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Book Review: ZEUS IS DEAD: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure

Just finished reading, Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure, by Michael G. Munz.

This witty satire has it all- hilarious banter, highly entertaining characters, and a crash course in mythological references, all used to create an intensive yet impressive goofy storyline. Munz cleverly uses authentic Greek Mythology, and then proceeds to bend, spin and curve it to his will while brilliantly highlighting the bane of human nature to create a murder mystery only worthy of the highly fallible 'gods.'

The story begins with the shocking news that Zeus is dead, which for an immortal is a feat all unto itself. However, Apollo, son of the recently deceased and highly unpopular 'god' decides he must figure out who was the culprit responsible for his father's demise before the murderer -or murderers have a chance to return to the scene of the crime and cause even more heavenly havoc.

The plot quickly thickens as the Greek gods choose sides, scheming to establish the necessary liaisons in a quest to make sure Apollo's efforts remain unsuccessful. The goal to secure Zeus's death- with no possibility of ever being resurrected eventually mounts an all-out war, but not before disclosing some rather ironic twists of fate and unrevealed history probably best left hidden.

But Apollo, son of Zeus isn't the only one who decides to bring dad back to his royal thundering throne in the sky. With a bit of prodding, emotional blackmail, and other godly incentives thrown it to entice, Apollo searches out two mortals to aid him in his bidding, along with Thalia, a muse who adores a good giggle, as well as an aMUSING comedy even in the face of imminent danger. She is also the muse of well-made science fiction, and of course, epic poems about farming. [See what I did? amusing = a-Musing - as in 'Muse' . . . anyway . . .]

But I digress. You see -King Zeus was a bit of a rolling stone in his heyday. Wherever he laid his crown was his home- hence, he sired a wide berth of children in and outside of his marriage, including but not exclusive to his exceptionally beautiful and smart mortal daughter and TV producer, Tracy Wallace. Tracy becomes a pivotal character in this new legend as she helps Apollo seeks revenge for the death of their super dad. Other selected mortals are also used as pawns -all in the quest to uncover the truth, and eventually bring Zeus back into power.

Meanwhile, up in the sky, power plays abound. Guilty conniving god-siblings instigate and basically run a mock; while muses take detailed notes and observations to make sure a new tall tale entertainingly is woven into the storyline.

This book was fun, but I must admit, I found myself needing to brush up on my mythological characters. I think the last time I read about them was back in grade school, and even then, I paid little to no attention. However, the author was kind and supplies more than enough clues and a glossary to keep even the most uninformed reader, like me comfortably in the know.

Zeus Is Dead was well worth the read, especially if you are the kind of person who enjoys sharp witticisms, dry, sarcastic humor, highly entertaining snarky comebacks, and social commentary cloaked in a mythological quest. Munz does not disappoint, and although the story was long, the pace was excellent and trouble-free. I enjoyed many laugh-out-loud moments and would readily recommend this book.

About the Author [AMAZON]

"An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, Michael G. Munz is also fascinated with Greek mythology. Michael also possesses what most "normal" people would likely deem far too much familiarity with a wide range of geek culture, though he prefers the term geek-bard: a jack of all geek-trades, but master of none. Or mostly none. There are exceptions. He dwells in Seattle where he continues his quest to write the most entertaining novel known to humankind and find a really fantastic clam linguini."

Find out more about him at:

Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure

by Michael G. Munz


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