I loved the unique concept behind Mythical. It was a fresh take on the superhero theme. I didn't mind that it was a quick and easy read. Sometimes that is just the sort of story you need to pick up and enjoy. This book was mostly action, but with luck the author gives us more insight into his protagonists in the next story in the series. A great start!
I really didn’t want to read this book. I wasn’t sure what it was about, but the title, “Mythical” led me to believe it might be about magic and dragons, wizards and sorceress, and idiotic stuff like that. Well, it was! But, it was a very good book and not like you think. This was a fighting book. Combat type fighting with soldiers with weapons and all that cool stuff. It also had a lot of surprises!
So, these teenage kids are running around in the Arizona desert on motorbikes. The come up on this blackened area where a boat has obviously been burnt pretty badly. Inside the boat is a body that’s also burned to a crisp. Upon further inspecting the body, they see that it has a gigantic hole where it’s heart should have been and practically half of it’s skull is gone. The guy’s dead for sure. It’s starts to rain, so the kids hightail it back to their camp and talk about what they saw and if they should report it to the police. They decide to sleep on it through the rain that night. Just before dawn, the girl, Josie, hears some rattling outside her tent. Thinking it’s one of the guys getting something to drink she starts to go back to sleep. Then she hears one empty water bottle drop, then another, then another and finally decides that no one in her group should be up drinking that much water. She looks out her tent and sees this guy standing by the cooler and he’s draining another bottle of water. She notices that it looks like his arms are growing as he drinks but she think that can’t be right. So, she comes our of her tent and asks the guy what’s he doing.
He turns and tells her that he needed the water badly after walking for a ways in the desert and would pay for it. He’s only got paints and one shoe on and nothing much else. By now all the guys are out of their tents and staring at this guy. Anyway, Josie, who had looked in the boat at the burnt dead guy, gives a yell and says, “You’re him!” or something like that. She then tells the other guys that this was the guy who was burnt dead with a hole in his chest and a huge hold in his head. Of course they can’t believe her. But she asks they guy if that was him and he says, “Yeah, that was me. I died.”
Ok, from here on out it gets strange. This guy turns out to be a very nice guy, but he is deadly. He’s on a mission or was on a mission when he got killed. And, this wasn’t the first time he’s been killed, either. By now you should know this story is going to be good. This guy’s name is Mark Kenslir and he apparently has amnesia.
Mr. Kenslir’s story or rather Colonel Kenslir’s story is pretty interesting and not at all what I though it would be. By the end of the book, we’ve killed or thought we killed a dragon and about a hundred other people. Unfortunately, one of the deal is one of the teenage kid, but not Josie, her best friend, Jimmy. But Jimmy might be able to come back. Maybe.
I’m going to find the rest of these books. I believe there’s a whole series of them out there and if they’re as good as this one, I got a whole lot of reading to do.
Mythical starts well enough, but brings in super heroes (real ones, not just the movie type), magic, and other things that were not expected. The main story line of stone soldiers was clear enough, but sorcerers and the like really muddied the waters
We start by following a group of teenagers on an outing in the desert. While out on their cycles, they find a corpse near a burnt-out boat, something unusual in a desert. A freak rainstorm comes upon them, and the water washes off the ashes from the corpse, showing it to be stone underneath. The kids take off to avoid the rain, but unbeknownst to them, the water seems to cause the corpse to move. Soon the kids meet the supposed corpse at their camp, alive.
Much of the book then deals with the stone soldier (Mark) and his dealings with the teenagers, and hunting for a shapeshifter. Overall, the writing style is more to a teen book style, though the amount of violence seems to indicate it is meant to be more of an adult book.
Most of the time, I felt almost lost in the story line. I was not expecting the level of paranormal that is in the book, and it just seemed to be thrown in without much of a reason. Over the course of the book, we finally get Mark's back story, but we are left in the dark for quite a while. Many happenings in the book feel like they are just thrown in without reason, and the general tone of the book is that we should already know much of the background of this story.
Structurally, the book is decent. Spelling, tense, homonyms, all are barely in existence. It is mostly the strange writing style, such as worrying about what each teenager is wearing, and exposition without any explanation like one would find in a story aimed to the teen set that has me bring the rating down. Also, the expectation that the reader knows the back stories already, even though this is a first story in a series, disappoints me some.
Mythical, an e-book by C. E. Martin is the first of his Stone Soldiers series in which, immediately following the dedication, he offers a most apt caveat: "This novel contains graphic violence and pulp action that may be too extreme for sensitive readers." After a prologue where a huge giant rips the hearts out of a couple of travelers, the story unfolds with a group of high school graduates celebrating with a trip with their bikes into the Arizona desert. Here they come upon a burnt-out boat with a badly wounded corpse. They leave and bivouac for the night where they are awakened by arrival of the formerly presumed dead man now transformed into a living large, heavily muscled person. They discover that he is impervious to knife thrusts and bullets and really is quite friendly. Two of the teens continue to accompany him and discover this almost indestructible man is part of a governmental organization whose mission is to find and eliminate the mythical figure to which we were introduced in the Prologue. As the author states, the tale is replete with "graphic violence and pulp action". As such, it is well done and might best be described as a story dealing with a variety of modernized quasi-mythology that has been placed on steroids. Aficionados should enjoy. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.