Mythbreaker (Gods and Monsters) by Stephen Blackmoore

godsandmonstersMythbreaker (Gods and Monsters) by Stephen Blackmoore (Abaddon, Dec. 2014)-Louie “Fitz” Fitzsimmons has been hearing voices all of his life, and it’s landed him in more than one hospital and mental facility, but he’s finally got a gameplan. With a bankroll of millions stolen from his boss, a failed record producer turned drug dealer named Blake Kaplan, he plans to finally get away, not only from the criminal life, but, hopefully, from the voices and hallucinations that have plagued him for so long. When a vision hits him at a really inopportune time, he ends up in the hospital, handcuffed to his bed, with a goddess of the hunt out to get him. Medeina is a force to be reckoned with, but she’s nothing compared to the awesome and terrifying angel Zaphiel, who pulls her strings (for now.) Medeina is willing to kill to get to Fitz, and kill she does. The hospital becomes a charnal house, but Fitz manages to escape with the help of Amanda, who seems to be everywhere at once. And it’s here that the real fun begins.

Mythbreaker is like It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World on crack, with a twist of PCP. It’s a chase book, and a clever one. Fitz soon finds out that he’s a Chronicler (aka, a prophet), and every god or godlike thing in existence wants him to tell their story, because their time is coming to an end. People just don’t believe in them anymore, and irrelevance is a looming horror on the horizon for creatures once great, but now waning. Blackmoore combines his trademark black humor with nonstop, explosive action, and Amanda is a wonderful creation, as is Medeina. Yep, the one that slaughtered a bunch of innocents to get at Fitz in the hospital. She wasn’t always an indiscriminate killer, and her backstory, and present story (which includes Fitz’s good friend Samantha, a former MMA fighter), is quite fascinating, and strangely poignant. But this is the kind of thing Stephen Blackmoore does really, really well. He manages to set very (very) flawed, but utterly likeable, characters among cinematic action, and make it so much more than just a quick, fun read. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun read, but it’s so very much more than that, and it’s chock full of fun god mythology and Zaphiel is…terrifying, although he may have met his match in the fantastic Amanda (I’m gonna let you discover what makes her wonderful on your own.)

Lest I lead you to think that the supporting characters steal the show, Fitz really comes into his own and is forced to put his big boy pants on and come to the sometimes painful realization that it’s not all about him. It’s a process, but one that he must go through doubletime in order to avoid epic disaster. Mythbreaker isn’t just about gods. It’s about destiny, free will, and some sneaky commentary on the state of humanity, all rolled up into a very fast paced, unputdownable read.

My only complaint is that it ended.

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