- my biography has been a r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w seller. Few people in the world can say they got on a band wagon early but there were three that gave Mad Gods Redux much deserved praise.
- The first was Dr. Ann Nyland who gave this first 5 star review.
I personally found Mad Gods Redux to be very good indeed. It was in the vein of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian with a little bit of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen.
The imagery is profoundly evocative; the story is complex yet accessible and very well researched.
The intriguing plot, the wonderful descriptions of the settings with which the author is clearly initimately familiar and the excellent research make this novel captivating, powerful and compelling.
It will appeal to readers of dark fantasy, Templar history, and anyone interested in the Illuminati, the paranormal or the occult.
- the second was Aman S Anand who gave the second 5 star review:
Mad Dogs Redux takes its reader on a spellbinding journey that spans different continents and time periods. The author seamlessly weaves as intricate plot that connects an array of fascinating characters that propel the momentum of this wonderfully ambitious narrative.
It is clear that the author has put a lot of research into the book, but thankfully these details never weight down the book; instead, they add a layer of richness that significantly adds to the reading experience. And without giving too much away, the author also takes the reader to some incredibly exciting locations that I have longed to encounter in fiction.
The book is well-written and illustrates the diversity of the author’s talents – he is equally adept at writing dialogue and evocative descriptive sequences. Despite the constant shift of location, the author always conveys the subtle differences of the various locations he leads the reader through.
In Kosta Peleogos, the book has an intriguing protagonist who joins the reader in uncovering the secrets of a hidden world.
Mad Dogs Redux is an addictive read that will immensely satisfy its readers.
- The third was Patrick D. a Amazon Kindle reviewer who has made himself into a person of some note in the forums for his Listmania of books to watch and his guide that highlights the following: Best Books by Independent Authors for Amazon Kindle: These books are have been individually selected, purchased and reviewed for Amazon Kindle. These are good books and highly recommended. The author’s have received recognition on Amazon for these books.
- Needless to say Patrick D gave the third 5 star review
Mad Gods is a thought provoking and suspenseful story told well.
The author who publishes under the pen name “Athanasios” does a very good job with this story. His plot line is well thought out and researched. The historical facts are presented well and his book builds with suspense to a climactic pinacle. “Athanasios” tells this story well.
The writing style is clean, clear and concise. It is refreshing to find such original material and this author delivers a book that stays with you, seeps into your thoughts, and you end up wanting more to the story.
The author also has a unique perspective on world and life events. His writing is very thought provoking and there were several times I paused in introspection because of what this author wrote.
Look for great things to come from this author.
Put this on your list to read. It is a 5 star book.
- the fourth was David Cleinman. He even interviewed my “biographer”. I’ll put that up another time. He has a his own blog @ David Cleinman Writings.
Mad Gods is a Christ vs. antiChrist novel featuring some very dark and disturbing scenes, blended seamlessly with some very loving and honest parenting by Kosta, the man who steals the newborn antichrist and raises him to make his own decisions.
The evil of the dark church is portrayed through religious sacrifice, homosexual sex, torture and sickly death and, in many cases, betrayal by individuals thought to be of the Christian God’s church. The ability of the author to be so willing to attack the very foundations of the Catholic church, and demonstrate how it rose to power on the backs of the repressed, murdered, and scammed is a work of pure courage. When the novel places a Pope in power that is working for the Luciferians the case for corruption is complete, and the argument is firmly made that religion is not the wholesome goodness that it professes to be.
The most enjoyable of this novel’s features for me, personally, was its exceptional historical background. Immaculately researched and choreographed in terms of historical events, this novel must fall, at least in part, under historical fiction. The depth and breadth of the author’s research of the church and its history, as well as the past lives of the antichrist, as written, are very impressive and speak of many hours of meticulous learning. This gives the novel such a deep historical impact, and such a smooth allegorical association with our actual world that a reader may very well find themselves asking: could this really be happening?
Last, but not least, is the antichrist himself, both in past lives and in the present day, who somehow never manages to accept his role as the devourer of humanity. Rather he always seems to find mentors, teachers, and reasons that allow him to be the best of humanity. In the current incarnation of the antichrist, Adam, he is stolen from his home and the Luciferians who would raise him to do their bidding by a Greek gentleman named Kosta, who finds him and rescues him, and raises him with love and affection in a way that was never planned by Adam’s father and his minions. When push comes to shove, Adam cannot be bought by the greed and lust that is said to move those of his kind, and remains loyal to Kosta and his love and teachings.
If there is a singular flaw in the book, it may simply be that I found the author’s descriptions of the mood of a speaker often placed after the speaker had said their piece. I kept wishing that it was moved to the front of the dialogue, to set the mood first. An almost negligible concern, however, that barely distracted from my enjoyment of this novel.
Finally, the author leaves the ending open in such a way that we cannot be sure if, over time, the antichrist will not be finally swayed to take his mantle of power, and so doom humanity. An opening for the next round of tales.
This reader gives Mad Gods Redux a full 5 out of 5 stars, and recommends it to readers of historical fiction, dark and occult readers, horror readers, and anyone who enjoys an epic story.
- so all in all there may not be a lot of sales but they are ALL 5 star reviews. I’m probably jinxing it by repeating this here but I’m proud of the big, fat tub or goo who wrote it. Good going Athanasios, what the hell kind of name is that anyway? Another Greek, the world’s littered with ‘em.