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The Age of Zeus (Pantheon #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  994 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Continuation of a series that is already a best-seller with a strong 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 offi
Paperback, 678 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Solaris
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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
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.

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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
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
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.
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
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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
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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
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
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
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.
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.
Eli Weinstein
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I enjoyed this a lot more than The Age of Ra. I can't quite explain why, though the fact that there was more action and the gods were more involved might have something to do with it. I liked the set up of this universe more as well and didn't realize until I started it that this universe and The Age of Ra are completely separate. I imagine the Age of Odin will be as well and plan to read that next.

My only complaint is that at least in Age of Ra I got to care more about the characters, here it w
Matt D
Like the others in this series, I loved this book. In a world where the ancient Greek pantheon has returned to dominate humanity into peace, a few brave individuals fight for the freedom of everybody. Lovegrove writes an amazing story, full of twists in the plot that I certainly didn't see coming. Though it wasn't as good as Age of Ra and Age of Aztec, I still thought this was an amazing book. The only complaint that I would have about it is that it seemed to get off to an exceptionally slow sta ...more
I rarely put down books before the end but i did with this one. After about 300 pages i realized i didn't know anything about the characters and i didn't have much of image of who they were. I probably am being a little harsh on this book due to the fact i had just finished Red Rising and it was an amazing book.
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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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