Godhead (The Last Olympiad, #1) by Ken Mooney

Godhead (The Last Olympiad, #1) by Ken Mooney

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Book Review:

I enjoy a twist to the known mythology and gods of old, so this option to review a mystery dealing with the gods of Olympia was too good to pass up.  Ken Mooney has set up a story that will come to an epic trial for humanity.

Years ago, the demonic forces, with help from Aphrodite defeated the Olympians in a power struggle, and Hera stepped forward to sacrifice Olympus and the source of their power to banish the demons and save humanity. 

As all good sacrifices seemingly don’t change ulterior motives, the demons are back again, with Aphrodite still helping to plan the destruction of humankind.   Anyone who has read any mythology at all knows that the Olympians were a randy lot, and tales suggest that they left several descendants scattered throughout the world.  It is these descendants that are the only ones standing between Aphrodite and the demonic forces and the destruction of humans.

Epic battles, demi-gods and demons, questions about their motivations and a rogue Aphrodite are just some of the positives, and a liberal sprinkling of Greek mythology will keep you thinking.  Unfortunately, the pace of the action is slowed dramatically by the prose:  too many flashbacks and explanations better used as show, details that are overworked without purpose and some stilted dialogue all contributed to make this book longer than it needed to be.

Flashbacks are wonderful, but when used correctly and not substitutes for character and plot development. While the information that we receive in them is useful, there seems to be a point at which the author hadn’t solidly plotted the series: many of the extended flashbacks that give all sorts of points of view and build or develop the world slow the battle to nothing, and the promise of the prologue and story are missed.

It was a long read, and while interesting, I found a great lack of focus: this book does not reflect the promising synopsis, and is instead laden with background information that serves to pull the reader away from the conflict which is the main focus of the series.


Godhead (The Last Olympiad, #1) by Ken Mooney

Title: Godhead
Author: Ken Mooney
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Author
Pages: 414
Rated: three-stars
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Olympus has fallen; new gods must rise.

The gods have been betrayed by one of their own. Zeus is dead, and the city is under siege by the demonic forces of Kaos. Their only chance of survival is to abandon the city, buying time to regroup and rebuild.

Thousands of years later, the children of the gods walk among us, protecting humanity from the demons. But not all of them know the secrets of the powers they have.

The gods are no more, eliminated by their greatest enemy. And now, she wants to return home; no matter who stands in her way.(

A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Ken Mooney

Ken Mooney was born in Dublin in the middle of the 1980s; he still lives there. He holds a degree in English Studies from TCD, which he totally uses every day during his day-job in TV advertising...totally.

He's always been obsessed with stories, reading, writing and playing them; that explains the massive collection of books, comics, video games and discarded Word documents. His writing is a combination of all the things that he's passionate about, all the way through high-and-low-brow.

Godhead is his first novel, an idea that's been floating around his head for nearly fifteen years; there might even be a (few) sequel(s) if he ever gets around to writing them...

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