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Review: Havoc Rising by Brian S Leon

Review: Havoc Rising by Brian S Leon published on 4 Comments on Review: Havoc Rising by Brian S Leon


About the Book

From Goodreads.

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.



Havoc Rising is in the top three first books in a series I have read in the last year. It’s hard for me to get into a new series when only the first is out. I usually like to have several books to read while I wait. The other two are Aeronaut’s Windlass, by Jim Butcher, and Rosemary and Rue, by Seanan McGuire. I hope you can tell by the company that this book is really something special. Not only is it a good book in its own right, it’s an excellent first book in a series. I’m eager to read the second!


Brian S. Leon did not shirk his research responsibilities when writing a book about Greek gods. I’ve found there is a strong tendency among writers to shoehorn the classical gods into their books without doing a proper amount of research, thus diluting the culture from which they came. They often become superpowered beings that are closer to fanfiction with little basis in history. I’m not making the claim that the gods were real, but they were real enough to the Greeks, who worshiped them, and they have a huge amount of writing devoted to them. Brian S. Leon does not make the mistake of just grabbing the Cliff’s Notes version of the Theogony and watching Brad Pitt’s Troy. He put a lot of time and effort into being as faithful to the primary sources as he could.

In fact, his main character is found in The Iliad. Basically, the main character’s story begins at this moment:

Now Pallas Athene gave Diomedes, Tydeus’ son, strength and courage to prove himself the finest of the Argives and win glory and renown. She made his helm and shield burn with unwavering flame, like that of Sirius the star of harvest, who when he has bathed in the Ocean depths rises to shine brightest of all. Such was the fire that streamed from his head and shoulders, as she thrust him into the heart of the fight where the enemy were strongest.

Because Leon spent so much time and effort doing the research, it does not feel like he stole the names of renowned characters. He is merely breathing new life into them and carrying on a literary tradition.

Havoc Rising was released by Red Adept Publishing on 6/16/2015.

It is available on Amazon as a paperback or a Kindle edition.

About the Author

briansleonBrian S. Leon is truly a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. He began writing in order to do something with all the useless degrees, knowledge, and skills–most of which have no practical application in civilized society–he accumulated over the years. His varied interests include, most notably, mythology of all kinds and fishing, and he has spent time in jungles and museums all over the world, studying and oceans and seas across the globe chasing fish, sometimes even catching them. He has also spent time in various locations around the world doing other things that may or may not have ever happened. Inspired by stories of classical masters like Homer and Jules Verne, as well as modern writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, David Morrell, and Jim Butcher, combined with an inordinate amount of free time, Mr. Leon finally decided to come up with tales of his own.



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