Children of God

Mary Doria Russell, Author Villard Books $23.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-45635-3
Russell follows her speculative first novel, The Sparrow, with a sequel that will please even readers new to her interplanetary missionaries. Having returned from a disastrous, 21st-century expedition to the planet Rakhat, Jesuit Father Emilio Sandoz, the sole survivor of the mission, faces public rage over the order's part in the war between the gentle Runa and the predatory Jana'ata--fury more than matched by the priest's own self-hatred and religious disillusionment. In the sequel, he is forced to return to Rakhat with a new expedition more interested in profits than prophets. When they discover the planet in turmoil and the Runa precariously in power, the temptation to interfere is more than they can withstand. As in her first book, Russell uses the entertaining plot to explore sociological, spiritual, religious, scientific and historical questions. Misunderstandings between cultures and people are at the heart of her story. It is, however, the complex figure of Father Sandoz around which a diverse interplanetary cast orbits, and it is the intelligent, emotional and very personal feud between Father Sandoz and his God that provides energy for both books. 50,000 first printing; BOMC selection; audio rights to Random House Audio; author tour. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/02/1998
Release date: 03/01/1998
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 464 pages - 978-0-449-00483-8
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-375-40219-7
Open Ebook - 339 pages - 978-0-307-41474-8
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-6192-6
Open Ebook - 512 pages - 978-1-4070-5746-0
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