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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
A War With God is a sci-fi novel written by Herb Hughes. After his untimely death from cancer, Darren Foster wakes up in heaven and starts a burgeoning relationship with a Polish woman named Liliana from the 1940s. In the meantime, Darren discovers that what he had mistaken for heaven is actually the home of an advanced intelligent being named Theor, who created humans and the observable universe as a simulation. When Theor's true nature is revealed, Darren is shocked to learn that Theor plans to eliminate the human experiment in its entirety. With the help of Liliana and the quirky alien pet Ipsie, Darren must now spearhead a war against Theor to save humanity. They get additional assistance from some renowned historical figures, including Ernest Hemingway and a legendary samurai.
An action-packed sci-fi novel with a healthy dose of philosophy, A War With God is an absorbing read from start to finish. If the first half of Herb Hughes's book seems like an exploration of philosophical and theological ideas, the second half feels like a full-blown action-adventure tale. I found the pacing a bit slow in the initial stages, but it ramps up quite significantly once Darren meets Blackbeard and his crew. I adored the depiction of Ernest Hemingway and, apart from Darren and Ipsie, found him to be my favorite character in the story. I was also pleasantly surprised by the humor. In my opinion, it provided some much-needed levity to the story. I enjoyed reading A War With God and recommend it to sci-fi fans.