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Paternus: Rise of Gods (The Paternus Trilogy) (edició 2016)

de Dyrk Ashton (Autor)

Sèrie: Paternus (1)

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Contemporary Mythic Fantasy. New Adult Fiction. Gods, monsters, angels, devils. Call them what you like. They exist. The epic battles between titans, giants, and gods, heaven and hell, the forces of light and darkness. They happened. And the war isn't over. 17 year old Fi Patterson lives with her stuffy English uncle and has an internship at a local hospital for the aged. She doesn't know what she wants to do with her life, misses her dead mother, wonders about the father she never knew. One bright spot is caring for Peter, a dimentia-ridden old man whose occasional faraway smile can make her whole day. And there's her conflicted attraction to Zeke - awkward, brilliant, talented - who plays guitar for the old folks. Then a group of very strange and frightening men show up for a "visit"... Fi and Zeke's worlds are shattered as their typical everyday concerns are suddenly replaced by the immediate need to stay alive - and they try to come to grips with the unimaginable reality of the firstborn. What readers are saying: "Keep an open mind, and forget everything you know..." "What if the myths were real? Which is like Percy Jackson, but this takes it a whole lot further. Think your favorite Teen and YA adventures, but for grownups. I loved it!" "A deep and believable world with extremely compelling characters. Funny, snarky and exciting. A really fun read." "Bold epic fantasy that takes myths, science, and legends, and creates an original cosmology that spills into the present day with action and surprises left and right. Fantastic." "Excellent storytelling. Inventive and captivating. Ashton pulls you in and takes you on a wild ride." Dyrk Ashton has been a filmmaker, actor, climber, spelunker, world traveler and nutcase. Today he's a professor, writer, and still a nutcase. He loves the beach but lives in NW Ohio. Go figure. www.paternusbooks.com. Twitter and Instagram Instagram: @undyrk. Cover Art: Lin Hsiang. Design: Brie Rapp. ©Paternus Books Media. All rights reserved.… (més)
Membre:Saraishelafs
Títol:Paternus: Rise of Gods (The Paternus Trilogy)
Autors:Dyrk Ashton (Autor)
Informació:Paternus Books Media (2016), Edition: 1, 502 pages
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Valoració:*****
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So I finished Paternus Rise of Gods by Dyrk Ashton...

Let me just start with that I did enjoy it, and will continue with the series.

However, I can only give it a strong 6 out of 10 (bloody Goodreads and its deficient 5 star system) Back when I actually did do reviews many moons ago, 10 was a score I almost never gave, it's reserved for the perfect book. :-D

I loved the use of mythology and how Dyrk tied his characters into existing myths/etc.

You expect power from the characters and they do not disappoint!

I never got comfortable with the narrative style of "present tense omniscient".

Things move so fast and in most books I don't mind "fast", but here, due to the large cast of characters and the narrative style, I didn't find myself getting to know any character enough to particularly care about them.

I think my biggest issue was the dialogue. I don't mind crude, rude, vulgar and do forth, but I fear the author simply tried too damn hard to do, well, I'm not sure what his goal was with so much of the early dialogue, but it resulted in the world famous "grab 'em by the pussy" sounding Shakespearean. I guess some of the dialogue was intended to be funny, unfortunately it often seemed forced and unnatural.

Now I have to say Ashton does seem to improve on dialog, both a characters internal and external dialog in the last 1/4 of the book, and I hope it keeps that trajectory for book 2.

Anyways, if you like urban'esque with beings who aren't exactly gods though punny mortals believe they are, and who can pop your skull like a zit, then jump on in. It's fast past, packed with myth and things that go BOOM!

I look forward to book 2! ( )
  WDBooks | Nov 13, 2020 |
Fascinating

The old gods are back, some of whom want to rule the world or at least did the world of humanity living deities ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
Take every myth ever, put them in a high speed blender, pick up where their eon spanning war most recently left off and drop it all on top of two unsuspecting college kids volunteering at a nursing home in Ohio and you have a general gist of Paternus: Rise of Gods, the first in the Paternus trilogy by Dyrk Ashton. Be warned that while this story ends up so fast paced that I could not put it down, it has a very slow start with a YA feel where it seemed like the author was trying to find the voice of the story. Trust me, it's worth pushing through.

Fiona Patterson is an average girl living an ordinary life in Ohio. Fi lives with her eccentric uncle Edgar, goes to school and volunteers at a local nursing home where she's the primary care giver for a patient named Peter. She's still trying to figure out her relationship with fellow volunteer, Zeke Prisco, after a horribly awkward date that leaves Fi thinking Zeke doesn't like her very much. Just another day in the average college student's life. Right up until the moment the hospital is attacked by a group of definitely not-human creatures that appear to be intent on capturing Fi's patient.

The story is told from several points of view, humans, gods and monsters alike. Written in the third person present tense, POV's change rapidly, sometimes multiple times in the same chapter. It's an interesting stylistic choice and one that I think worked quite well to enhance the frantic pace of the second half of the book. It was good getting to know Fi, Zeke, Peter and a whole host of side characters. Especially impressive were how Fi and Zeke ended up reacting and dealing with all of the crazy thrown their way throughout the course of the day. Their perspectives kept the story grounded and at a very human level where it could have easily gone off the rails. They also help inject moments of levity in the extreme action and violence of the war between gods.

When I say "every myth ever", I mean it! Ashton has really done his homework. He touches on just about every myth and legend from around the world. Greek, Hindu, Judaeo-Christian, Japanese, Egyptian, Chinese, Akkadian, Celtic, Norse, etc. etc. You name it, it's probably in this book somewhere. This is easily my favorite aspect of the story as I was constantly wanting to google many of the less familiar to me myths so I can see just how well Ashton has tied them all together.

I listened to the audio book narrated by Nik Magill. His style of narration is very slow and deliberate, with the delivery of exposition in a monotone. Which was weird because his character voices were amazing. After the first hour I had debated returning the book to Audible and downloading a Kindle copy. Instead I increased the speed and magically the narration started to work for me. I even tested it once by slowing the narration back down and it started to bother me again. So if you're having trouble with Nik Magill's narration, try speeding it up.

By the end, I found myself fully invested in Fi, Zeke and Peter's story. I can't wait to find out what happens next. ( )
  Narilka | Nov 24, 2019 |
I picked this up on the Kindle when it was on sale for 99¢. It's an urban fantasy novel that uses the fairly-overused premise of "What if all the ancients gods, demons, and monsters were real and were secretly living among us." It'd about two young people, Fiona and Zeke, who work at a senior care facility where one of the patients is secretly the father of all the gods, monsters, and demons. His more wicked children decide to stage a rebellion and the humans get caught up in it.

Despite the premise not being terribly original, it's actually a pretty good book. I enjoyed the characters (except Fiona who was bit too whiny). The pacing and dialogue were pretty good, and there was a good bit of action (though it was a bit on the gory side). The only real complaint I have is that I didn't realize it was part one of a trilogy, which confused me when I got to the ending and had no real conclusion to the story. Still, this is one where I'll be keeping my eyes out for books 2 & 3. ( )
  yoyogod | Mar 5, 2017 |
My original Paternus audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Fi and Zeek are young adults who face the typical obstacles to a budding romance and life in general. Fi is completing an internship at a nursing home while living at home with her stuffed shirt uncle and Zeek is preparing for a conference and working at the same nursing home and madly in love with Fi. Fi is the only person able to take care of the dementia-stricken and invalid Peter. Fi and Zeek stumble through their relationship when suddenly the nursing home is invaded with evil looking creatures who mangle and eat the residents.

Mythological beings on all sides (good and evil) invade the world of Fi and Zeek to the point that nothing surprises them any longer. The question lies in the outcome of the 3rd holocaust, who will win? Good or evil? Regardless, the creatures and beings believed to be mythological are real and at war.

Dyrk Ashton, the author, is an amazing story-teller creating an action-packed adventure by blending mythological creatures and myths into the present world and bringing them to life. One senses the story is not going to be boring even given the slow start. One does not expect, however, to be so totally immersed into the action and story that one is caught off guard momentarily to find oneself so thoroughly engaged.

Ashton builds the action around the development of the characters, in some cases, the character development is done almost instantaneously – such as the first time we meet Clarion. There are several twists and turns, but not so much that one loses interest or connection to the story. The story flows smoothly and each twist is handled with aplomb. This is an epic journey in many ways, one the listener has no choice but to go on once they are snared in the story. Thrilling to the end, one cannot help but wait for the next book to know who wins and who else will meet their mortal demise.

The narrator provided an excellent performance in the narration of the book. Although the book was a total of 15 hours, Nik Magill did not once lose his place or the voice of the characters. His talent helped to draw the reader into the story and captivate them into staying as well as the work of Ashton. His light rhythmic voice made listening to the story pleasant. He never went campy nor did he become shrill as some tend to do during epic length books.

Paternus is a very good book, one I would listen to again without hesitation and would appreciate more the second time around now that I understand how some of the pieces fit together. At first, I admit to being lost because I didn’t realize there were two worlds that were going to be blending together into one. I struggled to see the connections but once things started to fall into place, this book quickly became a favorite of mine.

There were no production or quality issues with this book. Everything was smooth and clear.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author ( )
  audiobibliophile | Mar 3, 2017 |
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Contemporary Mythic Fantasy. New Adult Fiction. Gods, monsters, angels, devils. Call them what you like. They exist. The epic battles between titans, giants, and gods, heaven and hell, the forces of light and darkness. They happened. And the war isn't over. 17 year old Fi Patterson lives with her stuffy English uncle and has an internship at a local hospital for the aged. She doesn't know what she wants to do with her life, misses her dead mother, wonders about the father she never knew. One bright spot is caring for Peter, a dimentia-ridden old man whose occasional faraway smile can make her whole day. And there's her conflicted attraction to Zeke - awkward, brilliant, talented - who plays guitar for the old folks. Then a group of very strange and frightening men show up for a "visit"... Fi and Zeke's worlds are shattered as their typical everyday concerns are suddenly replaced by the immediate need to stay alive - and they try to come to grips with the unimaginable reality of the firstborn. What readers are saying: "Keep an open mind, and forget everything you know..." "What if the myths were real? Which is like Percy Jackson, but this takes it a whole lot further. Think your favorite Teen and YA adventures, but for grownups. I loved it!" "A deep and believable world with extremely compelling characters. Funny, snarky and exciting. A really fun read." "Bold epic fantasy that takes myths, science, and legends, and creates an original cosmology that spills into the present day with action and surprises left and right. Fantastic." "Excellent storytelling. Inventive and captivating. Ashton pulls you in and takes you on a wild ride." Dyrk Ashton has been a filmmaker, actor, climber, spelunker, world traveler and nutcase. Today he's a professor, writer, and still a nutcase. He loves the beach but lives in NW Ohio. Go figure. www.paternusbooks.com. Twitter and Instagram Instagram: @undyrk. Cover Art: Lin Hsiang. Design: Brie Rapp. ©Paternus Books Media. All rights reserved.

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