Zeus Inc. (The Alex Grosjean Adventures #1)
Author: Robin Burks
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Synopsis: 50 years ago, Zeus, Inc., and its CEO, the mysterious Joseph Brentwood, saved the world from a major energy crisis by discovering a new unlimited energy resource. Now, in 2069, Mr. Brentwood has gone missing and private eye Alex Grosjean has been hired to find him by his daughter (and Alex's best friend), Aleisha.
Black-outs begin to occur all over the world and somehow Alex believes it's tied to Mr. Brentwood's disappearance. Her search leads her through her own murky past and into the fantastical depths of Hell itself, where she discovers that Mr. Brentwood is not who or what he seems to be.
With the help of an otherworldly man named Pip, Alex must save both Mr. Brentwood and the world. But will she be able to face her own guilty past in order to do it?
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Review: Alex, an ex cop turned PI has reluctantly taken on the task of finding Mr. Brentwood, CEO of Zeus Inc., and father of her best friend. Alex follows leads and clues and even a death trail until she is finally faced with the hard truth: the myths about Mount Olympus are real. The Gods are awake and are on the brink of war and Alex, of course, finds herself right smack in the middle of the party.
Now, I'm having conflicting feelings about this book. The plot had me but I've always been a sucker for a good mythology story, especially if the mythology is about the gods of Mount Olympus. So, of course I wanted to read this. I loved the futuristic setting with the cool phones and cars. I loved that Zeus's powers were providing a clean energy source for the world to live on. I also really liked that Burks played around with many of my favorite gods and gave me some new insight to them. Some of them could have been developed a little bit more, but overall, they were still enjoyable.
But, with all those things, it still wasn't enough for me to fall in love or hardly even in like with this book. First, there's Alex’s character. She's probably my least favorite character in this story, which is sad because the book is told from her point of view. But I can't help it, I couldn't stand her! Her thoughts were everywhere. Her speech was terrible. She tossed eff-bombs around like they were candy. To me, it felt like she was struggling with the severity of the situation at hand. Her best friend's father is missing, there's a body trail building, she was taken and shoved into stranger's van against her will and yet she goes home, sleeps a full night, takes a long hot shower, wears fluffy slippers around the house and gets annoyed because she gets interrupted.
Then there's Pip. From the beginning, I knew he was something more than the security detail. At first I liked him because he was kinda mean to Alex and mysterious, but then he just shows up at Alex's office after she walks out on him, throwing her eff-bombs, and he wants in her pants AND SHE LETS HIM! She knows something is up with this guy, he's clearly in way too deep with the disappearance of Mr. Brentwood and yet she bangs him. Ugh!
The ending was also a bit off. I felt like it could have been executed better in the sense that Alex shouldn't have just gone home and expected everything to go back to normal. She has a new role to play with the gods on Mount Olympus and it just felt odd that she just tries to ignore it. Her new gift is--in my opinion--the coolest thing about her and she tries to throw it to the wind. But, there's more books to come so fingers crossed that she becomes more excepting and tolerable.
Overall, I wouldn't say to stay away from this first installment of The Alex Grosjean Adventures, I'd just say to approach with caution. It has a good plot and a good set of supporting characters but this book just wasn't my cup of tea.
This book is more suitable for readers eighteen and older, there's a minor sex scene that made me feel uncomfortable (more so because it was so unexpectedly from left field) and the language. Sixty eff-bombs in a couple different varieties give or take a few.
Author Bio: Robin Burks is a person of multiple talents. Not only does she own a web development studio (Bad Karma Studios), but she also has a small online music promotions company (Sunrise Promotions). Writing, though, is her passion. She is currently a feature writer for DVICE.com, RantGaming.com, and FanGirlConfessions.com.
Robin has just published her first novel: Zeus, Inc. An internet addict, she can often be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. She also loves to read (obviously), act, sing, play video games and travel. Robin currently lives in Missouri with her four cats. She also occasionally speaks French and loves Doctor Who.
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