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RADIO is an SPFBO 2020 (Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off) Semi-Finalist.

Amid the music, lights and energy of 1928’s Paris, something sinister pulses through the æther. The Radio of the Gods manipulates minds across the continent and its creator, the arrogant god Marduk, will sacrifice everything to keep his kind from perverting his masterpiece.

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Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published April 4th 2020 by J. Rushing
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Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I’ve wanted to read Radio for quite a while. You see, I have a huge soft spot for daring books that deal with fantasy in unique ways, and really, Radio fits the bill. There isn’t anything like it on the market, and that’s part of the appeal. It’s a sort of genre-straddler, which I also understand as that’s the kind of books I write. Is it historical? Is it fantasy? Is it historical fantasy? Who knows. Maybe it’s a bit of all of the above, and that’s part o
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I was offered the chance to read this book before its debut in exchange for an honest review.

To give you an idea of my taste, I typically only rate fiction to be four stars at best. This is because for me, a five-star book would always teach me something, and from my perspective that is only possible with nonfiction. Why the five-star review for this work of fiction, then? If a new author of fiction can make me consider issuing my maximum-possible review, especially a new author who builds his w
Ali Sarrafan
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here goes my first ever GoodReads review:

This is what "Radio" promises: A surly god has to save the world by taking back the mind-control radio he invented from the other gods who used to be his colleagues, while trapped in the body of an opium addicted jazz musician in 1928 Paris.

That premise is what reeled me in, and it’s also what the book delivers.

“Radio” has much going for it: an intriguing conceit, enough well-developed main characters to keep your interest, world building that shows grea
Nikki Zender  Wietecha
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC by the author for an honest review.

Admittedly, this is not a genre I tend to lean towards. However, I found this book accessible. The opening of the book felt a bit overwhelming, with the first few chapters throwing a lot of characters, information and plot at the reader. Once Marduk makes the body jump, the book slows down to a reasonable and consistent pace for the rest of the story, which was quite enjoyable to read.


Overall, I liked the book. I do
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

It took me a while to sit down and finally write this review because I needed to be fair. In order to be fair, I had to let it sit in my mind for a few days and see what's left. Well, short answer is a LOT!
The world in which J. Rushing's characters operate is multilayered and vivid with detail - architecture, food, smells, drinks, clothes - it transports you to 1920s Paris with ease. I've only been to Paris, albeit modern-day, onc
Lyndsay Lomax
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
I'll be honest - fantasy is not my thing. Whether films or books, I've never enjoyed it that much so I've pretty much stayed clear of the genre all together. I was offered a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review of this debut novel so I thought why not?

From the first chapter I was completely hooked. I became immersed into the world of 1920s Paris and was intrigued by the relationships of the character and the action unfolding. Maybe fantasy isn't that bad after all?

The story was fast p
Kerry Smith
A 2020 highlight

One of this year's SPFBO6 semi-finalists and I can see why; this has been one of the more imaginative books I've read this year.
'Gods' taking over Paris, using the Eiffel tower as a broadcasting antenna to scare humans into worshipping them again.
The god Marduk (or M) is against this idea and knowing his current body is about die 'throws' his consciousness into a passing human; unfortunately the body he possesses is a young opium addicted American called Del. With help from Del'
Vignesh Ramu
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating concept. And author kept
the story interesting till end
Douglas Lumsden
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much! The ancient Babylonian god Marduk runs afoul a plot by his fellow gods, led by the delightfully deranged twins Apollo and Artemis, to bring themselves back to prominence, and winds up in control of the body of an opium-addicted American jazz musician living in post-WWI Paris. And that's just the beginning of this amazing ride through mythology, Parisian noir, colorful characters, and enough suspense and thrills to keep you turning the pages late into the night. An ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for good world building. There's nothing I love more from a book than being thrown into a new world, with elaborate descriptions of the setting and its underlying rules, allowing my imagination to create a vivid visual space on which the characters have their adventures.

When it comes to world creation, RADIO delivers on all fronts. The setting is described in exquisite detail, with obvious care by the author. I thoroughly enjoyed getting sucked into 1920's Paris, its surface-level
Trudie Skies
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
RADIO isn't the usual types of fantasy that I read. This one straddles the genres so I'm not entirely sure where it fits (which I imagine is a nightmare when it comes to marketing it) as it has touches of fantasy, science-fiction, thriller, mystery, and dystopia all wrapped in one. But this doesn't confuse or muddy the story. If anything, I found RADIO to be a great reason why genre can sometimes be restrictive!

The plot of RADIO then is of the arrogant god Marduk, a scientist and god who is part
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fant, hist-fic
In this fantasy novel, set against the backdrop of Paris in the late 1920’s, the main character, known as ‘M’ to his friends, has been forced to swap bodies to ensure his survival down the centuries. When all goes well, he has an easy life with the other god-like entities of the ‘Mentium’. M might even have the talent to head their company, especially as he’s just invented a diabolical machine to amplify their power. This turns out to have been a mistake, though, as the others’ intended use of h ...more
Riv Begun
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I'm all about a story I can get lost in, and this was one of them. The setting and characters were phenomenal and I was completely transported. Great world-building without infodump, and nice small details to make the world real for me.

I would definitely recommend this book to friends (I already have!) and hope it goes on to reach even more success.

The action and plot were fast paced, never dragged down. Really well written. I can't wait for J. Rushing's next story.

Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The setting and premise are amazing! I found the concept of godhood very interesting, and though I struggled to relate to Marduk in the first two chapters - what an arrogant sod! - that changed immediately when he had to go on the run. If you're a sucker for a good antihero redemption arc, this is definitely the book for you. Also one of the first books I've read that pulled it off amazingly - with the reader noticing M's change, but M still being clueless and in denial about his own attachments ...more
K.M. Alexander
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly fresh debut that is unlike anything I’ve read before. Rushing brings his unique, well-researched world of 1920s Paris to life with a captivating voice. There’s a transgressive edge here, intentionally subversive—the characters are morally gray and the situations even more so. Don’t expect a saccharine overly-romantic version of Paris; this is a stained, broken, and bloody place. RADIO is a jazz-infused, opium-soaked, historical fantasy that explodes from the opening chapter and neve ...more
Keyara Cheevardee
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I generally don't like fantasy novels about gods, but this book was a totally different thing. It got me hooked from the very beginning! Great story, good pace, relatable characters, fantastic descriptions (I love the facts that different locations are accurately described!) and well researched!
I really hope there will be a sequel or prequel or anyway something more about the story :-)
Bill Rushing
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mythology and Jazz, opium and intrigue. Enemies become allies and pawns become players as the God Marduk races to save the the world from his own invention.
This fast paced tale of espionage and mind control set against a backdrop of 1920’s Paris is a must read.
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J · Rushing is an American writer whose work blends elements of adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and horror to create worlds that feel as familiar as they do foreign.

He is a musician, amateur luthier, and former teacher who first traded the microbreweries and Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest for the bustle and beauty of Paris. After nearly three years in the City of Light he and his

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