Havoc Rising

Havoc Rising

by Brian S. Leon


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Eternal life. Eternal battle.

Steve-Diomedes Tydides to his Trojan War buddies-just had a bad day on his charter fishing boat in San Diego, but when the goddess Athena calls on her faithful warrior for another secret mission, he's ready. The bomb that exploded inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art isn't the crime American authorities think it is. Someone also stole the Cup of Jamshid, and Diomedes knows its fortune-telling abilities won't be used for anything benign.

Though Diomedes recovers the Cup from a determined shaman holed up beneath Central Park, when he finds his allies slain and the Cup taken once more, he knows he's up against a truly powerful enemy. Over a millennium has passed since Diomedes last contended with Medea of Colchis, deranged wife of Jason the Argonaut, but neither her madness nor her devotion to Hecate, goddess of witchcraft, has waned, and she intends to use the Cup of Jamshid to release across the world a dark brand of chaos unseen in human history.

Immortal since the Trojan War, Diomedes must once again fight for mortals he understands less and less, against a divine evil he may never truly defeat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940215471
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Brian S. Leon is truly a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. He began writing in order to do something with all the useless degrees, knowledge, and skills-most of which have no practical application in civilized society-he accumulated over the years.

His varied interests include, most notably, mythology of all kinds and fishing, and he has spent time in jungles and museums all over the world, studying and oceans and seas across the globe chasing fish, sometimes even catching them. He has also spent time in various locations around the world doing other things that may or may not have ever happened.

Inspired by stories of classical masters like Homer and Jules Verne, as well as modern writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, David Morrell, and Jim Butcher, combined with an inordinate amount of free time, Mr. Leon finally decided to come up with tales of his own.

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Havoc Rising 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite In Havoc Rising by Brian S. Leon, we see how ancient mythologies are mingling with modern day life. Diomedes Tydides, or Steve to the modern world, is not an ordinary man. After the Trojan War, Diomedes was given immortality and now he is living in modern America among the people who have no idea what is going around them. When Athena, the goddess of war, asks him for a new mission, he is ready to get back on the saddle. A bomb exploding in the Metropolitan Museum of Art shakes everyone, but the crime is not what the human authorities think it is. The Cup of Jamshid was stolen and Diomedes knows that the object is powerful enough that no one with good intentions will steal it. He finds the cup beneath Central Park and retrieves it from the clutches of a Shaman, but soon the Cup is stolen again, and this time his allies are killed in the process too. With an adversary so big and powerful, Diomedes has to work stealthily and efficiently. One misstep and he will be responsible for a catastrophe so big, no one will survive. Havoc Rising is everything a mythological fan dreams of. Brian S. Leon has written a fantastic work of fiction where he meshes the modern world and ancient Greek mythology perfectly. The dialogues were always in sync, the characters were strong and resilient, the flow of the novel was smooth and, of course, the suspense was always there to keep the reader reading on. The writing was crisp and very entertaining. Diomedes worked like a hero and felt like a hero. I feel that this is a stellar novel that will do wonderfully and make its mark. I hope there will be more novels in the series!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Havoc Rising is a modern day fantasy novel by author Brian S. Leon. Building on the popular trope of Grecian gods existing in secret in the modern day, our hero of old is Steve, but his true name is Diomedes, famed warrior of the Trojan War and countless other battles. Ancient concepts of witchcraft worshippers and powerful magical items are re-used in the modern day United States, when mad Medea, wife of a certain fabled Argonaut, gets her hands on the Cup of Jamshid, an artifice used to foresee the future. Diomedes is a somewhat jaded warrior in a complex modern world, but he knows that he must retrieve the cup if the mortal race is to go on living peacefully. San Diego and New York City take on dizzying new perspectives as Brian S. Leon populates them with not only Greek gods, but magical beings from a variety of intriguing and interconnecting myths. It took me a little while to come to terms with Steve as a central hero, who seems so out of place in the modern world, but I found his battle tactics to be pleasingly relevant. The action in general in the book is very well described and will appeal to readers who enjoy a good gritty fight, and the further you read into Diomedes’ story and his ancient past, the more cohesive the book becomes. Overall, I’d say Havoc Rising has a place on the reading list of every action and fantasy fan looking for a new twist on gods and warriors.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
The Greek pantheon is still around, working from the shadows, and trying to serve and protect humanity. Havoc Rising is a pretty damn good book for what appears to be a freshman effort by Brian S. Leon. I’ve been a big fan of Greek mythology since I was a kid, and I love it when the mythic characters show up in my fiction. Leon went a bit further than the Greek pantheon, however, taking his protagonist from the pages of The Iliad and adding a dash of Celtic fae. I really enjoyed all the characters: the humans, Sarah, Geek, and Frigate; and the immortals, Athena, Abraxos, Duma, and Ned. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Metis foundation, a charitable and world-influencing foundation run by Athena for the protection and betterment of humanity. My one issue was that the battle at the end of the book seemed to go on a while. It felt as if Diomedes could have struck immediately, but instead he waited around for Medea’s guards to gather and the opposing forces to grow. Now, I believe Diomedes was under some mental spell at the time which could have affected his actions, and I admit I was reading late into the night (I didn’t want to put the book down in the middle of the big battle!), so my recollection could be colored by tiredness. I’ll have to give it a second read to be sure. :) Overall, Havoc Rising is a really good book. I certainly recommend it to fans of urban fantasy and Greek mythology. I’m looking forward to the next installment in the Guardian Chronicles.
MaureensBooks More than 1 year ago
In ‘Havoc Rising’ we meet Diomedis Tydides or Steve Dore as he is called now. Diomedis is thousands of years old and he is what they call a Guardian. Years ago he received immortality and power from the goddess Athena, in exchange for acting on her behalf in all matters pertaining to the protection of humankind. And he is really good in his job. So when a supposedly terrorist attic leads to the disappearance of the Cup of Jamshid, Diomedis is send to do his job and find the cup. But soon things get more and more complicated when a lot of strong and evil beings start to work against him. And when Diomedis finds out all this evil is the work of Medea of Colchis, deranged wife of Jason the Argonaut, a very evil witch, this soon becomes a matter of saving the entire world. To be honest I just can’t imagine why I thought this book wouldn’t be a book for me. From the moment I started reading this book, I just couldn’t stop anymore. When I read the book description I honestly thought this book would take place in some ancient world.. but this book takes place in the modern time and it’s so exciting and fun to read. The author really created an exciting and interesting world which I loved to get to know. The main character Diomedis has lived for thousands of years, but he really is a normal guy. At least that is what he thinks of himself. Diomedis fights to protect humankind, but he also is just a man. And I really loved that about his character. In ‘Havoc Rising’ we really get a glimpse of what is going on in Diomedis mind. He is a fighter but he also is a really kind guy. When he meets a mortal woman called Sarah, he really just feels like every other man out there. But the thing is that even though he really wants to… he isn’t really ‘normal’. We really get to see his struggles. ‘Havoc Rising’ is an extremely well written book. There are many different creatures in this book like Zombiis, Golems, Witches etc. but somehow you don’t feel like this is impossible and too much. I loved getting to know little ins and outs about these creatures. There is also a lot of action filled and thrilling moments in this book. I really couldn’t stop reading this book because I just wanted to know how it would end and if everyone would survive. Yep.. this book is the perfect example that you really need to get out of your comfort zone sometimes. Although I didn’t expect this at all I really really loved this book and all its characters. I really hope there will be more books about Diomedis and his world.