Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure

Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure

by Michael G. Munz


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Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure by Michael G. Munz


You probably saw the press conference. Nine months ago, Zeus's murder catapulted the Greek gods back into public life. Now the whole pantheon revels in new temples, casinos, and media empires-except Apollo. An overachiever with a bursting portfolio of godly duties, the amount of email alone he receives from rapacious mortals turns each day into a living hell.

Yet there may be hope, if only he can return Zeus to life! With the aid of Thalia, the muse of comedy and science fiction, Apollo will risk his very godhood to help sarcastic TV producer Tracy Wallace and a gamer-geek named Leif-two mortals who hold the key to Zeus's resurrection. (Well, probably. Prophecies are tricky buggers.)

Yet whoever murdered Zeus will certainly kill again to prevent his return. Can Apollo escape the murderer when he doesn't even know who they are? Can he do it before the muse gets cranky? Do the venomous bat-winged kittens terrorizing Nevada have anything to do with anything?

If you like comedy in your mythology, and mythology in your reality, grab this epic fantasy where reality TV heroes slay monsters and the gods have their own Twitter feeds. It's Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure!

Bronze Medalist: 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards
Finalist: 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997762242
Publisher: Red Muse Press
Publication date: 07/21/2014
Pages: 444
Sales rank: 1,051,948
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite The Greek gods have returned to the public eye, prompted by the death of Zeus. What? That's right, the king of the gods, Zeus, is dead and the rest of the gods have come back into view to be worshiped and given their due once again. Only Apollo seems to be troubled by this strange turn of events and he is determined to discover who actually killed Zeus and do something about it. When Apollo has a vision of a human, he feels that this person is key to the answers he needs. So Apollo and the Muses track down out-of-work online gambler Lief Karlson, who ends up paired with TV producer Tracy Wallace. Together with Apollo and the Muses, they must uncover what really happened to Zeus and who was behind it, all while staying one step ahead of Ares and Athena, who are out to get rid of the mortals before they can complete their mission. Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure is Michael G. Munz's comic look at the adventure that takes place. Zeus is Dead may build on the current popular trend of stories about the Greek gods, but it is not what you are expecting. This is a comical and hilarious look at the Greek gods, at mortals, and the adventure they all undertake together and against each other. So many lines in this book will have you literally rolling on the floor with laughter! Michael G. Munz has created a book that, while trending popularly, is different and exciting. It is a great read for pre-teens on up through older adults! Older adults will understand some of the references better than younger readers, which makes it an awesome family fun read! Share it with a kid today!
SeaGeek More than 1 year ago
I had an incredibly fun time reading Zeus is Dead. The humor and the Greek gods' personalities were very well rounded. It is a very big page count of a book for a humorous story, but Munz keeps the reader entertained. The book reminds me of Good Omens (by Pratchett & Gaiman), very funny and irreverent. The storyteller is a character themselves, taking shots at the characters and winking at the reader. If you're a fan of Christopher Moore, Good Omens or just need a break from serious fiction, pick Zeus Is Dead up.
IvanS More than 1 year ago
Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure: To sum it up - This was an amazing read! The story, the narrative, the character development, all were, so well done and thorough while managing to keep the reading so lithe and casual that you just don't realise that you have been reading for the past few hours and are going to be late for work! I was amazed by the unique take on the personalities and characters of the Greek Pantheon, and even after the first few chapters you can see that everything was so well thought-out that it aligns beautifully with the whole theme of the book. By far the most funny things in the book in my opinion were the depictions of the Erinyes and the Fates! But that is not to say that there were no serious or otherwise great depictions of other Mythological characters and creatures. All in all if you like Mythology, good humour and a hearty laugh to pass the time, I would definitely recommend to give this book a go!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining read, if a bit silly, not quite on par with Douglas Adams, but then again, who is?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If yiu enjoy Christopher Moore this book is for you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the twist on the Greek gods. A very fun and enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me smile and even chuckle a few times. Nice lighr fun read.
ylekiote More than 1 year ago
Quite an enjoyable book. I guess the one best word to describe this book is "zany". There are several absolutely laugh out loud moments in the book. Well worth reading.
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randomreaderCT More than 1 year ago
a fun read, entertaining for an adult, clean enough to share with a pre-teen.  
ChristinaBoyd More than 1 year ago
Humorous and the characters come alive on the page! My son is a rabid Rick Riordan fan. Has been since elementary school. Now that he is in high school, when I came across ZEUS IS DEAD by Michael Munz, I ordered it for him. Though not a YA book, I understood it to be acceptable for a more mature teen reader. And any book that encourages thoughtful discussion is encouraged in this house. The following is his review: Though not necessarily a teen book, I was totally engaged from the beginning. The author, Michael Munz, has great humor and his characters are alive on the page. Author Rick Riordan got me interested in Greek Mythology and that fan fiction—and so reading this book was definitely my thing. It was a bit distracting to read the foul language. I didn’t think it really was necessary to the story but then maybe it’s just because I am not used to reading it in my usual books. Still, I look forward to more from this author. This was a great read. Solid Greek mythology in modern times. (4 stars for the writing, characters and story. Minus one for the unnecessary language.)
MatiRaine More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Note: For un-edited version of this review, feel free to visit my blog. Second note: If you're too lazy to view the unedited version, I'll give you a hint: I didn't say Alek. Review: If there is an award for being the most well-researched smart-alek, I think Michael G. Munz would take the prize. And I mean that with the most adoring and praise-inducing admiration I can manage. While I'll try not to polish the author's ego too much, this book quickly rose through my level of favorites with it's wit, geekiness, and careless disregard of the ever prevalent fourth walls; Zeus is Dead is clever, yet entertaining in a manner that made it hard to put down. If you like Greek Mythology, humor, and ridiculous plot lines common in stories like Monty Python or Space Balls, you might like this book. It may be a love it or hate it sort of project, but I thankfully was one of the former readers. Now that I've gushed a little bit, and possibly lost a few readers for using the term "smart-alek" in my review, I guess I should take some time to actually talk about the work. The first thing I should probably warn you is this is not a "linear" sort of story-line. If you want to go from point A to point B, this may not be the book for you. Part of the fun of this story is the careless side-trips we encounter along the way. One minute you're talking about the gods return to power, the next a clumsy, poorly trained ninja is tripping in the forest and being rewarded with glitter paper. While the main characters are important, so is some of the silly none-sense thrown in on the side. I'd liken some of the side-trips to the book Stardust; you never know what will turn out to be relevant later. This book works because it embraces the ridiculousness. Yet, there is still a story that carries you through it. There are a few moments of language and poking fun that happen that may offend a few readers, but it is a story involving Greek gods, so that may be a given in those aspects. To be honest, there were probably some jokes that went over my head at times, but I never felt to bogged down by them. It was fun, yet balanced, which is something that is pretty difficult to manage. I liked that the gods in this story were still "human" on many levels. They didn't feel fearfully overpowered, their misadventures kept me entertained, as well as their modern adaptions in comparison to their more historical counterparts. It really did bring a fresh twist to some old subject matter. And adorable kitten monsters of death. Can I keep one? This is one of those books that is less about the ending, and more about the journey along the way. I'm not sure I wanted to reach the end, to be honest. I was having a little too much fun giggling along the way.
TracyG-1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’m not going to even try to describe what happened in this book.  There was just way too much going on for me to do it justice.  This book was just okay for me.  I almost put it down at the 10% mark and walked away.  I was just way too confused by all the jumping around in those first few chapters.  I did keep reading, and I’m glad I did.  Once I hit about 50%, I had to keep reading just to find out how it all ended.  I did enjoy the little quirks the author threw in here and there, they made me chuckle.  The book was overly descriptive and seemed to last forever; it was not a quick read.  I found myself skimming in many places just to get to the next dialogue.  I hated the way Leif was belittled throughout the book.  He was my favorite character and they just kept putting him down.  Zeus is Dead was action-packed, well-written, and very descriptive.  While it wasn’t a great book for me, I did enjoy it and even find myself smiling when thinking about it.  Go ahead and take a chance on it, you may enjoy it.  3.5-Bombs Reviewed by Tracy
CrazyIdealist More than 1 year ago
This is a very unique book. Why? The author is unusually aggressive about breaking the “Fourth Wall” (aka, the separation between the reader and the characters/narrator). This enables a whole new kind of humor. It was very cheeky. For example, at one point the narration says (paraphrasing) “Intelligent readers may be wondering if this is all a devious trick! It may or may not be a devious trick. We won’t tell you. Of course, you may say... why bring this up at all if there is NO trickery involved? Maybe we just want to mess with you,” and so on. At another point, a character asks, “Hey, is this some sort of ‘abandon the younger protagonists to stand on their own for dramatic tension’ thing?” In this way, the book was simultaneously it’s own story and a commentary on the art of story-telling. I also learned about “the idiot ball,” from this book. Apparently when a story line is fueled by a character’s stupidity, nerds on the internet say, “That character was holding the idiot ball.” In this book, the idiot ball is a literal dangerous magical weapon, which characters plant on each other as a tactic. Overall the style reminded me of Terry Pratchett, only perhaps even wackier. The author is not afraid to shy from even the highest heights of absurdity. For example, there are deadly razor-winged kitten monsters (kind of funny) and because they’re white with red and blue wings, patriotic groups refuse to kill them even though they are a menace (extremely funny.) On a more serious note, about the book's themes. I like the idea of friendship, rather than love, as being a driving force of change and improvement in someone’s life. I also like the way the humans had the courage to define themselves as far more than the pawns which the gods considered them to be. The only thing I didn’t like about this book: I wasn’t too pleased with the characterization of the goddess Demeter. She was depicted as a doddering, kindly, senile old grandmother type, which helped along the humor... but wasn't true to my own mental picture of this goddess. The tale of Persephone is my favorite from all of mythology, and Demeter’s role in that story is anything but feeble and doddering. She brings winter upon the entire world in an outstanding and powerful demonstration of motherly love! Where's that Demeter, huh? However, in general, I enjoyed the character portraits of the gods, and how they were updated for the modern day (like Dionysius being a casino owner in Las Vegas.) I also loved the strong female protagonist in this book (It’s really easy to win my reader loyalty with a strong female protagonist.) Her badass reactions to sleazy men who hit on her, were especially hilarious and awesome to me. Read this book! If you have a good sense of humor and/or an interest in meta-exploration of the craft of writing, you will really enjoy it.
bkEwhiterabbit More than 1 year ago
This book is a romp through a modern world modified by the re-introduction of old-world gods, who are struggling to become more fashionably "modern." The central characters are delightfully flawed, sassy, and relatable, drawing you in to their adventure as they attempt to save what's left of the world. It's a quick read- one you can't put down, even though it's 2 am and giggling in bed next to your spouse is typically frowned upon when he has to get up earlier than you. Much like Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, or A Hitchhiker's Guide, the narrator is a character in the book, adding hilarious, run-on asides that will have you doubled over laughing. Even if you don't like Pratchett or Adams, there are still plenty of reasons to give this book a read- Greek Gods (what kid DIDN'T want Zeus to be their dad), monsters, reality TV, and geek culture references abound. Give it a shot- you won't be sorry.
CainSLatrani More than 1 year ago
To reduce the risk of cerebral hemorrhaging, please remain silent during the vision. These days, it often seems as if comedy is a grossly misunderstood genre. The clever wordplay of Abbot & Costello, the slick yet frantic visual jokes of Monty Python, and the absurd humor of Benny Hill have been replaced with over the top send ups of popular ideas, and basement budget attempts at quick one off fart jokes. Michael Munz fixes all of that with one of the funniest things I've ever read. When the Geek God Zeus is murdered, his edict of non-interaction with mortals goes up in smoke, allowing the Gods to return, hold a press conference, and start making the world a more interesting, or at least, less sane, place to live. Everything familiar about the world is turned on its ear as the Gods scramble to be worshiped again, with varying degrees of success. Cuddly balls of adorable horrifying death, monster hunting reality shows, secret ninja orders, rambling Muses, random abstract concepts, and more both aid and harry the last group of people you would ever want for heroes as they try to find out who killed Zeus, and save the world from imminent destruction at the hands of idiots. Ridiculous, hysterical, and strange, Zeus Is Dead is a wonderful read, both well written and imaginative. Hands down, one of the best books I've picked up in a long time.
MarySheetz More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! The Gods are back and their family dysfunction set against a modern backdrop is wonderful.  Watching the Gods struggle with the added responsibilities brought on by increased population and modern technology is fantastic.  We have Titans, Gods, demigods, the mortal children of Gods, Muses, Fates, Erinyes, monsters, and even some mortal humans with absolutely no genetic relationship to any Gods. Munz has a wonderful sense of humor and no fear of breaking the fourth wall. In fact sometimes he completely shatters it, usually resulting in outbursts of laughter on the part of the reader.  Be prepared for this if you are reading in public. The dialogue is snappy, irreverent, sometimes choleric and excellently written. Action scenes completely draw you in.  You’ll find yourself holding your breath waiting for what happens next.  The only thing wrong with this book is that it ends.  The characters are so real that you want to continue to hang out with them. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rockstar-esque Gods, ninjas, the sort of humor a child born of Monty Python and Terry Pratchett might have...  Munz balances storytelling and informative reading so well, a reader will find the book enjoyable whether they studied mythology or are a relative newcomer to Gods 101. The overall read is well paced with sections that'll make it hard to step away from the book. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Harry Harrison will likely enjoy this read. I especially enjoyed how the book wraps you in layers of it's immediate action, as the quotes and quips carry you along with the storyline.  Great read and I look forward to more from Munz!
Tomandtish More than 1 year ago
“Zeus is Dead” is an enjoyable read, and an irreverent fun look at how the Greek gods might handle the modern world. The humor is enjoyable and the characters are well-developed. The book avoids many well-established clichés (or calls shameless attention to them in a light-hearted manner). Interestingly, despite the humor, Munoz has done an excellent job (in my opinion) of actually capturing the true nature of the Greek gods. Capricious, vain, self-absorbed, this all comes through, but without sacrificing the tone of the book. One word of caution: Munoz does like to break the fourth wall on occasion…. Actually, let me rephrase that. His smashing of the fourth wall makes it look like Germany took it easy on Brazil in this year’s World Cup. While this added to the humor in many places, at times it was a little distracting (mostly because of the frequency), and is the only reason this isn’t a five star review. So if you’re a reader who doesn’t like being reminded that you are reading a book, this may not be the best fit for you. But if you like an enjoyable light read that makes you chuckle, this is well worth the time and money. Give it a try.
Cris_Meyers More than 1 year ago
The Olympian Gods have returned, and what's the first thing they do? Hold a press conference, of course! Zeus is Dead has just about everything you could want: ninjas, gods, heroes, the Idiot Ball, humor of just about every stripe, and cute little kitties (with razor sharp wings and a bad attitude). This is humor in the same vein as Pratchet and Gaiman's Good Omens: subtle tongue-in-cheek jabs to convention and parody lined with laugh-out-loud absurdities. You may need to have some level of geek knowledge to get the most out of Zeus is Dead's humor, but even if you've never heard of the term 'Idiot Ball' this book will leave you laughing. The dialogue can get a little samey as the story goes on, but it never fails to be entertaining. The story itself moves along at a good clip, never getting too bogged down in meaningless detail and throwing more than a few self-aware nods at itself along the way. It's a quick reading, wild ride and worth every word. If you're a fan of books like Good Omens, then you'll enjoy Zeus is Dead. It'll be a great addition to anyone's collection.