Books | Before the Eyes of the Gods
Adam Kirkman has almost ten years' experience in the book trade, and set up Quick Brown Fox Publications to publish his own novel. Adam lives in York, manages a bookshop, runs a publishing empire, and still finds time to be obsessed with TV's Lost.
16 December, 2006
What if the Greek gods were real and had power today? What revenge could they take on those whose ancestors had wronged them?
The gods work their influence through music, and we see the players in this piece respond to the soundtrack that they cannot hear, even as they unwittingly dance to the tune of the heavenly music.
Before The Eyes Of The Gods is a masterful epic, told with consummate style by an artist at the height of his powers. This meditation on the the power and purpose of music, coupled with a tender love story painted against a backdrop of unimaginable tragedy and pain, is all at once a gripping thriller and the calling card of an exciting young author.
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"Adam Kirkman's Before The Eyes Of The Gods is one of the most striking, assured debut novels I have read for a while. The style and the plot are somewhat reminiscent of Neil Gamain's American Gods, which certainly isn't a bad thing. The book puts a clutch of Greek gods in the present day and asks what revenge they might take on the descendants of those who have wronged them. Plane crashes, forbidden love, pain and grief result as we follow the human characters (quite literally) to hell and back. The strange mix of epic myth and modern day could very easily slip into parody, but Kirkman manages to make it work. As a result, there are some fantastically satisfying stylistic moments - and the gods' preferred method of exercising their power, through music, provides a poignant metaphor for the sometimes unfathomable impulses that guide us all. This is a unique novel; sprightly, readable and challenging. It's real brain food."
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