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The Sun Is God

Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

Retired British military police officer Will Prior is recruited to investigate the circumstances of Lutzow's death. At first, the eccentric group seems friendly and willing to cooperate with the investigation. They all insist that Lutzow died of malaria. Despite lack of evidence for a murder, Prior is convinced the group is hiding something.

Things come to a head during a late-night feast supposedly given as a send-off for the visitors before they return to Herbertshöhe. Prior fears the intent of the "celebration" is not to fete the visitors - but to make them the latest murder victims.

©2014 Adrian McKinty (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • MidwestGeek
  • 15-12-2014

Great prose, but not a great story.

This is a work of historical fiction about a relatively minor episode in the history of New Guinea, although it does provide a glimpse of what German colonialism was like in 1906. I've read all McKinty's mysteries, and this novel is quite different. Although I thought his prose was often as fine as usual, the story itself isn't all that exciting. Some of the characters were interesting, although I couldn't tell how much of their personalities were figments of McKinty's imagination. I love listening to Gerard Doyle, so between his narration and McKinty's writing, I found the book enjoyable. Thankfully, it wasn't too long.

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  • D. Farnham
  • 20-09-2014

Who Really Wrote This?

A departure from McKinty's usual fine works, this novel seems an unlikely tale of drug-addled societal escapees who go from being brain dead to a mob of killers. Even the good guys are unlikable. The finale seems contrived to quickly end a miserable effort. The historical portrait of time and place is superficial. If this were the only work I'd read by this author, it would be my last.

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  • Craig
  • 31-05-2015

It Fell Apart

I choose this novel because Gerard Doyle narrated the text. He's the Irish George Guidall, right?

It is a tale of European's "gone bush," an idiom meaning an expatriate whom has lived too long in the jungle. The set up for this story was decent, with our main character (British) exiting the Boer War in South Africa under a cloud, only to arrive in Papua New Guinea to find himself a de facto magistrate of sorts.

He then investigates a murder in nudist colony on a small malaria plagued island inhabited by Germans and Brits. The weirdness of the plot couldn't carry the day. Eventually, I got bored with the messianic cliches of the nudist cult leader, finding myself skipping chapters to see "who-donnit." But, who cares was my final conclusion.

Skip this download. However, listen to Gerard Doyle where you can…he is a master story teller (I promise!).

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  • 6catz
  • 12-01-2015

Fascinating! McKinty always blows my socks off.

Would you listen to The Sun Is God again? Why?

I have listened to his two trilogies more than once already. I always find something new in a second listen if the book is well written.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Is God?

Loved the twist in heroics near the end. No spoilers from me, just read it.

Any additional comments?

Of course this book sent me on a research binge to try to get a hint at what was or wasn't true, and what might have really happened. I can see how the sketchy clues in the true story must have fired McKinty's estimable imagination, and I'm so glad it did. Still one of my very favorite authors.

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  • Denise Ryan
  • 25-11-2014

Loads of potential, then things went to hell

I love Adrian McKinty. I liked the premise of the book. I enjoyed parts of it. But the ending? Are you kidding me? So lame and unbelievable you will wish you never started the book. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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  • lynedin
  • 05-01-2015

Tedious

After listening to "Falling Glass", the first book by this author that I'd read (hold onto your hat, its so exciting) - I found "The Sun is God" extremely tedious and boring. Not much more to say beyond that.

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  • Daniel McAfee
  • 14-11-2014

Pretty Uneventful Story

While the summary of the story sounded interesting, the story itself was a little less than that. I am a big Adrian McKinty fan and certainly had higher hopes for this book.

Of course, if you like me, are a big McKinty fan, this becomes a must read. It's certainly better than the random average to poor book out there, but simply wasn't up to the standard McKinty type book I have become accustomed to.

I would highly recommend the "Dead" / Michael Forsythe trilogy, and the Troubles trilogy by McKinty, the Dead trilogy being my favorite.

Gerard Doyle does a great job narrating as he always does with McKinty books.

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  • Carrie Arnold
  • 12-09-2014

Fascinating story!

Would you listen to The Sun Is God again? Why?

Yes I definitely would.
It was a very interesting story, I had never heard anything about this before listening to this book.
Plus the fact that it is Adrian McKinty and Gerard Doyle that in itself is enough for me to read it again.

What other book might you compare The Sun Is God to and why?

None that I can think of.
It is unlike any of the authors other books.

Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes! He is one of my favorite narrators.
Great performance as always.
I think Gerard Doyles narration is always great even if sometimes the books themselves aren't. But with McKinty and Joyal you know it's going to be a great listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did do that.
Stayed up all night last night to listen to it.

Any additional comments?

McKinty really can write about anything.
I hope to see some more historical accounts written by him in the future.

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  • Michael
  • 12-03-2015

Beyond ponderous.

Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

I would definitely try another Adrian McKinty book. He's one of my favorite authors, which makes it hard to believe he wrote this shite.
As far as Gerard Doyle is concerned ... I'd listen to him read the Belfast Telephone directory, however, he couldn't save this clunker.

What could Adrian McKinty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it to begin with.

Any additional comments?

Up until the epilogue, I had no idea this was loosely based on an actual event.That being said, it didn't make it any less ponderous.

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  • George Christin
  • 14-03-2015

Not his best

An interesting book and written well however it didn't have the depth of plot or character his other books have. His new novel is terrific and much more compelling. The reader of McKinty's books is as good as it gets.

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