Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Preview: Age of Shiva by James Lovegrove

Holy crap! I won a copy of Age of Shiva by James Lovegrove, the last book in the Pantheon series, from My Bookish Ways (who I link to often in my Weekly Update posts as they are a great source for alternate history literature). I just received my paperback copy in the mail and you guys can enjoy a review of this book. Here is the description from Amazon:

A team of godlike super-powered beings based on the ten avatars of Vishnu from Hindu mythology is assembled, but are they in fact a harbinger of apocalypse?

The latest standalone novel in the best selling Pantheon series.

Zachary Bramwell, better known as the comics artist Zak Zap, is pushing forty and wondering why his life isn’t as exciting as the lives of the superheroes he draws. Then he’s shanghaied by black-suited goons and flown to Mount Meru, a vast complex built atop an island in the Maldives. There, Zak meets a trio of billionaire businessmen who put him to work designing costumes for a team of godlike super-powered beings based on the ten avatars of Vishnu from Hindu mythology. 

The Ten Avatars battle demons and aliens and seem to be the saviours of a world teetering on collapse. But their presence is itself a harbinger of apocalypse. The Vedic “fourth age” of civilisation, Kali Yuga, is coming to an end, and Zak has a ringside seat for the final, all-out war that threatens the destruction of Earth.

Stay tuned to either The Update or Amazing Stories for my upcoming review (although I am likely to post my review The Adjacent first). Thanks again to My Bookish Ways for this wonderful opportunity.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update and a blogger on Amazing Stories. Check out his short fiction. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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