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30-Sept-Oct-2007
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Kage Baker
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A Company Novel

A-The Sons of HeavenOn July 9, 2355, the Silence will fall—and the cyborgs who travel back in time amassing human relics for The Company will find their mission completed and all communications halted. Factions of cyborgs, Company directors, and Recombinants soon design their own plans for dealing with this event—including violent insurrection. Among the factions are the immortal Mendoza (and her lovers), Alec, AI Captain Morgan, Labienus, cyborg Lewis, Executive Facilitator Suleyman, enforcer Budu, and others. But just what the Company plans to do with its immortals raises some intriguing questions.
Tor. 432 pages. $25.95. ISBN: 076531746X

Green Man Review 4 of 5 Stars
"Between the dark plots there are light, amusing interludes where stuffy Edward is busy being a parent; although one may expect a disaster, he does such a fine job he writes a book on the care and raising of cyborg children. … The answer to the Silence is mind-boggling, but DO NOT read the last chapter first. This is a book that has to be enjoyed as the author has set it down." Gary Turner

Locus Magazine 4 of 5 Stars
"With her likeable penchant for romance and farce, along with her sense of tragedy and the cruelty of history, Kage Baker has erected an extraordinary monument to the power of SF as an humane, complex, reflective and ever surprising variety of literature. As the apex of the pyramid, Sons is a fine book indeed." Nick Gevers

San Francisco Chronicle 4 of 5 Stars
"The Sons of Heaven gives equal time to both Mendoza and her subordinates, and Baker resolves the apocalyptic conflict with flair and enviable skill. … Here’s hoping that, with the series completed, more readers will discover Baker’s astonishing saga, assured that their time and effort will be amply rewarded." Michael Berry

Curled Up With a Good Book 3.5 of 5 Stars
"The book is definitely good, but it fizzles out as an ending to this wonderful series. … Whether it’s Suleyman’s network of immortal agents working to find Alpha-Omega and the secret to the mortals’ survival or the sinister Labienus and his cohort who are intent on enslaving all mortals, there’s some interesting stuff in there, and Baker’s characterization skills are unmatched." Dave Roy

Critical Summary

Overall, critics raved about the reputed conclusion to Kage Baker’s Company novels (after The Machine’s Child). Readers of the previous nine in the series will recognize familiar faces: all of the characters that have appeared before have at least walk-ons in the latest volume. While the panoply of characters and the convoluted plot give the novel a crowded feel, the action moves fast, despite some repetitive scenes. Reviewers debated the conclusion to this conclusion; most thought it an unexpected, appropriate finale, while one thought it petered out. "The Company novels have never received the accolades they deserve," noted the San Francisco Chronicle. Here’s a reminder for more readers to give the series a try.

First in the Series

In the Garden of Iden (1997): In the 24th century, Mendoza travels back in time to Elizabethan England, acting on The Company’s mission to preserve human artifacts.