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The Worker Prince (Saga Of Davi Rhii Book 1) Paperback – October 4, 2011
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"I found myself thinking of stories that I read during my (misspent) youth, including Heinlein juveniles and the Jason January tales, as well as Star Trek and Star Wars."-- Redstone SF
"In The Worker Prince, Bryan Thomas Schmidt combines elements from the Biblical story of Moses with exciting outer space action to create a satisfying hero's journey that is well worth taking." -- David Lee Summers, Author of The Solar Sea/Editor of Tales Of The Talisman.
"Bryan Thomas Schmidt's love for Science Fiction comes through on every page. The Worker Prince is fun for any age." -- Maurice Broaddus, Author of The Knights Of Breton Court and King's Justice.
"A thoroughly enjoyable science fiction adventure epic. I'm looking forward to the next book!" -- Jaleta Clegg, Author of Nexus Point and Autumn Visions.
Top Customer Reviews
Three elements of this book make it worth reading. One is the world Mr. Schmidt has created. In this world, a group of planets is ruled by a limited king and legislative councils of the main races. Except one race is not represented because they are called "Workers." They mostly live on one planet which appears to be the only planet in the system with agricultural products of any significance, and the rulers treat them as slaves, exporting food to the rest of the system.
Mr. Schmidt doesn't succumb to the tendency to dump a lot of back-story about this world on the reader, but it is worked through the story naturally. The only glitch for me is the rationale for why the Workers existed left me with more questions than answers and was hard to envision its evolution based on how things are now. Some could even take offense, to what could come across as an artificially generated political division, as making a statement beyond the story about our current religious situation. I took it as simply the way history worked out in this world, but did leave me with more questions as to how that could have happened. I'd say more, but I don't want to give away too much.Read more ›
Bryan Thomas Schmidt's debut novel is a fast-paced and deftly-told space opera adventure set in a well-envisoned political and social environment. It is classic space adventure in all the right ways, with plenty of action, twists, and characters with emotional depth. (It also has one reversal of a 'classic' trope that I liked--instead of the main character starting as a worker and discovering he's really a prince, it's the other way around.) Schmidt also pulls off the tricky task of incorporating religion into his story without alienating non-religious readers; it is plainly expressed but never 'preachy.' I very much enjoyed the tale, and look forward to further volumes in the series.
But it isn't just a rehashed version of the old story. Bryan has added multiple layers of story - history, conflict, societies in turmoil, intrigue within the government, rebel forces training to take back their planet, and so much more.
It's obvious that Bryan is well-versed in the worlds of space opera, drawing on known standards and building on them wherever appropriate. I love the cover, too - an accurate banner for what you'll find inside: one man's story of upheaval and freedom.
A significant new author in the field of space opera - Bryan is a fresh new imagination to watch out for! Kudos to all the publishing team at Diminished Media for an awesome first novel.
Many of those surprises come in the political machinations that move the characters and action. The Borallian Alliance is not Ancient Egypt, and while Lord High Chancelor Xalivar may resemble the Pharoahs in the Moses story, he is also very much his own character. Schmidt lays the groundwork of a very interesting set of world powers -- spread not over northern Africa and the middle eastern pennisula but rather across entire worlds.
Davi's emotional journey is believable, from protected (but not holier-than-thou) young royal to confused rebel leader. Who is he? What does he really believe in? Which family, royal or worker, is his real family? Davi experiences a spiritual journey as well that is a bit rockier than Moses': the Borallian Alliance is a polyglot of Old Earth religions, pretty much polytheistic while not being especially spiritual, while the Workers are descended from the Evangelical Christians who settled Vertullis after a crash-landing and who maintain, and deeply believe in, the faith of their fathers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first thing that I think is neat about this book is that it’s a retelling of the story of Moses, but with a Sci Fi twist. Was that too much of a spoiler alert? Read morePublished 22 months ago by Phill Fett
Basically the story of Moses written in space age world. Honest look at tyranny and suppression of human rights with hope for the oppressed. Age old story and timely.Published on December 31, 2012 by Carol L. Wissolik
This was a very enjoyable book. Although it is a little hard to believe that there were no royal offspring (or marriages), and a child the princess found and adopted would be the... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Jane
Davi Rhii was raised in the luxury of the royal house and received rigorous military training. Upon graduating as a top pilot, he goes to his first assignment and discovers not... Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by C. Koepp
I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a great read. Once you start reading it; it will be impossible to put it down! Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Charles
This book was a bit of Moses' story set in space minus the direct supernatural intervention of God. The Worker Prince was both creative and imaginative taking a Biblical story and... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by R. Sperling
This book is should have been titled Moses in Space, because that is exactly what it is. Even though there are several Alien species in this Federation of Planet's it is still the... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Jskinz
It's not that often that a science fiction story bordering on space opera comes along that everyone will enjoy reading. That's what Schmidt accomplishes with the Worker Prince. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by David Mark Brown
I had never read a space opera before and was blown away. Coming to love Davi Rhii in a matter of pages and hating his uncle just as quickly. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by Sab Go