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Posted November 28, 2012
Creative storyline with an inventive twist...
...which may appeal to YA readers wanting a dash of futuristic/sci-fi with a serving of Greek mythology.
Set in the not-too-distant future, ZEUS, INC. has an agreeable plot which moves at a satisfying pace. The world-building could have been more substantial but then again, the similarity to present times (with only certain things "teched up") enables the reader to focus more on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Zeus, Inc.'s CEO, Joseph Brentwood.
However, this book wasn't for me. When I read a mystery or suspense novel, I want to run alongside the main character or even better, run to catch up. While reading this book, I ended up waiting several pages for the character to catch up to me, slowing the book's pace considerably.
I also couldn't warm up to the main character, Alex Grosjean. Part of the problem was reconciling the story's overall timeline with the given facts (e.g., 50 years after a critical event and Alex's 80-year-old mother). But estimating Alex to be 35-40 years old didn't seem right because at various points, she acted and reacted as if much younger, and oftentimes, her sarcasm was not witty but meaningless. The story is told in the first person so unfortunately, every "master of the obvious" moment fell squarely on the character. Several times, her thinking and subsequent behaviour were in direct conflict so to leave me confused for a moment, and some of her interactions with later characters just weren't credible.
Finally, the character of Pip felt flat and given his secret, a bit...dare I say, wimpy? We barely learn anything about him or why he did or felt as he did, so he seemed like an extraneous character instead of Alex's partner in resolving the deteriorating situation. (And perhaps that was deliberate on the author's part.)
ZEUS, INC. utilizes Greek mythology in an interesting manner so I enjoyed that part of the story. But the book--and therefore, the storytelling--would have greatly benefited from a thorough editing and proofing job. The errors in basic grammar/punctuation and word usage, together with repetitive statements and glaring malapropisms, continually detracted from my ability to simply read and lose myself in the story. (I also thought that the author could have utilized italics more effectively, especially in lieu of capitalized letters, but that is a stylistic point.)
Given all of this, I wasn't invested in any of the characters or the mystery so the build-up and the ultimate resolution were anti-climatic. However, the story does end in an intriguing way and sets up nicely for the next book.
Disclosure: Copy provided by the author for an objective review.
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Posted December 23, 2013
Robin Burks has written a very unique and fun novel in ZEUS INC. Her heroine, Alex Grosjean, is a private investigator who is struggling to make ends meet taking jobs in the cheating husband realm. She lives with her cat Karma and her mother. One day, she receives a phone call from her best friend Aleisha Brentwood who reported that her father, the CEO of Zeus Inc., Joseph Brentwood, is missing. Robin's character Alex is a very strong female protagonist. Well developed, she is relatable to the reader because she suffers from the same circumstances as many people do. The time is 2069 and Mr. Brentwood has produced a company that provides unlimited energy for the entire world. So with the absence of Mr. Brentwood, the power is starting to
Alex's character is well developed and relatable to the reader because she suffers from the same issues as many people do. She is an everywoman. She deals with a past incident when she was a police officer that causes her great distress. She starts her investigation only to find out that those she is involved with are gods from Mt. Olympus. I truly did not expect this jump into Greek mythology but Ms. Burks makes the scenario quite believable and super fun.
The story is fast paced once it gets rolling. It is a mix between Nancy Drew and Ray Harryhausen. it is a fun story and fortunately, Robin has written a follow-up story called "The Curse Of Hekate," which starts exactly where Robin leaves off in Zeus. It is interesting how her character so accepts her circumstances of dealing with gods like Ares and Hera and ultimately Zeus as if it was an everyday occurrence yet she seems shell shocked by the whole thing.
I highly recommend this book to readers who love mythology, science fiction and mysteries. Be prepared to get lost in Robin Burks' story because it is a spellbinder. This book is truly a winner and Biting Dog Publications was lucky to sign her.
Posted September 11, 2012
Zeus, Inc. starts off as a futuristic private investigator story. As Alex investigates the disappearance of her best friend's father, she finds herself in over her head. I thought the supernatural twist was fantastic. There was one detail that was nagging at me at the end of the story, but maybe it will be clearer in the next book. I like Alex and I look forward to reading her further adventures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2012
Posted July 31, 2012
Zeus, Inc. was a rather intriguing first write by this author. Without giving away any of the plot points, I often found myself with my mouth hanging open. "Just what is going on here?" I often thought! The creativity with which she navigates the twists and turns felt smooth and conversations very often jive with a realistic feel to them. My only complaint was the lack of grandiose variety in formatting, but this is merely my personal taste.
In conclusion, I would like to wish Robin the best in her writing endeavors while encouraging you as the curious onlooker to step out of your comfort zone and take a walk on the wild side with Alex Grosjean!