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God is not dead. He has merely been exiled to an extraterrestrial planet. And it is on this planet that God meets Herb Asher and persuades him to help retake Earth from the demonic Belial.

Featuring virtual reality, parallel worlds, and interstellar travel, The Divine Invasion blends philosophy and adventure in a way few authors can achieve. As the middle novel of Dick’s VALIS trilogy, The Divine Invasion plays a pivotal role in answering the questions raised by the first novel, expanding that world while exploring just how much anyone can really know - even God himself.

Also listen to the first book, VALIS.
©1981 Phillip K. Dick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Trippy, gnostic exploration of good/evil & God/man

Book 2 of Philip K Dick's VALIS Trilogy (Gnostic Trilogy [God Trilogy]), 'The Divine Invasion' is a funky PKDesque exploration of good and evil, God and Belial, gnostic truth, etc. In this short novel, Emmanuel (God) is smuggled back to Earth via the womb of a Jewish woman with MS. She is accompanied by Herb Asher, a DJ protagonist of sorts (Jesus as a DJ's son) who marries Rybys (read Mary) to assist getting her and her unborn God-baby smuggled safely to Earth, and Elias (Elijah) the one who prepares the way. They have to get past Cardinal Fulton Statler Harms, Chief Prelate of the Christian Islamic Church (C.I.C.) and their counterpoint - the Scientific Legate (S.L.) and all the rest of Satan's bureaucracy.

As science fiction, the Divine Invasion is so far left of funky that it isn't on the map. It is definitely NOT what your typical teenage, pimply reader would expect from pulp Sci Fi. But in many ways it is messy genius. Well, maybe genius after a psychic break, and way too much religious exploration and hit after hit after hit of LSD. IT is weird, off beat and leaves you the reader in a trippy religious, dream-like, loop.

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so wierd

Dick is one of my favorite writers, but the divine trilogy books are so strange. The plot seems secondary to the sense of the profound. If you are a P.K. Dick fan go for it, if not, well... good luck.

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not as good as Valis

the book had a lot of good parts, w intersting characters..and it had great PKD craziness/brilliance. but I felt it finished poorly, like he was trying to wrap it up w some symbolic characterizations of Judeo symbols. It rang, stiff and preachy here and there and doubled down in the end. I'm not sure I'm going to listen to the 3rd book in this series.

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Awesome Voice Actor

Dick reads Dick. Great narration on this title really immersive performance. Wonder what other works he reads

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Absolutely the perfect title for this deep tale.

Its so difficult to put into words, but if you've ever deeply questioned reality, your sanity, religious beliefs, or ALL of the above then this tale may resonate with you in an eerily profound way. I couldn't have found this book at a better time in my life. Enjoy.

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A very quirky novel

PKD is my favorite author, yet I’m not sure I would describe any of his novels as “gripping” in a plot sense, but rather of a hallucinatory quality, of liminal realities converging and superimposing themselves on one another. This book is no exception, and I loved it for the reasons I love Dick, the combination of wild specificity and ludicrous reality. A character gets pulled over by a space policeman and goes on to explain the exact orchestration of the Mahler 2nd Symphony, down to the number of oboes and contrabassoons. In keeping with the VALIS trilogy, there is a great deal of theology here, though this book is more Jewish, while VALIS was more Christian. Both are heavily mixed with Eastern dualism and Dick’s own cosmogony. Essentially a thinly veiled explication of his own beliefs, the characters are still interesting enough, though we’ve seem them all before. Not one of his better books, but not a bad one. I genuinely enjoyed it for the aforementioned reasons, but it is admittedly simultaneously thin and dense, a bit inscrutable, and at once, too scrutable.

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Oh brother!

Such a waste of work and writing from PKD during ing his last years. This book does noting positive for me.

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  • 09-02-20

Brilliant

Profound wrestling with deeper issues of existence. PHD can be compared to the philosophical approach of grandmaster Stanisław Lem with a stronger note of the Divine. Truely cosmic. Very well read by Dick Hill.

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astonishing and brilliant

astonishing and brilliant, sacred and profane, funny, tender and terrifying. Rodger Zelazny fans will find this delightful

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An extended nativity, the second time around

The Divine Invasion, Philip K Dick's 2nd book in his VALIS trilogy is a standalone tale that begins as a pure SF story, but quickly evolves to a theological escapade that recapitulates the birth of Christ complete with an immaculate conception, virgin birth, and no room at the inn. With the Joseph and Mary stand-ins coming in from a colony world to an Earth that is controlled by hostile religious tyrants, Dick explores the notions of a split godhead.

Dick's sci-fi elements are muted except at the beginning with interstellar colonization. Cryogenic storage is developed with sophisticated transplant technology, but the real focus is a religious theme with the notion of a godhead that has two distinct parts, the creator and the protector. Thrown in is the notion that for the past many centuries, Earth has been under the control of an evil entity with the return of the creator representing the divine invasion.

The narration is superb with good character distinction and solid pacing for a good flow given the extent of philosophical discussions. Overall, the story is a bit weak, but does offer a glimpse into Dick's theological thinking.

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  • Marcus
  • 03-19-21

Simply awesome

What a fantastic story, told brilliantly; a clever, captivating peek into the mind of god and the way the universe works as Philip K Dick saw it... well, at least for this piece!!

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  • Robert
  • 11-25-13

Wouldn't listen to again

Would you try another book written by Philip K. Dick or narrated by Dick Hill?

Yes. I like Dick and the performance was ok. This was a poor book though.

What was most disappointing about Philip K. Dick’s story?

The ending. It ends far too soon, I felt there was about a quarter of the book left. Dick's books can do this but it's always frustrating.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Nothing was that inspiring.

Did The Divine Invasion inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to not get the third in the Valis series.

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  • 01-30-17

Philip K Dick in the end times

Not a direct sequel to VALIS, and much more a direct retelling of Gnostic Apocrypha