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Lucifer's Odyssey (Primal Patterns Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rex Jameson
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Book Description

A civil war rages across the heavens between Lucifer and Jehovah, but it’s not the story you thought you knew...

Lucifer languishes in an earthly prison, awaiting the apocalypse that will finally free him after 200,000 years. Before breaking loose, he discovers that the armageddon he set in motion will destroy the capital of Chaos, his home universe.

He travels back to Chaos and stumbles upon a bloody civil war devastating his homeland. The realm’s magic wielders are firmly under the control of a rival clan, and without their protection, Lucifer's family is in mortal peril. As old demon clan rivalries blossom and a new hostile universe expands across the known multiverse, Lucifer is faced with not only protecting Chaos from annihilation but also saving his rightful place on the throne.

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Lucifer's Odyssey is the first book in the Primal Patterns series, an episodic glimpse into an alternate multiverse where many of our histories and fables are premonitions of upcoming conflicts between immortals with god-like powers over truth and shadow.

Length: 91,000 words (370 pages in print)


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  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arnessan Ink; 5 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JPE8WW
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously what just happened January 30, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lucifier's Odyssey begins like a bad joke. Four demons and one angel (or was that wizards) walk into a bar.

Violence ensues. Then Lucifier takes off in a space-ship, shredding imprisonment like bad dialogue (if only the reader could.)

The story doesn't get much better. Satan's trip reads like a collection of cool ideas rather than a coherent plot. Characters are introduced and perish at the same rate. Poor old Azezal whose immenent death prompts Lucy's space flight dies on route without a bare mention later.

Rex appears to place more importance in numbers than literary skill. Tens of thousands die, hundreds of thousands of years pass, millions die again.

Despite the incrediable ages of these guys, they still appear incredibly juvenille. Hey could happen, but would they drop lines like "Haters gonna hate"?

Well this hater is going to hate for the most part. There are some genuinely funny parts in this book (not enough to recommend ploughing through it) and Rex needs to be commended for creating such a thoroughly bizarre universe. Unfortunately this book can't seem to keep to one tone, theme, plot or character for long enough to be taken seriously.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First of a scheduled trilogy November 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
First of a scheduled trilogy, "Lucifer's Odyssey" is aptly named. The author conjures an imaginary history of Lucifer's rise to prominence among other demons and god-like characters. I found the idea very good using the idea of primal patterns based on the Forms of Plato's Socrates dialogs, but the core thread was held in check by wildly variable descriptions of action that borrowed heavily on an irrational mix of human-like vulnerabilities and supernatural powers attributed to the characters. The story is in no way irreligious unless the reader is bothered by an alternate suggestion as to Lucifer's ascendency to power, which would seem to be the basis of Jameson's trilogy. In short, a good book, and perhaps a better rating for fantasy fans than I've given it.

This was received as an eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lucifer's Odyssey December 4, 2011
Format:Paperback
Lucifer is awaiting the apocalypse from Earth when he decides to travel back to his home of Chaos. This book lost me when Lucifer and his demons hijacked a NASA spaceship to travel to their home of Chaos. I just found this to be extremely cheesy and unreadable. I'm sure this book will appeal to some, just not me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and smooth plot July 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Info: Genre: Dark Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this text through the LibraryThing Member's Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Lucifer languishes in an earthly prison, awaiting the apocalypse that will finally free him after 200,000 years. Before breaking loose, he discovers that the armageddon he set in motion will destroy the capital of Chaos, his home universe.

He travels back to Chaos and stumbles upon a bloody civil war devastating his homeland. The realm's magic wielders are firmly under the control of a rival clan, and without their protection, Lucifer's family is in mortal peril. As old demon clan rivalries blossom and a new hostile universe expands across the known multiverse, Lucifer is faced with not only protecting Chaos from annihilation but also saving his rightful place on the throne.

My Thoughts: Imagine that everything you thought you know about good and evil, demons and angels, even elves was completely wrong. Imagine that everything you thought you knew about the war between heaven and hell was wrong. I believe it was from this perspective that Rex Jameson wrote this book, Lucifer's Odyssey.

There is not much I can tell you about this book plot-wise - if I even start to try, I'll end up spoilering all over the place. So, I'll comment on the elements of the novel instead. First of all, I loved the characters and characterization. While the book is primarily action-oriented, whenever they had the opportunity to take main stage, the characters would shine. I particularly liked Sariel - his combination of a sort of grazed, psychopathic glee and absolute horn-doggedness was a never-ending source of amusement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong premise, bogged scenes September 20, 2013
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"A civil war rages across the heavens between Lucifer and Jehovah, but it's not the story you thought you knew..."

That statement found in the description is absolutely true. I was excited to see a unique perspective on that war between these religious figures. I was even relieved. And it's a premise that can stick, mind you. After the first shock of excitement I was left with very little to carry on. The author managed to paint such a majestic picture of our world in the beginning that boomeranged back at the chapters that followed.

Because after the initial plunge into the premise, which artfully and right away, everything slows down and the characters turn mundane.

Note to the author, for all that it's worth: There's one thing that would have helped the story move along better, and it should have been part of the concept (spoiler) from the scene with Eve and on. The Battle that rages on since the beginning of time (for us mortals) is fought *through* us. Even in the case of the premise as is decsribed in Lucifer's Odyssey, his cause/plan to leave (trying not to spill spoilers allover the place) would have been achieved better if the whole plot revolved around the minds of the mortals and not some GobTech.
That's my take.

Good read overall, with a couple weak points that prevented me from rating higher. Recommended to readers of christian fantasy with an open mind and a knack for space-scifi (yeah, I know, right? it's still Lucifer's story though!), or just people looking for something new in the fantasy genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and unique new worlds!
This was an impressively complex sci-fi/fantasy. I enjoyed how far away from the norm the author traveled, stretching the way the reader must understand reality in order to follow... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larissa Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed Lucifer's Odyssey
I found this book a nice read during my daily commuter rail ride. I enjoyed the characters and the story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Enhancer, Boston, MA USA
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucifer's Odyssey
I have seriously enjoyed reading this book. It takes some time to forget the flaws (mentioned by others, who gave this book 1 or 2 stars), but the plot is excellent, and I can... Read more
Published 13 months ago by LAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reimagining of one of the most well known religious figures
There's not much I feel I can review without giving away the amazing scope of the universe surrounding this story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mike F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
little different side of the story. From a different prospective. Definitely a good read. Would suggest it to a friend.
Published 19 months ago by Stanley Parrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible original sstory
This book is a very interesting read. I recommend that you approach it with an open mind and take it for what it is. A very good story.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and inspired
Good story line with action. Ties the plot together with many turns and twists. Turn the theological table on end and does it well. Looking forward to the authors next book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by John T. Legowik M.D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Satan?
I don't want to read a book about satan. He's fallen angel for a reason. I don't want to know anything about him.
Published 22 months ago by Mustang Fyant
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story and an Interesting Concept
Pretty amazing stuff that kept me interested but a little too sexy for my taste. Very hard to put down.
Published 22 months ago by M. Wieczorek
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Sarcastic and fun.
This is definetly not a bible story. A bit confusing at the onset but once you get to about the forth chapter, everthing starts making more sense. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Rex Jameson is the author of the Primal Patterns series of novels and the Perspectives series of novelettes. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Jenny and a cadre of psychotic calicos who sometimes ambush him in his sleep. He recently earned his PhD in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and is thoroughly nerdy. Rex is also an avid movie buff who likes to torture his wife with practical jokes and inappropriate public displays of affection.

You can delve deeper into his demented mind at http://rex-jameson.com and find out where he buried the bodies on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rexjameson_fic.

Recent Awards and Activities:

1.) Rex Jameson recently won first place in PJ Jones's first annual Crappy Poetry Contest for his entry "Oh Henry of Third Period Biology". To see Rex's terrible poem, see http://pjjonesramblings.blogspot.com/2011/08/musings-of-my-broken-heart-aka-crappy.html
2.) Rex's flash fiction "Don't Mess with the Meadow" was included in the Pink Snowbunnies in Hell Anthology, now released on Amazon and other online book stores.

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