Nearly five hundred years later, Anthony Kensom lives in the nation of Athens with his aunt and his domineering grandmother. The early loss of his parents, and his struggles since have made him an outcast, and angry at the gods who have let him suffer. An incident at school leads him into the Athenian Army, where outcasts thrive, and Anthony finds his true calling as a commander and strategist. Thrust through the ranks by skill and by fortune, he leads the soldiers of Athens into the glorified bloodsport they now call war.
But his new glory is short lived. Anti-Olympia rebels known as Faithless seek to undermine him for their own purposes, using his past in an attempt to turn him against the gods. Olympia is a cage, they protest, and the more Anthony fights against their message, the more he begins to see the chains that keep him shackled.
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite I just love new stories built around Greek mythology. Greek mythology gave me so many hours of pleasurable reading as a kid and I appreciate that. I have read a lot of Greek mythology. I mean the original tales from Greek history and religion. I have read even more stories that are based on Greek mythology or some of its characters. There are so many ways you can transmute these tales and these characters into something totally new and fresh. A lot of writers have done this. Some have done it really well and made a lot of money. I have read these stories and/or seen them on the big screen. I have never seen or read Greek mythology based fiction done better than Olympia by Kris Kramer, except for a book I read by Dan Simmons, a long time ago. Dan Simmons writes really well. Stephen King says so. I say Kris Kramer writes well too. I was in when I read the title. I will stay in because Olympia is a great book. It is book one of a series called Olympus. I intend to follow this series. I know I will enjoy it. The story is interesting. The writing is good, and this world is intriguing. But most of all, I like Anthony Kensom. He is my kind of hero. He is young, but has been hardened by a rough life. This has made him strong and smart, but it has not made him bitter or callous. The story is great. The writing is great, and the hero is great. What more could you ask for?