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The Age of Odin (Pantheon #3)

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Gideon Dixon was a good solider but bad at everything else. Now the British Army doesn't want him any more. So when he hears about the Valhalla Project it seems like a dream come true. They're recruiting from service personnel for execellent pay withno questions asked to take part in unspecified combat operations. The last thing Gideon expects is to finding himself fightin ...more
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Published December 28th 2010 by Solaris
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The last Pantheonic saga of James Lovegrove, The Age of Odin . If they say Ra was spiritual then what would you call Odin - I'd say on the level of faith and spiritual matter Age of Odin ranks higher.

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Gideon Dixon was a good solider but bad at everything else. Now the British Army doesn't want him any more. So when he hears about the Valhalla Project it seems like a dream come true. They're recruiting fromer service personnel for execellent pay, no questions asked, to take pa
Kevin M
Probably the best quotation from a book I have read in a long time - and on the topic of God no less. Gid asks Odin what the capital-G God is like. To which Odin replies, "...I don't believe in Him, and if He does exist, I don't like Him. His type of gods aren't gods who echo how mortals behave. They're gods who are held up as example of perfection to be emulated. They're not gods of the people. They're remote and inaccessible, they demand blind, unthinking obedience from their followers. They'r ...more
I was really hoping to like this book a lot better. It revolved around a loser named Gid, who is "Special." By the middle (I think?) of the book, he's got Odin deferring to him, he's doling out commands to the Aesir, he's beaten up Thor, had sex with Freya and the three sisters are calling him a Hero With A Capital H. This guy figures out everything before other people do, formulates brilliant military strategies (all revolving around a "pincer formation") and beats frost giants with their own w ...more
Sue McGarvie
still pulling aces from up the sleeve.So I finally finished reading this book, the author did a great job keeping me on edge until the last page. I never saw what was coming and it was perfectly amazing. The descriptions used were so vivid I could see the different places and characters as if they were standing in front of me, the narration of all actions was almost painfully perfect, you'll know what I mean by painfully when you reach 97% of the book and read what happens there. Gideon Coxall i ...more
Wow. Just... wow.
I'd read Lovegrove's The Age of Ra not too long ago, and had enjoyed aspects of his storytelling enough that I decided to pick up this book. Where I enjoyed The Age of Ra, The Age of Odin was by far a better book in pretty much all aspects and has left me feeling oddly exhilarated, empowered, and interestingly enough, spiritually uplifted.

Lovegrove's primary strength within this novel is his characters. From the protagonist Gid, to the Norse gods themselves, and even the antagon
Gideon Coxall was a good solder but bad at everything else, until a roadside explosive device leaves him with one deaf ear and a British Army half-pension. So when he hears about the Valhalla Project , it’s like a dream come true. They are recruiting former service personnel for excellent pay, no questions asked, to take part in unspecified combat missions.

The last thing Gid expects is to find himself fighting alongside ancient Viking gods. The world is in the grip of the worst winter ever known
Gideon is a soldier, a good soldier, it's all he is good at. Retired through injuries sustained in Afghanistan he needs a break. With his best mate he goes to join as a mercenary but on the way there is an accident.When he wakes it is in a fantastical realm. Asgard!
Filled with Norse mythological characters led by Odin Gid becomes a soldier in a magical war with the followers of the trickster God Loki. Quickly rising through the ranks Gid has the ability to release his dark side- a sort of contro
Honestly, I don't think I can say I read this book as I wasn't even able to get past the first chapter. What I read convinced me that the author was more interested in using profanity and colorful alliteration rather than doing any real story telling. So glad that I only checked it out from the library rather than wasting my money buying a copy.
Procrastinador Diletante
Este é o segundo livro da série Pantheon que leio, portanto embora sejam histórias independentes, vai ser mais uma crítica rápida.

Como é fácil de perceber pelos títulos, são obras que misturam deuses e humanos, sempre com bastante acção pelo meio. "Age of Odin" não se esquiva a este conceito, sendo essencialmente o relato de uma guerra, temperada com a grandiosidade da mitologia nórdica.

De facto, em termos de ambiente, a conversão de certos elementos mitológicos para os tempos modernos, está mui
Nathan Miller
What's not to love about all things Norse? This is among Lovegrove's series of mythologies set in the modern day. In this book, it's Ragnarok, 'twilight of the gods' in Old Norse, also known as the Norse apocalypse. Most of us are used to reading or imagining these mythologies as happening in an age before the Industrial Revolution. But what if it were to happen today? It's often tricky enough wrapping our minds around what the Biblical Apocalypse will look like with things like our modern war m ...more
Definitely not as good as "The Age of Ra", which I mostly liked. This one, I mostly didn't like. I picked this one up because it seemed to be an interesting continuation of the author's theme of using mythological gods set in a militaristic fantasy setting. The other book used the Eyptian gods, this one the Norse. I don't think it worked for a couple of reasons.

Though the Norse gods can be interesting too, I think they don't have as much appeal to readers. They were all pretty shallow characters
The norse gods have apparently lost most of their powers over the generations as less and less people remember and worship them. Now in the present, they are doing battle against Loki who has become president of the United States and is using futuristic weapons developed by the military to take out Odin and his family. To combat Loki, Odin has hired several hundred ex military personnel to make up his own personal army against Loki. Despite what I just wrote, this book is really about one ex sol ...more
Anyone reading the beginning of the jacket blurb will immediately know why I picked it up: 'Gideon Coxall was a good soldier but bad at everything else, until a roadside explosive device leaves him with one deaf ear and a British Army half pension'. Dangle a squaddie in front of me and I'm hooked. Gid makes a mess of being an ex soldier and jumps at the occasion to join the 'Valhalla Project' that recruits former service men. He has no idea but expects the project to be something like the many o ...more
This book is the most gripping, thrilling, action packed, storytelling genius with a big dollop of fantastic norse mythology I have ever come across.
Set in an ice-age pending modern world, in the northern part of england, you follow the trials and tribulations of ex-soldier Gid and his unusual friend Abortion as they follow a tip off of a group wanting such soldiers no questions asked on past military history for a few weeks of extremely well paid work. For Gid this could provide him with a chan
Sarah Adams
This one I couldn't finish. It started strong with vivid imagery and a distinct protagonist's voice. But then it didn't go anywhere. The character doesn't develop and neither does the plot - it just wanders around waiting, literally, for Ragnarok to happen. It takes the protagonist more than half the book simply to accept the reality he's been handed, which might be realistic, but it's not entertaining and it doesn't move the plot forward enough. That's not enough conflict to keep me interested. ...more
This book is fun, pure and simple. If Age of Odin seems to ride the crest of the recent mini revival of mythologies in pop culture (e.g. Marvel's Thor, or Rick Riordan's young adult fiction), the way in which the story is presented subtly acknowledges this reality and promises nothing more than a readable, entertaining and violent fantasy adventure that makes good use of some (by now) familiar tropes of the ancient Norse pantheon.

The plot unfolds with a solid pace, introducing many charming and
Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
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Guillaume Jay
Gideon Dixon était un bon soldat, mais mauvais pour tout le reste. Maintenant, l'armée britannique ne veux plus de lui, ce qui fait que lorsqu'il entend qu'un certain Projet Valhalla recrute des ex-militaires, paye excellente, aucune question posée, pour des opérations de combats non indiqués, il se met en route malgré le froid et la neige qui paralyse l'Angleterre...
Je pense que tout le monde percevra la trame principale du roman.
Des trois "Pantheons" que j'ai lu, je pense que c'est le meilleur
This book is amazing, granted that I haven't read the Age of Ra so I may be biased here. A brief background of Gid's history, he is a vet from the Royal Majesty's Army, in a crappy situation because of divorce, his son no longer wants to have Gid in his life as much, Gid can barely make months end, and his friend Abortion is a pot head.

Now Gid didn't really understand what he was signing up for, and was really confused when he first met Odin, and I really like that part. I like how even though
Arthur Mouguel
First off, I'm writing this from my phone, and second off I've read 3 more books after this book. Down to it now, The Age of odin is a book by Lovegroove that is about a washed-up vet, divorced and for-hire middle-aged man who receives a contract through a friend to what seems to be an easy job, and qell payed too. Nonetheless, it wasn't money what brought him to it, it was bloodlust. Soon he discovers what was going about in the world and why and aims to fight it.
This books is like braveheart m
Sam Ang
Sep 04, 2012 Sam Ang rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: myth, sci-fi
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
This is an adapted review from my blog. The full review is available at the following link:

Profanity-filled modern Ragnarök - intense, fast-paced and in full military style. Continuing his unique style of fusing mythology with modernity is Lovegrove's third installation of The Pantheon series, with the Norse gods in the limelight this time. The Age of Zeus may have secured my unwavering
Matthew Travagline
**No Spoilers Included**

To start, I'd like to include a caveat. My goal as a reviewer for Lovegrove is not to dissuade you from reading it. Sure the premise seems a tad far-fetched (which deters some): The Norse Pantheon alive and fighting in our world. But it is that very aspect which drew me in towards Lovegrove. Over time, I have begun to soak up more and more information on the religious pantheons of the past: including antiquity and beyond. Lovegrove's series provided a unique excursion fro
I can see now why The Age of Odin, the third book in the Pantheon series, is the favorite to the fans. The book is full of action, good humor (especially the Bragi character and his odes - those definitely made me laugh), and the entire world that was created flawlessly. Same as his previous two books, I loved how Lovergrove managed to mix mythology with the real world.

The characters were nicely developed. (SPOILER) However, there was this moment when the protagonist realizes that there is a tra
The best thing about Lovegrove's Pantheon Series is the way in which he's able to integrate a certain pantheon into the "real world" and weave a modern day story into ancient mythology. It's served him well through four books (and a novella). This is another solid effort, and one of the best.

Actually, the whole premise of this book captured me from the start. It seemed realistic enough to be believable, and yet the main character questions what's going on as if he has the same suspension of dis
Once again, a much different set up and premise than the ones used for any of the other books in this "series". They're really only related thematically. The interesting thing about the series, to me anyway, is the difference in the way the various pantheons interact with us mortals. And if you'd ask me going in which one I'd rather live under if I had to chose, I'd probably have gone with the Norse gods. After reading the four novels Lovegrove's written so far, I wouldn't change my mind. Intere ...more
I love a book with an imaginative hook. In this one former soldiers are recruited for mercenary work only the boss is Odin and the location is Asgard. The Norse gods are about to go to war with forces led by the trickster god Loki. Thor, Freya, Heimdall and the other gods show up. The Valkyries are now riding snowmobiles and toting submachine guns. The Norns show up with prophecies, Yggadrasil, the world tree is threatened, as are Midgard and the other worlds. And, of course, deliriously, Loki i ...more
Randy Mccallum
The third in the series and the author is hitting his stride. Much better than the other two as the characters seems more fully developed and the author infuses the main character with a 'snarky' personailty. The humor in the book alone makes it well worth reading as, really, would you be flippant towards gods? Good stuff and ready to continue the series.
I think I liked the idea better than the actual story. I felt a lot of the book was predictable, and I'm not talking about the mythology aspects. I will say the author put some serious effort into modernizing the old Norse mythology, which I enjoyed.
Over all it was a decent book, but I'm not sure I would read the 2 other books he has written in a very similar fashion with Egyptian and Roman mythologies. It's a long book, which isn't a deterrent for me, but I wasn't always compelled to pick it b
This was my favorite book in the series. They are all more or less "vacation reads" and can be wrapped up cover to cover during a lazy weekend
Arthur Rosenfeld
Pulp fiction and good for a long airplane ride. Leave it in the seat when you're done. One of the better ones in this mythological series.
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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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