- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Red Adept Publishing (June 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940215471
- ISBN-13: 978-1940215471
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,170,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Havoc Rising Paperback – June 1, 2015
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About the Author
Brian S. Leon is truly a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. He began writing in order to do something with all the useless degrees, knowledge, and skills–most of which have no practical application in civilized society–he accumulated over the years. His varied interests include, most notably, mythology of all kinds and fishing, and he has spent time in jungles and museums all over the world, studying and oceans and seas across the globe chasing fish, sometimes even catching them. He has also spent time in various locations around the world doing other things that may or may not have ever happened. Inspired by stories of classical masters like Homer and Jules Verne, as well as modern writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, David Morrell, and Jim Butcher, combined with an inordinate amount of free time, Mr. Leon finally decided to come up with tales of his own.
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As authorities are scrambling at the scene, Athena, as head of the Metis Foundation, employs Diomedes, who goes by Steve Dore, to join the investigation and recover a stolen item. The foundation’s primary focus is finding peaceful solutions to human conflict. It is known as one of the most respected think tanks in the world. Athena is sure the bombing served as a distraction for a theft of an ancient bronze cup on exhibit in an upper level of the museum. The novel is told through Diomedes point-of-view, and he readily tells us he excels at clandestine operations, intelligence gathering, and combat. He also admits he does not play well with others. But he's forced to overcome this and build a small team to help him.
The plot is fast moving and has many surprising twists as the drama unfolds. The battles are vivid, tense, and grisly as magic is thrown around against seemingly impossible odds while battling unearthly monstrosities. Humor is interspersed throughout to lighten the severity of the story. Diomedes is the perfect tragic hero; he is engaging, courageous, and intelligent, with just the right amount of biting wit.
I found it easy to get totally swept away in this thoroughly engrossing tale. The relationship develops between Diomedes and Sarah is cautious and endearing. The story comes to a satisfying close with some promise of Sarah being included in future missions, which left a smile on my face, especially after she decked Diomedes. I would highly recommend Havoc Rising to any reader who enjoys mythology brought forward in a contemporary setting that includes epic battles between good and evil.
FYI: Havoc Rising contains graphic violence and gore. Colorful obscene adult language with plenty of F-bombs. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** July 18, 2016
Format/Typo Issues: I found no proofing or formatting issues.
Leon’s plotline is fast paced, and his writing style is easily read—polished, deliberate, and driven. I always love love love reading an author that’s well-read. I get a kick out of geeking out by proxy, and the characterizations and the fantastic elements are just so much more palpable when the attention to world building is there.
In this urban fantasy, myths and legends are very real and wreaking havoc. Mr. Leon has created an ultra-reality by in which your everyday mundane item exists… alongside beings and creations of myth and legend. For the most part, humans are in the dark about the ultra-reality moving on around us—except for a few chosen and those unlucky enough to get pulled in.
Steve…He’s one of the chosen Guardians—human, but *how* human is something explored throughout the storyline. I mean, after a few thousand years, humanity might feel a little alien. I had so much fun exploring parts of Steve’s personality and persona. He’s a badass…and a dork. Totally sucks at socialization, even after years to practice. Kind of a simple dude, but has the resources of worlds at his fingertips. There’s an interesting mix there.
The only thing I’d ping Leon on is his lack of fully fleshing out supporting characters. The attempt was there, but they still fell flat. I think this comes from the narrators flat take of the world around him, but this toggled a bit between part of the protagonist’s characterization and Leon just getting caught up in the action, I think. This one totally reads like a first book-- lots of setup, but I will have to get to the second book to dive in fully, I think.