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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Review of Mayhem's Fountain

Mayhem's Fountain
J.A. Bove
iUniverse 11/11/10
ISBN 9781450260831

   Ever since their last journey, pirate Captain Cornelius Mayhem has been waiting for a sign from the Eye of Atlantis. Cornelius stole the artifact from the Atlanteans months before. When he finally gets the sign, it is more gold then he ever hoped to find. He gathers all of his local men and they embark on a journey that is far more then any of them have imagined.
   Back in Atlantis, Eramus, the son of King Zale is bent on revenge at the loss of the Eye. He bribes Bully the Red, a nemesis of Mayhem, to help exact his revenge. He is furious with his father for allowing Mayhem to leave without punishment since many Atlanteans were killed in the process. Not only that, his sister is allowed to remain even though she helped Mayhem in his quest for the Eye.
   Mayhem believes he is in for the adventure of a lifetime to acquire riches beyond his imagination; but he is drawn into a dangerous game of revenge and payback for his crimes. In addition, he will find that the notorious Fountain of Youth truly does exist. 
   This fascinating book is set in the seventeenth-century and is full of action, piracy, mythology and even some romance. We encounter notorious pirates, mermen and mermaids, Sasquatch himself and some savages thrown in. Believe me when I say there is never a dull moment in this story. It is packed with action and adventure from beginning to end. This is the first in the Atlantis trilogy.
   The storyline flowed nicely and it kept you guessing where it was headed next. Eramus was quite the evil heir to the crown; but then again, all of the family was a bit devious. Some worse then others. They all gave a new meaning to the word evil. Mayhem was a bit gullible at times and was a sucker for a pretty face. Of course, most of the men in the story were except for the Atlanteans who appeared to know them well. Both princesses were definitely spoiled and were bound and determined to do as they wanted. no matter the cost. 
   I highly recommend this book of fantasy for young and old alike. It is an enjoyable read and is fraught with imagination. I don't think you will be disappointed. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
   I received this book through Bohlsen PR for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own and I was not compensated in any way except for the privilege of receiving the book to read and review.

I give Mayhem's Fountain 4.5 out of 5 stars


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