The Chaplain's War

The Chaplain s War ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK A chaplain serving in Earth s space fleet is trapped behind enemy lines where he struggles for both personal survival and humanity s future The mantis cyborgs insectlike crue

  • Title: The Chaplain's War
  • Author: Brad R. Torgersen
  • ISBN: 9781476736853
  • Page: 375
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  • ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK A chaplain serving in Earth s space fleet is trapped behind enemy lines where he struggles for both personal survival and humanity s future.The mantis cyborgs insectlike, cruel, and determined to wipe humanity from the face of the galaxy The Fleet is humanity s last chance a multi world, multi national task force assembled to hold the line agaiORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK A chaplain serving in Earth s space fleet is trapped behind enemy lines where he struggles for both personal survival and humanity s future.The mantis cyborgs insectlike, cruel, and determined to wipe humanity from the face of the galaxy The Fleet is humanity s last chance a multi world, multi national task force assembled to hold the line against the aliens overwhelming technology and firepower Enter Harrison Barlow, who like so many young men of wars past, simply wants to serve his people and partake of the grand adventure of military life Only, Harrison is not a hot pilot, nor a crack shot with a rifle What good is a Chaplain s Assistant in the interstellar battles which will decide the fate of all More than he thinks Because while the mantis insectoids are determined to eliminate the human threat to mantis supremacy, they remember the errors of their past Is there the slightest chance that humans might have value Especially since humans seem to have the one thing the mantes explicitly do not an innate ability to believe in what cannot be proven nor seen God Captured and stranded behind enemy lines, Barlow must come to grips with the fact that he is not only bargaining for his own life, but the lives of everyone he knows and loves And so he embarks upon an improbable gambit, determined to alter the course of the entire war.

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    1. Who is Brad Brad R Torgersen is a full time healthcare tech geek by day, and United States Army Reserve Warrant Officer on weekends He is a Writers of the Future winner, as well as a contributing author for Orson Scott Card s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine the latter awarding him the AnLab readers choice prize for best novelette, 2010 Presently, Torgersen is a Campbell nominee for Best New Science Fiction writer, Hugo nominee, for his novelette, Ray of Light, and also a Nebula nominee, for the same novelette Married, with one daughter, Brad is back home in the Rocky Mountain West, after spending fourteen years living and working in various places around the Puget Sound.

    2. So I loved this book.It tells the story of a chaplain's assistant, and his time as a POW of a race of killer mantis aliens. Awesome, bad-ass, cyborg killer mantis aliens.It also tells, via flashybacky, about his time before serving. A bit of childhood, his hellish journey through basic training, all the good "life in the (futuristic) military" tropes. Meanwhile, in alternating-chapter format, it tells his story going forward from where we meet him, as a humble keeper of a humble chapel on a shit [...]

    3. The Chaplain's War is military science fiction, but it's not jingoistic. The Chaplain's War is spiritual in places, but it's not preachy. This is a book that takes a great idea, and really runs with it.Torgersen gives the reader everything that's good about military SF, but he does so with resonance and meaning. I found the Chaplain's War to be a solid bildungsroman - we follow a new recruit through basic training, discovering the horror of war, and all of that stuff, but this is where any simil [...]

    4. 4-4.5 starsI previously read parts of this as short stories or novellas (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. Read the rest of my review here at my blog.

    5. A few days ago I finally go around to reading Brad Torgersen’s first book, The Chaplain’s War, published by Baen Books. I had a lot of expectations going into this one because it was recommended on a lot of the blogs I follow and besides being a military SciFi it promised to address religion in an interesting way. Overall I found the book a pleasant read, with a very interesting premise, but fundamentally flawed in it’s overall execution.The Chaplain’s War starts with our main character [...]

    6. Superficially this book is an expansion of a short story from Torgersen’s Lights in the Deep Collection. But there’s nothing superficial about this story.Modern science fiction suffers a surfeit of super-heroic protagonists who are smarter, faster and luckier than everyone else. Torgersen’s Harrison Barlow isn’t. In fact, he thinks he’s a coward, a loser and unqualified to be a Chaplain’s Assistant because he doesn’t believe God exists or cares what happens to him. (view spoiler)[M [...]

    7. I received an early copy of this book through NetGalley.The Chaplain's War is based on Torgerson's short story "The Chaplain's Assistant" that was published in Analog in September 2011. It's an excellent story, and one that I remember well years later. The book uses that story at the start and builds it from there, creating a frightening scenario where humanity is in danger of annihilation by aliens. That sounds like a stale trope, but Torgersen makes it bright and fascinating by utilizing the v [...]

    8. Wow. Upon first glance this, somewhat inevitably, reminded me of Starship Troopers, mainly because of the enemy and Basic Training, but there the similarity ends. This is a reality which SF doesn't normally cover, one where humans are weak, and one where we're losing. It opens on a planet called Purgatory, where Harry Barlow, a humble chaplain's assistant, maintains a multidenominational chapel. He doesn't have any faith of his own, never preaches a sermon, just creates a quiet space where peopl [...]

    9. Holy crap, but this was a good book. As in, couldn't put it down, kept me up waaaay past my bedtime, wandered around the house with my nose buried in the book (or rather, my ereader). It even made me tear up at a couple of places--and that almost never happens to me. I don't, as a rule, consider myself a big fan of the MilSF genre* (though I have nothing against it, it's just not usually my cup of tea), but this novel was absolutely amazing. *Unless it has the name "Vorkosigan" associated with i [...]

    10. I received an advanced copy from Net Galley for purposed of review. The opinions (often jaded) expressed are my own.One of the best surprises in a book I've had all year. I went in expecting to be moderately amused. I left a die-hard fan. Torgersen writes in a style reminiscent of Orson Scott Card at times. At other times, there is a ‘pulp’ feeling to it that thrills. The writing is easy without being turgid or pretentious. Loved it! Well done!

    11. Author Doris Lessing once noted that "That function of a writer is to raise questions not find answers."A Nobel Prize winner, Lessing famously responded to a critic of her Canopus in Argos series--a work of science fiction, in contrast to what critics considered her more serious literature--by saying: "What they didn't realize was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time."That was thirty years ago. Today, Brad Torgersen (a Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell award nominee in [...]

    12. A century or so from now, Earth has achieved interstellar spaceflight and is beginning to colonize its galactic environs. Then it encounters the Mantis Empire, and first contact does not go at all well. The military fleet sent to defend our colonies gets a thorough shellacking, and there’s every indication the Mantes plan to continue their offensive until every human being is obliterated.Specialist Harrison Barlow is a Chaplain’s Assistant, one of the few survivors of the strike force sent t [...]

    13. Spirituality can be a thorny subject, but it can never be avoided. Even when telling a tale, sooner or later the storyteller will make some metaphysical claim or denial and stumble into that particular “Area 51”. Brad Torgersen has simply taken the subject and made it the driving force of his soon-to-be-released fictional piece, “The Chaplain’s War.” This 352 page trade paperback lifts off immediately with Harry Barlow, Chaplain Assistant, stranded on Purgatory after the fleet’s deva [...]

    14. Got this on sale at Audible - a daily deal - and glad I did. The narrator is good and, more importantly, so is the story. The book opens with a scene on a planet called Purgatory where those left alive when the Mantis beat the crap out of the Earth forces are kept as prisoners of war. They have been there awhile. Assistant Chaplain Barlow has fulfilled the command of the Chaplain and build a non-denominational chapel. It is basically used as a meditation spot for those wishing to commune with th [...]

    15. This was a very disappointing novel. I was intrigued by the fact that this was a science fiction novel that dealt with faith and religion as its main subject rather than just some auxiliary piece of a character's backstory, but sadly The Chaplain's War has nothing noteworthy to say on the subject. The story is predictable and stuffed with clichés and stock characters, and the narrative is bloated and padded out to the point of tedium, especially in the middle section. The novel falls short as m [...]

    16. Brad Torgersen's debut novel is a "fix-up novel," meaning that large portions appeared as shorter, independent works. So I'd already read some of them in his fantastic collection Lights in the Deep. The Chaplain's War has those powerful short stories at the heart of its narrative, and they make for a really interesting fusion of military sci-fi and religious narrative. The new sections of the book add a lot of depth to the backstory of the main character and also to the setting. I thought that r [...]

    17. Great book. Exciting, philosophical, and theological. Not many sci-fi books take faith seriously, as if in the future we will all "come to our senses" and dismiss faith as unreasonable since it is unscientific. But this book takes a different tact: A conquering cyborg alien race is fascinated about the human propensity to believe in a God. An alien professor sets out to study this strange phenomenon all the while the race at large wants to just wipe out the humans, especially the queen of the al [...]

    18. Very enjoyable.Interesting how matters of faith are addressed in the novel when a Chaplain's assistant interacts with a genocidal race of aliens who have no belief in God at all. Although this is not a hit-you-over-the-head theistic novel, but one that uses this as a background.The Chaplain's assistant boot camp interweaving storyline is straight-forward as boot camp experiences go, but it does setup certain plot points.The novel pretty much kept me interested throughout and kept me on my toes w [...]

    19. In the interest of avoiding spoilers I'll keep this short. The Chaplain's War is an amazing book in the tradition of the classics of sci-fi - big ideas and amazing stories, but ones that just present the evidence and let us decide for ourselves. It touches on a lot of interesting topics, from cyborg theory, the nature of worship and faith, to the ethics of force and war. It also has one of the best depictions of boot camp I've seen since Starship Troopers. Read this book.

    20. Decent mil sci-fiTorgesen's Chaplain's War is a good example of the military science fiction genre, half covering Barlows journey through space boot camp, and the other half follows the chaplain after the outbreak of the war. Nothing special; if you're a big fan of the genre is not bad, though the boot camp sequence was very paint by numbers.

    21. Torgersen's 'The Chaplain War' plays with an old SF trope, but manages to turn it around to make it a fascinating read. I had not read the original short story, and somewhat glad that I didn't, as I got to experience this story in this form first.Very much enjoying this, and will be looking for more of Brad's works.

    22. Although the context is different but with the stakes just as high, this lyric rings true: 'was blind but now I see'. Thanks Brad.

    23. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5A year or two ago I sent Brad Torgersen a message telling him that I thought he was one of the best new writers of sci-fi writing in the field today. I had read a number of his works that were up for consideration for the Hugo Award and felt that they were really outstanding (and yes, I voted for him). So it was that I was really thrilled to see a new book available for review by Mr. Torgersen.But I am conflicted by this [...]

    24. InterestingTo me, this story is a good example of a "space opera", at least as I have come to think of it. To be honest, this would be the first one I've read that I consider as such.Coming from other authors such as John Ringo's various military sci-fi stories, I looked into this to be another of the same type. I don't think of it in the same category though. Which is a fine thing because I think it's given me a better idea of a space opera in general.It's a good, quick, read and enjoyable. I'l [...]

    25. 2.5ish? 2.75 ish? It was OK. I had a lot of struggles with this one, but I read it a while ago now. The specifics are fuzzy. As I got toward the end of the book there were a few things that felt like they got hammered in there because the end was coming and they needed to be in. It was OK. If you're into military science fiction it's worth checking out because it does have some interesting points of comparison.

    26. I am always glad when a writer takes religion seriously, and particularly entranced when he can handle the intersection of religion and science fiction. A worthwhile read.

    27. Brad R. Torgersen has taken some standard science fiction tropes (Earthlings under threat from insectoid aliens, young people signing up for war) and made them fresh through an unusual viewpoint—that of a military chaplain, or more accurately, a chaplain’s assistant—an accidental chaplain’s assistant, at that. Harrison Barlow is just a regular guy who likes to help people, and ends up assigned to the Chaplain’s Corps, even though he’s a nonbeliever who never had religious training of [...]

    28. Overall, I enjoyed the book (call it 3.5 stars, really). The protagonist comes across as very much an Everyman who somehow finds himself in the middle of events of interstellar importance. Despite his being--technically--a soldier, his most important victories are won through the power of pacifism. That much, I loved. What I didn't particularly care for was two-fold: first, I've never been fond of having chapters alternate between times. I'll concede that it is a valid literary tradition, but I [...]

    29. The Chaplain’s War, if I must make a short comparison, is like Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. It’s half philosophy, and half soldier training, for similar motivations. Like Rico, Harry lives on a world threatened by aliens. Like Rico, Harry joins up for a war against bug-like aliens. he suffers through training unlike anything in his life previously, makes friends, and then watches them die.Unlike Heinlein’s shorter novel, Torgerson interweaves his hero’s training in the past with the p [...]

    30. Brad R Torgersen's first novel "The Chaplain's War" is an unusual combination of "Starship Troopers" and "Old Man's War." Unlike most other sci-fi novels, it shows a realistic outcome of mankind meeting a sentient alien species: we get our asses kicked. The ass-kickers in question are giant mantis-looking creatures that are part-cyborg (fused with bona fide flying saucers) and thousands of years ahead of us technologically.The book begins on the lovely planet known as Purgatory, where our hero, [...]

    31. I know it's impossible, but imagine, if you will, that there were no politics in the publishing world, no judgements of texts based on the author's idealogical views. If this world existed, a book like Brad R. Torgersen's The Chaplain's War would, I believe, be talked about as one of the freshest and most enjoyable new books in the science fiction genre.Like I said, I know it's impossible.And that's a damn shame.Because Torgersen's book is great, great in the tradition of Heinlein, and Card. In [...]

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