Today I’m excited to participate in the blog tour of ‘Havoc Rising’ by Brian S. Leon. This is an Adult Urban Fantasy novel and was published on June 16th.
For more tour stops and information please visit the tour page.
About the Book:
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.
A view weeks ago I received an email with the question if I wanted to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Havoc Rising’. To be honest this book didn’t really sounded like a book I would like, so I declined. But when I received another email from Candace from Candace’s Book Blog, saying this book was really good.. I decided to give this book a try. Most times when Candace says a book is good, it really is good so enough reason for me to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did.
In ‘Havoc Rising’ we meet Diomedis Tydides or Steve Dore as he is called now. Diomedis is thousands of years old and he is what they call a Guardian. Years ago he received immortality and power from the goddess Athena, in exchange for acting on her behalf in all matters pertaining to the protection of humankind. And he is really good in his job. So when a supposedly terrorist attic leads to the disappearance of the Cup of Jamshid, Diomedis is send to do his job and find the cup. But soon things get more and more complicated when a lot of strong and evil beings start to work against him. And when Diomedis finds out all this evil is the work of Medea of Colchis, deranged wife of Jason the Argonaut, a very evil witch, this soon becomes a matter of saving the entire world.
To be honest I just can’t imagine why I thought this book wouldn’t be a book for me. From the moment I started reading this book, I just couldn’t stop anymore. When I read the book description I honestly thought this book would take place in some ancient world.. but this book takes place in the modern time and it’s so exciting and fun to read. The author really created an exciting and interesting world which I loved to get to know.
The main character Diomedis has lived for thousands of years, but he really is a normal guy. At least that is what he thinks of himself. Diomedis fights to protect humankind, but he also is just a man. And I really loved that about his character. In ‘Havoc Rising’ we really get a glimpse of what is going on in Diomedis mind. He is a fighter but he also is a really kind guy. When he meets a mortal woman called Sarah, he really just feels like every other man out there. But the thing is that even though he really wants to… he isn’t really ‘normal’. We really get to see his struggles.
‘Havoc Rising’ is an extremely well written book. There are many different creatures in this book like Zombiis, Golems, Witches etc. but somehow you don’t feel like this is impossible and too much. I loved getting to know little ins and outs about these creatures.
There is also a lot of action filled and thrilling moments in this book. I really couldn’t stop reading this book because I just wanted to know how it would end and if everyone would survive.
Yep.. this book is the perfect example that you really need to get out of your comfort zone sometimes. Although I didn’t expect this at all I really really loved this book and all its characters. I really hope there will be more books about Diomedis and his world.
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.