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The Ninety Trillion Fausts [Mass Market Paperback]

Jack L. Chalker
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November 1992 The Quintara Marathon, Book 3 (Book 3)
In the conclusion to "The Quintara Marathon" series, the legendary demons who have captured the imaginations of three alien races for centuries pursue the souls of ninety trillion Fausts. Reprint.

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The final volume in Chalker's Quintara Marathon trilogy continues to blend space-opera adventure with crude theological and metaphysical speculation, but fails to provide escapist adventure.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The concluding volume to the "Quintara Marathon" trilogy of spacefaring civilizations united in a war against demons.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, but don't expect much depth July 31 2001
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As the characters spiral their way down through the depths of hell and toward the ultimate destiny of a fragmented humanity, so we as readers spiral through revelation and enjoyable action sequences in an exciting mix of horror, sci-fi, and myth. It tells the tale of three teams from rival empires. Their quest is one of discovery- to uncover the secrets of a race of Demons. Their only clues along this journey are the myths and beliefs of their own cultures that must have experienced the Demons first hand thousands of years in the past. The twist of this story is it's challenge of religious beliefs by the standards of science fiction. While Chalker strips away shrouds of biblical dogma, he quickly replaces it with sci-fi rationale. While this does have the effect of revealing the wizard as an old man behind a curtain, it validates the underpinnings of religion by giving substance to human myths. Whether you are deeply religious, anti-religious or just plain neutral on the subject like me, I think you'll enjoy the author's attempt to create a fantasy world where the tensions between science and theology can be bridged with rational observation. As we grow up in a society whose cultural beliefs are constantly challenged by the rigor of science, this book gives us a chance to look back to Sunday School and ask, "What if science could validate and explain all that bible mumbo-jumbo?" Such questions are answered with the help of characters representing three distinct viewpoints- Theological fanatics (The Mizlaplan Team), Capitalist businessmen (Exchange), and amoral opportunists (Mychol). Each viewpoint is further enhanced by each team-member who give the extreme, moderate, and even doubter's mindsets to each philosophy. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot! Feb. 24 2001
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I have always been a fan of Jack L. Chalker. Most of his books have a similar theme, that of advanced alien civilisations that used to rule the universe. This trilogy though is different in that it provides a new twist to the familiar theme. Also his characters are well written, the philosophy is interesting, the plot is excellent and fast paced. Each of the three books has a unique flavour. Definitely a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A v.good blend of science fiction and speculative theology. June 5 1998
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The entire Quintara Marathon is one mind-bending, surreal escapade after another. The first book is devoted almost entirely to character development, the second to development of the plot... and the third is the big one. Although the climax is sometimes almost as hard to understand as the last ten minutes of the movie 2001, don't let that daunt you. This book has something for everyone. Space opera, science fiction, science occult, fantasy, and crisises of faith.... I thoroughly enjoy this sort of 'gestalt' and if you do as well, then I don't believe you will be disappointed. Some people might be squicked by some of the religious overtones (undertones?), or the Ultimate Nature of the universe (some of the characters are squicked, as well!) but taken in the light of the story, this concept adds greatly to the plotline. Besides, it's a rousing good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot! Feb. 24 2001
By Hubert Fernandes - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always been a fan of Jack L. Chalker. Most of his books have a similar theme, that of advanced alien civilisations that used to rule the universe. This trilogy though is different in that it provides a new twist to the familiar theme. Also his characters are well written, the philosophy is interesting, the plot is excellent and fast paced. Each of the three books has a unique flavour. Definitely a good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong ending for a great trilogy Aug. 21 2006
By Judah - Published on Amazon.com
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Read "The Demons at Rainbow Bridge" and "The Run to Chaos Keep" first, or you won't understand what is going on.

The true threat and power of the Quintara are revealed, and the remnants of the teams running the Marathon must fight the devils or join them.

Chalker kept me turning pages constantly by throwing plot curveballs. If you as a reader feel weird about some of the revelations, you really identify with the characters who agree with you. Rarely I have identified as much with characters inside a science fiction novel.

Chalker spins religion into sci-fi in a way that suprised me. I hate being general, but I hate spoilers more. Unless you as a person are religiously intolerant, you'll like this book. You might even smile and say 'Wow!' at the ending, like I did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book Jan. 6 2013
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Great book and enjoyed it a lot. Ending was good and the overall theme was great. Just writing this to get to the 20 words because I think the book is worthwhile to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Great trilogy Feb. 26 2011
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my all time favorite series. From Demons at Rainbow Bridge all the way to 90 Trillion Fausts, Chauker kept me completely captivated. The final ending was done so well, it made me want for more. I first started reading this series almost 20 years ago and couldn't wait for the 2nd and 3rd books to come out. The way the space suits worked made hope that we could actually develop something like that in my lifetime.
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