Today, I will be reviewing: Gamers and Gods: The Complete Trilogy by Matthew Kennedy.
About the Book
A hero from ancient Greece finds himself in a battle between pantheons for the future of Earth. Follow three generations of virtual demigods as they fight for our freedom. This series has it all: nobility, sacrifice, love, honor, courage, and hope. Incarnated as living software, heroes will strive in a virtual arena where love may be the most powerful weapon of all -- and the one that could give us our chance as a species to fulfill our destiny.
This book caught me completely by surprise because it mixed together a lot of different concepts and some really interesting ideas. Many of the descriptions, especially the fight scenes, felt like they could have been pulled straight out of a video game and made for really interesting passages in the book, but at the same time there was a lot of cool information dealing with Gods like Zeus, Hera, and many others.
Blending these together didn't really seem like a normal fit, but it didn't take me long to get into the book and realize I was definitely enjoying it. I finished in two sittings (the first book, at least) and was caught up in the clever dialogue and fun descriptions. The avatars, for example, became an interesting way of handling all of the interactions while simultaneously making tongue in cheek jokes about various video games and the stylistic design process of putting it all together.
The battle with Am-heh was a lot of fun near the end of the book, because it felt a like a mix between a huge battle taking place in a video game and also something like dungeons and dragons (Darla calls out for a perception buff, and then Aes casts Clearsight so that they can see the blob that is their enemy).
I'll give this book 4-Stars because it was wholly unique and quite interesting, but there were some parts the didn't quite live up as well and were lacking. It was a fun book to read, and I look forward to finishing the trilogy, but if you don't fall into the right audience this could be an awkward and confusing book.
About the Author
Matthew R. Kennedy (1956 - ) was born in West Point, NY -- which was odd, because his father was a Navy pilot. He received his BS in Physics from the University of Central Florida ... after co-inventing the Hypercube Loudspeaker (US Patent 4,231,446 "Resonating Chamber) while still an undergraduate.
After physics graduate school at FSU, he pursued a career in software. His work in Web Development and Active Server Pages has played a role at Sylvan (educate.com), where he developed Web pages for their international testing and certification scheduling, and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he worked with disease population statistics and medical scorecard pages to assist doctors in following clinical practice guidelines.