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The Sons of Heaven (Company) by Kage Baker

The Sons of Heaven (Company) (edition 2008)

by Kage Baker

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Title:The Sons of Heaven (Company)
Authors:Kage Baker
Info:Tor Science Fiction (2008), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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This 'Sons of Heaven' wraps up the tale of the Company. Several different Company factions compete to gain control on the day history stops, 9 July, 2355. This multiple POV tale neatly closes all of the previous story loops and provides a satisfying conclusion. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
The last book of the Company series! After nine novels the question of what happens when the Silence finally hits is a huge one. I really enjoyed this book, but it just didn't live up to the build-up. The narration is split between many different characters, all preparing for the year 2355, and so it reads more like a collection of short stories than a complete novel. I was interested in, but did not like, the Mendoza-Edward-Alec-Nicholas (the time travelling quartet) storyline, which has dragged down the entire series and is slightly creepy and paternalistic besides. Lewis spends time with the little people under the hill, who are easily the spookiest part of the series. But the one I really loved reading about was Victor, who spies for each of the two main Immortal groups but has an allegiance all his own.


So the mystery is finally revealed--in 2355, all of Dr. Zeus converges on a single island. Victor takes out the two big bad Immortal groups in a single swipe, leaving Suleyman's crew, Budu's Enforcers, the mortals and the time-travelling quartet to battle it out. Alec convinces everyone to let him take over and gently guide--not rule--the mortals to a less destructive manner of living. It is very anti-climactic. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Kind of a quiet ending. Since the bad guys were only big/introduced in the past few books, and not majorly, their comeuppance was kind of meh. And other than their comeuppance the denouement was practically unevventful. It didn't bother me too much, though. It did wrap everything up just fine IIRC.
  Luminous-Path | Sep 26, 2013 |
The Sons of Heaven in no way fixed my objection to the multiple-personality problem, although the "raising a cyborg" interludes were occasionally funny. The good parts are Lewis and his captor/princess, the intra-Company politicking, and the overall neat wrap-up of the larger plot, which I was mostly satisfied with.

This is really the end of the series - there are a few other bits and pieces here and there, but they're purely bonus material. I have to say after reading everything, I remain convinced that the Company works better as a conceit to build short stories from than as a world to build actual novels in, but it comes together well enough at the end. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
It seems no series these days can end without going all super-hero on its characters (I'm looking at you, Peter Hamilton), and Baker's long-running Company series is no exception. "Feh!" I say. If I wanted the Avengers, I'd buy comics.

Still I did enjoy the book. It was certainly much better than its most recent predecessors. There's not a lot of doubt how things will end, only the details of who does what to whom, there being so many parties revved up to be the last mortals or immortals standing in 2355. Baker does a good job bouncing between them. Mendoza is no longer the swooning heroine of a bad romance novel, but neither is she as interesting or as important as she was in the early novels. The rest of Baker's heros would be right at home in a classic to late Heinlein novel. Her villains continue to be powerful and unbelievably clueless. It's not a fair fight, but it's a fun one. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | May 8, 2012 |
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This is the Kage Baker novel everyone has been waiting for: the conclusion to the story of Mendoza and The Company.
In The Sons of Heaven, the forces gathering to seize power finally move on the Company. The immortal Lewis wakes to find himself blinded, crippled, and left with no weapons but his voice, his memory, and the friendship of one extraordinary little girl. Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax, resurrected Victorian superman, plans for world domination. The immortal Mendoza makes a desperate bargain to delay him. Enforcer Budu, assisted by Joseph, enlists an unexpected ally in his plans to free his old warriors and bring judgment on his former masters. 
Executive Facilitator Suleyman uses his intelligence operation to uncover the secret of Alpha-Omega, vital to the mortals' survival. The mortal masters of the Company, terrified of a coup, invest in a plan they believe will terminate their immortal servants. And they awaken a powerful AI whom they call Dr Zeus.
This web of a story is filled with great climaxes, wonderful surprises, and gripping characters many readers have grown to love or hate. It's a triumph of SF!

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