I am Eternal is a short story that follows Simon Magus thru his daily routine at of all places, a video game company. For those of you not familiar with Simeon Magus, he made his “first appearance” in Acts 8 when he tried to by his salvation from Peter, which led to a confrontation between the two. Part of the story tells Simon’s side of this confrontation, in the method of flashbacks, while the rest of the story is centered around him and one of his co-worker’s relationship as they begin to discuss intricacies of a new video game centered around a vampire hunter. And oh, yea, the reason why Simon has been around so long may have to do something with the fact that he himself is a vampire.
The story was a quick read, and left me wanting more about Magus, so I am hoping that we will see more of him in another story or even a full-fledged novel. The story is extremely well written, but the ending came out of nowhere. I was honestly expecting Magus to take his associate under his wing and trying to convert him or turn him instead of killing him. That was my only negative about the story, and as I said, I would definitely read more of the trials and trails of Magus, should the author decide to continue his story.
Mad Gods is actually teased in the short story I Am Eternal, as a book that Simon is reading, and it is the first of the “Predatory Ethics” series. It is the story of the growing up of the anti-Christ, and all the forces (Catholic church, Templars, Satanists) that want to control and use him when he comes of age.
When this book opened, it did not seem like it was the story of the anti-Christ: rather, it was the story of a man struggling with his calling. The way the story was setup was different, with it jumping around from place to place, and as the book progressed, from time to time. After the man accepted his calling, he took the anti-Christ under his wing and began teaching him, and the world continued on around them, with both of them “oblivious” to what was going on, but at the same time, the caregiver was prepared for anything, which does happen at the end.
The story was deeply detailed, and well-researched, with flashbacks to ancient times showing previous incarnations of the anti-Christ, all of which ended with his dying. It also introduced us to Simeon Magus (yes, the same one from I Am Eternal), only much younger, and much hungrier for something to believe in. I was intrigued with the discussions between Magus and the Byzantine-time anti-Christ and their depth of understanding of what they were discussing.
The subplots concerning the Catholics, the Templars, and the Satanists all trying to locate the anti-Christ was intriguing, and kept me guessing as to whether or not I was going to turn the page and find one of them in the anti-Christ’s house, leading him away for their bidding.
The book was definitely a deep book and you can easily find yourself getting lost in it, but be warned that it is not for someone who is not grounded in their faith, as it could sway your beliefs. There are deep rituals described in the book, and a lot of swearing and violence, especially toward the end.
If blood, gore, swearing, and violence is not your cup of tea, then steer clear. You have been warned.