HAVOC RISING by Brian S. Leon
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: eBook, 334 pages
Published: 16 June 2015, Red Adept Publishing
Source: copy provided
Organized by: Good Tales Book Tours
Eternal life. Eternal battle.
Steve—Diomedes Tydides to his Trojan War buddies—just had a bad day on his charter fishing boat in San Diego, but when the goddess Athena calls on her faithful warrior for another secret mission, he’s ready. The bomb that exploded inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art isn’t the crime American authorities think it is. Someone also stole the Cup of Jamshid, and Diomedes knows its fortune-telling abilities won’t be used for anything benign.
Though Diomedes recovers the Cup from a determined shaman holed up beneath Central Park, when he finds his allies slain and the Cup taken once more, he knows he’s up against a truly powerful enemy. Over a millennium has passed since Diomedes last contended with Medea of Colchis, deranged wife of Jason the Argonaut, but neither her madness nor her devotion to Hecate, goddess of witchcraft, has waned, and she intends to use the Cup of Jamshid to release across the world a dark brand of chaos unseen in human history.
Immortal since the Trojan War, Diomedes must once again fight for mortals he understands less and less, against a divine evil he may never truly defeat.
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.
I have been racking up my brain thinking of how I should get into this review.
I have decided that I’d start from the least of all our concerns. The romance.
Next, the mythology everything.
One thing, my whole life has been a lie now what are we going to do about that Achilles huh Diomedes huh
Well, I am not into mythology that much but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t listen that carefully when my history teacher explained a lot about Achilles and Paris and Diomedes and the Trojan war and all of them. Once in my life though, I was. There was this anime where the characters were the gods from the Greek mythology and that got me hooked. I mean what kind of person are you if you didn’t go through some Greek mythology phase that lasted for at least two years in your whole life??!
So that is basically the whole plot. Greek mythology and magic here and there.
On to the characters, I love everybody. One thing I noticed about D is that he has an insanely good memory. Thirty-two hundred years, men. Hell, I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast. Well, he can remember basically everything except when he’s being kissed by a certain someone or hen he’s really hungry. I love the Peri brothers!! I love Geek so much. And Frigate is really cool.
The writing was downright great. Havoc Rising is written in Diomedes’s POV in first person and you’d have to be really out of it to not see him as a cool but somewhat out-of-his-wits kinda guy. It was like being inside an Alpha man’s head. You know, he’s got this strong exterior he really cares about and then there’s his pride in everything he does. The confidence. But you know that he can be cute and just a guy sometimes. He’s smart and cool like that.
Overall, Havoc Rising is a action-filled novel that can be funny at times and is definitely well-written. The characters were cool and funny if they want to be. For me, this has been a long read which is weird because only 334 pages. Also, I had to start on this book for three times before I actually got into it. Even though I said that, I was in some pressured reading pace right now so that might be the slump acting because Havoc Rising is definitely an interesting read from the first page up to the last. (I rarely say that so here’s a minute for you to soak that up). If you are into Mythology and magic, this book is definitely a must-read. From a cool lead to the badass love interest (that ends them in an it’s complicated relationship status but still cute) plus impressive battalion and all the action scenes.