The Chaplain's War

The Chaplain's War

by Brad R Torgersen


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ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK. A chaplain serving in Earth's space fleet is trapped behind enemy lines where he struggles for both personal survival and humanity's future.

The mantis cyborgs: insectlike, cruel, and determined to wipe humanity from the face of the galaxy.

The Fleet is humanity’s last chance: a multi-world, multi-national task force assembled to hold the line against the aliens’ overwhelming technology and firepower. Enter Harrison Barlow, who like so many young men of wars past, simply wants to serve his people and partake of the grand adventure of military life. Only, Harrison is not a hot pilot, nor a crack shot with a rifle. What good is a Chaplain’s Assistant in the interstellar battles which will decide the fate of all?

More than he thinks. Because while the mantis insectoids are determined to eliminate the human threat to mantis supremacy, they remember the errors of their past. Is there the slightest chance that humans might have value? Especially since humans seem to have the one thing the mantes explicitly do not: an innate ability to believe in what cannot be proven nor seen God. Captured and stranded behind enemy lines, Barlow must come to grips with the fact that he is not only bargaining for his own life, but the lives of everyone he knows and loves. And so he embarks upon an improbable gambit, determined to alter the course of the entire war.

About Chaplain's War:
"Torgersen mixes the spiritual aspects of the book with subtlety, integrating questions about God and faith into the story organically. The result is thought provoking questions arising as part of an entertaining story . . . Torgersen [also] doesnt shy away from conflict, violence, or space battles."- Futures Past and Present

"Solid hard SF with the frisson of well thought through action. Much to enjoy!" - Dr. Gregory Benford multiple Nebula award-winning creator of the Galactic Center saga

About Brad Torgersen:
Brad Torgersen can write something technical and complex, yet still give it real emotional depth. He's one of the most talented authors I've ever read." -Larry Correia, author of the best-selling Monster Hunter series

"Brad R. Torgersen shows why he's going to be a power in this field for years to come."- Mike Resnick, multiple Hugo Award winning author and editor

Brad Torgersen is a writer who's done a lot and come up the hard way... and the depth of his writing shows it, especially in understanding the nuts and bolts of technology and the souls of those who use it." - L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

About Chaplain's War:
olid hard SF with the frisson of well thought through action. Much to enjoy!" - Dr. Gregory Benford multiple Nebula award-winning creator of the Galactic Center saga

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476736853
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Chaplain's War Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brad R. Torgersen is the author of numerous stories, novelettes, and novellas which have appeared in the pages of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show webzine, Mike Resnick’s Galaxy’s Edge magazine, and beyond. He’s the 2011 winner of the Analog AnLab Reader’s Choice Award for best novelette, and also won a place in the 26th annual Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest. For 2012 he was the field’s single triple-nominee for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Campbell awards. A full-time healthcare computer geek, Torgersen also holds the rank of Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He lives in Utah with his wife and daughter. The Chaplain’s War is his first novel, preceded by his short fiction collections Lights in the Deep and Racers of the Night.

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Chaplain's War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story about faith. I loved the characters. I loved the setting. It was paced very well. It reminded me quite a bit of Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, almost like a companion piece. The one quibble I have with the story is actually the part that reminded me the most of Starship Troopers; going through basic training. I found myself rushing through those chapters (told as a kind of flashback) in order to get to the 'current' timeline story. It's not that those chapters were bad, just that I found them very reminiscent of all the other basic training stories I've read, seen or heard through the years. Barlow is a well crafted character. I also really liked Adanaho and The Professor. Trying to create a totally alien race is difficult. I found myself thinking about the other alien races featured in Starship Troopers and Ender's Game. I can't wait to read more by this author. The eBook was formatted well with no obvious spelling/grammatical errors.
Anonymous 8 months ago
As hard syfy it does not get bogged down in physics. Great story line. Awesome character development. Really liked getting to know Harrison Barlow.
grampsterRB More than 1 year ago
Brad's stories are always gripping. They are well written and imaginative. He is an author to watch and to enjoy.