Reluctant Gods III


Fiction - Supernatural
222 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2014
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Author Biography

I was born in Connecticut, educated as a mechanical engineer in Massachusetts, and moved to Ohio for a job in a Fortune 200 company. I've since left the safety of that career, having been in multiple manufacturing roles, including: engineering manager, plant manager, and an acquisition captain, as well as an internal consultant for numerous manufacturing plants on Lean methodology. I have now set about consulting part time and writing the rest of the time.

I was always a maverick as a child, and an adult, and was never quite able to draw inside the lines or follow certain rules. I did however, figure out how to fit into acceptable society and not be a pink monkey. This, and the engineering training I had, taught me to question everything, and never automatically believe in anything. Consequently, I was always a handful for anyone I reported to. Once they knew me though, they pretty much let me run free with the reservation, "If anyone asks if I knew about this, I didn't." - since the things I did usually didn't fit into the nice neat corporate boxes or standards, but were effective at getting the job done.

This personality trait, possibly due to playing with mercury as a child, influences my writing to be somewhat different than others. My hopes are that it will make reading more entertaining for you, with a fresh approach to viewing the world around us, by removing the usual paradigms and blinders we impose on ourselves through our culture's influences.

I've done some pretty dumb things while learning about writing as a career. The first thing is, how darn hard it can be, and I've taken classes, and read several books on writing. The second is how easy it is to make a mistake, such as over-write a good file with a draft copy and promote it to 35,000 people. Yikes. That was a nightmare. I'm much more careful now.

If you are someone that doesn't always feel you fit in all the time, and sees things somewhat differently than most, or looks at things and says, 'What if?' then you might like my work.

If you like a more lighthearted group of somewhat irreverent characters, you might like my Reluctant Gods Series. If you've been in business and know some cold and cruel characters, you might like Dr. Roland Vandergrift in 'Power, Control, Conformance.'

If you are a person who is set in their ways and beliefs and can only see things a certain way, you might not like any of my work.

I hope you enjoy what I've done. If you don't like it, remember you can always return it, though I've had few returns so far. Remember, I did warn you.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite

Reluctant Gods III - Reset by A.J. Aaron is the third in a sequence that explores the concept of destiny and multiple timelines. After being tragically parted from his beloved Leyna in a past life, Sevilen casts a powerful spell to enable their reunion at a future date. This happy outcome falls apart through the designs of the demon Seth. Do the main characters manage to thwart him? The answer is yes and no, leaving a confusing tangle of different universes, each with its own set of problems and complications. To save the world (or worlds) they care about, the main players have choices to make and time is running out. It may seem simple, but it isn't. The slightest change of circumstances can give birth to another multiverse, with different cultures, different problems, different politics and even different types of relationships between the main characters. Take a roller-coaster ride on destiny as the main characters experiment to find the best of all possible outcomes. You will certainly recognize a Biblical angel or two, but will you be comfortable with the guise they wear in this story?

If you are willing to be open-minded to concepts such as parallel realities and you don't mind a little religious irreverence here and there, you will probably enjoy this slightly chaotic exploration of an ever-shifting universe. If you are unfamiliar with the idea of different timelines, born out of different actions, you will probably end up a little confused. Relationships change as worlds do, and keeping track of a complicated and tangled web of intrigue might prove challenging. Readers who enjoy philosophical debate about the nature of life, the universe and the role of free will in determining our destiny, should find plenty to chew on when reading Reluctant Gods III by A.J. Aaron. For the most rewarding reading experience, you may need to familiarize yourself with other books in the series.