Havoc Rising by Brian S. Leon is an action-packed thrill ride starring a warrior from the Trojan War that has made it to the present day by working for Athena to keep humans safe from the supernatural. I’m always a fan of urban fantasy that brings in new and interesting myths, so of course I had to jump on the chance to review Havoc Rising for the blog tour! If you’re looking for non-stop action, an author who did his research, and minimal romance, Havoc Rising is for you.
Note: I received a copy of Havoc Rising from the tour host.
Havoc Rising by Brian S. Leon
Published by Red Adept Publishing on June 16th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 250 pages
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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.
- I love the Greek mythology that is woven into Havoc Rising. Diomedes has adjusted pretty well to the modern world, but that doesn’t stop him from making references to events from his original lifespan and befriending a Titan or a couple of Fae. Havoc Rising does star Athena, but besides her, most of the Greek references are to lesser known gods and titans.
- In addition, Havoc Rising brings in creatures that you probably haven’t encountered before including a Native American energy monster and killer owls! I love traditional fantasy creatures (dragons!), but I also really love finding out about completely new creatures or myths that I haven’t become bored of ;-).
- Havoc Rising is basically non-stop action. Diomedes is having a seriously bad week and right from the beginning, you’ll be hooked with the mystery and the combat. If you like your urban fantasy with a whole lot of fight scenes, don’t miss this book!
- I’m not a weapons expert at all, but I could tell that Leon did his research since I’m very much convinced that each gun and piece of armor that Diomedes used is a real item. There is also a fair amount of references to military procedures that also seemed quite well-researched and added an aspect of authenticity.
- There are times in Havoc Rising when I wanted to break out my editing pen because the sentences just got too long. You know when you’re reading a sentence and only at the very end do you figure out what the verb is? There are a couple like that. This makes for difficult and just awkward reading.
- Havoc Rising also struggles a bit with info dumps. It’s clear that Leon did a lot of research and wanted to fit all those details in, but it gets to be too much at times and I found myself tempted to skip to the end of the paragraph to get back to the action.
- There was something I felt was lacking in Havoc Rising that took me a while to put my finger on: character interactions. I tend to go into UF expecting a best friend with whom the main character exchanges lots of amusing dialogue and bonding. Havoc Rising eventually features a couple of fun side characters, but not soon enough and not frequently enough for me to be satisfied.
Havoc Rising is a refreshing addition to urban fantasy because it is action-focused, clearly well researched, and brings in unique and uncommon mythologies. If you’re tired of vampires and werewolves, but still want that fast-paced fun read, look no further than Havoc Rising!
As part of the Havoc Rising tour, I have a giveaway for you all!
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.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Havoc Rising by Brian S. Leon
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