The Legacy of the Gods: Zeus’ Warriors by Michael West (Review)

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The third installment of “The Legacy of the Gods: Zeus’ Warriors” is, appropriately enough, out just before Halloween. A world of shape-changing Lovecraftian, and worse, creatures that are all battling for control of the world are perfect for that time of year.

Author Michael West has diligently continued the story of main human protagonists Earl Preston and Carol Miyagi.  Also included are some familiar faces from Poseidon’s Children, favorites who are suddenly thrust back into the limelight.

Homicidal human monster Dante “Horror Show” Vianello is back, along with his enigmatic cellmate Preacher. Vivian Song, Dante’s nemesis has also returned and she is as terrifying as before. Song’s favorite Brit; Benny, who is Vivian’s lover is also back, much to Earl’s chagrin.

Book Two saw Carol Miyagi get critically injured by Yeti’s.  Alan and Kari, both of whom love Carol, struggle to get her treated in the mysterious ark found in the mountains.

Song and her henchmen, or hench-were-creatures, are steadily taking everything they need to rule the world.

West has continued building this world of “mutating” creatures that are locked in a battle as old as time. The first novel, “Poseidon’s Children” began the story with Larry and Peggy, and their neighbors in a small seaside town.

“Hades’ Children” introduced Vivian Song, a dragon lady in more ways than one, and Carol Miyagi a human heroine with almost superhuman ninja skills.

The author has given his readers a cast of characters that, despite some having a rather disturbingly  inhuman duality, are fascinating, touching, scary and, in at least one case, funny.

Earl Preston, whose life has changed a good bit since readers first met him in another Michael West novel; “Spook House,” has teamed up with a gorgeous, and fierce, female werewolf and an enormous crocodile creature. The trio are ready to take on Song and Benny, along with any of their evil minion.

Larry, from “Poseidon’s Children,”  seems holds the key to Vivian’s success, or failure, and his life, as well as Peggy’s depends on his actions.

This was a brilliant third installment to this “page turner” series.   It is literally impossible not to attempt reading all of the book in one sitting.  (A word to the wise: Even the most accomplished speed-readers will find this hard to do as there is so much going on in this world.)

All of West’s characters connect with the reader. Empathy is not an issue with any of the players, even a human monster like Horror Show prompts a positive response.  We can even understand Vivian Song’s actions, heaven forbid, and her lover Benny’s.

“The Legacy of the Gods: Zeus’ Warriors” was well worth the wait.  It is still set against an international backdrop and carries the story forward with an admirable momentum.

Do not miss this third installment in the series.   There are still many questions left to be answered. But…The journey to reach a final conclusion is such an addictive treat that we do not mind the remaining queries.

“The Legacy of the Gods: Zeus’ Warriors” will leave readers clamoring for more.  Michael West’s latest novel is published by Seventh Star Press and can be purchased from Amazon.com via Kindle. Make sure you read this third visit to West’s wonderfully weird world.

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iZombie Episode 12 (Recap/Review)

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Before going into just what happened in episode 12 of iZombie, we must take a moment to thank horror author Michael West who mentioned this brilliant series via a Facebook post. Thanks Michael, this comic book based show on CW is full of topical jokes, pop culture references and on top of all that, zombies. Win, win, super win.

Read the full article at Viral Global News…

Hades’ Disciples By Michael West: The Legacy Continues

Hades’ Disciples By Michael West: The Legacy Continues

Hades’ Disciples by Michael West continues the Legacy of the Gods series that started with Poseidon’s Children in 2012. The first novel was an almost Lovecraftian tale of shape shifting creatures who resided in the New England seaside town of Colonial Bay. This “hidden” population is discovered by accident and after a powerful mobster, Roger Hays, learns that his son has been killed in the town, he orders it destroyed. An epic battle between morphing creatures who worship an old God and a small group of humans takes place in this now “not-so-quaint” tourist town.

Hades’ Disciples By Michael West: The Legacy Continues

Hades’ Disciples By Michael West: The Legacy Continues

Hades’ Disciples by Michael West continues the Legacy of the Gods series that started with Poseidon’s Children in 2012. The first novel was an almost Lovecraftian tale of shape shifting creatures who resided in the New England seaside town of Colonial Bay. This “hidden” population is discovered by accident and after a powerful mobster, Roger Hays, learns that his son has been killed in the town, he orders it destroyed. An epic battle between morphing creatures who worship an old God and a small group of humans takes place in this now “not-so-quaint” tourist town.

Getting Used to the Silence

My front garden (aka front yard)
My front garden (aka front yard)

Up until Friday the 26th of March this year, I was used to a (to me anyway) fairly full house. Then my daughter and her fella moved out of the house.

Now the house feels very empty…and quiet.

I’ve spent the past two days cleaning and washing and sorting the house until it looks fresh. It also looks empty. I decided this morning to take a few pictures and describe this silent location I live in. So tighten up your belts, the tour starts now.

The first thing you’ll see coming into my abode will be the front hallway –

My front hallway.
My front hallway.

Not too exciting by anyone’s standards but it is mine and it leads into the kitchen.

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See! I told you I’d been cleaning!

Then, if you turn around and go straight to your left you enter…The front room, aka sitting room.

My entertainment corner! Video games are mandatory.
My entertainment corner! Video games are mandatory.
My place of work...the downstairs one. Gloves for the heavy jobs only.
My place of work…the downstairs one. Gloves for the heavy jobs only.
My Stevie King collection, unfortunately a lot of them are in the attic due to lack of bookcases.
My Stevie King collection, unfortunately a lot of them are in the attic due to lack of bookcases.
My "remembrance" wall, The Twin towers skyline before 9/11 and my Gran Know way on the right.
My “remembrance” wall, The Twin towers skyline before 9/11 and my Gran Knox way on the right.

Then if you go up the stairs the first room you come to will be this one –

My third bedroom, cum spare room, cum office.
My third bedroom, cum spare room, cum office.

Then the very empty and too quiet second bedroom –

It's so empty! *sniff*
It’s so empty! *sniff*

And finally my last refuge at night, the master bedroom!

Complete with American "made in Missouri" quilt.
Complete with American “made in Missouri” quilt.

I’ve stopped the tour here. Why? Well because as the post title says “Getting Used to the Silence”  and that is a bit of a misnomer. I’ve discovered that since I have become the sole occupant of this house, that it makes one hell of a row at night. Especially at bedtime and especially just as I’m drifting off to sleep.

I don’t know how I never noticed it before. the house: creaks, pops, shuffles (I know, weird right), groans, snaps and makes a myriad of other sounds that defy description.

The end result of this cacophony of noise? Me jumping back awake every two minutes or so until I’ve convinced myself that, “Yes the downstairs doors were all locked and bolted. And yes, you are alone in the house!”

I personally blame the emptiness, and the pervading quiet that disarms me and is taking ages to get used to.

But honestly, it is allowing me to get on with my new-found work (I’m writing for Rogue Cinema and I’m now a part of the staff with owner/editor Duane L Martin and a bunch of other folks (including Misty Layne from Cinema Schninema).

I’m also signing on with Tomorrow Comes Media to participate in their author’s tour programme as well as writing my own blog and trying to write my first book (along with creating more short stories for a collection).

On top of that, I’m still watching films and excitedly awaiting the shooting date of Once Bitten, Twice Shy written, directed and produced by the super talented Natasha Harmer.

My cup truly “runneth over.”

So I’m trying to get used to the silence (except at night) and working on a schedule that will allow me to do everything and get to spend some quality me-time in my back garden.

We've got the sun, now we just need some warmth!
We’ve got the sun, now we just need some warmth!