Four years have passed, and the California lifestyle suits
PJ Allen. Classes, surfing, snowboarding, work, and a feisty
redhead keep him both hectic and happy. But it is not meant
to last. PJ's bliss is interrupted by a visit from his old
friend Hermes who delivers disturbing news. He must return
to the mythological world to complete Hercules' Twelve Labours
while the strongman is forced to hold up the heavens for Atlas
- who has mysteriously disappeared...
is the follow-up to Hero Perseus - which sadly I haven't
read. I say "sadly" because the character of PJ
Allen is obviously one with a bit of history. While it's not
essential that readers get hold of the first novel to appreciate
this one, I couldn't help feeling that I was missing something.
the opening few pages I was a little worried that there was
going to be an abundance of word stretching - and bizarre
linking of unrelated events - but this soon settled down as
the story started flowing.
good to see that the authors wove ancient mythology into a
21st Century tale - and quite successfully too. Most kids
these days would probably find the original tales a little
dull. But throw a teenage kid into the picture, and add a
new spin on the characters, and suddenly a bunch of dull stories
becomes very entertaining.
in all, this is a book that will appeal to the teenage market
but, sadly, won't offer much for the more mature reader.
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