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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Deadliest Game (Book 1)

The Brotherhood of Olympus and the Deadliest Game, is the first of a series of young adult horror/fantasy novels that tells the story of Drake Frasier, a painfully shy, intellectually gifted 13 year old boy growing up in Aberdeen, Washington.
On a cold, gray Friday the thirteenth, his favorite uncle is killed in a horrible car collision with a logging truck. Drake's life takes a sudden twist after the accident when his family begins to encounter haunting spirits that bring terror and doom upon them. He soon finds that he has unique gifts and abilities that allow him to fight the apparitions, and that there may be a greater sinister plot afoot. But as Drake develops his skills to combat the ghastly specters, his oldest brother continues to use a Spirit board game that invites the evil into their lives. Drake must bring his brothers back together to fight the nefarious forces to save his family, and quite possibly the world.

My take:

There were several things about this book that I found refreshing! I liked the combination of horror and Greek mythology; this was a good change from mainstream vampires & werewolves especially since I’ve always been partial to ancient Greek mythology J  it was nice to read a story from the male perspective through the five Frasier boys.  The story was well written and very vivid.
Best of all were the characters! Loved how Guy was able to tell how each brother dealt with their Uncle’s death, the importance of family, and coming of age in the late 70’s. 

Not a bad read, but I don’t think I’ll read book two.

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