• The Divine Invasion

  • VALIS, Book 2
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (293 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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detached from reality

The narrator of this book has no clue whatsoever about the tone of this writing or even what the story is about.

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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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Worst PKD book ever.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't like earlier PKD stories. If you thought Horse Lover Fat should have just sucked it up and prayed harder so everything would turn out OK, then this book is for you.

What could Philip K. Dick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He should have left this one unpublished.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was OK. No complaints there.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really. Which is a little sad.

Any additional comments?

I don't expect en entirely coherent plot from PKD stories. This had an easy to follow plot, so that's a big red flag right there. Too bad really. I had high hopes.

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Ugh

Would you try another book from Philip K. Dick and/or Dick Hill?

I might try another book, but it would have to be an exceptional case.

Has The Divine Invasion turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, hope springs eternal.

What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

Overacted. Strange inflections and intonations like circus music. Creepy women and children's' voices.

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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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Awesome Voice Actor

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

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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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  • 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

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