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5.0 out of 5 starsis this pandemic a feud between the gods?
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2020
With everything going on sometimes people think that all the bad things that happens to punish humans is caused by the gods. The main character wakes up in the afterlife in a hospital in an alien world so right off the bat the story has an entertaining beginning. The weird attraction between hermes who is waking up from the afterlife and jane the hairless albino alien is priceless. As earth is being destroyed you follow the main character from heaven to hell and can almost hear the screams of the people being destroyed on earth as the messengers wreak havoc on earth. The messengers of the earth are actually really scary i imagine this is what it was like when the nephilim were on earth. This fictional book has 40 chapters and really makes you think that one day we might be susceptible to an alien invasion. definitely a great quarantine read.
5.0 out of 5 starsI Really Enjoyed Reading this Amazing and Entertaining Book
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2020
Exactly at the right and anticipated time, Author C. Hofsetz comes again with another captivating and entertaining book, “Challenges of the Gods” that you will actually love reading all through. It is a fresh book full of fantasy and science fiction that will leave you guessing on what actually happened at the end. I usually love seeing how authors use different writing techniques like direct conversation to keep engaging the minds of the readers and the author has clearly expressed his ability in this kind of technique. The story line flows very smoothly and you will not have hard times in following and understanding all the events that have been included in the book. I can’t complain about it, keep the good work going. I can’t wait for another release from the same author, I really enjoyed reading it!
I found "Challenges of the Gods" enjoyable as the storyline had many interesting layers to explore and sift through. As I read through the book, I learned so much about the main character Mike's life and his mission to save Earth, well, the original Earth.
I loved the action throughout the book and was pleasantly surprised that the author even snuck a little romance in to spice things up. I think that all of the elements of thrilling action, drama, suspicion, love and redemption helped to balance this story out and makes for a nice read when you want to get into something that will take you far far away.
Hofsetz pens an interesting story in Challenges of the Gods. First, this plot was pretty unique and very interesting. This is the first book by Hofsetz that I've read, and I liked the writing style, and how the author was able to create intrigue along twists and turns. Yes, the title fits the story. The story introduces the reader to Mike, a character with a lot of depth and flaws, but was very likeable. The version of the "afterlife" that set the stage for this story, and it was told very well. An intriguing, unique story that brings action and intensity to the story, as well as passion and humanity. A great read. I look forward to reading more by this author.
The whole book has a great overlying adventure plot but the mysteries, twists, and interpersonal interaction throughout make the story spectacular. The differences between the parallel world social rules and tech are interesting and fun. This book carries easily into the next in the series but there is no cliffhanger and can easily stand on its own.
The author is pure genius. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book it has passion and suspense that will keep you captivated the whole way through. Recommend this book for anyone in need of a storytelling thrill.
5.0 out of 5 starsInterplanetary spy thriller with deep emotional resonance
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
When I heard about this book, I was dubious. The premise sounded… odd. But something made me pick it up anyway.
And for that I’m very glad because as soon as I started reading Challenges of the Gods, I fell in love.
Wait… I just realized the title is a wordplay thing. Cause like, the gods have challenges but also the gods assign challenges to the people in the book and… never mind. Let’s move on.
Turns out the premise is slightly misleading (*spoilers ahead—but like, spoilers you find out in the first two chapters*): the main character doesn’t die and go to heaven. At first, when he finds himself inexplicably in a strange alien landscape, he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven. The truth is much more complicated—and terrifying.
Our main character (and how much do I love that we don’t even find out his real name until near the end of the book? Yeah, you guessed, I love it a lot) has been sent to another realm, where he meets the messengers of the gods before heading to Earth on a mission: find a way to destroy the entire planet and everyone on it—or watch as his own planet is destroyed—with everyone on it. [Also, yeah "Mike" is his alias but not his real name.]
Because there’s another variable in this game: someone from Earth has been sent to our hero’s planet—and now he has to destroy Earth before his own planet gets wiped out.
As you can imagine, various complications arise. Not the least of which being our hero’s growing affection for the people of Earth, and his stark sense of morality (planetary genocide is a hard thing to sleep with at night).
Meanwhile, every night he returns to the realm of the messengers, where he engages in a series of war games against the people of Earth.
Oh yeah, no one on Earth knows who he really is, and he manages to assimilate very well into their team.
So it’s a bit like The Hunger Games meets The Night Manager meets Ender’s Game.
It’s also heck of good.
I was alternately fascinated, terrified, heartbroken, shocked, enraged, and relieved. But through it all, riveted.
Also, I laughed.
The narrator has a great sense of humor, and when he dryly points out the differences between his planet and our Earth, it’s funny in that (almost) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy kind of way. You laugh, and then you think, wait, but why is it like that?
Not only does it make you question stuff like the social customs we have on Earth, it makes you appreciate the way things are on this planet. Like, we have a moon and it’s beautiful.
Do other planets have moons in their skies? What if we didn’t have the moon? Or what if it was too far away to see? Just another tiny star in the night sky? What if someone who’d never seen the moon before came to our planet and looked up at night. What would they think they were seeing?
It’s the differences as well as the commonalities between alien races of people that form the heart of this story. And maybe, at heart, it’s about connection—finding it, making it, or just looking for it.
But that’s not the whole of the story. Challenges of the Gods is a thrilling page-turner. It’s an interplanetary spy drama with plenty of twists and turns, mysteries, moments you never saw coming, epic sci-fi battles, and romance. Also, a quick round of applause for awesome character development.
Before I wrap this up, can I mention how hard it is to end a good book? It’s hard for the reader. It’s hard for the writer. But let’s talk about the writer for a moment. And this isn’t just a problem for books.
I’m sure everyone can think of some form of entertainment—movie, play, TV show, book, even a comedy sketch—that left you wanting more at the end. Maybe it was totally awesome all the way through, but then it ended and you went, “What?” Or maybe it ended and you sat there scratching your head for a minute, wondering why you didn’t feel satisfied.
This book is not like that. Holy cow it has the most satisfying, beautiful, perfect eucatastrophe (Thanks, Tolkien) of an ending.
Not only that, but it ends exactly when and where it needs to. I finished and thought, “There’s an author who knows how to end a book.”
(OK, my thoughts probably weren’t that well-formed. It was more along the lines of “wwwwwwwhhhhaaaa yeeeeessss oh yes woooooow.”)
And then I had to face the fact that it was over and yes, ending a good book is also hard for the reader.
Gods are Gods, not what they seem, and their messengers come with an ulterior motive. Can we trust the Gods? Different dimensions and realms, alternate Earths, odd and deadly rules, we play the games of the Gods. Nothing is taken for granted, nothing is real, or is it? The plot, characters and development were all very realistic and I felt that I could have been caught up in the predicaments of a number of the protagonists. A very intriguing and captivating story from the beginning, mysteries interwoven, unraveling bit by bit, making it a real page turner. The story is riveting, making me wonder about the selfishness of the Gods, how gullible we are in our need to believe in superior beings, our trust in making our life a better place to live in, how our trust in them converts us in deadly weapons, ultimately brainwashed to do the Gods’ will. A vivid reflection of present day religious fanaticism. Thoughtful and provoking! Excellent read! Looking forward to reading the sequel, Enemy of The Gods!
What can I say, this book was not what I expected, it was so much better! I would have to say the thing I most enjoyed was Mike's internal commentary as he navigated through his trials. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy something different.