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by Jr. Neal Barrett

  • Author: Jr. Neal Barrett
  • ISBN: 0879979763
  • ISBN13: 978-0879979768
  • ePub: 1660 kb | FB2: 1834 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: DAW (November 6, 1984)
  • Rating: 4.9/5
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Given what I know of Neal Barrett, Jr. already, I didn’t really expect to find his name on a novel of space colonization. The Karma Corps was published in November 1984 by DAW Books. Throw in a strange religion and demons who defy our notion of reality, however, and now you’re talking.

Neal Barrett Jr. Obeying a royal command can be hazardous to your health. In a magical world where animals have been given human form and chaos can often be the nature of the day, some universal truths remain. Like the futility of war and the foolishness of leaders. And, of course, the lingering prejudice against the Newlies, the humanized animals. But Master Lizard Maker Finn has no quarrel with creatures of any sort

Neal Barrett Jr. (November 3, 1929 – January 12, 2014) was an American writer of fantasy, science fiction, mystery/suspense, and historical fiction

Neal Barrett Jr. (November 3, 1929 – January 12, 2014) was an American writer of fantasy, science fiction, mystery/suspense, and historical fiction. He also worked under the pseudonyms Victor Appleton, Chad Calhoun, Franklin W. Dixon (Stratemeyer Syndicate house names), Rebecca Drury, and J. D. Hardin. Barrett was born in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after his family relocated there in his infancy

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For the English footballer, see Neil Barrett. Neal Barrett, Jr. (born 1929) is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, mystery/suspense, and historical fiction. His story Ginny Sweethips Flying Circus was nominated for both the 1988 Nebula Award. Through Darkest America. Congdon & Weed, 1987. Dawn's Uncertain Light. New American Library, 1989.

For people with similar names, see Neil Barrett. Neal Barrett Jr. Born. 1929-11-03)November 3, 1929 San Antonio, Texas, .

Neal Barrett, Jr. His story "Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus" was nominated for both the 1988 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and the 1989 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. Barrett was born in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, after his family relocated there when he was 1 year old. In 1997, he was the toastmaster at the 55th World Science Fiction Convention held in San Antonio.

'The Karma Corps’ (239 pp) is DAW Book No. 604, and was published in November, 1984. The striking cover illustration was done by Les Edwards.

‘Karma’ is set on a nameless planet where, two centuries ago, a colony ship crash-landed. Despite reverting to a medieval level of technology, the survivors have created a small civilization, with its own stone-walled Citadel.

Lars Haggart is the Captain of the eponymous Corps; like the 221 soldiers under his command, Lars has no real knowledge of his past, for he is the reincarnation of a deceased member of the colony. What makes Lars and his soldiers special is their ability to instantaneously teleport across small distances, a skill shared by the some of the Demons, a race of werebeasts who also inhabit the planet.

As the novel opens, the Churchers, the theocracy which governs society, are in desperate straits in their perpetual struggle to hold back the demon hordes, who – for reasons unknown- are seeking to expunge the Terrans from the planet. The Church hierarchy is looking to Lars and his Corps to use their unique powers to bring about a decisive victory against the enemy.

But as Lars is to discover, the demons seem to have an uncanny ability to know in advance where he and his soldiers are going to teleport. And far from being the ultimate weapon, the Corps may in fact be a liability. Lars discovers that he will have to act on his own to discover the truth about the reincarnation process, and the strange territories that are home to the disembodied souls from which the Corps is drawn. But asking those types of questions can trigger the wrath of the Churchers….and a further fragmentation of a society teetering on the brink of extinction………

‘Corps’ certainly has an interesting, offbeat premise, but I found the book to be a disappointment. Unfortunately, too much of the narrative revolves around the political and personal squabbles and rivalries between Lars (who is not particularly bright) and the Churchers. These conflicts are framed as confrontations between emerging humanism and self-awareness on the part of the Corps, versus the orthodoxy and blind obedience fomented by the Churchers. Practically every page is taken up with extended conversations documenting these conflicts, while the main plot thread – the threat to existence posed by the demons - makes sporadic appearances.

When the Final Revelation came in the latter chapters, I found it underwhelming and rather perfunctory, as if the author had run out of energy and was simply looking to wrap things up as conveniently as possible.

Summing up, I have to label ‘The Karma Corps’ a dud. Reader are urged to instead seek out Neil Barrett, Jr’s next novel after ‘Corps’, 'Through Darkest America' (1987), which is much superior.
Slow, weird read. Much of the story is contradictory, but many things cause that in the story. As you read the story, and greet each fact, and put a NOT true by it later you will become overwhelmed by the maze of formless non-detail. In the end, it ended. Contrariwise the blurb on the end cover was itself a paradox of lies. "Paradox of Lies" would have made a better story. As for a character drinking his way out of a paradigm and reaching an epiphany, hope I never read one like it again. NOT Recommended. Thanks, Harry!
One of those novels you don't expect much from going into but are pleasantly surprised afterwards. I've included a description from the back cover that does a good job of summarizing the book. Barrett is also the author of the Judge Dredd novelization (Stallone version).

From the back cover: "Captain Lars Haggart was a soul waiting to be reborn...but before that blessed event he has been inducted into the Arm of God Regiment fighting for the beleaguered Churchers on a newly colonized planet. Their foe -- demons who could pop into existence, slay and pop out of existencethe next instant. The demons were winning that war, sending their Unborn opponents back to limbo, driving the living colonists toward extermination. But this was no fantasy, no business of the religious imagination. The fight was real, blood was blood, and swords cut sharp, for the Unborn were very much alive. Haggart was aware that this was frighteningly contradictory but first he had to fight the demons on their own terms -- learn how to appear behind their lines and do to them what they were doing to the humans. An unusual science fiction novel of a space colony in deepest trouble and of aliens who knew planetary secrets that were never in anyone's Holy Book."
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