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The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King - Blog Tour and Review

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Hello and welcome to my blog for my stop on the tour for The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King! If you haven't been here before please do have a click round to read some of my other reviews!

This book is quite outside of what I normally read, but I really enjoyed it and I'm glad I got the chance to read it. We start off in London with a man called John Carver. He is an ex-soldier who is addicted to gambling and who is running out of luck. He owes a lot of money to a loan shark so, in desperation, he goes to another ex soldier, Jim McCourt, to ask for a favour. The two served together in Afghanistan, and even though he hates the place, John has no choice but to go back to Kabul to do security work for a man called Gharfour. When he arrives, the dust and chaos get straight back into his bad books, but he starts the job anyway.

Carver has some kind of PTSD, and an interesting back story. On a mission in Kabul, several of his squad - Pearson, Turner, and Wilson - were killed by Taliban or Al Qaeda fighters. When the gun was turned on Carver, he managed to stop the bullet in mid air. Stories about "The miracle of Kabul" have followed him ever since. But Carver has his demons in the form of his dead squaddies. They turn up at inopportune moments in his mind, showing off their wounds, and blaming him for their deaths. Rule number three is that he never talks to them, but they are always there.

Meanwhile, a young woman wakes up in darkness, in a cell. She is strapped naked to a frame, with a tube for water and a tube for food within reach. She is called Mackenzie and she's Australian, and she has been working as a nurse for the Red Cross in Kabul. She also has somewhat of a traumatic past. Several tests are done to her and she manages to shout to someone, Armond, who is imprisoned in a nearby cell. Eventually, the staff in the facility bring in a candle and tell Mackenzie to put it out with the power of her mind.

I don't want to say anymore about the story because I think it'll go into spoilers, but I did really like the book. The powers that John and Mackenzie have reminded me of some of the mutant powers that the X Men have, and I'm a big fan of those films. I like that kind of science fiction where it is very firmly rooted in our world but with something just a little different (that is also my favourite kind of fantasy!) I liked both John and Mackenzie and was rooting for them both the whole way through.

This book has some really horrific parts and is quite gory, but it was completely in keeping with the book. I am giving this four out of five, and want to say thank you to all involved for having me on the tour!


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1 comment

  1. Glad you enjoyed this! It's nice when you take a chance on a book and it works out well!



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