Vindico: I Am Liberation

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iUniverse, Apr 1, 2011 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Vindico grew up knowing that he was a special god, who somehow has the power to give an afterlife to gods, immortals, and titans, even though he does not know how. Yet on the horizon, war is coming, and he must help the gods and immortals achieve an afterlife while the titans fight against it in hopes of keeping humanity in their control. Vindico refuses to be a pawn and is determined to go his own way. The god Apollo puts a halt to such notions, telling Vindico that he must accept his fate. Along with his new friends—Logan, a kindhearted mortal, and Zirk, a former human turned immortal—Vindico prepares for the coming battle. The war that every religion and every culture has predicted begins, and the ancient mythological figures use Earth as their battleground. Vindico must prepare to meet his destiny, even if it means all of humanity will be lost ... A unique blend of fantasy and reality, Vindico brings the world of the gods to brilliant life and offers a new hero for the ages.
 

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Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite
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.
 

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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
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.
 

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Contents

David
1
Vindico
9
Vindico
21
Logan
26
Vindico
29
Logan
32
Vindico
34
Vindico
38
Vindico
132
Logan
139
Vindico
147
Zirk
150
Vindico
152
Zirk
156
Logan
163
Vindico
169

Vindico
44
Vindico
49
Zirk
58
Zirk
62
Zirk
65
Vindico
69
Vindico
72
Zirk
76
Vindico
79
Logan
83
Vindico
85
Logan
90
Logan
94
Zirk
99
Logan
105
Vindico
109
Logan
116
Apollo
122
Zirk
172
Logan
175
Vindico
181
Thor
188
Jasmin and Ben
192
Thor
194
Logan
200
Vindico
205
Logan
216
Vindico
219
Logan
225
Vindico
228
Zirk
235
Epilogue
239
Logan
243
Apollo
248
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