The Maenad’s God

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The Maenad’s God is the latest book by Karen Michalson. It is a mind-bending journey of self-discovery which expertly blurs the lines between reality, fantasy, and sanity. The story is set in the 1990s and follows the life of special agent Peter Morrow. Morrow is considered a rogue entity within the FBI, playing by his own rules. While he’s had some big wins during his career, he has no patience for the day-to-day bureaucracy or behind-the-scenes politics. Peter may seem like a jaded know-it-all, though he genuinely wants to help those who need his help.

Peter’s world is thrown upside down when he gets involved in what appears to be a standard drug bust, though it becomes complicated. He quickly spirals into a conspiracy that leaves him questioning everything he thought he knew about the world and himself. At first glance, Peter’s situation may seem predictable, though as you read further, his entire world, and understanding of existence, begins to unravel.

I enjoyed Peter’s character, who is instantly likable, with endearing dry wit. As the story grows more intense and strange, Peter is never short on repartee, providing much-needed comic relief throughout his darker experiences. His over-confident character is part of the fun, as he soon learns he knows nothing. The author tackles several heavy themes masterfully. It’s a tale that will keep you on your toes, guessing what’s real and imaginary and what to expect next. Michalson takes the reader in one direction when the expectation is the opposite, making it a thrilling read.

The author artfully deals with Peter’s evolving sexuality brilliantly and in a way that is both challenging and not too explicit. She also delves into politics and corruption in a thought-provoking way without being divisive or offensive. I cannot praise The Maenad’s God by Karen Michalson highly enough. It is a mind-bending masterpiece. It’s an intense, layered story that takes a specific commitment to finish, though it is well worth the effort.

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