The Sparrow

The Sparrow

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The Sparrow, the first book in Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow series, is a philosophical science fiction about a Jesuit priest named Emilio Sandoz, who is tasked to lead a mission to find extraterrestrial life.

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  • Eugene Barnes
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Mary Doria Russell's tale of the search for extraterrestrial life delivers suspense and mystery from every corner. From hope and beauty, the story evolves into a series of misunderstandings that culminate in an ending that, to avoid spoilers, will deliver a lasting memory. Recommended without reservation."
  • Albert Hart
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "The Sparrow is an exciting tale that delves into both science fiction and ways of life. It more than encompasses science and fantasy as well as has much more. This is a good choice for a book written by a female author in the science fiction genre."
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  • Janice Bell
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This book is an interesting read for science fiction lovers. What I wasn't expecting was how emotionally attached I got to some of the characters. There's something about the way Russell writes that draws you in and keeps you there."
  • Michelle Ward
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "l know any reader will conclude that The Sparrow: A Novel is the best book about alien and human. I love this science fiction novel. I also urge readers to add it to their private or public libraries."
  • Stephanie Washington
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Father Emilio Sandoz of the Society of Jesus has never considered himself to be a mystic or a saint. His faith is not founded in a "feeling" about God, or even in any kind of love for Him. Sandoz was attracted to the centeredness, the morality of the faith as a mere boy, when he was rescued from the slums of La Perla by a Texan Jesuit priest with a penchant for swearing and an eye for diamonds in the rough. So when first contact is made with an alien world in the neighboring galaxy of Alpha Centauri, and that first contact comes in the form of lovely, wistful, transcendent music, Father Sandoz is astounded and amused and intrigued. But when he and each of his closest friends turn out to have the precise skill sets required to make the journey out to this new world, he is shaken. And when, against all possible odds, Father Sandoz and those dearest to his heart land on that far away alien Garden of Eden just eighteen short months later, he is transported. For the first time, he feels, he has encountered and fallen in love with the Living God."
  • Alice Nelson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is such a haunting and sad book. But, it was well written, and had good pacing."
  • Tammy Palmer
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "I love this book! I am a big fan of science fiction, you can go anywhere your mind wanders. this is the best genre ever. that being said this book is a must read! "
    Abel Salas
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I love this book! I am a big fan of science fiction, you can go anywhere your mind wanders. this is the best genre ever. that being said this book is a must read! "
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