A Dark and Hungry God Arises Paperback – Jul 1 1993
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Superb writing, darkly powerful, a stab of adrenaline. A group of unique criminals must oppose the looming enemies of humanity, or die. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by Joy
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2001
...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... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2000 by M. Borden
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 morePublished on July 1 2000 by Ben
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 morePublished on Jan. 27 2000 by Brian Altmeyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 morePublished on Jan. 14 2000 by Mike Nemeth
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 morePublished on Dec 23 1999
Tension and plotting reach a high point in this third novel (following 'The Real Story' and 'Forbidden Knowledge'). Read morePublished on Aug. 3 1999