Guest Reviewer Ash on In The Lap Of The Gods by Ted Tayler

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Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 1725 KB

Print Length: 192 pages

Publisher: Ted Tayler (20 April 2016)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English


Synopsis: This is the fourth book in the series so far, and it takes the stories featuring the Olympus Project in a new and exciting direction. From Larcombe Manor, Phoenix and Athena have battles to win against vicious gangsters on home soil and urgently need to identify factions within the organization plotting to take it in a different, far more sinister direction. 

The opening scenes at Glastonbury 2013 to the closing chapter cover little more than a month in time. Yet in that short month, the landscape surrounding the Project is altered forever. The action is non-stop as it switches from the West Country to Windsor, then from England to the Mediterranean. 

Ash’s rating: 3/5

Ash's Review: In the Lap of the Gods is the fourth book in the Phoenix series by Ted Tayler, a series which centres around the Olympus project, a secret vigilante organisation fighting crime and attempting to maintain peace and stability. As this is the fourth book in the series, it is perhaps not surprising that less space is given to exploring the motivations and ethics of this group in depth but this was something I struggled with throughout.

The book centres around both the local police service and the project’s attempts to deal with a gang who appear to terrorise peaceful rural towns with the simple purpose of creating fear in the population.  Whilst this was an interesting premise, I found the gang members to be less well rounded characters and their motivations not entirely clear.

There are many good aspects to In the Lap of the Gods. I may have found the Olympus Projects ethics and motivations somewhat questionable but I also found the project and the agents within it intriguing.  The dynamics within the group were well developed and it is clear that Tayler has put a lot of effort into developing both a project and agents within it who have depth and complexity. As the plot unfolds, the narrative of the developing tensions within the Olympus project becomes the principle narrative and I feel it is in this narrative that Tayler captured my interest.

Whilst there were aspects of In the Lap of the Gods that I found myself less interested by, the overarching story of the Olympus Project is well developed. Read as a stand alone book, it lacks the background information on both the project and the agents to maximise the readers empathy  however as a fourth book in a series, I feel that In the Lap of the Gods provides a good read and has left me wanting to go back and explore the series from the beginning. 

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