AGE OF HE­ROES Demigod de­tec­tion

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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.

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