Brandon Marlowe and the Alpha in the Omega

Rated 4.91/5 based on 46 reviews
Brandon Marlowe continues his second year at the School in Tartarus and learns about the new threat posed by Alpha, the most dangerous Demigod. More

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About Eric Livingston

The Brandon Marlowe series is a story that I made up as I was moving from Oklahoma to Texas. The UHaul had no cruise control and storytelling made for good distraction from my stiff legs.

I started with the Spirit Snatcher, then the Alpha in the Omega, and the Darkness of the Light. The story has grown significantly from the original and I've become very fond of it. Recently, I've gotten preoccupied with other projects and such, so writing the fourth book has been slower. This is not something I do full-time, hence the option to buy the series free as I want readers more than anything. Although your money is always appreciated and welcome.

I've had relative success with Smashwords and at one point did break Top 100 Children's books on Amazon. This feat is made even more impressive due to my disdain of social networks. Nothing against the concept, it just feels like a chore to me.

If I were to see a future for my series outside of black and white I would love an animated series. If anyone out there knows a youtube/internet/comic individuals in need of a good story, have them contact me. I'd love to talk.

Also, if you notice any formatting errors in the books, please let me know. A good address to use is:

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on April 23, 2013 :
Second Brandon Marlowe is just as readable as the first one. Brandon is still at school and still adjusting to being the newest ranked member od the school. Between school and practice, Brandon rarely has time to search the Omega Files for information on his brother much less do research on the son fo Zues, Alpha. Join Brandon and his squad as they practice and learn for the battle or all battles with the Gods. Easy to read and nice read for young adults and I look forward to the next installment. Nice way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Iris Garcia on Feb. 13, 2013 :
Eric Livingston's series is just the right medicine for those suffering from fantasy withdrawal. This series kept my children's noses (aged 10 to 17) in the pages and provided a great introduction to Greek mythology. The books are fast-paced and suitable for adults and children over the age of ten.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Kay Carter on Feb. 03, 2013 :
Great read! Lots of fun!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Mi Song on Jan. 30, 2013 :
Have you ever wandered what happened to the Greek gods and their children? This book will explain it all.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Jan Gandy on Jan. 22, 2013 :
Batsh*t crazy great!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Timothy Dixon on Jan. 22, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book despite the (now infamous in my mind) Demigod involved. I'm telling everyone!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Scott Stone on Jan. 21, 2013 :
This was a fun series with adventure and struggling youth. Even though it dealt with fantasy it still addressed some of the conflicts of today's young people.

I wish the series was completed already.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Richard Faas on Jan. 17, 2013 :
This book was so much fun to read. I really liked Brandon Marlowe. The story has lots of adventures and the mythological creatures were fun to read about.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: David Hannah on Jan. 06, 2013 :
This is the second book in an ongoing series! I couldn't put it down it was just too much fun.

Go Brandon!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Richard Faas on Jan. 02, 2013 :
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Greek Mythology, adventure, surprises and battles.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Erica Castillo on Jan. 02, 2013 :
The best interpretation on Greek mythology for the modern age. A must read!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Troy Jay on Dec. 28, 2012 :
Great series!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Eric Gillean on Dec. 26, 2012 :
Fantastic series! A great adventure.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Amy Smith on Dec. 15, 2012 :
This book is a great mix of fantasy, adventure, and mystery. I enjoyed reading this book, and am really looking forward to the release of the next book. The setting of the book and the way the write described it, made it feel like I was really there. The story kept my attention through the whole book and it ended totally unlike how I expected it to end!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Gary Martinez on Dec. 07, 2012 :
I thought that this book was the best book I have ever read! It had excitement,fun,and interesting facts about Greek myths.Greek myths are very,very awesome and I loved the modern twist on them.I definitely can not wait to read the next book in the series!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Sabrina Harris on Dec. 03, 2012 :
I chose this rating because I can find nothing wrong with this series. It's funny, clever and really well written. I am sure people from ages eight and up will give this book five stars as well.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Scott Stone on Nov. 18, 2012 :
This is one of the more original fantasy books that I've come across in a while. It takes something that most people are interested in (mythology) and puts an updated fantasy spin on it. The premise is that the Greek gods are still active and up to their old tricks only this time there are humans who have inherited the abilities of fallen gods/titans, their job is to stop them. Brandon Marlowe survives this world, and unlike the PJ series this author makes no bones about the danger these people face. Very gripping, very fun.
(reviewed 75 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeff Fenton on Nov. 13, 2012 :
Very good concept for a book series. Can't wait for the next one. It's suspenseful and entertaining.

Hope this doesn't become reality.
(reviewed 71 days after purchase)

Review by: Craig Stevens on Nov. 04, 2012 :
AWESOME READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(reviewed 61 days after purchase)

Review by: Robert Vick on Nov. 04, 2012 :
Good storyline and well told. It was a hard book to put down. I was sad when it was over.
(reviewed 61 days after purchase)

Review by: Terri Drenth on Oct. 30, 2012 :
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)

Review by: Terri Drenth on Oct. 24, 2012 :
Great book for boys/young men! The action is addicting and the story line is awesome!
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)

Review by: Nancy Crook on Oct. 24, 2012 :
Favorite book ever!
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)

Review by: Dwayne Hollo on Oct. 19, 2012 :
It was a good book and i really enjoyed it i would suggest it to lots of people very good book.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)

Review by: Jim Grisswell on Oct. 14, 2012 :
The characters and the unusual world they live in is vividly presented to the reader, each chapter ending draws you into the next. Hard to put it down.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)

Review by: Roy Eby on Oct. 13, 2012 :
So many things to like in the book. the details of the action, and the hardships these people have to face. It deserves five stars.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)

Review by: Marvin Greely on Oct. 13, 2012 :
For a non-book reader that normally falls asleep unless a book captures me, this one did just that. Couldn't put it down!
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)

Review by: Eric Nibizi, Sr on Oct. 06, 2012 :
Amazing man
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Basil Raad on Oct. 04, 2012 :
This is such a page turner its ridiculous. I got it just to have something to read in between classes and next thing i know its over and im starting the next one. I would recommend this to everyone!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Alex Hale on Oct. 02, 2012 :
A good read about a quite fascinating concept. I wonder how far away from something like this we really are? Maybe not as far away as we would like to believe.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: Alberto Saa on Sep. 19, 2012 :
This book was one of those cases where a series entered into the realm of controversy while still keeping it fun and entertaining. Highly recommend for the original mind.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Bill Cronk on Sep. 13, 2012 :
lots of fun, great read! keep up the awesomeness!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Edgar Best on Sep. 11, 2012 :
I could not put it down. the characters are so realistic and loveable or hated. This book should be assigned reading for high school English classes. It holds your attention and opens your imagination. A great read!
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Cross Bello on Sep. 08, 2012 :
Great book! Nuff said.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Antonio Gamino on Sep. 05, 2012 :
This is by far my favorite book in recent times. I liked the first one and all, but on the surface it just seemed to be another ordinary mythology book. This one puts the series in a league of its own. I didn't even think about the Alpha and Omega on the cover page. All the clues were there and I was still excited to see the presence of the Demigod.

An instant classic to go along with a great series. Can't wait for more.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: James Malek on Sep. 04, 2012 :
I was ravished by the story. The book is told from Brandon's point of view, first person past tense. The conversations occurring in Brandon's head (he talks to his weapons) Overall, the style sheds a unique light on the inner workings of this developing character. I think it works. It keeps the mystery alive and the action tense for the reader.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Anita Sood on Aug. 30, 2012 :
An fun and exciting series just finished the second book and starting on the third. Quick break to let people know how great the series is.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Jan Crow on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Fantastic Series!

A must read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: John Jafa on Aug. 27, 2012 :
A surprising but great continuation of the series. This book is why reading will be around forever.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Victor Neilsing on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Great book with a premise immaculately tied in to the real world religions. If the Vatican thought Dan Brown was bad for suggesting Jesus had a kid, they are going to try to burn Eric Livingston at the stake. Hope he finishes the series before then.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Jose Rosas on Aug. 26, 2012 :
This series is fascinating, action packed, and highly addicting. It's drags you in with mysteries and mythology and you keep thinking about it long beyond finishing the books. I hesitated for a while to read them because of the Percy Jackson books which have eclipsed the mythology market. These are far more interesting than anything Riordan has written.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: John Gleeson on Aug. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
Great read!

Give it a try!

Pass it on!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Bob Cotton on Aug. 22, 2012 :
When writing this I feel I should pause in memory of the author who'd probably be hunted down if the far right ever read this book. Oh, well great book and certainly an author with guts. For me, however it's a reading rush. Keep writing!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Edwin Ritter on Aug. 21, 2012 :
I was skeptical about the integration of Jesus into Greek mythology but the author sold it. A book worth reading. Five stars
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: roadway2000 on Jan. 21, 2012 :
Well written and interesting book. Different aspect on God and Jesus Christ. Author does a good job of developing all the characters and keeping you into the story. I would suggest this book to others to read.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Jan. 21, 2012 :
This is a great science fiction book. It features a war betweem humans and gods. The action is page-turning with excitement. I would recommend this book to others. Thanks for sharing.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Doskoi Panda on Jan. 17, 2012 :
Brandon Marlowe and the Alpha in the Omega is the second in a series of fast paced young adult fantasy novels about a young man, Brandon Marlowe, who has the ability to be an air elemental, a gift descended to him via a Greek Titan. Brandon is attending a school where he trains to be a part of an elite force created to protect the people and allies of Tartarus, and where he also is seeking further information on his older brother's death. Amongst the enemies of Tartarus are the original Greek Pantheon, and a group of other humans, referred to as the Followers, who are fanatical believers in a single deity, and are lead by a man called the Apostle. There are intrigues and complications as Brandon learns more about the history of the conflicts, and delves into his brother's death.

I liked this much, much more than I initially thought I would - the first few pages sort of tumbled me into a world for which I had not been prepared - and was especially pleased that it didn't follow the usual strategy of beating one opponent, then "leveling up" and going on to the next. Instead, the opponents are mostly shrouded, and the narrator's goals are diverse rather than singly focused. Any sense of "leveling up" is gained through not only mission or training experience, but through the narrator's sense that he either succeeded or found a way to improve a technique, rather than just moving on to a bigger bad guy. Once I had a handle on the world in which the series is set, it proved to be fascinating, incorporating Greek mythology and elements of Christian theology into a fairly complex storyline. The characters felt fairly real, rather than being two dimensional, though I think I would have found them even more so, if I had read the previous novel.

The lack of a synopsis covering the previous book was a drawback; it took about seventy pages before I really felt that I had a handle on all that was going on. There's also confusion in the setting - I had (and still have) very little idea of the locations and their positions (this may have been covered in the previous book.) I also had very little idea of what any of the main characters looked like (again, probably covered in the first novel). A later scene from Olympus, felt strange and out of place, not only because of its content, but also because it was the only scene outside of the narrator's point of view. Also, along these lines in a sort of odd complaint, we never see the narrator working/practicing some of the things he tries out until the moment he tries them, making it harder to gauge him as a person, not that I think I would want to see endless amounts of training/practicing spells, etc., but it would bolster the image of a school/student far more if a bit were included.

I read this as an .epub on an iPad, and noticed some formatting issues with altered text sizes, which may not be present in other formats (one paragraph would be a normal font size, then the next would be tiny. Then, a paragraph or two later, text would be back to regular size.)

4 stars
Review copy supplied by the author as part of LibraryThing's Member Giveaway Program.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

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