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Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.Sandoz is a part of the crew sent to explore a new planet. What they find is a civilization so alien and incomprehensible that they feel compelled to wonder what it means to be human.The priest is the only surviving member of the crew and upon his return he is confronted by public inquisition and accusations of the most heinous crimes imaginable. His faith utterly destroyed, crippled and defenseless, his only hope is to tell his tale. Father John Candotti has been charged with discovering the truth, but the truth may be more than Earth is willing to accept.

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Susan Lock, January 1, 2009 (view all comments by Susan Lock)
As with all great science fiction, this is more than a story. It is a study in personal spiritual fragility but, more importantly, a study in first contact between cultures.

Setting the tale off-world allows the author to explore this issue while keeping the reader no wiser than the explorers as to the facts at hand.

With the best of intentions (something previous earthly explorers may or may not have possessed) a group of carefully chosen & seemingly well-prepared inquirers sets off with great anticipation of meeting the first intelligent off-world culture ever located.

To my chagrin, I found myself making many of the same assumptions as the protagonists & came to appreciate the many difficulties inherent in encountering a new culture for the first time. To her great credit, the author keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat through every twist & turn of the plot, revealing one surprise after another.

I found the writing rich & deep & the characters well-developed. The wild plot ride was often breathtaking & the source for much soul-searching, both personally & culturally. Easy to point fingers of blame in historical hindsight, but what if we were having first-contact now, with all our supposed sophistication & awareness?

Beyond that, what does this suggest about our ability to truly understand another seemingly familiar earth-based culture outside of our own?

A great good read & my hat is off to Ms Russell!
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ISBN:
9781423356295
Author:
Russell, Mary Doria
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
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Colacci, David
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Colacci, David
Subject:
Christian Science -- Fiction.
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Science Fiction - Adventure
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Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Publication Date:
20080431
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MP3 CD
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English
Dimensions:
7.51x5.43x.53 in. .20 lbs.
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900

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"Synopsis" by , Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.Sandoz is a part of the crew sent to explore a new planet. What they find is a civilization so alien and incomprehensible that they feel compelled to wonder what it means to be human.The priest is the only surviving member of the crew and upon his return he is confronted by public inquisition and accusations of the most heinous crimes imaginable. His faith utterly destroyed, crippled and defenseless, his only hope is to tell his tale. Father John Candotti has been charged with discovering the truth, but the truth may be more than Earth is willing to accept.
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