Mortal Gods

Fiction - Horror
382 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2013
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Author Biography

Many people ask, “Why did you become a writer?” My answer is simple; the profession chose me, I did not choose it.
On a late fall afternoon in 2007, I was driving home from my after-school program when a young male shoved an M-16 rifle into my window. I remember looking straight down the barrel of the gun, frozen with disbelief. My head was void of thoughts and emotions. There was no “life flashing before my eyes” and to my dismay, I didn’t think of my children. I simply waited for an orange flash which never came.
Although no shots were physically fired, my entire world was blown apart in that instance. Too many things were left unchecked on my “bucket list” including my dream of becoming a paramedic.
Since spring of 2008, I went from being a teacher to serving as an Emergency Medical Technician for NM. I have loved and hated every aspect of my job all at the same time. It has taught me to never take anything for granted…especially my loved ones and my health.
From delivering a homeless drunk to the hospital to restarting the heart of a child who has drowned, I do my best to uphold the oath I have taken. For thirteen grueling hours a day, my emotional roller coaster must remain hidden so I can be the “rock” for my patients. I rescue broken people from car crashes and hold grandma’s hand simply because she’s terrified of going back to the hospital for the third time in six months.
These are their stories by which fate has chosen me to share them with you.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

Mortal Gods by Anne Griffith will raise all of the hairs on the back of your neck when you read it. Step into Albuquerque, New Mexico where expectant Mothers are being tortured, mutilated and their babies taken. Peter Kostas, the Detective attached to the case, has been chasing the monster who has been committing these crimes for over a year, but he can not seem to get the final clues he needs to catch the beast. No one seems to know who the victims are or where they have come from until Lillian Martin, a gifted paramedic, manages to keep one of the women alive. The woman does not remember much, but she has a self medication port sticking out of her where the baby once was. What does it all mean?

Anne Griffith has created a story with so many twists and turns you can not possibly know where it is going to take you next. The quality of the writing only seems to add to the depth of the mystery that has been created. The villain truly is a vile beast that you will find yourself utterly hating, and on the flip side you will be fully rooting for the very likable Peter and Lillian. When I am reading a thriller or a crime novel these are the emotions I want to feel. I want to hate the villain and love the heroes, no lines of grey. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller as long as you are not squeamish.

Alice DiNizo

A Spanish-speaking woman telephones Albuquerque, New Mexico's 9-1-1 to plead for help. She has been chased into an abandoned tortilla factory by a man with a knife. Her last words are “Please don't hurt my baby!” Albuquerque Police Detective, Peter Kostas, and his partner, Olivia Conley, arrive at the factory to find the woman dead; her unborn child cut from her. Olivia remarks to Peter, "It's Rio, all over again."

The scene switches to Washington, D.C. where we meet Dr. Margaret Cypress, the CEO of Grey's Pharmaceuticals. She is the leading expert in the field of Gene Therapy who, years ago, developed a device to deliver gene therapy to unborn babies. Next, we are introduced to a project generated by another pharmaceutical company, Trent Enterprises. The program claims to be converting and rehabilitating homeless Heroin junkies. Is there a connection between these projects and the murders? If so, what is it?

"Mortal Gods" by Anne Griffith is a well-written thriller that will draw the reader in and keep them absorbed until the last pages. The plot moves along at a rapid pace with lots of twists and turns, the kind that make a great thriller. "Mortal Gods" begins with a first-rate Reference section and online sources. Thriller fans will be waiting eagerly to read Anne Griffith's next book.

Maria Beltran

Albuquerque Homicide Detective Peter Kostas is confronted with a puzzling case when pregnant women in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are tortured, mutilated and murdered. What is the most puzzling detail about these gruesome murders is that the babies are cut out of their mothers' bellies and taken away. Detective Kostas and his partner, Detective Olivia Conley, have been unsuccessfully working on these cases for a year. A break came when Kostas rescued the latest victim and a local paramedic, Lillian Martin, was able to save her life. When the victim is in a critical condition at a university hospital, an unknown medical device is found on her abdomen. This medical port will become the key to solving the case.

Anne Griffith's "Mortal Gods" is a gripping story told in a pace that will surely keep its readers on their toes. Unsolved murders of the most heinous kind are happening in secluded areas in the city of Albuquerque. As Detective Kostas, with the help of Lillian Martin, tries to solve the puzzle, one cannot help but be involved in their quest. As the story builds up, what unfolds is a shocking truth that may happen in real life. This is also the story of power hungry human beings who believe that they can play gods. The author knows her characters so well that they come across as real people. It is a glimpse of a medical world that has gone mad. And what makes the narrative compelling is that Anne Griffith is a gifted story teller who knows how to build up an interesting plot.


4.0 out of 5 stars
First time author
February 3, 2013

For a first time author, Anne Griffith nailed it. As a former Paramedic myself, she has just the right amount of lingo to make it totally believable without losing you with medical terminology. Suspenseful with good character development and a freakishly believable story. Well done.


5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolute Must Read!
February 16, 2013

Excellent murder mystery by an obviously knowledgeable first responder. The plot moves along fluidly with enough technical verbage to keep the characters believable but without going over the head those of us who do not work in the medical fields. Anne Griffith has done a wonderful job of developing convincing characters without slowing the pace of the book's story line. Definitely awaiting the release of the next installment from this author

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