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The Worker Prince (Saga of Davi Rhii #1)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  25 reviews
What if everything you thought you knew about yourself and the world turned out to be wrong?

For Davi Rhii, Prince of the Boralian people, that nightmare has become a reality. Freshly graduated from the prestigious Borali Military Academy, now he's discovered a secret that calls into question everything he knew about himself. His quest to rediscover himself brings him into...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 326 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Diminished Media Group
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R. L. Copple
If Moses had led his people out of bondage in the future rather than the past, it might look something like this story. While at several points the story touches upon elements of the classic Biblical story of Moses leading his people out of Egypt, it doesn’t stick to that story, nor is that the only plot line running through this science fiction, space opera style tale. One of the problems when people depict, either literally or by analogy, a Bible story is the predictable ending. That’s not a w...more
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The Premise: Davi Rhii has it all: he's graduated from the military academy with top honors, he's handsome, he's got loyal friends and women throw themselves at him. And, oh yes, he's royalty: the son of the sister of the High Lord Councilor of the Borallian Alliance and next in line for what amounts to a kingship. He's also got a secret even he doesn't know about: he's adopted, the child of slave workers from the planet Vertullis who sent him of...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Davi has been raised as a prince, but unknown to him, he was born a worker. After Lord Xalivar decrees that all first born worker sons must be killed to stop one of them deposing him and taking over the throne, Davi is sent by his parents in an unmanned courier, and is found and adopted by Princess Miri, Lord Xalivar’s sister. He is assigned...more
Benjamin Love
A very well written book, and a story very well told. It's nice to read a book where the heroes are heroes and the villains are villains. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of the Moses story with the Sci-Fi themes (although, the Moses story only involves the premise--it is by no means a mere retelling). The allusions to "Old Earth" gave the story a good grounding and a rich history. It's also nice to see a first-book-in-a-series that is able to work as a stand-alone novel. My only complaints:...more
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 only the darker side of his uncle's reign but also the truth about his own origins. The rest of the tale is about reconciling himself to his true identity and correcting his uncle's unjust leadership.

The tale has heavy allegorical links the life of Moses, which makes the story rather predictable in some parts, but it does...more
Raymond Masters
The complete review can be found at my blog:

This past week, or so, I've been reading Worker Prince by Bryan Thomas Schmidt to be prepared for the author's blog tour push. I first volunteered for a spot in the tour a couple of months back. At the time, I only did it because it sounded like a fun way to help out. I really only knew Bryan from Twitter and his weekly chat sessions there. I have really enjoyed the atmosphere on his #sffwrtchat author spotlight...more
Bryan Schmidt
Dec 18, 2011 Bryan Schmidt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Made Barnes & Noble's Best SF Releases of 2011 as an Honorable Mention:

This review is from Author Dana Bell and can be found separately online at:

Why Not Question' - Book Review - 'The Worker Prince' by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
To be released October 4th, 2011, 'The Worker Prince' by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, uses the story of Moses to tell the adventures of Davi Rhii, a child saved from the murder of infants on a slave...more
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I'm not going to rate this book because I couldn'tt finish it...

Though I didn’t finish The Worker Prince, I do recognize that it is an exciting, fast paced story with quality writing that will serve to quickly absorb many readers in the tale being told. The Worker Prince is the first book in a trilogy and, I’m sure that fans will be hooked and anxious to read next book in the series. While I felt that the book lacked emotion, had some out-of-place technology and was over-t...more
Gary Olson
Davi Rhii is a prince of the Boralian people and a newly-minted military officer, but he's about to find he's much more than that. After discovering his roots as the son of Workers (people on another world enslaved by the Boralians), he is forced to decide to which side to support--and is drawn into a solar-system-spanning battle for freedom. Along the way, he has to face down his own entrenched cultural assumptions, and finds a new faith by embracing the one God of the Workers.

Bryan Thomas Schm...more
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 reworking it into a similar but not identical plot. The author kept the idea of a people belonging to God, but took the spiritual aspects down a notch by placing his slave raised prince character at the center of the conflict, rather than making God the primary character.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It wasn’t a “keep m...more
High adventure, drama, romance, Science Fiction Technology, good versus evil, rebellion...The Worker Prince has it all and more.

Davi Rhii, Boralian prince, lived a charmed life; however, his first military assignment after graduating provided an eye opening experience. His morals, values, and beliefs are challenged as he witnesses the mistreatment of the slaves serving the Boralian society. But the Prince has a secret that he discovers over time. He was originally born as a member of the enslave...more
Keanan Brand
Below is my eldest niece's review of THE WORKER PRINCE and its sequel, THE RETURNING. She's a teenager, and I'm encouraging her reading and writing habits by bribing her with food and drink for every review she turns in. (mwah-ha-ha) I've already posted a brief review on my blog, so here's what "Jamie" has to say:

"Lord Xalivar's decree had taken the planet by storm. All first-born worker sons would be slaughtered for the gods... Concerning the slaves, his word was law."

To Sol and Lura, this was...more
David Brown
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. Revolving around a recent graduate prince who leaves home for his first assignment only to discover his slave-class origins, the story mirrors that of the Biblical Moses in many aspects.

While the main protagonist, Davi Rhii, does not spend 40 years in the dessert, he does wrestle with identity issues and the status quo of...more
Jaleta Clegg
Davi begins life as a worker child, born to slaves and condemned to a life working where and when he's ordered. For the most part, the high tech society gives the workers a fairly good standard of living, but Lord Xalivar hates the workers and doesn't trust them to keep in their place. They want freedom for themselves and their children. Xalivar decrees all first-born sons of worker slaves will be sacrificed to his gods. Davi's parents steal a courier ship and outfit it for their infant son. The...more
I enjoyed how the story was a futuristic sci-fi interpretation that paralleled the Bible story of Moses. I enjoyed the worlds that he created, and there are some touching moments and some funny ones. I didn't mind that it was a parallel future that is an off-shoot from our world and our religions. But I was also caught off guard and pulled out of the story when, almost half way into the book, it unexpectedly started to feel like the book was being used as a venue to share Christianity with the r...more
Ashley Poland
There's nothing wrong with The Worker Prince -- it's a solid book that's easy to read. It's just not the book for me.

The Worker Prince is Moses in Space, and that's fine; it never pretends that it's something else, and I knew from the moment I picked it up what I was getting into. The setting is interesting, and the ideas are really neat. I was drawn into the world, but I never felt drawn into the characters. In the long run, it felt like a plot-driven story versus a character-driven story; so...more
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 Human’s who enslave Human’s. The Human’s don’t even seem to be different racially or in language, so how one can tell a Worker from a Soldier outside of uniform is beyond me. If you’ve never heard the story of Moses or seen the movie, and are curious read this book. If you are a huge Moses fan and love sci fi, read thi...more
The Worker Prince is a YA space opera novel with a straightforward and recognizable plot, solid but predictable action and characters, and a clear, if a bit heavy-handed, moral. It's a good first effort by an emerging author (I rate the novel 6 out of 10). Here is a bit of critique interlaced with an occasional spoiler. (Read more at Bloggin' Outloud.)
At first glance, The Worker Prince by Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an unassuming work of science fiction. But as the reader gets drawn into the pages, one will find a wide array of literary elements.

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Rachel Leigh Smith
I found it to be a very interesting premise and I gravitate to stories like this no matter the genre. It read like a first draft and needed major editing and polishing. I won't be buying anything else from him, unfortunately.
Edwin Downward
Starting from an intriguing parallel to biblical history, Bryan has succeeded in crafting a compelling story of heroism and faith.
Pauline Creeden
A familiar story told in a new and interesting way. Solid Characters, and a fun, thought-provoking read.
Couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed reading this book and looking forward to the next book.
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Not the audience for this book though others seemed to have enjoyed quite a bit. Did not finish.
Kevin Breaux
review to come.
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His first children’s books, 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Books For Kids and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter- Land Of Legends appeared from Delabarre Publishing in 201...more
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