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Review of Mad Gods,
This review is from: Mad Gods - Predatory Ethics: Book I (Kindle Edition)
First and foremost, let me say that I started reading Mad Gods with more than a little skepticism and was fully prepared to have to slog through a written work that I figured was more politically coded than the Bible. I was prepared to be bored out of my mind, Athanasios and you can be annoyed with me for it later but read this review first and perhaps you'll change your mind about it.
You see, I had interviewed Athanasios at one point and during the course of said interview, he had explained what Predatory Ethics means to him. His definition was something akin to, "Do unto you because I can," and since he'd written a few works about it and I had read the reviews and garnered some small kernel of the plot line from them, he asked me to read and review the books. Now that I've read Mad Gods I must say that I'm glad I have because it was not only an interesting and engaging read, it has underlying meaning and morals intricately interwoven into the storyline that were impossible to miss. Athanasios seems quite adept at multitasking in his written works and I can respect that.
I couldn't help but notice one consistently underlying theme through out the entire story and it was as simple as this: Destiny is not preordained or predetermined, your life and the direction it takes has everything to do with the choices you make. While a person's path may be set in front of them, it is up to them to determine which direction that path goes. It's integral to the story and carved like stone into the plotline.
I enjoyed the blending of religious iconography with mysticism and mythology as well as occultism. Mad Gods was an artful and masterful blend of all the myths, legends, rituals, rites and beliefs to which everyone clings and ascribes, both the religious and the faithful and it painted a vivid portrait of the writers' beliefs about the circumstances that brought about all our modern day faiths. Athanasios has a remarkable grasp on historical religions and myths and legends and their influence on the modern day right down to the everyday choices we make.
In the end, I'd have to give Mad Gods a four star rating because there are formatting issues that took me out of the story at first. I thought that it was patterned for dialogue and wondered at it until I noticed that there really was no discernable pattern and I was thereafter able to disregard it and just continue reading. There are also some punctuation errors though I want to stress that they didn't interrupt the story or take from the storyline for me. I do believe that this is not a work for anyone who is easily offended or for kids because there are openly sexual encounters and though they're realistically not terribly descriptive, they are not for those who don't like written illustrations of same sex encounters. I really liked Mad Gods and believe that anyone with an open mind will think the exact same thing I did when they read it; Well done, Athanasios!