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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: White Rocket Books (February 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615606423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615606422
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,789,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Van Allen Plexico is a professor of political science and history who writes and edits New Pulp, science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction analysis and commentary for a variety of print and online publishers. His writing has been nominated for multiple awards and his best-known works include Lucian, the Assembled! books, and the groundbreaking Sentinels series—the first ongoing, multi-volume cosmic superhero saga in prose form. He has lived in Atlanta, Singapore, Alabama, and Washington, DC, and now resides in the St. Louis area along with his wife, two daughters and assorted river otters.

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Van Allen Plexico has twice been nominated for "Pulp Writer of the Year" and his character "John Blackthorn" won "Best New Character" at PulpArk 2012. Praised by Kirkus Reviews, he is best known for his popular SENTINELS novels (Swarm/Permuted Press), pushing New Pulp into the contemporary superhero and space opera genres, for the critically acclaimed SF novels LUCIAN: DARK GOD'S HOMECOMING (Airship 27 Productions) and HAWK, as well as for the ASSEMBLED! books (White Rocket Books), exploring the history of Marvel's AVENGERS comics.

Anthologies he created (or co-created) and edited include BLACKTHORN: THUNDER ON MARS, GIDEON CAIN: DEMON HUNTER, and MARS McCOY: SPACE RANGER . He has also contributed stories and novellas to books from Airship 27, Pro Se Press, New Babel Books, Adamant Entertainment, and others, as well as contributing to publications from Rittenhouse Archives and Maple Street Press. He writes occasional columns for RevolutionSF.com and TheWarEagleReader.com, and is a founding editor of the "All-Pulp" news site.

His books have been incorporated into reading programs for young people in libraries in several states. He lives in Illinois and serves as an Associate Professor at Southwestern Illinois College.

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This was a good, fun read that held my attention and never seemed to drag.
Dominatr37
And here, as in the Sentinels, he displays one of his strengths as a writer and that is in his characterization.
Larry R. Davis
Quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read, the story was so well written and original I was amazed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Panic on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Finally got around to reading and finishing Lucian by Van Allen Plexico. I have to admit to not having read his Sentinels work. I am usually more of a hero/detective type of guy, some horror is good also. I was glad I got off the horse and read this book. Lucian is basically a Dark God, he reminded me in many ways of a Loki type, but with a bit more of a human side. Lucian fights against all the bad he has done in the past, and all the opinions of his guilt to clear himself of the murder of 92 of his fellow gods. Friends are far and few between, but he strikes a bond with three mortals, the female leader of the group especially. She helps Lucian find a nobleness within him, and also helps him solve the murders. Great book, highly recommended. I love the way Van wrote it in first person. 5 happy stars!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dominatr37 on February 20, 2013
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Lucian-Dark God’s Homecoming- A Review.
Lucian, by Van Plexico is the story of a God of a heretofore unknown pantheon who have seemingly hidden from mortals since the dawn of time. The quibble and bicker amongst themselves and at times go to outright war with each other.
In this pantheon, ‘Lucian’ is the devil of sorts, though it’s not really made clear why he is, just that it’s his role. In fact other races called him the ‘Liberator’ for his habit of raising an army and overthrowing tyrants on various worlds. He is also known by many names among the mortals one is ‘Marcus’. It is the most recent nom de plume he has used.
These powerful Gods tend to stay in their own realms for the most part, though they do have a shining golden city that some number of them live in, ruled by the powerful Golden God of battle ‘Baranak’.
From the first we see of each character there is great enmity between Baranak and Lucian. It seems the latter had tried to overthrow the former a millennia ago and failed, so he is immediately suspect as a new twilight of the Gods is unfolding in this golden realm. Gods are dying. Over 70 have died so far and all evidence points to the ‘bad boy’ God, Lucian.
Thus begins an epic journey across many worlds and dimensions as Lucian and his three human companions whose faster than light space craft had somehow been captured by the Gods of the golden city, and the space explorers themselves were thrown into a dungeon alongside Lucian, begin an incredible undertaking to not only clear Lucian’s name, but to save human worlds as well as the heavenly.
Lucian- Dark God’s Homecoming is an epic novel chronicling the adventure of a God the worlds think is evil and his quest to clear his name.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry R. Davis on August 14, 2009
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Let me begin by simply saying that Lucian is a very entertaining and readable book. Like all of Van Allen Plexico's works, there is continuing forward momentum beginning with the very first page, so that there is never an occasion when the reader is bogged down in technicality or trivia. The book keeps the reader's interest active throughout the volume.

I came to Van Plexico's work through his Sentinels series. Mr. Plexico and I have been co-panelists at science fiction conventions, and it occurred to me that since we were sharing the table at these events, I should out of courtesy read something of his. Mr. Plexico is a lifelong devotee of the Avengers, and has managed a website and edited two volumes devoted to them. His Sentinels is Avengers-style superhero fiction - in prose - but that genre has not been within the range of my usual reading choices. Therefore I approached the first volume without much expectation that my interest would be captured. I was wrong. I was drawn into the stories by the aforementioned forward momentum and excitement, not to mention the great story line, and often found myself staying up later at night than I planned, reading five chapters when I planned to read one.

Lucian as well falls outside of my usual range of reading. This work is said to evoke memories of Roger Zelazny, an author who I sampled in years past but whose books never interested me. Not so with Lucian, which captured my attention so completely that on more than one occasion I had to force myself to put the book down.

Well, with all the plaudits, what's the book about? It is about a god, a "dark god" (the subtitle of the book is Dark God's Homecoming). When you think "gods" in connection with Lucian, remember the Greek gods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Atkinson on July 1, 2014
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At times, somewhat reminiscent of Roger Zelazny's Amber series, but truly a tale of its own. It is a ride from start to finish. A mystery wrapped up in a winding chase story, with ever ting finally revealed in an epic climax.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Def Dave on July 23, 2013
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For those that have followed Plexico's Sentinels series of superhero novels, it should come as no surprise that he certainly knows how to tell a story. But with this book, the author unveils a slightly different style.

Gone are the broad strokes that are so familiar to fans of comics, with Lucian we get a more nuanced work.

When I heard the high concept, I was hooked. The premise is brilliant: the god of evil has been wrongly accused of murdering 92 lesser gods. He must go on the run and work to clear his name, but no one believes him... because he's the god of evil!

There are several things I really enjoyed about this book:
1) Plexico has developed a completely new pantheon of gods, similar to those found in Greek or Norse myth. Each with their own spheres of influence and personalities. And he nails the names. Names are so important, and so hard to get right.
2) this entire story is written strictly in first person from Lucian's POV. That has to be a tremendous challenge for any writer and it's the perfect choice for a story of a man on the run trying to solve a mystery. We only find things out as Lucian learns them, and that succeeds in keeping the tension taut throughout.

and finally 3) the ending. Plexico manages a deft and skillful conclusion with several twists down the home stretch.

If comic book novels don't sound appealing to you, realize this is Roger Zelazny, not Stan Lee.

Highly recommended. Then follow this up with Plexico's "Hawk"
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