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Library Journal Science Fiction/Fantasy Debut of the Month (April 2013)

 

Reimagining the Greek Gods of Olympus and placing them on modern Earth, this urban fantasy novel focuses on Plato Jones, who, after a stint with the Olympic Bureau of Investigation, is through with the Gods and their political games. While at first glance the Gods of Olympus are as different from one another as salt is from sugar, and despite their bickering, they share a universal bond, a thread of ...

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Overview


Library Journal Science Fiction/Fantasy Debut of the Month (April 2013)

 

Reimagining the Greek Gods of Olympus and placing them on modern Earth, this urban fantasy novel focuses on Plato Jones, who, after a stint with the Olympic Bureau of Investigation, is through with the Gods and their political games. While at first glance the Gods of Olympus are as different from one another as salt is from sugar, and despite their bickering, they share a universal bond, a thread of commonality that unites them: they’re all jerks. Against Plato’s protests, he’s drawn into a murder investigation where the murderer’s targets are the Gods themselves. Plato has cracked some tough cases: exposing cheating spouses, capturing treasonous heretics, and hunting three-headed dogs, but this time he’s in over his head. How can he solve a crime that’s impossible to commit? And what chance does Plato—a mere mortal—have against something powerful enough to kill a God?

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Plato Jones, formerly of the Olympus Bureau of Investigation, now works as a PI in New Olympia. His clients are both mortals and immortals, though Jones—himself a mortal— prefers human foibles to the petty grievances of the gods. Still, when he receives a "request" from Zeus, Jones finds it difficult to refuse. Someone is killing the gods, and Zeus wants the killer found before the deaths become public knowledge. As the detective threads his way among feuding gods, attempted assassinations, and a seduction or two, he begins to see a pattern and realizes that someone is targeting him as well. In Warren's first novel mortals and immortals mix and one man dares to fight for rule by law. Jones is a likable character with a ready quip and the courage to speak his mind, even to a god. VERDICT Fans of Greek mythology, urban fantasy fans, and followers of Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Dark Hunter" novels should find something pleasing in this quirky blend of fantasy and noir detective story.
Kirkus Reviews
When the gods of Olympus need a discreet private eye, they call Plato Jones. Rancher Nicolas Parker would like to hire Plato, whose world is modern but ruled by the gods of Olympus, to track down the rustler who has stolen one of his finest gorgons (bad-tempered livestock). On a self-imposed hiatus after some unspecified trouble while working for Zeus and his family, Plato is very picky about which cases he'll take. And gorgons are nasty. So, he turns Parker down. Similarly, he rejects Hermes' request to probe the death of an unnamed goddess. Instead, Plato does uncomfortable stakeouts for disgruntled spouses. His personal life is likewise unrewarding. His ex-wife, Alexis, has called with the surprisingly devastating news that she's getting remarried, and his mother, who calls him PJ, wants him to cart away his stuff to make room for her new lover, James. And Plato makes the mistake of crossing the line with Bellanca, an attractive female client. So he may be feeling particularly vulnerable when Hermes returns with another request concerning Hephaestus, "The Smith God," who's been found murdered at his estate. This time, Plato accepts the challenge and is plunged into all the outrageous family dysfunction that he, perhaps wisely, had previously escaped. In his debut novel, Warren's prose is appropriately cheeky. But his many clever conventions and inventions consistently overshadow the awkwardly structured plot. Here's hoping he can improve on his puzzles while Plato and his quirkily mashed-up world continue to delight us.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939452061
  • Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2013
  • Series: Plato Jones
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 658,414
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert B. Warren holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama and is the author of the Plato Jones series. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

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    Any food in the worlds. All of them.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Plato Jones is a former OBI(Olympus Bureau of Investigation) off

    Plato Jones is a former OBI(Olympus Bureau of Investigation) officer and now private investigator. The God Hermes shows up at Plato's office demanding that Plato work a case for the Gods. Someone is killing gods and goddesses. Plato flatly refuses to take the case and Hermes says this isn't the last you'll hear from us. Plato's case about missing gorgon takes an interesting twist that leads directly into the murdered gods and goddesses. Plato's best friend is Demigod Hercules(Herc) is worried that his wife Hebe will be next and wants to hire Plato. Who is responsible for gods and goddesses deaths? Will Plato take the case? Your answers await you in Murder on Olympus.

    I found this book completely fascinating because I love mythology. This is kinda what would the world be like if the gods, goddesses, and demigods actually existed. I loved the mystery and suspense woven through out the whole book. I liked Plato's stance against not working with the gods and goddesses again after the last time. I had to laugh at Plato's ex-wife Alexis because she really was kind of transparent in her desires and feelings towards Plato. I will definitely be on the lookout for more books in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    This book is exceptional, a must read!

    This book is exceptional, a must read!

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

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    Someone or something is killing the children of Zeus and Hera, a

    Someone or something is killing the children of Zeus and Hera, and finding the truth requires our hero, Plato Jones, Private Investigator to delicately dance with notoriously techy and arrogant Gods.   Robert Warren has penned a super start to a fun series that will delight readers of mysteries! Plato Jones, Private Investigator, used to work for the government’s super specialized investigative agency. After leaving over a disagreement with policy decisions, he is struggling to make ends meet with his barely-solvent private investigative services for public hire.  A rather smart-mouthed, wisecracking character who defines himself as a larger and hairier version of a rat, pointy nose, sticky out teeth and ears: his self-deprecation and speak first think later attitude is as endearing to a reader as it is dangerous for him. 




    With Hercules as a best friend, Hermes as a boss, Aries as a self-proclaimed partner and repeated assassination attempts, close-mouthed witnesses, a gorgon and an ex-wife who won’t be happy unless or until he begs her to take him back, this story has multiple elements that all weave together into a well thought out and plotted book. 




    The author also used his chapter breaks with a great deal of cleverness: each chapter is quick and brief, and appears to follow a simple plot-point formula. This format does give the reader a sense that each chapter provides a finished step toward the conclusion, and the chapters do just fly by, as this book was incredibly difficult to put down.  




    A series of twists that explore several avenues and provide a long list of potential suspects, several showdowns that range from uncomfortable to deadly, never ending wisecracks from Plato and a few odd situations added to the mix – this is a story that was both fun AND entertaining to read, with a distinct voice and style provided by the author.  As the first of a prospective series – this is a wonderful start. 




    I received an eBook from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review for I am, Indeed.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.  

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    A good mystery with a dose of wry humor

    A good mystery with a dose of wry humor

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