Published by Month9Books on April 17th 2017
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Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.
Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.
WOW! What a thrill ride! Like most of us, I am familiar with Greek mythology from middle school and of course, from the Percy Jackson series. So, I’m a little familiar with the basic characters involved, and I do remember most of the stories, but the details may be a little sketchy. It doesn’t matter how familiar (or not) you are with Greek mythology, Chris’ story plunges you into the world of Zeus (or Spruce as Poseidon calls him — something that still makes me chuckle every time I read it), and does it without a lot of explaining. That I loved. One of the things that frustrates me as a reader, and especially in the fantasy genre, is the inevitable setting of the scene with a lot of detailed telling (think Tolkein, which I am still struggling to read). I like to be plunked into the action of the story, and then work out the details of the setting, characters, etc. Chris does that and does it well by putting us into what is possibly Zeus’ worst day ever as the son of a goat farmer.
He soon finds himself whisked away to Mount Olympus prep school (officially Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia), and what we have is reminiscent of the first time we all read about Hogwarts. Zeus discovers a world of academia like he’s never seen before, and students like he’s never met before. Through Zeus’ eyes, we explore this new world filled with new academic pursuits like Shapeshifting class. Not to worry, those of us who enjoy tension in a plot, there is a rival school, and what we get there is a well balanced plot between revenge for his mother and a mystery of his actual parentage. You will definitely be entertained as you turn pages to discover what happens next.
As the first book in a series, this sets up the world, characters and conflict nicely, and you will definitely want more of Zeus’ adventures by the time you turn that last page.
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Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.
After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and
earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.