American Goddesses by Gary R. Henry @LiteraryGary – My Review
American Goddesses written by Gary R. Henry (@LiteraryGary) is a story about women with incredible gifts. The story takes place primarily in Lawrencedale, a comfortable, small, mid-western town; home of two women who acquired their super powers after agreeing to participate in an immunology research effort. From that day forward their lives changed, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.
Megan Harris and Trish Reilly, although local heroes and volunteer deputies for the local police department, continue to perform the duties of the jobs they had prior to gaining incredible strength and the ability to fly and read people’s minds, Megan as an editor at Deacon Press and Trish as a waitress at Mac’s American Café.
I have a confession to make here; I really didn’t like the main character, Megan Harris, in the beginning of the story. She was superior, bossy, and had little use for men. As a woman, I was offended that she did not know the difference between hockey, baseball, basketball or football. I believe you may not like sports or some other element, but to be totally unaware rubbed me the wrong way. Also, if I was her husband, I’d have strayed too as she treated him like a child. Her comment in chapter 7, Was there anything more useless than a man, seemed to sum up Megan Harris’ attitude. Don’t get me wrong, the writing and details in the story were excellent – enough to bring out these feelings in me. Kudos to Gary.
Enter the bad guys; Melnikov with former psychic abilities who is set up to be a tool of Raven and Falcon, members of a covert Agency responsible for terrorist attacks. Their plan is to have Melnikov take over the bodies of the two American Goddesses to drain them of their power and to regain the power she had lost when neo-Stalinist believers took control of Russia and abolished the research programs she was involved in, and to carry out their terrorist plot, starting with abolishing Lawrencedale.
The story that follows is exciting, fast-paced, heart-warming, up-lifting, emotional and beautifully written. You cannot put this book down once it’s started; the story is complex, fantastic, and you just have to see how it ends. It’s one of those books that I wanted to read the ending first, just to see where it goes (but I held strong and did not). Gary has a way of describing scenes to make it feel as if you are there in them, and to describe characters so that you can picture what they would look like with different expressions.
I’m happy to say that my feelings warmed toward Megan later in the book as she had the opportunity to crawl back up to the top after a major downfall. That is a tribute to the author who wove the story so that readers could watch Megan as she re-learned humility and empathy.
This was an excellent story that I would recommend to readers who like a little fantasy mixed in with raw human emotions and pathos. Gary left the reader with the possibility of a book two in the Goddess saga and I will be right there at the head of the line to purchase it when it comes out.