AGE OF HEROES Demigod detection
released OUT NOW! 416 pages | Paperback/ebook
Author James lovegrove Publisher solaris
As with the other novels in James Lovegrove’s Pantheon series (this is the seventh), Age Of Heroes is designed to be readable as a standalone. Like the author’s Age Of Zeus, it’s a modern-day take on Greco-Roman myth. But in its variant reality, Zeus and the other gods vanished millennia ago, leaving their demigod offspring – the legendary part-human heroes like Heracles and Odysseus – to live on immortally into the 21st century. Now they lead more or less normal lives under false names, their divinity unsuspected by ordinary humans... until someone finds the means to start bumping them off one by one. Two former heroes set out to find the culprits.
Despite an extremely basic plot and much plodding exposition, this is a rather likeable book, mainly for its suggestions of where the heroes of antiquity would have ended up. Orpheus is a debauched Mick Jagger-style rock legend, Heracles is a masked Mexican wrestler, and the central character Theo (Theseus) is a Manhattan crime novelist who secretly misses fighting evil for real. The lively story hops all round the world, and the whodunit aspects benefit from some sly authorial misdirection. Andrew Osmond
Next for Lovegrove: the Lovecraft/ Conan-Doyle-meshing Sherlock Holmes And The Shadwell Shadows.