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Friday, July 10, 2015

'EVIL UNDER THE GREEK SUN'



The Olympus Killer by Luke Christodoulou

About the Book
'EVIL UNDER THE GREEK SUN'
If this summer you are thinking of travelling to the majestic, sun kissed Greek Islands, think again. A sadistic killer is on the loose.
THE OLYMPUS KILLER...
Over the picturesque Greek Islands, bodies are piling up fast. Bodies tortured, mutilated and strangely connected to ancient Greek mythology. Hellenic Police Captain COSTA PAPACOSTA is called in to assist young, top of her year, foul mouth, food loving Cretan, Lieutenant IOLI CARA in solving their most complex case yet, while facing his own demons after the tragic loss of his daughter.
The OLYMPUS KILLER, as the tabloids refer to him by, is a cunning, sadistic murderer with a haunting past. A past revealed to us through his mothers story set in Dayton, USA.
Will the two officers catch the murderer in time or will the Olympus Killer have his revenge?
A model with arms brutally chopped off...
Twins decapitated and their heads used to form a sun and a moon...
Papacosta and Cara are always one step behind the killer all the way to the shocking end! 

Book Readers Review
The Olympus Killer is an action packed and especially graphic story of murders set in the Greek Isles. The plot is based on Greek Mythology with a twist. Luke Christodoulou fits stories of Ancient Greece and its myths into his own storyline. This method works allowing the storyline to move on without becoming bogged down with too many facts.  But for the reader who is not familiar with Greek history, more detail would give better understanding to the killers actions. However, the story is fast paced and moves between timelines taking the reader back to earlier events setting the scene for the future.

I found the story a little too gory and chilling in parts for my liking but I had to read to the end to discover the outcome. The characters could have been more developed but one cannot help feeling sympathy for  Hellenic Police Captain Costa Papacosta and his sidekick Lieutenant Ioli Cara.  They spent much of the time chasing between the Greek Islands searching for clues to find the killer without much success until the end.  But it was fairly obvious who it was early on in the novel.
Overall, the book is not for the fainthearted or squeamish. But if you like shock factor, murder, some mystery and a smattering of history, this is for you!
 I received a copy from Luke Christodoulou in return for an honest review.  May recommendation is 3 stars.
About the Author

Luke Christodoulou is an English teacher (MA Applied Linguistics - University of Birmingham), a poet and an author.
He is also a coffee-movie-book-Nutella lover.
His first book, THE OLYMPUS KILLER (#1 BESTSELLER - Thrillers), was released in April, 2014. The book was voted Book Of The Month for May on Goodreads (Psychological Thrillers). The book continued to be a fan favourite on Goodreads and was voted BOTM for June in the group Nothing Better Than Reading. In October, it was BOTM in the group Ebook MIner, proving it was one of the most talked-about thrillers of 2014.
The second stand-alone thriller from the series, THE CHURCH MURDERS, was released April, 2015.
He is currently working on the third book from his planned Greek Island Mysteries book series.
He has, also, ventured into children's book land and released 24 MODERNIZED AESOP FABLES, retelling old stories with new elements and settings. The book, also, features sections for parents which include discussions, questions, games and activities.
He resides in Limassol, Cyprus with his wife and daughter.
Hobbies include travelling the Greek Islands discovering new food and possible murder sites for his stories.

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Twitter: @OlympusKiller

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