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Fight The Gods [Kindle Edition]

Michael Jan Friedman

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Book Description

At the age of thirty-eight, Zeno Aristos is trying to find himself. Much to his girlfriend’s chagrin, he’s quit the New York City police force and can’t figure out what he wants to do with his life. A job in security doesn’t appeal to him. Bodyguard work leaves him cold. Only single-wall handball, with its street culture of razor-edged competition, seems to get his juices flowing.

Then someone close to Zeno is kidnapped, and his search for that person leads him through a gauntlet of increasingly dark and cryptic forces, taking him from the sullen streets of gang-ravaged Brooklyn to the manicured cemeteries of suburban New Jersey to the slick corporate penthouses of midtown Manhattan. The deeper Zeno digs, the more certain he is that he’s dealing not with a mere earthly adversary, but with an entity steeped in the deepest and most malevolent of ancient mysteries.

In FIGHT THE GODS, Friedman takes a major creative step beyond the Star Trek novels, comic books, and television scripts with which his name has become synonymous, and braves the sinister rooftops and mystical back alleys of urban fantasy. Whatever you think you know of him or of his ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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About the Author

Michael Jan Friedman is the author of nearly 70 books of fiction and non-fiction, about half of them set somewhere in the wilds of the Star Trek universe. His first book, The Hammer and The Horn, was published by Questar, an imprint of Warner Books, in 1985. In the next couple of years, he wrote The Seekers and The Sword and The Fortress and The Fire, completing what has come to be known as The Vidarsaga Trilogy, as well as the freestanding novel The Glove of Maiden’s Hair. In 1992 Friedman penned Reunion, the first Star Trek: The Next Generation hardcover, which introduced the crew of the Stargazer, Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s first command. Over the years, the popularity of Reunion spawned a number of Stargazer stories in both prose and comic book formats, including a six-novel original series. Friedman has also written for the Aliens, Predator, Wolf Man, Lois and Clark, DC Super Hero, Marvel Super Hero, and Wishbone licensed book universes. Eleven of his book titles, including the autobiography Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Ghost Hunting (written with SciFi’s Ghost Hunters), have appeared on the prestigious New York Times primary bestseller list, and his novel adaptation of the Batman & Robin movie was for a time the #1 bestselling book in Poland (really). Friedman has worked at one time or another in network and cable television, radio, business magazines, and the comic book industry, in the process producing scripts for nearly 180 comic stories. Among his comic book credits are the Darkstars ongoing series from DC Comics, which he created with artist Larry Stroman, and the Outlaws limited series, which he created with artist Luke McDonnell, as well as tales of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Fantastic Four, and the Silver Surfer. He also co-wrote the story for the acclaimed second-season Star Trek: Voyager episode “Resistance,” which guest-starred Joel Grey. Friedman lives with his wife and two sons on Long Island, where in his rapidly dwindling free time he enjoys running, kayaking, and playing (what else?) single-wall handball.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crazy 8 Press (11 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066ETT1K
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,312,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Big, Fun Greek Adventure! 14 Dec. 2011
By Philip P. Giunta - Published on
Throughout Fight the Gods, retired NYPD cop, Zeno Aristos, hears voices in his head. Actually, for many years in his life, Zeno has heard a moody, cantakerous voice that he calls simply "Ghost". Unusual as that may seem, Zeno has become quite comfortable with the situation, though clearly, he doesn't always do what the voice in his head tells him to.

Zeno retired from the force claiming that his heart was no longer in it, to the frustration of detective Tomi Pappas who also happens to be Zeno's beautiful girlfriend. All of Tomi's attempts to help Zeno find another job fail as tries to regain some direction in his life.

As it turns out, there is one irresistible activity that had captured Zeno's heart as a kid--handball. And not just any old schoolyard variety. We're talking New York City handball where reps and finances are made or broken. You talk, you walk.

It just so happens that a gangster known on the streets as Junior, and wanted by the NYPD, has earned a rep as the greatest handball player in the city. As such, Zeno challenges him to a $10,000 game--which is cut short when the cops show up to take Junior down. Yet somehow, Junior escapes using the same super human agility and speed that he'd shown on the handball court.

As Zeno gives chase, a series of bizarre events occur that culminate in the crash of a police helicopter. Shortly thereafter, Tomi is kidnapped. Zeno suspects Junior's involvement and in order find her, Zeno must track down the gangster.

In doing so, he gets far more than he ever bargained for. Battles with Greek gods, trips to Hell, and a conversation with his own ghost are but a few of the surreal adventures Zeno undertakes in his single minded determination to rescue his girl.

Michael Jan Friedman presents a fast-paced, engaging tale with snappy dialog and interesting characters. There is no fluff here. Friedman holds the tension adroitly through each chapter and peels away the layers of mystery slowly, revealing teasing truths about Zeno--and those he is forced to work with--one morsel at at time until the final chapters.

All told, a truly enjoyable read and fine venture into the Urban Fantasy genre for Mr. Friedman!
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be A TV Series 8 Mar. 2012
By Robert H. Jones - Published on
I was lucky enough to read a rough draft of this book so you'd figure that when the finished product came out, I'd give it a pass. Didn't happen. Mike did such a great job of ramping up the drama that I read this story in two sittings!! Also, I lived on the island of Crete for over 11 years and this fantastic author NAILED the Greek life and attitude. BTW, notice that I called this a "story" instead of a book or novel. And that's because you get the feeling that Mike is sitting there telling you this gripping tale. I am really, really, really hoping that this will be the first in a series. Efkharisto para poli.
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it twenty pages, I promise you'll be hooked... 20 Feb. 2012
By Dave Stern - Published on
... okay, I've read a bunch of Mike Friedman's books before, but he has taken his wordsmithing to a whole new level with this novel, an original that is some unholy (and I don't use the term lightly) combination of hard-boiled detective thriller and (seriously) Rick Riordan-channeled reimagining of Greek myths. Read Mike's introduction for the backstory on that, and then - as I said - read the first chapter of Zeno Aristos' debut adventure. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast paced, and believeable. Fight The Gods is a marvelous story. 20 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
What a fun ride it was reading this story of a guy who actually knows very little about himself and the world he comes from. If you are a fan of Greek mythology and/or cop stories, this is an awesome read.

This is the second quasi mythological work by Mike Friedman. He always does his homework and writes with a wild imagination that produces a plausible story, and this one moves right along.
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern love story in ancent times 29 April 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
Cops, bad guys, soldiers, cemeteries, car chases, otherworld travel, talking ghosts... this thing sounds like it might have a bit of an identity complex, but somehow Mr. Friedman ties it all together beautifully. Woven over all the action is an intent love story that doesn't actually end up being about the damsel in distress. I read it in two sittings, but it would have been one if my boyfriend's tablet hadn't run out of power - it's that compelling. Mr. Friedman keeps the "who done it" tension up throughout the story, and the little twist at the end makes you give a little hurrah! for a game well played.

Definitely worth a read!
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