When Solaris asked what I wanted to do next for them after The Age Of Ra, I straight away said two more Age Of (Fill In Name Of Heathen God Here) books.  Zeus is a flat-out action-adventure effort.  There’s power armour, monsters galore, violence, intrigue, deception, betrayal, violence, Australian swearing, punning porn movie titles … did I mention violence? 

Click here to read an extract, the prologue of the novel. 

Reviews:  

  • “This mix of mythology and science fiction isn’t a natural one at first glance, but Lovegrove pulls it off with aplomb.  A good, enjoyable romp with plenty of bang for its buck. The prose is solid … and there is a smattering of humour to keep things bubbling along.  A fun read that doesn’t get bogged down with technology or lengthy paragraphs of exposition” Total Sci-Fi
  • “A barking mad fusion of Andy McNab and Ray Harryhausen … a rollicking page-turner, crammed with violence, lurid plot twists and mythic monster-battling adventure.  The plot moves like a bullet … energetic and entertaining stuff” SFX
  • “What kept me reading was the characters. I cared what happened to them and some surprising people got killed, especially early on. I even felt sorry for the Minotaur. It is this characterisation that is the book’s strength … One of those books that I have no regrets about reading … A fine book, a thumping good read and well worth the money.” The Hub
  • “The second book of the Pantheon trilogy sees the Greek gods imposing their hegemony on contemporary Earth, bringing stability and peace but also wreaking terrible revenge on those who oppose their rule. Samantha Akehurst, an ex-cop with a tragic past, and 10 others with their own reasons to hate the regime of the gods, are brought together by billionaire weapons tycoon Regis Landesman to kill the gods and their monsters. Nothing, however, is quite as it seems, and this huge novel, almost 700 pages long, expertly unpicks the motivations of both Landesman and the gods. It’s a compulsive, breakneck read by a master of the craft, with stunning action sequences and acute character observations. This is the kind of complex, action-oriented SF Dan Brown would write if Dan Brown could write.” The Guardian
  • “The technology of the armored suits, weapons and related paraphernalia is extremely well done too and counterpoints very well with the Olympians’ powers and their creatures’ abilities which all are described in a scientific way despite the seeming supernatural involved in them.  And the action is just unbelievably good, keeping the reader on his/her edge of the seat so to speak; the monster hunts and later the direct fights with the Gods are the highlights of the book, while the humor and the jibes balance the tension well – though the explicit titles of mythporn movies that are used as cover against the all-seeing Argus who is now the “global moderator” of the world are not for the easily offended.” Fantasy Book Critic
  • The Age of Zeus is fun, entertaining and endlessly explosive. It is a fantasy in the sense that it is a daydream let loose on paper. Very readable and very enjoyable.” Pornokitsch
  • FIVE STARS! A brilliant combination of modern warfare and Greek mythology. Though the synopsis has the sound of Fantasy, believe me when I say this is Science Fiction. One must read the entire story to fully understand my meaning. Author James Lovegrove’s writing style is intense. His plot is creative, impressive, and could almost be called noble – no matter which side of the battle line the reader may mentally stand on. Lovegrove is on his way to greatness.” Huntress Reviews

61 Responses to “The Age Of Zeus”

  1. Trent Lovecraft says:

    True, would be a shame to have you crucified, literally, for offending some fundamentalist with too much time, wood and nails.

    And whatever you do, I think I would recommend staying away from Age of Allah or Mohammed that could and would most likely turn into a rather nasty experience. Though you could join some other well known authors who have welcomed the wrath of clerics in need of a real hobby.

    Personally, selfish as it may be, I would prefer you avoid being the target of a fatah as it would seriously reduce my future reading list.

    Thanks and while you like my name grade school brats really loved it too growing up. Kids can be cruel and usually are. lol.

  2. Mitchell says:

    So this is similar to Age of Ra in which the Greek Gods have defeated/slain all other gods?

    If so, does the same go for Age of Odin (with Norse Gods), Age of Aztec (with Mesoamerican Gods) and Age of Voodoo (with African Gods)?

  3. James says:

    No, each book is different from the others in that respect. I vary the way the gods are presented and how they’ve affected the world. In Odin, they’re played pretty straight as the Norse pantheon of the sagas. In Aztec, it’s more about the religion than the gods themselves. In Voodoo, it’s more or less our world, but the gods manifest through people. In Zeus, the gods are like a team of supervillains… but there’s a bit more to them than that, which I won’t reveal for fear of spoilers.

  4. Ray says:

    James:

    Another great book with the Age of Voodoo. Your ability to distill myths and create a submersive alternative reality is quite amazing.

    If I may, I have 2 quick questions:
    What in your background makes you such a tremendous science writer? You cover complex topics and explain them in 2 paragraphs or less.

    In 10 years, when you go to pitch Redlaw as a series of movies, please pitch Daniel Craig as Redlaw. In 10 years, he would be perfect (and hopefully, you will have written another 3-4 Redlaw books).

    Looking forward to the new Holmes book (and I am not a Holmes fan).

  5. James says:

    Ray, I have to confess that I was a very poor science student at school. It was the one subject that I really did badly in. I can, however, grasp a few basic scientific concepts and condense them down into something that makes sense, at least to me. The internet is a magnificent research tool for that. But my main criterion is not to get too bogged down in the technical details. I’m not that kind of SF author. I use enough jargon to make the story work and to add authenticity, but not so much of it that it slows things down.

    Daniel Craig is a great suggestion to play Redlaw. In ten years’ time he’ll be tired of all this James Bond nonsense and looking to play a different hard-man role. Ray Winstone could do it, too, although I’d prefer it if he lost some weight first. Redlaw’s gaunt, not stocky.

    I’m sure you’ll like the Holmes novel. It’s not a typical, straight Holmes story, so hopefully you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the character (though I am) to enjoy it.

  6. Tim Wolfgang Clark says:

    Hi James, Tim again.

    I wanted to tell you something important that you might perhaps like. I’m currently on a university digital animation and one of my projects I’m doing is called ‘Title Sequence’. For this project, I’ve chosen to do the title sequence of ‘The Age of Zeus’ book, because I couldn’t think of any other book that was great as yours. I don’t know how in what way the title opening should be like, perhaps in the Saul Bass style maybe? Anyway I wanted to let you know because I wanted to notify you first before making it, I mean otherwise I’m afraid you’d brand me as stealing your idea and ban me from reading your great books ^^;

    Hope I get your blessings on making this, hopefully it won’t be crap as it would be made in Flash ^^;

    Good luck on your current working novels (especially the Age of Shiva) for the future James.

    From Tim.

  7. James says:

    Hi, Tim. I have to say, that sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to see the results. Please let me know when it’s done. Maybe I could put a link to it here, if that’s possible…? Even if not, I wish you well with it.

    A Saul Bass pastiche would be terrific. Or maybe you could do something that pays homage to Ray Harryhausen. He, after all, made mythology, especially Greek mythology, really come alive for millions of people, including me. (Hence I namechecked him with one of the characters in the novel.) Is it easy to mimic stop-frame animation digitally?

    Have I mentioned that I want to see this thing done? Get on with it, sir!

  8. Chris says:

    This was an amazing read! I have to say it was the first time I came across your novels, but I was most happy I took the time to read it. Very well written with an excellent plot. I look forward to reading all of your novels!!! Keep them coming.

  9. James says:

    Thanks, Chris. You keep reading ‘em, I’ll keep ‘em coming!

  10. Chris says:

    Thank you James. My Wife just picked up Age of Ra and Odin for me! That might keep me busy for a week :) I will be sure and post my thoughts, but after 4 chapters or Ra I am in heaven.

    Than you for all of your amazing work.

    Merry X-Mas

    Chris

  11. James says:

    You’re welcome, Chris. Thanks for buying them. Actually, I should be thanking your wife, who clearly is a candidate for Wife of the Year.

    Happy Christmas to you too!

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