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The Age of Odin: Special Edition (The Pantheon Series) (original 2010; edition 2015)

by James Lovegrove (Author)

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Gideon Coxall was a good soldier but bad at everything else, until a roadside explosive device leaves him with one deaf ear and a British Army half-pension. So when he hears about the Valhalla Project, it's like a dream come true. They're recruiting former service personnel for excellent pay, no questions asked, to take part in unspecified combat operations.

The last thing Gid expects is to find himself fighting alongside ancient Viking gods. The world is in the grip of one of the worst winters it has ever known, and Ragnarok‚??the fabled final conflict of the Sagas‚??is looming… (more)

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Title:The Age of Odin: Special Edition (The Pantheon Series)
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Info:Solaris (2015), Edition: 2nd, 448 pages
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I enjoyed this book it had a really interesting twist on Norse mythology. It is really a stand alone book you don't need to read the others to get a complete story here. I found myself laughing and feeling sad at other times always good for a story to stir some emotions. ( )
  epazia | Sep 26, 2012 |
The story of Gideon "Gid" Coxall, modern-day berserker, is cinematic in feel and scope. He's no John McClane, but he aspires to be. Gid is an ex-soldier ready to volunteer for something, anything, to get him back in the action. What he finds is the Norse Gods facing down Ragnarok, with modern twists to very old stories. The twists taken with the Norse stories were sometimes genuinely surprising, but more often a fairly predictable modernization. The action is constant, bloody, and with enough death and gore to fulfill even the hungriest of action hounds. The language is crisp, macho, and occasionally too clever for it's own good - which fits Gid, the 1st person POV narrator.

My only source of annoyance, which is slightly silly given the genre, is that Gideon often acts as the Deus Ex Machina turning the plot. Very quickly he goes from unbelieving to barking orders, giving strategy and making military decision for Odin, and generally leading and turning the plot in ways that he, as a character, has not earned. It's very much like bits of the world-building, Gid's back-story, and the period between the build up and the war are missing.

It was a great book to pick up for some fun summer reading, especially in the heat because the setting is described in delicious, cold, detail.

(1/28/2012: edited because I found spelling errors) ( )
  storyjunkie | Jul 24, 2011 |
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If it's not raining we're not training and if it's not snowing we're not going.
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So there I was, driving through the worst snow storm I'd ever seen, in a crappy rental Vauxhall Astra, with Abortion in the passenger seat offering useless advice and trying to get the stereo to work and, when he wasn't doing tht, rolling up joint after joint and smogging the car up with skunk fumes.
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Gideon Coxall was a good soldier but bad at everything else, until a roadside explosive device leaves him with one deaf ear and a British Army half-pension. So when he hears about the Valhalla Project, it's like a dream come true. They're recruiting former service personnel for excellent pay, no questions asked, to take part in unspecified combat operations.

The last thing Gid expects is to find himself fighting alongside ancient Viking gods. The world is in the grip of one of the worst winters it has ever known, and Ragnarok‚??the fabled final conflict of the Sagas‚??is looming

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Gideon Coxall was a good soldier but bad at everything else, until a roadside explosive device leaves him with one deaf ear and a British Army half-pension. So when he hears about the Valhalla Project, it's like a dream come true. They're recruiting former service personnel for excellent pay, no questions asked, to take part in unspecified combat operations.

The last thing Gid expects is to find himself fighting alongside ancient Viking gods. The world is in the grip of one of the worst winters it has ever known, and Ragnarok - the fabled final conflict of the Sagas - is looming.
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