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A planetary terrorist movement armed with a portable atomic weapon that spirals out of control with a religion based on an ancient miraculous mythology. It's a Jim Long space agent blockbuster out in May 2010.
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A religious order had been created three thousand years previous shrouded in miraculous mythology. Now the planet Thraeot had become unstable leaving the governments of the world nervously apposed. The equatorial regions nurtured religious terrorism by the ruling chaotic factions. The foremost religion was in emotional fervour and with nuclear capabilities feared all unbelievers, hosting a council of members dedicated to complete religious domination of the planet. Fearing for the nuclear devastation this may cause the covert Galactic Police Federation send Jim, Gail, and Norman in disguise to seek out its leaders. The trail leads to a huge building on the edge of a desert used as a training complex. The advanced technology of the Federation operated by Jim intrigues one of the religious leaders as other planetary agents converge on their position. The battle to stop the fanatical operatives exploding a portable nuclear weapon begins, with the lives of ten million city dwellers at stake. In the midst of all this comes the discovery of a craft three-thousand years old questioning both the Federation and planetary religion.
‘… a very clever idea – it works very successfully as a sci-fi action novel, a terrorist suspense thriller, an implicit critique on religious fundamentalism and also as a psychological/ metaphysical detective story.
The interrogation of Jel Hal Kinima by Jim Long, is of course one of the highlights of the novel - a masterly piece of dramatic exposition, in my opinion, in which Jim slowly, surgically, psychologically breaks down Kinima's illusions - comparisons with the parable of the Grand Inquisitor in Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov even sprung to mind!'
– AESOP Editorial
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ivine Fanaticism is the fourth novel in the Jim Long series by Robin G Howard.
Long ago on the planet Thraeot a religious order was created that was shrouded in miraculous mythology, now the political environment of the planet has become unbalanced and mass scale war appears imminent. To make matters worse, a leading religious faction have managed to create a mobile atomic bomb and appear dedicated to the complete domination of the planet.
The Galactic Police Federation have no choice but to send the intrepid Jim Long and crew disguised as they try and find these religious leaders. With the lives of over ten million city dwellers at stake, Jim must stop the fanatics from releasing the backpack atomic bomb. To complicate matters further is the discovery of a 3000 year old spaceship, giving rise to more questions than answers.
Divine Fanaticism is an easy, enjoyable book to read. Told in an uncomplicated style that should engage both young and old, the pace is fast and the humour very prevalent. There are a great deal of ideas explored in the book, with of course the main theme of religious fanaticism running throughout. The principle protagonist Jim Long is a very interesting and larger than life character and along with others keep the novel from becoming too serious. Although this is the fourth novel in the Jim Long series, it's not necessary to have read any of the previous novels and the book works very well as a stand alone story.
Overall Divine Fanaticism is fun and refreshing, the story easygoing and the heavy religious subject matters are very much tongue in cheek, the story has a very strong sense of the classic pulp science fiction novels of the mid 20th century. A pleasant book to read and one that should appeal to all ages.
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