The Secret Must Be Kept....
For 3,000 years, the Herculean Society has preserved the legacy of the ancient hero, Hercules, protecting history's fragile relics from humanity, and humanity from the dangerous truths behind the legends. Now, the Society's new leader, archaeologist George Pierce, faces his first test: the Cerberus Group, a shadowy organization with two goals: the collection and distribution of black market relics, tech and secrets, and the purge of those deemed unfit for survival.
Pierce and his niece, Fiona - the last guardian of the "mother tongue", the forgotten language of creation - discover a secret entrance to the legendary Labyrinth, and at its heart, a hidden trove of relics that point the way to Hercules' greatest discovery: a mutagen that can rewrite the very code of life. When a surprise attack leaves Pierce and Fiona trapped in the deadly maze, fighting for their lives, the race to stop the Cerberus Group begins.
To defeat this new enemy, Pierce must assemble a team of experts including Felice Carter, a geneticist with a dangerous secret, Augustina Gallo, a mythology professor, Cintia Dourado, a high tech hacker, and Lazarus, a dead soldier returned to life.
Guided by their knowledge of science, history, and mythology, Pierce's team sets out on an epic journey, following in the footsteps of Hercules, to stop Cerberus from controlling the power that rises from the Well of Monsters.
...or the world will be cleansed.
Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis, the international best-selling team behind the Jack Sigler thrillers, including Savage and Cannibal, return with a new series that rewrites the way we see history. Rivaling the best of Matthew Reilly and James Rollins, Herculean combines a blistering pace with fringe science and myths reborn.
©2015 Jeremy Robinson (P)2016 Jeremy Robinson
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"Outstanding thriller with a some history"
Yes. It is full of excitement and has references to the ancient world that merge well.
When they were successful in fending off the attacking birds.
When the villain was left standing awaiting his doom.
Old world previews the present
I was provided this book in expectation of a review.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was full of excitement from start to finish. There were times when the good guys seemed a bit too gullible but they always seemed to work their way out of the trap they had been caught in.
The book was not predictable in any way and brought up points of historical myth and used them to weave a tapestry that explained many things about the modern world. The author did a fantastic job of this.
The narrator was outstanding. He did a great job with each characters voice ranging from female to elderly male. He added a lot when he expressed the excitement of the particular scenes also.
"Sounds like 2 writers competing!"
Generally speaking, thriller/scifi audiobooks are a good expenditure of time. This one, well, not as much as others. It is messy, in need of editing ( it truly is overly long and convoluted ) and sounds like an effort to cram as much research as they have done into one offering.
Edit, edit and edit. This offering is not up to JR's usual standards in this one area. It sounds unpolished to me.
Characters were consistent and logical, so I liked that. I liked some of the ambiguity of them as well.
Too much yelling and unusual choices, which added to the overall confusion of this book.
Most of JR's offerings are designed with a follow up in mind, and this one is no different in that arena.
I wanted to like this offering more than I did, frankly. It is messy, yet oddly interesting and entertaining in places. Unfortunately, not enough so to get my overall endorsement. I suppose if you are into JR, this works, but not recommended in my books.
"Couldn't Finish - It was that bad!"
Normally soldier on even if a book is less than stellar, but this was just too much to take.
The story, characters and plot were a jumble of muddled cliches that didn't seem to get any better. While the premise seemed, initially appearing interesting , never came together.
The narrator didn't help in that he made everything the main character said and did sound like an urgent (or frustrated) crisis. He has a good voice when modulated properly - for example the female characters. Otherwise the consistent urgency of his delivery was stressful to listen to.
I do not recommend this book.
"all I can say is where is the next book!"
It's awesome! well worth the read or in this case the listen! I have become a fan boy of jeremy robinson and his books! To be honest it been hard to find a series that can hold my attention and cause me to remember each character and its history. Jeremy has done it and he blends characters from his other series together in new books seamlessly!
"A Fast-Paced High-Action Thriller"
What if Hercules wasn't a mythical figure but an actual man who lived three thousand years ago and was a scientific genius, who learned how to modify his own genes to allow him to live for centuries, and to combine the DNA of different life forms to create new animals and monsters?
What if the Labors of Hercules, as told in the myths, in which Hercules encountered and fought various monsters, actually told of his interaction with some of these new, manufactured species?
And what if Hercules had created the Herculean society, a group of scientists, historians, and military experts with the express goal of hiding the secrets of history and science he had uncovered and make sure that they would never fall into the wrong hands?
And what if now, an international criminal organization called Cerberus, led by a maniac intent on learning the ancient secrets, was on the cusp of attaining control of the very secrets Hercules strove to hide, secrets that would give it control over life itself, allow it to create new strains of viruses and disease, to lay waste to much of humanity, if it so wished?
That is the premise of this fine adventure novel, written by Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis, and narrated by Jeffery Kafer.
The novel is a fast-paced, action-packed sci-thriller, full of gun fights, villains, monsters, biology, history, mythology, and history, all blended together into one hell of an enjoyable tale. The book made me feel like learning more about Hercules and Greek Mythology. And Kafer's narration was solid and fit the narrative well.
This isn't great literature, but it is well-written, it moves very quickly, and I had a very good time with it.
Note: This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast
"New series, favourite characters"
Herculean brings back many favourite characters from the Chess Team series and gives them the chance to shine on their own. While most action thrillers depend on the team to be led by a spec-ops or some other form of military guy, it is so refreshing to see a team brought together and led by a scientist. We all remember George Pierce from the Chess Team universe, and he is now the head of the Herculean Society. Aided by Fiona and gathering up more team members as they go, we get the start of what will be a fantastic new series.
While this book is currently a standalone and can be read as such, fans of the Chess Team books will love this!!! Fans of Jeffrey Kafer's narration will not be disappointed
"Masterfully written "
I'm a huge fan of the Chess Team Novels and while it takes a small handful of the characters and and leads then on a different trip I was just as engrossed in this book as I was the rest of the series! Very Masterly written. Jeffrey Kafer performed the reading and he's just spot on bringing each of the characters to life with each their own voice. I can't wait for the next one!
"New world meets old in this fast-paced adventure"
Hercules was known for many things throughout history -- stories of his power and conquests reached many. The Herculean Society's main goal is to continue the legacy of Hercules by not letting other uncover some of the most dangerous and worst things in the world.
Narration for Herculean was done by Jeffrey Kafer, who like always does an incredible job. Kafer really knows how to elevate books and make them even more enjoyable. Kafer makes Robinsons already awesome work even more awesome (yeah, I went there).
The start of this book really confused me, but don't be confused for long. It starts off in a bizarre place, but then quickly goes to the "current" time where the Herculean Society exists.
The group was a really awesome hodgepodge of people from different backgrounds making each new character that was introduced new and different. I love when an author can introduce numerous people but make the reader still feel like they know and understand each of them. Each new person had something different about them that made them both stand out and more interesting.
The book itself was fast-paced and really well written. I found myself being drawn deeper and deeper into the story as it progressed. Herculean grabs you by the haunches and won't let go. Mixing old-world myth with new world technology.
Robinson still gets to stretch his typical monster writing style here, but it is at a minimum compared to some of his other works.
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"First time with this author"
Haven't read anything by Jeremy Robinson before. While the book was interestiing, I often felt like there was something else I should have read first so that I understood how the characters fit together. Guess I'll try the next one when available and maybe try some of his other series'. Ok not great but worth another listen.
"Not the best, but still enjoyable"
Decent but not his best work. Enjoyed seeing the familiar characters I a new seeing
"Awesome, as always!"
I don't need to say this but I will anyway once again Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis have done it again. This book is awesome. A MUST read for readers of the chess team. Also if you want a book that you can't stop listening to. Then this is a book for you.
The narrator Jeffery Kafer has as always done an excellent job at bringing the characters to life. I loved the story and I know I will be listening to it again.
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