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Dave Agans
Ancient Mysteries of the Urban Legion
Dave Agans, author

The apocalypse is not a prophecy—it’s a plot.

From drugged pelicans attacking a Gulf Coast rock concert to a spider-spewing cactus clearing out the Cambridge Public Library, global turmoil has taken an ominous turn. Even old-world Catholics at Chicago’s Saint Kielbasa Parish are packing heat. As Roger Landowski and the Urban Legion race to stop the unrest before the wielding of an ancient artifact can trigger Armageddon, they discover the real leaders of the Corporation and the hilariously horrifying extent of their insidious organization.

This final book of the Urban Legion trilogy reveals the appalling purpose of chemtrails, bananas, and 5G as it reinterprets history from the fall of Rome to the invention of chiropractic.

If you like Men in Black, Christopher Moore, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Buckley, Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry, or Douglas Adams, don your tin-foil hat and discover the secret, zany world of the Urban Legion.

Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.50 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Though it's entertaining, the plot's thread is difficult to follow at times due to its many characters, organizations, and different timelines. Still, this story is silly, spunky, and often clever.

Prose: The abundance of made-up names, organizations, and terms here are well done, with prose that is clear and easy to follow.

Originality: This book sits well in the satire genre and clearly riffs off modern political and social issues while still managing to create a full story outside of those themes.

Character/Execution: Context from the previous books in the series would help clarify the story, but this is still enjoyable, even without that framework. The novel's characters are lovable and will easily engage readers.


Date Submitted: August 21, 2023