The Naked God
Copyright 1999 by
I first read this in March 2000 and most recently on the 31st March 2002
Numerous planets occupied by the dispossessed have transported themselves
of this universe.
Quinn Dexter has reached Earth and is intent on bringing Armageddon to
the planet. Government has the power to stop him, albeit at massive
human cost, but lacks the will.
Basically, the Confederation is falling apart, and the possessed are likely
However, the delightful Louise Kavanagh displays astounding determination while Joshua, 1600
light years from home, still manages to come up trumps. Joshua indeed
continues to amuse: I'm unarmed. Take me to your leader.
There's no point in me trying to describe
the plot in any detail - suffice to say the plot developed in the first two
volumes of the Night's Dawn trilogy continues to develop, gaining in scope
and complexity. Don't even consider reading this unless you've read the
It's a big book and a big ending to the trilogy. This is, in fact, a
particularly big book in the United Kingdom edition - in the US, it is published in two
parts: The Naked God: Flight and The Naked God: Faith.Much more easy to
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pan, the publisher,
for a beautifully-bound paperback - 1300 pages and it didn't even begin to fall
apart which is in mark contrast to the US edition of
The Reality Dysfunction - Expansion which was clearly created in a read-once
The book has its fun moments- the entertaining reference to Margaret Thatcher
for example - and it certainly has many exciting episodes, but it's simply
too big. There are sub-plots introduced and tossed away after a
hundred or so pages that would have made excellent novels. It's long-winded
and a little lazy. It's hardly a book on which one can afford to dwell
lovingly on each page, so my reading might have resembled more a stone
skipping across water rather than an immersion. However, I kept getting
the feeling that, for much of this trilogy, Peter was just slamming the
words down on paper as fast as he could get them out of his head, that he
had no detailed plan of where the plot was to take him and no time to
give much consideration to what he was writing.
But for all it's verbosity and extravagance, it's still an exciting read,
and the purchase of this book from trusty old Asia Books saw me safely
through many long, hot days in Bangkok and Hua Hin.
Taken as a whole, the trilogy is an amazing piece of work, a masterpiece
perhaps, but I just wish it had been, well, a little more concise.
Loaded on the 10th April 2002.