Author: Adrian Gross
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.
Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.
Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?
Or eternal bliss?
Can he save himself?
Does he even want to be saved?
And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?
The Goddess and the Great Beast is an intelligent, fast-paced thriller with a surprisingly diverse cast. Our hero, Vivian, feels nothing but boredom as he’s stationed in Baghdad during the second world war. When a smuggler invites him to a Babylonian ritual, he’s intriguing. At the ritual, he feels something stirring deep inside of him, and can’t figure whether it’s due to the drugs lavisly handed out beforehand, or to something darker and sinister.
When Ishtar, a terrifying Babylonian goddess, casts a spell on him, there’s nowhere in the Middle East he’s safe anymore. The goddess preys on him, and he begins suffering terrible nightmares.
Years later, back in the UK, he’s tried everything to forget the horrors he went through at the hands of the Babylonian goddess. But when she makes another appearance, this time in a local bar, his old fears resurface and a deadly game begins…
Vivian had a lot of personality, and a lot of flaws, which made him all the more relatable. The addition of ancient Babylonian culture was a definite bonus. A fast pace, and suspenseful from start to end.