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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.