Vindico

I Am Liberation

Fiction - Action
236 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2011
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers' Favorite

Alex McCann Johnson is a new-to-me author and his debut book, Vindico is fantastic. It's a mythological young reader's book, but it's filled with action and it's never boring. It truly kept me turning the pages. By the end of the book, I was sitting there in awe over the fact that I really enjoyed the plot, characters, and the author's over all effort in the creation of this first book in the trilogy. Fantasy style books usually leave me a little confused at some point but with Alex's fresh writing and passion for his characters and plot, it really gripped me and pulled me into the story line.

I loved the names that Alex gave his characters. Zirk Zirk. I loved that name! He had the taste of human life, but now, he rages on in battles with Vindico as an immortal. And, of course there's also Logan, Apollo and Vindico. Each of these characters had their own unique personality, yet they blended perfectly in this world of fantasy to create a story that grips the reader. This book is filled with wonderful action and warring between the characters, all the while, there are friendships being forged between the mortals and immortals. It's a battle that causes great victory for some and great loss for others. As the battles rage on, Vindico comes to term with his ability and he accepts himself for what he truly is.

Each character brings spice to this epic story. The reader gets to experience the battles, fighting, and the immortal world of fiction. For the time that you read this book, you will escape into a whole new world of being able to live forever. Be prepared to fight battles to protect the immortal world and to protect humanity. It's all epic and it's a fantastic work of fiction!

So whether you are looking for fast paced action, fantasy filled battles or just looking for a new, fresh voice of fiction, this is a book that I would recommend to all readers young and old. This is an author who is sure to rise to the top and complete this trilogy with numerous fans waiting for each new release. Definitely worthy of 5 stars for capturing this non-fantasy lover's attention with a fantastically written book!

Joana J

Vindico is the story of a young man born to save the gods. He is trained and protected in his youth by people who are willing to die for him and many lives are actually lost. His job is to help the gods gain an afterlife. In their current state, when they die they cease to exist. The Titans however do not wish for this to happen because then it would mean the humans would no longer be in their control. A major battle ensues and all eyes are on Vindico.

This is quite a unique book. It blends Greek mythology and fantasy and makes for quite an interesting read. Readers who love fantasy and action would enjoy this read. The language is engaging and exciting and the story is told from several angles. This is a fantasy that will stay with the reader long after having read it. The plot is rather intricate, so it took me some time to actually get into it, however once you do, it is very entertaining. The way the author pulled the Greek mythology of the gods into the story is actually very creative. The characters seemed real enough and after a few pages you actually came to know and understand them. It is quick paced and flows well. The action scenes are well written and woven into the story carefully. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy fantasy and a bit of mythology.

Stephanie D.

Vindico: I am Liberation by Alex McCann Johnson is an ambitious book. We have gods, immortals, wendigos and titans thrown together with humans. The book is a little reluctant to get going, especially after the prologue takes us off at a bit of a tangent, however, slowly but surely, a compelling story line emerges and we become familiar with the various qualities, both good and bad, of the various fantastical and human main players. The gods and immortals are fighting to gain an afterlife, but the titans are opposed to this and also struggling to keep humankind under their subjugation. Vindico proves to be the key in this battle. He’s an interesting, perplexing character. None of the gods we meet are particularly likeable. Apollo certainly isn’t, writing people off as ‘worthless’ to their faces. Thor too is ready to cast humans aside. Vindico isn’t exactly warm either but he befriends human Logan and immortal Zirk, among others, and proves to be a good friend to them.

The book has modern language, modern attitudes but its roots are in classical legends. The best way to describe it is as mythological urban fantasy in a historical setting. Is it too much to successfully harness together? Can the fantasy and reality meld successfully? I think ultimately they do. This author is striving to break molds and has to be applauded for that. It’s refreshing to find a writer like this who dares to be different and who confronts his readers with an innovative and challenging universe. I’m impatient to see what this author comes up with next.

Brenda C.

Vindigo was born a God destined to be a part of the Great War that all of religions have predicted. He has learned to use some of his powers such as mind reading but still is learning how to use some of the other gifts he was born with. Because he is a God and never really ages he has always been forced to move from place to place so that mortals wouldn't figure out that he was different. Because of this he has never formed any real attachments with anyone other than his dog Charger. When he decides he wants to make a real friend the God Apollo shows up and promises him that a friend will be coming, the friend turns out to be an immortal named Zirk. When Apollo warns them to get ready for battle he also informs them that they need a strong mortal leader Vindigo chooses a mortal named Logan whom had recently befriended him. How will the battle play out? Pick up this book and find out!

I am not normally a huge fan of fantasy fiction but after reading "Vindico" I am thinking I have just found a new favorite genre to read! While it took me a few chapters to get into this story, once I learned the characters and what was taking place it became a real page turner.I thought the author did a very good job of bringing to life not only the characters but the battles that takes place among some of the characters. Vindigo was a character that I certainly could empathize with, he was lonely until meeting up with Zirk and Logan.It was nice to watch him come to accept who and what he was.

I enjoyed how the author wove Greek mythology into the story.I also thought the way the author described the differences between Gods, immortals and titans was fresh and interesting.Overall this was a very fast paced fiction/fantasy story that is filled with several twists that kept me reading.I think this book would appeal to many, especially fans of fantasy. I would caution that the author does use a bit of profanity but overall it is very limited. I will certainly be watching for more from this author!

Anne B.

Alex McCann Johnson begins his tale of Titans and Immortals by taking the readers to Romania during World War II. The gods were manipulating events in favor of the Allied Forces. Four immortals gathered to fight the Nazi’s. Harthur had a kind heart, large muscles, and tattoos that randomly moved around his body. Coretha knew how to use the long deadly daggers to their full potential. Nathanial, aka Jack the Ripper looked very much the gentleman in his black suit and top hat. No one would ever suspect that he enjoyed eating the innards of his victims. They waited for Frederick, the father of the special child to join them not knowing he had already been torn to shreds. The four gladly gave their life to protect the baby. They knew the Nazi’s were headed toward them but what came before the Nazi’s was creatures from a nightmare.

Our tales moves forward in time. The special child, Vindico, has grown up knowing he has special powers that could determine who wins the war. However, will the President reach out to Vindico or the one that would destroy all of humanity?

Alex McCann Johnson has created a tale filled with the gods of mythology, intrigue, fantasy and reality. The plot is fantastic. I remember spending a whole semester studying mythology and falling in love with the mythical tales. Johnson brings the gods to life in a more modern setting and with a new spin on their stories. We live in a world that needs a hero and Johnson offers us a new supernatural one. Johnson manages to keep the reader guessing what will happen next. I can easily see readers forming a following of this book and the books that I suspect are in the works.

Alice D.

Long living immortals involve themselves in World War II to help Romania and to allow the Allies to win the war. But three immortals, Harthur, Coretha, and Nathanial (once Jack the Ripper)await the fourth immortal, Frederick, whose child is in the process being born. This baby will give immortals an after-life as the gods, seeking a peaceful world, and the Titans, who just wish for control over the world, eternally battle. The four immortals die and the medic, David, who delivers the long awaited baby, Vindico, now has charge over his childhood. David and Vindico go to Africa where Jonathan Macgregor, who befriends immortals, helps rear Vindico whose name means liberation, his destiny is to save the world. Many decades pass and Vindico leaves David in Vietnam, then spends twelve years in Alaska with scientists studying dying wildlife, and finally settles in Williston, North Dakota where he meets Logan and Zirk and searches for the woman who haunts his dreams as he slowly turns into a god. Will Vindico stop the fighting that turns our planet into a battleground?

"Vindico: I am Liberation" is a well-written and edited reworking of ancient mythology and mythological personages with modern day and future world-wide happenings. Cataclysmic forces destroy a major city in the United States, but where forces of nature behind its destruction or supernatural forces attempting to wipe out humans? "Vindico's" plot continues believably with violence and upheaval to book's conclusion which promises a sequel. The characters: human and superhuman, are totally believable, warts and all. The use of Apollo, Thor, and other characters from Greek, Roman and Scandinavian mythology is brilliantly worked into the storyline. Readers everywhere will enjoy this book.