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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Science fiction or fantasy readers looking for a serious book should keep looking elsewhere: The Age of Zeus isn't a meticulous reinterpretation of age-old myths or some sort of stirring, philosophical treatise on modern society. Instead, this is a wild, action-packed adventure - essentially an excuse to blow up AD&D monsters with power armor.

And before we get too far: there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

The Age of Zeus is ridiculous, campy fun, and should be celebrated for it. The premise is delightfully simple. The Olympian gods have come back and are reigning over the modern world. There's global peace (yay), but it isn't particularly fun (boo). The gods (and their monsters) are pretty casual with the lives of the common people, and whilst the Hydra chews on retirees in Florida, resentment grows.

Fortunately, a band of heroes have arisen: twelve people ("Titans") that are particularly miffed with the Olympians. They're given POWER ARMOR and set to work. This set-up takes about 10 pages. The next 500 pages are spent in set-piece battles in which the Titans assassinate one monster after another. If you've ever wanted to know what happens when you attack Gorgons with shotguns, this is your chance...

There are a few plot-twists - betrayals, a love story, the mandatory "quitting" sequence - and a lot of monologuing. There's absolutely nothing in this - from a plot standpoint - that is in any way surprising. Nor, as far as character development, is there anything to write home about. Everyone is vaguely interesting, but they all speak in carefully-crafted witticisms that prevent any sort of real dialogue from occurring.

The Age of Zeus is fun, explosive and endlessly entertaining. It is a fantasy in the sense that it is a daydream let loose on paper. Very readable and very enjoyable, but make sure to take it for what it is.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Ten years ago the Olympians appeared. They are living incarnations of the Ancient Greek gods. Using their powers and monstrous creatures straight out of mythology, the Olympians went about saving the world by enslaving it. The divine guardians now rule the world by force. Any who speak out against them die. This is often followed by the Pantheon dishing out harsh discipline. (For example, Hong Kong no longer exists.) Resistance has proved futile. All of humankind now bows to those on Mount Olympus. Those who dare to disagree with anything, wisely keeps silent.

Samantha "Sam" Akehurst is a former detective sergeant with the London Metropolitan police force. Sam responds to an invitation for a chance to join a small group of rebels armed with high-tech battlesuits and weapons. Calling themselves the Titans, this group is going to war against the all-mighty gods.

***** FIVE STARS! A brilliant combination of modern warfare and Greek mythology. Though the synopsis has the sound of Fantasy, believe me when I say this is Science Fiction. One must read the entire story to fully understand my meaning. Author James Lovegrove's writing style is intense. His plot is creative, impressive, and could almost be called noble - no matter which side of the battle line the reader may mentally stand on. Lovegrove is on his way to greatness. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2010
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This book has very few set-up points, and drops you into the action immediately. Note that this book is not for the squeamish, as confrontations with the monsters/gods are depicted in a very graphic manner. The action is intense, fast, and brutal. If you like military sci-fi, this is the book for you. Granted, this book does not do anything amazing or try anything that hasn't been done before, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a long read, but worth it. The only complaint that I have is that some of the dialogue goes on for too long, making it unrealistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2013
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The book was ok, but I was glad to be done with it. The action scenes are great, but the book was a bit of a slog to get through. About 400 pages in, I was ready to put it down and move on. I picked up four books in the series, but I'm not sure I want to start the third one if it is as laborious as this one was...
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on June 16, 2012
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Here's my big beef with Mr. Lovegrove:

His story ideas are interesting. Given research and energy, they could be done very well. And yet they aren't. I get that he's British, and that's cool, but if you're writing characters that aren't British, don't make them all use British idioms when they speak. For instance, there is a guy from Chicago, USA who says things like "I'll be buggered." They also all have the tendency to curse like British sailors. This makes all of his characters (in all of his books) sound like the same person, AKA the author, which I find really irritating. As a fellow author, when I'm attempting to write characters that represent other nationalities, I make an effort to do some research and find out what kind of idioms they would use, so it's believable.

Now onto the storyline itself. As I said, there are interesting ideas in Lovegrove's plots, but there are aspects of it that are really hard to believe (yeah, I know it's fantasy/sci-fi, but stick with me). I can accept that he's built a world where the gods are real, but some of his framework relies on things that are far-fetched. For instance, in Age of Zeus, we start off with 12 people who received extremely vague invitations in the mail (and large sums of money) to travel across the world to a remote island off the coast of England for an unknown purpose. AND THEY ALL WENT.

Seriously? To me that's a weak way to get all your characters in one place, since the ordinary person would probably not accept a vague invitation from an unknown source to travel (unaccompanied) across the world. I just finished Age of Odin, which irritated me for similar reasons, because he made the gods really stupid, and the main character's "awesome ideas" (which any rational person could have come up with) amaze and wow the gods.

Which is why I give this book 3-stars. I would probably give Age of Odin 2-stars, because the characterizations were that annoying. My advice to Mr. Lovegrove would be to keep writing, but put some effort into making your characters more believable/mutli-dimensional.
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on September 27, 2012
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I first came to know Lovegrove from the first Pantheon book, "The Age of Ra," which I really enjoyed because it had a very Stargate feel to it. This one not as much, but I still liked it. A bit too slow paced. Especially during chapters where the characters are just sitting around talking about their past. Makes it overly expository. I understand it's to give backstory in order to make them more three dimensional, but it goes on for too long. It also got a little confusing at times trying to remember which character was which when they used their call signs. And I was disappointed when I found out who the gods really were and how they came to be. However, the action and battle scenes between all of them and the monsters was engaging and easy to imagine. At least it all came to a head with a big climax and loose ends tied up. I just hate it when there's a lot of build up and no grand finale. Overall, slow but satisfying. Although, it doesn't make me want to rush to read the next one, "The Age of Odin."
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on June 24, 2014
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Borrowed it from the library on my kindle (lapl.org). I started with the Age of Ra and that was "meh" but this one was fantastic inasmuch as you don't know where it is going. Age of Ra would have been better by adding in some more mythology so that readers unfamiliar with the Egyptian gods had a better background. I have lots of familiarity with the Greek gods and so really enjoyed this. Just about to start the Age of Odin and looking forward to it.
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After reading the first book ‘Age of Ra’ I immediately started on the next one, ‘Age of Zeus’. First let me say, wow, I thought I knew a lot of Greek Mythology but I had to google several of the characters that I had never heard of before.

The pantheon trilogy is not really a trilogy. The books aren’t set in the same universe and don’t have any characters in common. In this one the Greek gods run the world like a benevolent dictatorship. Wars have been stopped, dictators overthrow, and defense budgets have been scrapped and used instead for social programs. The gods walk the earth, a will get into fights, shag whoever they want and indiscriminately kill anyone who talks back or protests their rule. They even have a god who monitors all the internet traffic. (Queue “This is not America” by the Pat Metheny Group)
Like in the Age of Ra, people are chaffing at the rule of the gods and want to get rid of them, or at least have more freewill. The lead character has lost her husband to gods smackdown of an uprising and her baby to a miscarriage. She is recruited by a shadowy organization who’s goal is to kill the gods.

The novel progress as the team is built and trained and given a mechanized suit like some out of GI Joe Rise of Cobra. The team first starts killing some of the ‘monsters’ like Cyclops and the Gorgon, before they are found of by the Zeus and company. Back and forth the battle rages as both sides suffer losses, with a final battle taking place in the halls of Mt. Olympus.

Loved the book. Five stars. The structure was great, the pacing was fast. There were a few plot twists some by the numbers and some unexpected. James did a much better job of fleshing out the characters. Great combat scenes with some clever ways of killing the gods.

In summary, I wish this were made into a video game. I’d love to place this. Now, on to “Age of Odin”..
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on September 3, 2013
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Takes you in several directions but still ties it all together in the end. I would say a great read for anyone who loves Greek mythology
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on April 18, 2012
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I got caught up in the book right away. The twist in the characters and the how things could be for real today.
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