Book Review The Goddess and The Great Beast

November 6, 2013 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

TG&TGBeyesslim2Title: The Goddess and the Great Beast

Author: Adrian Gross

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Purchase: Amazon

1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.

Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.

Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?

Or eternal bliss?

Can he save himself?

Does he even want to be saved?

And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?

I had no idea what to expect when I began reading “The Goddess and The Great Beast”, but I certainly didn’t expect the book to be so well-written, so refreshing and original.

Vivian is a British soldier in Baghdad in 1942. He spends most of his time doing menial work, or being bored out of his mind, since the war hasn’t really gotten to Baghdad yet. He’s become acquainted with a smuggler named Farouk, who is apparently a practitioner of an ancient Babylonian religion. Vivian asks Farouk to take him along to an ancient Babylonian ritual, and Farouk agrees. After drinking a strong elixir, Vivian has a vision / hallucination of the Babylonian Goddess.

After the ritual, he’s obsessesed to participate in another one. But this time, the goddess may be looking for more from him than he’s willing to give. Feeling like his life is at stake, Vivian fleds the scene. Unfortunately, the goddess won’t let him go – he continues to feel her suppressing presence, even after he’s left the country, even after the war. Will he be able to survive what the goddess wants from him?

The story was original, refreshing, and I loved the addition of the ancient Babylonian religion, the exotic culture of Baghdad, and the historical setting of World War II and after. The writing style was kind of poetic and descriptive, but it worked well, and there were some descriptions in there that were true gems.

Vivian was an interesting character. He was far from perfect, and his flaws made him stand out from the others.

The author obviously has a lot of talent. I enjoyed reading this book, and I’m eager to read more books by this author.

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