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The Age of Zeus (Pantheon #2)

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Continuation of a series that is already a best-seller with astrong alternate history setting!

The Olympians appeared a decade ago, living incarnations of the Ancient Greek gods on a mission to bring permanent order and stability to the world. Resistance has proved futile, and now humankind is under the jackboot of divine oppression. Then former London police officer Sam Ak
Paperback, 678 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Solaris
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Dec 08, 2015 Mpauli rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun. We follow Samantha Akehurst, who lives in a world where the greek pantheon stepped back into the limelight 10 years ago and took over the rule of the planet.
Samantha is now offered a job on a secret private task force to take up arms against the gods and take back the world.
This all sounds like the set-up for a Michael Bay movie and of course there is a lot of over-the-top action to be expected, when humans in battlesuits square off against gods.
But James Lovegrove de
Jul 23, 2014 Liviu rated it it was amazing
I finished Age of Zeus by J. Lovegrove which is a very fast read despite its almost 700 page bulk; in the same thematic with Age of Ra but this time with the Olympians taking over humanity, Age of Zeus is quite different from Ra, though it is closer to what I expected Ra to be with a mixture of low-bro comedy (mythporn says it all with titles that are hilarious in a sick way so to speak, though there is no explicit language beyond those titles but those are quite explicit), monsters and urban co ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Aparajitabasu rated it it was amazing
Its time for another godly pantheon related sci-fi military dystopia by James Lovegrove, The Age of Zeus . And it’s a page turner. Where it took about approx 8-9 days for me to finish Age of Ra; I finished this one within 2 days.

Here is the summary:

The Olympians appeared a decade ago, living incarnations of the Ancient Greek gods on a mission to bring permanent order and stability to the world. Resistance has proved futile, and now humankind isunder the jackboot of divine oppression. Then for
The Crimson Fucker
Apr 22, 2015 The Crimson Fucker rated it liked it
So… there I am! In the middle of an Op. in Manhattan. Doing mah thing! (trolling) when we found ourselves low in caffeine in Union Square! So I decided to go troll an old friend… I told the rest of the unit that I know this librarian that it don’t matter what kind of retarded shit you looking ford he always find a book about whatever stupid shit you feel like reading! “watch I’ma ask him for something retarded and watch him come thru!” so… in we go! And I found the fucker! Looking like he always ...more
Chris Villareal
Apr 25, 2010 Chris Villareal rated it it was amazing
Age of Zeus, was a GREAT read. I loved all the twists and the way lovegrove was able to combine past and present/future. Many authors try to combine mythology with modern day technology, but end up un successful. Lovegrove is one of the many authors i know of who can do so in not only an "okay" way, but in a way that takes him to a whole nother level of authors. Why he's not so well known by much people, escapes me, but i love his writing.
Jason M Waltz
Far, far better than book 1. actually very cool idea gods-wise (no spoilers), good fleshing out of multiple characters, nicely developed plot. surprisingly totally unrelated to book 1, especially after the close of 1 directly pointed at book 3 (which did intrigue me at that time), which does not detract in any way from book 2's story but does somewhat discourage me in a way as an entire series' arc of interrelated pantheon ages is what drew me to this. finding out the books only share a title an ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Harris rated it it was ok
I'm kinda torn on this.

To be perfectly honest, this SHOULD have been good.I mean: the Greek gods come back! They take over the world! Monsters from antiquity are unleashed upon humanity! Mortals fight back... WITH POWER ARMOR!

But it doesn't really work.

To start with: Age of Zeus is all plot, minimal character. The characters who ARE there are strictly for moving the plot along to where it needs to be. Half of them have no personality what so ever and the rest barely get past an attempt at an ac
Sam Ang
Jul 28, 2012 Sam Ang rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, mythology
This is an adapted review from my blog. The detailed version is available here:
One-liner intro: Showdown of Clash of the Titans and Crysis in a modern era.

Best part: The depiction of Greek gods and mythological beasts as well as the fight against them; the revelation of how they came to be; the brains and detective deductions of the protagonist; straight cut into the story with little dally
Second book in the author's Pantheon trilogy, though both books so far work as stand-alone. I don't know if the third book will tie into the others, but I doubt it. Again, alternate time frame. I think I enjoyed this book even more then the first one. It starts about 15 years after the Greek Pantheon takes over the world, and is fairly fast paced after about a third of the way in. The first third of the book is more the technical aspects, and the author left me with a sense of child-like glee in ...more
Yasser Maniram
Apr 02, 2014 Yasser Maniram rated it it was amazing
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Apr 06, 2015 Cst rated it it was ok
I am beginning to feel a sick fascination for this series, I want to read the next book just to find out how the author is going to blow this one. Which is the only reason I would recommend this book to anyone: To see how you fail.

The first book took an interesting idea – a world ruled by the egyptian pantheon and the question if resistance against it was possible – and blew it by ignoring the interesting part to write a boring story. This book takes its interesting premise and does it completel
Aug 13, 2014 Gary rated it liked it
Ok, 11 days it took me to finish this one. Lovegrove took his time in telling this story as it is 678 pages long with a Part II starting on Page 437. I feel that Lovegrove took a harder look at the characters in this book. He thought about the why’s and wherefore’s. He made me empathize with the characters (at least a little bit).

The same thought is prevalent as in The Age of Ra. We should be ruling ourselves rather than following a religious belief blindly. It wasn’t as heady, but it was still
Feb 13, 2015 Thomas added it
Wouldn't it be nice if all of the crime,the wars, and the violence of the world would come to an end? Well in James Lovegroves second book age of Zeus this is what happens, but the people of the world are still under a oppressive rule just like before instead it is so called primordial beings that take over the world. I like how they incorporated the use of modern technology and still used Greek counterparts for the names of them. For example, the Titans are super advanced nanotechnology ware fa ...more
Nick Sweet
Apr 26, 2015 Nick Sweet rated it it was amazing
A rip roaring rollicking ride could be the words used best to describe the Age of Zeus, James Lovegrove's second volume in the Pantheon series. In this book, the gods of Ancient Greece appear from on high to dispense justice to mere mortals from atop Mount Olympus. Few oppose them. One group that does is called the Titans, an underground secret organization with weapons and high tech to combat the monsters and gods that are plaguing Earth. The story is told from the viewpoint of Sam Akehurst, a ...more
Lianne Burwell
Apr 28, 2011 Lianne Burwell rated it liked it
Shelves: alt-history, sf
A fairly basic, but enjoyable plot, an easy writing style, and an interesting idea makes this worth reading, but it is not exactly a book that will change the way you think. Great beach read, especially if you're into military sf/thrillers.
May 19, 2010 Roberta rated it liked it
Shelves: sciencefiction
An interesting melding of science fiction and mythological elements. A good story with likeable characters. Drags in spots otherwise it would get a 4. Also, the main character is a bit shut down emotionally and that is a bit off puttting.
Tim Hicks
Dec 11, 2015 Tim Hicks rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Set your expectations for something like Iron Man or an action-figure story. Think of a nice airport read or similar time-passer. By that measure this book is fine.

Gods and military and SF techniques. Might work. Seems to, for a while. But as it all comes to a conclusion we realize that most of the awesomely-powerful-god vs. awesomely-powerful-powersuited humans conflicts come down to spar-spar-easy-kill (which may well be what would happen if they were real) - but in the end it felt too much l
Apr 10, 2015 Eli rated it liked it
Age of Ra was better.
Carlos Eduardo
Great story, can't truly explain in words how the story has taken me in a whirlwind adventure through a world where I wish to be in and at the same time am thankful not to be part of.
Having read a few of the comments here, I was interested on the subject that they spoke of, and found it amazing how James Lovegrove is able to use just a few short phrases of comedy at the end of certain chapters and make the story go from gory to hilarious.
The first book "Age of Ra" was a great read and I was wo
Brad T.
Dec 11, 2010 Brad T. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Better than the Age of Ra but about 100 pages longer than it needed to be. Books of action should stay consistent and not try to be preachy at the same time.
Jul 22, 2015 J.cameron rated it liked it
It's really fun sci fi with a dash of fantasy flavoring thrown in there.

There are a few different moments of foreshadowing throughout the book, some light, some heavy, but all sort of enjoyable to pick up on. The story is nothing especially new, scrappy underdogs come together to fight a seemingly unbeatable regime that controls everything, and some character development along the way.

If you like military sci fi, you probably won't go wrong with this book is what it basically comes down to in
Jake Beals
I'm not sure why I continued on with Lovegrove's books. I didn't really like The Age of Ra. It was pretty apparent there that Lovegrove isn't that good of a writer. Age of Zeus is more or less the same book, but with Greek gods instead of Egyptian ones. Lovegrove has stumbled upon a great formula he can continue to milk; Gods rule the Earth, but they are actually pretty shitty and things are generally unpleasant, so a human insurgency whacks the gods and saves the planet from not-so-enlightened ...more
Although the author calls these books part of his Pantheon trilogy, they are not a series and there's no reason why they can't be read individually or in any order. The commonality is that they're variations on a theme. It seems like he had so many ideas of how the basic idea of gods taking over the near-future Earth could play out that he decided to write a few of them.

Assuming you can handle a big heaping serving of willing suspense of disbelief in the scientific aspects, it's quite a good bo
Procrastinador Diletante
James Lovegrove tem uma colecção de livros chamada "Panteão", que como o nome indica, envolve deuses de várias origens - Ra, Odin, Zeus, Aztec. São histórias independentes mas que relacionam homens comuns com estes seres superiores, que fazem parte da mitologia de muitos países.

Como sou fã da época clássica, escolhi começar por ler este Age of Zeus, visto que o enredo me pareceu bastante apelativo - o Panteão Grego desce à Terra e subjuga o mundo inteiro à sua vontade, numa espécie de pacificaçã
Feb 15, 2013 Maythavee rated it liked it
The summary of The Age of Zeus is what interested me. How could Greek mythology and science fiction mixed together? I had never come across these two genres combined together before so I had to read it.

There were a lot of characters with different personalities and backgrounds so it took me a while to remember who was who but I did like how every character played a part in killing the monsters. I don’t have a favourite character though. True, there were many characters but none of them stood ou
V.L. Locey
Jun 10, 2012 V.L. Locey rated it liked it
When this book was shown to me by the co-owner of my beloved Indie bookstore, I had my typical Greek mythology nut reaction. ‘Ooooooo,’ I cooed and grabbed it up like a child reaching into a free candy bowl. The premise was so darned intriguing that I shoved aside my slight unease about the paramilitary aspect of the book. I`m glad I did because this turned out to be one heck of a story!

‘The Age of Zeus’ by James Lovegrove gives us this situation - The Olympians appeared a decade ago. Yes, the G
Jun 23, 2013 Ian rated it it was ok
If any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, then it follows that any sufficiently advanced technology is equally indistinguishable from divine powers. Zelazny used such a premise in his Lord Of Light back in 1968, and won a Hugo Award for it. James Lovegrove’s Pantheon trilogy, of which The Age of Zeus is the second book, is based on a similar conceit, but it’s unlikely to win any awards. That’s not because The Age of Zeus is a bad book. It’s written by someone who k ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Garrett rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Age of Zeus (AoZ) is the first of Lovegrove's Pantheon books I've read, and I can say confidently that it will not be the last. I found AoZ to be a quick read in general. Each time i picked up the book I \ was easily drawn into this fast-paced action adventure. By leveraging both a modern setting, and almost universally familiar mythology Lovegrove is able to quickly establish the setting and major players within the novel without front loading with heavy exposition. Anyone with a passing knowle ...more
Guillaume Jay
Mar 31, 2012 Guillaume Jay rated it it was ok
Les Dieux de l'Olympe sont descendus sur nôtre Terre et ont conquis le monde, à l'aide notamment de leurs sbires monstrueux (la Méduse, l'Hydre, etc..). Un richissime industriel, sous couvert de rendre la liberté aux humains, a créer une force de combattants equipés d'armures ultra sophistiqué démultipliant les capacités physiques de leurs porteurs (tiens, comment on traduit power armor ?). Bien évident, il les a nommés : Titans. Ceux-ci pourront ils détruire leurs adversaires divins ?

L'idée éta
Aug 09, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it
If I were the type to throw a high-concept tag line onto a book, and I am, I would say this is book is one part John Scalzi novel, one part God of War video game, and all-together fun and entertaining.

I read The Age of Odin earlier this year, which is the third book in the trilogy* and enjoyed it a great deal, so I wanted to see how Mr. Lovegrove tackled the Greek pantheon ruling the modern, or 20 minutes into the future, world.


Lovegrove does something I’ve been coming to like to start his n
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James Lovegrove is the author of several acclaimed novels and books for children.

James was born on Christmas Eve 1965 and, having dabbled in writing at school, first took to it seriously while at university. A short story of his won a college competition. The prize was 15, and it had cost 18 to get the story professionally typed. This taught him a hard but necessary lesson in the harsh economic re
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