I am going to be totally honest and up front right from the beginning. When the author sent the book requesting a review, I read the synopsis, and was very skeptical that I would like it, and was completely prepared to decide not to review it and apologize to the author. Well, I am apologizing, but not because I didn’t like it or review it, but that it was totally different than I expected, and an extremely great read if you are a sci-fi m/m lover. Lilium took me totally by surprise.
My next qualifier is this; I don’t mean to, but my review may very well offend some people because of the style and story of the book. There are some aspects of the story that are great parallels of things today, but I will go further after I tell you a bit about the book.
Lilium is the story of a group of soldiers being sent on a mission to take replacement parts to an outpost, and then to move further on and carry out an operation to save problems for the leaders of the planet. This takes place on Earth, but not the earth we know, but one we would not recognize. The men accomplish their delivery, but then things go terribly wrong, and the reasons are more than the men want to believe, but are forced to face the truths. The team itself is made up of a ragtag group of men, two of whom are the main characters, the story teller and his commanding officer, with whom he is paired.
What I want to say about the way this book is written, and made it so surprising to me, and made it much better than I thought it was going to be was the parallels with religion and politics of today. The “rulers” are determined to have things their way, and are willing to go to great lengths to get what they want, including lying and deceit, murder and sacrifice. The things they are hiding, the lengths they will go to, and the means of manipulation will make you stop and think, and maybe even scare you a bit. The parallels with society today can be quite hard to succumb to in this book.
This was an excellent read for sci-fi lovers as the technology is interesting. This book also contains a whole section of appendice-like paragraphs at the end that explain different parts of the new world, a dictionary to understand some of the language, and other helpful bits of information.
This is definitely going to be a series, as God Has Heard ends with many unanswered question, and the obvious setting for the next book. I will be one of the people who jump to read it or them.
Book Description When God is used as a weapon, nothing is sacred.
The Samuel-226 PatriotRangers are one of the most successful units in the Holy Legion of the UNAC. They have never lost a man, until one of their brothers, Twofer, disappears during a training exercise. The Host, self-proclaimed reincarnations of Christ, tell them that Twofer has been Saved and taken to Yetzirah, the promised land of the Nephilim.
This, like many things the Host tells its slaves, is a lie.
The leader of Samuel-226, Alpha, becomes obsessed with finding his missing soldier. Without his leadership, the medic, Mike, fights to hold the squad together as it is wracked by conspiracy and fear. As the horrific truth unfolds, the squad begins to question everything they know… but as Mike soon learns, even knowing the truth is a revolutionary act, and even if it remains unspoken, God is always listening.
God Has Heard is military science-fiction told up close and personal: a dark war story of martyrdom and ultimate triumph, brotherhood and dignity in the face of total oppression. With echos of 1984 and Saving Private Ryan, it is a short, intense, thought-provoking read.
If you are Christian, this book will probably offend you.
God Has Heard (Lilium #1) was last modified: May 5th, 2014 by GGR-Review