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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,919,542 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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Seriously one of my favorite books out of forty or so I’ve read in the past year.
Ralph L. Angelo Jr
And here, as in the Sentinels, he displays one of his strengths as a writer and that is in his characterization.
Larry R. Davis
I picked up this book because I liked the idea of a mystery/action story told in the first-person POV.
Trace Shelton

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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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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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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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By Trace Shelton on August 3, 2012
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If you like mystery, action, and enjoy the fun and fantastical possibilities of comic books from the '60s, '70s and '80s, you will absolutely love LUCIAN. I picked up this book because I liked the idea of a mystery/action story told in the first-person POV. It was even better than I imagined it would be. The protagonist, Lucian, is a compelling character because he's embraced his role as "villain," and yet there's more to him than that. The author does a great job of characterization throughout the novel, allowing characters' actions to define them (and their actions are sometimes at odds with the way that other characters describe them, resulting in a rich tapestry that engages the reader's intelligence). The plot is fast-paced, well thought out and satisfying. Personally, I can't wait to read HAWK (another Plexico book set in this universe)!
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Wow! I just finished Lucian: Dark God's Homecoming and ... wow! I fully expected the story to be just another take on Loki from Asgard, but I should have known better. Van Allen Plexico has never been a writer satisfied with playing in someone else's sandbox. Instead, he created an entirely new mythological universe, peopled by his own eclectic gathering of unique characters that matches and surpasses the combined gathering of deities from Norse and Greek legends.

If you mixed Jack Kirby's New Gods comic book series, added Jim Starlin's Metmorphosis/Dreadstar/Adam Warlock space opera storytelling style, and a pinch of cosmic Gamma radiation, blended thoroughly, this Lucian story would be the result.

The Plot? What if three quarters of the immortal gods had been mercilessly murdered, and the survivors were searching for the unknown killer? Naturally, they would immediately jump to the conclusion that the dark god of mischief, Lucian, was the culprit. The entire tale is told in the first person narrative, as Lucian personally takes the audience on a wild ride, traversing dozens of parallel dimensions, desperately trying to prove his innocence before the remaining deities capture and imprison him. Or worse. And discovering new things about himself as the journey progresses.

I give Lucian: Dark God's Homecoming five of five stars, as a unique, entertaining tale.
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