series I have ever read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and Hungry God Arises : The Gap into Power Oct. 26 2001
Thomas Covenent The Unbeliever series actually led me into the whole Genre of Fantasy writing, eventually to Tolkein himself - prior to that I had been and continue to be a reader of science Fiction so it was with some anticipation that I sat to read the GAP series by Donaldson. I was and am a big Fan of his writing and have re-read the Thomas C series many times, always with enjoyment- BUT - I really dont get all the positive reviews of the GAP series, I found the story slow, dull and confusing, I even re-read each book again as new books were released in the hope that maybe I had not given it a fair chance at the first read but finally found myself in the middle of this book totally uninterested to the point where for the second time in my life I put down a book unfinished and vowed never to read it again. For me the prime problem is that I simply have no interest in, sympathy for or any emotion for the Characters or what should could or might happen to them, My advice to Donaldson fans - leave this series alone and wait for his next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series ever Sept. 19 2001
This series is one of the best ever. The first book is kind of 'Space Pulp' but it is a fun read. The series becomes truly engaging and very entertaining as it continues. This books is probably one of the best in the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I don't want to pity the characters.... Sept. 22 2000
...but it seems like that is all there is left to do. I tore through the first two books in this series, but I am now left with a sense of continual pity and boredom with the characters. Are they are destined to be pummeled by Donaldson forever? Whereas I enjoy his concept of drama vs melodrama (in melodrama, you have a hero, the oppresed, and the oppressor; in drama you have the same characters but through the story they change their roles) the characters demonstrate their changes only through an ever increasing cruelty. While this can be interesting, it very soon becomes tedious and purposeless. 15 years after reading the "Lena" chapter of Lord Foul's Bane, I remember the scene vividly because it carried such a punch. In this book, the punches are numbing, and I fold. I've given up on the rest of the series and moved on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pay close attention to everything...
This is a great series of books - and I am thouroughly enjoying them, but this 3rd installment is so full of twists and turns, that I often found myself reading and re-reading... Read more
Published on July 2 2000 by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars Hellishly exciting and action-packed.
The Gap Into Power goes back and forth between the tense and unpredictable political intrigue going on behind the scenes at the UMCP and the slick, razor-sharp action and danger at... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2000 by Brian Altmeyer (brianaltmeyer@hotmail.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars angus rules
Of the books by Donaldson, this series, completed with this installment, served as one of the most engaging bits of reading I've experienced in a great while. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2000 by Imre Nemeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sunday drive through Hades
All good myths (or operas, if you will) must have the characters travel into the underworld, for only there lies the key to solving the problems in the mortal realm. Read more
Published on Dec 24 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, convoluted, and exciting. Your blood will pound.
After a stale but tantalizing prelude ("The Real Story") and a convoluted but exciting sequel ("Forbidden Knowledge"), the third book of the Gap Series takes... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 1999 by Loren Rosson III
5.0 out of 5 stars Best novel in Donaldson's 'Gap' Series
Tension and plotting reach a high point in this third novel (following 'The Real Story' and 'Forbidden Knowledge'). Read more
Published on Aug. 3 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series Wonderful Story
WARNING: due to language used within the story children should not read. However the story is wonderful and exciting. Mr. Donaldson has a gift of putting you in the action.. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 1998
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