A Gripping Read
again unsheathes his pen with great success.
The rich tapestry which he weaves in Kerebos shows us a frighteningly real
glimpse of a time not so long ago, and a world we are grateful we know
only via his novel.
In the prequel you clearly see the assembly of our anti-hero. Prata is
masterful in his piece-by-piece construction. I tried hard for days to
construct this character with famous persons from history and pop culture,
but alas was unable to do it. Kerebos is unique unto himself.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who enjoys fantasy genre and
I'm grateful he did so. However, if you enjoy psychology, social
psychology, historical fiction, and action-adventure you will love this
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"[A] gruesomely brilliant work of military
When I read the last pages, my jaw dropped, and I re-read it
twice, to make sure I had read it right, and to put it together in my
head....To me, this combination of being completely shocking, not being
forced, and making perfect sense, makes the ending of "Kerebos" perfect.
"This tale, in its content, is the most unrelentingly and uncompromisingly
brutal story I have ever read. Usually, the cruelty and carnage and vivid
savagery of a book like this, would make me put it down, even if it was
delivered in small pieces. In "Kerebos", the violence is pervasive. I
could not put it down, and only wanted to do so once, when it first
emerged. What made it tolerable?
"First, this could easily have ended up as a set of caricature-like
characters hacking and slashing their way through a story. It is none of
that. Instead, the characters, good and evil, are three-dimensional, with
flaws and strengths, dreams and hopes, and differing visions of the
future. Their friendships, their loves, and their hatreds, all seem very
"Second, while the action is frequently gruesome in nature, it is
described perfectly. And, it all fits together into a coherent whole. ...
"Third, the writing itself is very, very good. The author creates imagery
well, and displays an excellent vocabulary, without being condescending or
reveling in his own eloquence."
...a wonderful read ****
story, written as a "prequel" to Dream of Fire, tells the tale of how
Livios Rapax came to be the tortured soul known as Kerebos. Although a
companion to Dream of Fire, the book stands well on it's own - although if
you haven't already read Dream, you'll be quick to get a copy just to see
where the story goes.
In a genre where writers feel compelled to create extravagant, complex
worlds and back-stories, Mr. Prata uses a mix of places, names, and
philosophies from history and myth, blending them in a way that makes his
world a unique yet familiar place. This allows the reader to almost
instinctively understand the setting without making it predictable.
I found this book to be a compelling page-turner with intense action and
smooth character development.
For those that enjoy Fantasy, and are looking for something fresh, this
book is highly recommended!
Dominic L. Gonzon Jr.