Ace, Dec 2001, $6.99, 400 pp.
The mission of the Walt Disney Spaceship is to find a habitable planet and colonize it, reporting back to Earth periodically on their failures and their final success. They land on the planet they name Mandala in galaxy light years from Earth and in the one hundred and fifty years they have lived on it; they have put their mark on the planet. Even their religion is based on the writings of the captain of the spaceship, a combination of science and theology.
Earth has been notified of the colonizing of Mandala and with the new technology that has been developed 33,000 colonists who have been cryogenically sleeping are about to orbit the planet. The Prime Minister of Mandala fears that the colonists will be a threat to his regime. He goes to the spaceship with a few of his allies and kills off all but one of the crew. He plans to murder all the new colonists with only nine year old deaf mute Drew Randall, who has a direct pipeline to someone or something calling himself God,in his way.
Fans of space opera, political intrigue and precocious little heroes will thoroughly enjoy reading DIVINE INTERVENTION. It's fascinating to read about a group of people who colonized a world according to their own collective needs and beliefs. Readers will believe that author Ken Wharton actually visited his planet and has written about events he witnessed.
This report prepared by Harrriet Klausner