Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday's Favorites: Havoc Rising by Brian S. Leon

Welcome to the Wednesday's Favorites post. In the Wednesday's Favorites post I will talk about a book I loved and that I think deserves a little more attention. I read popular books, but also many books that aren’t so popular (yet). In this post all sorts of books from all sorts of genre’s will have a chance to shine. Today’s Wednesday's Favorites is 'Havoc Rising' by Brian S. Leon, a book I read in October 2015.

About the Book:
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.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
June 16th, 2015
Adult Urban Fantasy
eBook, Paperback
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Praise for 'Havoc Rising':

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.

'Havoc Rising' was a book that totally blew me away! I like Greek Mythology stuff but I felt like I was burnt out. And really I think I was maybe just reading the wrong books because this one felt inspiring to me, like I want to read MORE. At least about Diomedes and the characters in this book.

In all this was a fast paced and gripping read. At times laugh out loud funny, and at other's edge of your seat tense, Havoc Rising is a must read. I loved everything about this and really want to see more from this universe. Highly recommend!!

‘Havoc Rising’ is an extremely well written book. There are many different creatures in this book like Zombiis, Golems, Witches etc. but somehow you don’t feel like this is impossible and too much. I loved getting to know little ins and outs about these creatures.
There is also a lot of action filled and thrilling moments in this book. I really couldn’t stop reading this book because I just wanted to know how it would end and if everyone would survive.

About the Author:

Brian S. Leon is truly a jack of all trades and a master of none. He writes just to do something with all the useless degrees and skills he’s accumulated over the years. Most of them have no practical application in civilized society, anyway. His interests include mythology and fishing, in pursuit of which he has explored jungles and museums, oceans and seas all over the world.

His credentials include an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree from San Diego State University, plus extensive postgraduate work in evolutionary biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied animals most people aren’t even aware exist and theories no one really cares about anyway.

Over his varied career, Brian’s articles have been published in academic journals and popular magazines that most normal people would never read. They can be found in The American Society of Primatologists, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Proceedings of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the like.

His more mainstream work came as an editor for Marlin and FlyFishing in Salt Waters magazines, where he published articles about fishing and fishing techniques around the world. He won a Charlie Award in 2004 from the Florida Magazine Association for Best Editorial, and several of his photographs have appeared on a number of magazine covers—almost an achievement of note, if they weren’t all fishing magazines.

Always a picky reader, Mr. Leon enjoys stories by classical masters like Homer and Jules Verne as well as modern writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, David Morrell and Jim Butcher. These books, in combination with an inordinate amount of free time, inspired him to come up with tales of his own.
Brian currently resides in San Diego, California.

For more information about Brian S. Leon please visit his website, Facebook and Twitter.

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