Synopsis: Greek gods (Zeus, Apollo, Hades, etc.) return to the world and take it over, claiming to be restorers of peace and order. Nations are cutting defense spending, while increasing education and science funding. Crime is at an all time low and nations no longer war with each other. But the gods are tyrannical, genocidal despots, slaughtering all opposition, peaceful or not, to their rule. A small group, aided by highpowered battlesuits and advanced weaponry, challenges these gods and their mythological monsters.
Age of Zeus is a pretty straight forward story. There aren't to many twists and turns and the one's that are there aren't terribly surprising. And the moralizing that occurs in a couple parts of it is just plain irritating.
Our protagonist is Sam Akehurst, who as a character is well developed, but she's probably the only character that gets that treatment. The rest of the cast is mostly just glossed over. Little details are given to several of them, but most of them just felt underdeveloped.
The other thing I'd complain about are the little details. Lovegrove probably could have spent a little more time consulting with a military specialist about some this stuff. Sam leads the group, but she never really feels like a leader for example. The character Landesman is the bankroll, the money, for the groups operations and throughout the book he gives most of the orders. There are other details that are irksome too. Like don't sleep with your teammates.
I would have also liked to see a little more focus on the tech. Thee battlesuits were cool, but they too felt a little glossed over.
To sum it up this could have been a really epic book with a great premise, but it left me feeling a little underdone.
General and epic rating both: ***