Sunday, February 15, 2015

Vegas then Rome by Elijah Wingnut Blog Tour

In 2045, twenty-one-year-old atheist Nate is transported back 2,000 years in time to ancient Rome. Sold into slavery, he finds famous figures and events are occurring outside their timelines, his mobile phone maintains a connection to a future where time is running fifty times faster than the past, and in the sky are small statured people flying on shields of crystal, the Leluuwahn.

Nate is determined to catch a girl who is far above his new social station, and he will need social connections, wealth and freedom to win her.

Leluuwahn elders, who transported the atheist through time, are determined that he will perform the will of God.

If Nate fails in his personal aims, he could remain a slave for life. If he fails to embrace God’s will, he could be damned to hell for eternity.

Vegas the Rome is the first book in a four part series.

Time Lines
Because the book operates across two timelines that are moving at different speeds, each chapter heading has the date for both ancient Rome and the future.

Speech Patterns
Characters from the future have a faster speech pattern; they will say for example wouldn’t, or couldn’t. Characters from the past have a more precise, slower speech pattern; they will say would not, or could not.

The Leluuwahn often finish their sentences with ‘yes’, and less often with ‘no’.

Nate’s - the main character - speech will change over time, not in the first book as the timeframe is too short, but over the course of the four planned books in the series. His simple, working class vocabulary will expand under the influence of the eloquent and articulate people that surround him. His intelligence shines through over time, although the rough edges of his upbringing are never completely polished away.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I don't even know where to start with this review! This was a story unlike anything I've EVER read before, and I loved it.
I don't really know how to classify this...Sci-FI for the time travel, Erotica (possibly) because the topic was skirted around (but not really delved into), Fantasy for "other" species- how about this: It was definitely unique and defies classification.
Let's start from the beginning, I know the "blurb" is very detailed - so I'm not going to summarize the story but there are a few things I need to touch upon:
First of all, the beginning of the story was a bit confusing for me as each chapter starts with 2 dates - one in the future, and one in the ancient past.
There are 3 sets of "characters" that are featured, and it wasn't until maybe 10-15% that I "finally" got it. (duh!)

Our main character, Nate, is out at the bar with some buddies looking for a "forever" girl that he can take home to his momma. Ultimately he allows his "2nd head" to choose a cougar to sate his needs. This one decision has PROFOUND effects (lucky for us, or there wouldn't be a fantastic story).
Once he fulfills his obligations as a "lothario" for the cougar and her friends, he decides a sabbatical is in order.
This is the point where EVERYTHING is flipped/turned upside down and the story really begins.
Nate finds himself with Jane (cougar) and Amanda (cougar's "friend") on a bed in the middle of ancient Rome, during the rule of Caligula.
Being "barbarians" doesn't bode well for the 3 and they are quickly sold into slavery.
The odd thing is, Nate is noticing people that are similar to the one's he left behind from his life.
We get to meet MANY interesting characters and participate in amazing things: the Coliseum and Gladiators (Spartacus!), the Senate and Forum, Hippocrates, just to list a few.
The story is complex, many different characters and storylines are woven together and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read what's next for the trio!

I was in high school when The Hobbit gave me my first taste of fantasy novels. Years later, when on business in Sydney, I wandered into a book store and happened across a copy of The Lord of the Rings. The world of hobbits in LOTR rang a familiar bell. I purchased the book and have since read it so many times that the spine is falling apart, but none of the pages are dog eared.

Other epic fantasy series to capture my attention have been Dune, The Magician, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and the Wheel of Time. I have also enjoyed reading the novels of Jackie Collins; the bitches and bastards, humour and relationships in her books have entertained millions.

And so I asked myself - what if I could massage the bitches and bastards and humour into a fantasy storyline? I would read that. The thought gave birth to the Sex, Blood and Glory series. I have enjoyed writing and reading it. The first book is complete, the second almost, and the third and fourth have storylines drafted. I hope you enjoy them too.

I live about an hour north of Sydney, Australia. I use Elijah Wingnut as my pen name because the idea of a fictitious world written by a fictitious author appeals to me.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Vegas then Rome (Sex, Blood & Glory #1) by Elijah Wingnut to read and review for this tour.

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