Pros: Scheming, plots, and wild events that actually live up to the buildup; yet more depth to previously weak characters
Cons: If there were any, I was too caught up in the events of the story to notice
Rating: 5 out of 5
Review book courtesy of Penguin Group
Spoiler warning: If you haven’t read books one and two of S. Andrew Swann’s Apotheosis series yet (Prophets and Heretics), you might want to wait to read this review; it’s impossible to avoid giving away at least some of the developments from the previous books.
The godlike alien AI Adam is well on his way to his goal of forcing all sentient minds to worship him, to become a part of him—or die. The clouds of nanomachines that make up his consciousness spread outward through entire solar systems, converting whole planets at a time. Earth lies directly in their path, but the Vatican has made an unlikely alliance with the Proteans against Adam. Unfortunately, the Proteans are just as alien as Adam in their own way, and their means of saving humanity probably isn’t what humanity was hoping for.
At the lone planet of Bakunin, Father Mallory and his allies are using the fact that Bakunin is a low priority target to give them time to martial their forces. They have some basic ideas of how they might attack Adam when he comes, but can they really make much headway against a being so powerful? Particularly when it’s so easy for Adam to plant moles among the humans?
Down on the surface of the planet the careful balance of lawlessness has fallen apart since Mosasa’s departure, and one corporation has conquered nearly everything. They probably won’t sit idly by while Nickolai Rajasthan takes his allies on their own last-ditch effort to contact the ancient Dolbrians. Unfortunately, not only do they have to find the Dolbrians, but they have to get through the cult that worships the Dolbrians, the humans who want to control whatever’s there, and the servants of Adam who want to stop Nickolai. It’s going to be a long and bloody war…