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A serial killer is on a killing spree of the religious in New York City, and a seasoned police detective is the only one who can stop him. He is a lion, and the religious cattle his prey. A serial killer is focused on severing religion's stranglehold on humanity in order to cleanse the world of superstitions, religious leaders, and gullible citizens. Myth Man is preparingA serial killer is on a killing spree of the religious in New York City, and a seasoned police detective is the only one who can stop him. He is a lion, and the religious cattle his prey. A serial killer is focused on severing religion's stranglehold on humanity in order to cleanse the world of superstitions, religious leaders, and gullible citizens. Myth Man is preparing to unleash an unholy vengeance. Lieutenant Dominick Presto is one of New York City's finest police detectives. While the obese Presto battles prejudices from within his own department, he matches his wits with one of the most sensationalized killer in the city's history. But Myth Man fears no one. And the murder spree begins. Hailed as the Son of Satan by the local newspapers, Myth Man uses hidden contacts and disguises as he moves from victim to victim, while Presto attempts to decipher his psychotic mind in order to predict his next move.The serial killer has a plan. And soon the world will come to know him, celebrate him, and perhaps worship him-for he is Myth Man....

Title : Myth Man
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ISBN : 9781450247245
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Myth Man Reviews

  • Justin Yan
    2019-06-13 02:28

    Ahh, yet more incentive to win more books from Goodreads FirstReads program. A very pleasing book mainly targeted towards older high school students and such. There is some pretty intense cussing, really only in one spot in the plot, and just an occasional S*1+ or F*** here and there. Really nothing to detract from your interest in this book. Definitely not intense romance or other deep emotions except for one scene in the book that was exceptionally uncalled for but happened for a very logical reason (drinking), and was that two detectives got in the uhhhh... bed together.For a book that I expected to be somewhat scary and full of intense religious opinion, but it is centered around something else. Sure the killer is trying to rid the New York area of religion, but that is only the "steering wheel" of the book so to speak. The real "engine" is Detective Presto, an unusual and unlikely character that assumes the position of the main protagonist in this story.The main character, Detective Presto, is extremely similar to one of the teachers at my school. So similar in fact, that I wonder if the author got influence from him. He is 300+ pounds, but not suffering from medical ailments, living with his mother, and enjoys good food. There are many differences, of course, such as living in New York,and loving pets, especially snakes, but they still have their striking similarities.The plot of the book is an especially foreign and "exotic" one, at least to me, as I have never really delved into books dealing with religious killing. There are basically 3 forces: the killer and his associates, the FBI, and the NYPD. Here it goes...He is a lion, and the religious cattle his prey. A serial killer is focused on severing religion's stranglehold on humanity in order to cleanse the world of superstitions, religious leaders, and gullible citizens. Myth Man is preparing to unleash an unholy vengeance.Lieutenant Dominick Presto is one of New York City's finest police detectives. While the obese Presto battles prejudices from within his own department, he matches his wits with one of the most sensationalized killer in the city's history. But Myth Man fears no one. And the murder spree begins. Hailed as the Son of Satan by the local newspapers, Myth Man uses hidden contacts and disguises as he moves from victim to victim, while Presto attempts to decipher his psychotic mind in order to predict his next move.The serial killer has a plan. And soon the world will come to know him, celebrate him, and perhaps worship him—for he is Myth Man.I absolutely loved this book and was decently surprised at the end of the book. In retrospect, I was surprised at the whole falling action of the book. Just a little betrayal to say the least. I'll let you go figure it out. Excellent, excellent book!

  • Alex Mueck
    2019-05-26 02:16

    ForeWord Clarion Review -Mueck has crafted an engaging and well-paced mystery with a lead detective who's under no illusions about himself or what others think of his physical appearance. Humor is threaded throughout the novel, never too much or too little, and always in service of the story. The scenes with his mother—particularly when they're discussing his upcoming blind date—breathe with life and realism. All the characters are three-dimensional and their actions follow clearly established motivations. The story follows a logical progression and the reader is never hoodwinked. All the information is there for the keen-minded reader to follow, along with the red herrings of misdirection that are vital to a well-told mystery. Mueck has done his homework well. Mueck certainly has entertaining stories yet to tell. He could very well be a name to watch in the future. Sacramento Book Review | San Francisco Book Review - A thriller steeped in both criminal and moral trespasses, Myth Man is something of a rarity, offering an intellectual battleground, as well as a lawful one. While the villainous Myth Man is cunning and brutal, he also makes a valid point about the dangers of organized religion, leaving any reader, no matter what religious background, with thought-provoking questions, like "how far is too far?" While having a police detective on the outs with most of the department is nothing new to fiction, Dominick is an engaging outcast, overweight and wholly devoted to his mother, yet blessed with an ability to see connections that elude most of his comrades. Dominick is decidedly human in a genre populated by supermen, and his struggles with both the case and his fellow officers help separate Myth Man from the pack. Near the end of the book, the twists (and untwists) come fast and furious, abandoning the slower investigative style for a more breakneck tension-driven narrative, and for the most part, the story concludes nicely. I hope there are more Dominick Presto cases to come

  • Ewa
    2019-06-01 00:17

    My life is busy, but I still love to read for pleasure whenever I have time. “Myth Man” was recommended to me, and I was not disappointed. Once I started reading, the book was hard to put down. I spent few late nights absorbed in book, finishing intriguing story, and waiting for the plot to untangle. Great read!

  • Julie
    2019-06-17 00:38

    I received a copy of Myth Man from a goodreads giveaway. The book is a decent crime drama with a varied cast of characters and an interesting plot. I was engaged from start to finish and fully enjoyed myself.

  • Lorretta
    2019-05-25 02:17

    I received this through Goodreads Giveaways at no cost.I was hoping that I would win this book because I am a sucker for stories involving religious crimes, insanity, etc. I am completely fascinated by the power that religion has for so many people.I really love Detectiv Dom Presto and hope he will be featured in more books; I greatly enjoyed his passion for eating and I am one of those people that love detailed descriptions of food in my stories. Dom is described as being very heavy and endures much ribbing and prejudice because of it. He shares a sharp sense of wit with his mother who is recovering from an injury and is super testy because of bedrest. She also has diabetes and must inject insulin regularly and is keeping a secret about cancer from Dom. This is all important to the development of the story.Myth Man is a person with some serious issues. We learn that his hatred of religion comes from his father at an early age. His mother was no contender for mother of the year either. Myth Man is quite intelligent and has a talent for make-up and disguises. He utilizes both skills early in his life and ensnares people that will be crucial for his spree to continue without interruption for as long as possible. He is trying to cover as many religions during the holy season. He opens with Ash Wednsday.We are introduced to a nice array of characters from Dom's downstairs neighbors and their niece Camille, several police officers who have past history with Dom, a pair of FBI agents and another agent, Bailey, that Dom considers a friend. We are treated to the fireworks that seem to occur whenever two agencies try to thwart each other while supposedly working together. The FBI pair consists of a brash male and a very attractive female. Are all FBI female agents attractive? There is also a mysterious crate coming in from an Iraqi archaeological dig. It's arrival is being overseen by Bailey and mention of it pops up throughout the book almost as an aside. The story flows smooth for the most part except at the end. I found the sudden appearance of the CIA to be jarring and sort of gratutious. There were some twists that I greatly enjoyed, from page to page I kept changing my mind about who was the good guys and who wasn't...fun!I enjoyed the details given about each religion as Myth Man gets ready to kill a representative of that religion. Also KUDOS to the author for not stepping into the easy ploy of detailing animal cruelty and abuse in the early years of Myth Man's life. We all know that serial killers are wackos and tend to start small. So many authors seem to relish detailing this part...we don't need it.The only reason I am not giving 5 stars is that I felt the end was a little messy. I did like the opening of the crate.

  • Tommy
    2019-06-19 00:30

    This is my first review. My friend won this book from Goodreads and gave me the book to read. He also told me about this website. So I joined hoping to win free books too.Since, his winning this book got me to join, I made this my first review.My friend won this and loved it, so he gave to me as this is more my genre, he is more a sci-fi guy. This books starts off quick, no setting the stage or anything like that. Immediately you meet the killer on his way to the first kill, and I liked that it took place in St. Patricks being I had been there before and could see the place in my mind again.There are a few elements to the story. The killer. The detective. The other characters. The killer is one of my favorites I have read since the guy from the Red Dragon. Myth Man's childhood is explained, and while twisted his rational is well detailed.The detective was equally as good. I saw one review here that commented on the author mentioning to much on his obesity and must not have liked the character. I had the opposite view. I am a bit portly myself, and I like that Presto did not hide from who he was. In fact, he embraced it. I know what it is like to have things said behind your back, but I don't care and I found Presto to be very a refreshing character, and extremely likeable.The other characters all play a role. Presto's mother is funny, and the two have some great exchanges. The FBI agents play a major part, and add much spice expecially the male, Donavan who I should not have liked but did. But one chracter I grew to love was Danko, a fellow city cop. At first he was detestable, but throughout the book he is humanized, and I grew to like him very muchA big plus of the book are the murder scenes. They are amongst the best I have read, bordering on horror, which I liked. The murders are created and along the way the author does a great job presenting different religions through various chracters. There was also a sub plot involving an Iraqi crate of antiquity that added much intrigueIf I had a flaw, I did not a few mistakes, and I thought the end seemed perhaps overboard, but as I discussed with my friend, after refelction it made sense, but maybe could have been forwhadowed betterMy friend bought authors other book and hope that is good too.On to other reviews, and hopefully I will win some books too!

  • Kenneth
    2019-05-23 04:38

    This is a great story, with a deep and interesting cast of characters. Each (even the villain)has very human aspects that ground the story and make them relatable. I thought I had a handle on the story, but then after about 100 pages the author added an entirely new and unexpected level of emotion and motivation. This extra gear floored me and made me even more invested in the story. For sheer inventiveness, intensity and shock-value, Myth Man ranks as one of the better cop/serial killer thrillers I have experienced.Anyone reading into the previous paragraph will note how I raved about the story and the characters...beyond these is where Myth Man loses a star. I found it occasionally difficult to ignore the horrendous editing of the manuscript (note that I recevied this not as an ARC, but as a finished product). I cannot blame the author - typos are inevitible within thousands of words of text - unless he did the final editing himself; it just seems that someone should have read this over better before it went to press. Weird repetition, misspelling (even the main character's name several times!), their/they're confusion, and quotation marks either missing or appearing in strange places; these were all speed bumps on an otherwise extremely enjoyable ride. I received this book for free through Goodreads First-Reads. Thanks.

  • Janet Newport
    2019-06-12 05:38

    I won this book in a GoodReads give-away in exchange for my review.I wanted to like it. I thought the premise was interesting. I had hoped to see some exploration of the role religion plays in the formation of current society (i.e., the rising political influence the church has gained, etc.). There was none of that.I do enjoy a good mystery. Myth Man wasn't that either. I find the best books are both character driven as well as story driven. I found the characters to be more like character actors (the stock "feisty old lady", the detective displays "dog-like devotion" to the job, the sexy femme fatale, and so on. I found the main character, Detective Pesto the most unrealistic of all.It didn't help that the author found it necessary to constantly repeat and expound on Dom's weight. Was it the author's comtempt of obesity in general or was he worried that the reader might have missed the fact Dom is fat the first 27 times he mentioned it? Why would he put all that effort into creating a character and book that he didn't like?I was ready to quit about 60 pages into the book and had to force myself to finish.The book didn't get any better. The plot was completely predictable - the "twists" could be seen coming from 50 pages out... It was too wordy, the dialogue was stilted and forced. It was poorly edited/proof-read (waived instead of waved). It was a relief to finish.

  • Kelley
    2019-06-13 05:30

    I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the mystery/crime story of the Myth Man and Presto's struggle to figure out who he was. I thought that the idea was original and interesting. I thought the twists and surprises were great. What I did not enjoy about this book was the way that the main character, Dominic Presto, was portrayed. He was written as an overweight detective and his weight was made fun of throughout the book, not only by other characters but also by the author. I felt that so many scenes in the novel were offensive because of the way that Presto was portrayed. The other issue I had was the MANY grammatical/word usage errors. I realize that I'm an English teacher and the errors may get my attention when they wouldn't be noticed by others, however; many of these were just ridiculous! I felt like I was reading a kid's essay where he had used spell check but didn't proofread his work. I realize that this isn't totally the author's fault. Where was the editor of this book?????

  • Margaret
    2019-05-22 03:19

    I really wanted to like this. It was a giveaway prize; it's a nicely produced paperback; a mystery set in NYC; according to his dedication to me, the author is a Stoke City fan and his cover photo is sweet - sitting on his armchair, smiling - what's not to like?But I hated it.It has so many errors - "your / you're" and "faired / fared" issues could mean it's just poorly edited but when I see "should of" not "should have"; "inferred" not "implied" and someone's "conscious" rather than their "conscience" is clear then I think is is reasonable to assume the fault lies more with the author. However, if anyone did edit this, they should consider a career change, in my opinion.And he uses 'platform' as a verb - barely into the second page. Using nouns as verbs, not to be countenanced - unless you're Bill WaggleDagger and thus the rules simply don't apply to you.I found it really clunkily written and the characters juvenile, cliched, implausible and thoroughly unengaging.I'm sorry but no, not for me.

  • Sara
    2019-06-18 07:19

    I was fortunate to win a copy of this book through the goodreads first reads contest. This is a great suspense novel, about a crazed serial killer who is offing religious officials to make some sort of a political statement. The killer is a master of disguise and terrorizes New York City. The book involves corruption, double crossing and the like. A morbidly obese and brilliant Lieutenant named Dominick Presto chases the killer, and there are all sorts of "office politics" with other cops. It will keep you guessing! I gasped at more than one part of this book. I rooted for Presto (his mind and understanding of the insane mind, making patterns out of madness) and felt sympathy for him for having low self esteem and being the constant brunt of jokes at the same time. One thing I didn't understand is why there are so many teeny tiny chapters! Ninety one, to be exact. It was sort of distracting from the story. Don't let that dissuade you however, from a great thriller!

  • A.
    2019-05-26 00:43

    The Myth Man is a story of a serial killer. Lieutenant Dominick Preston works for NYPD and is set to find this serial killer. Father Venezia had faith however it did not help when the serial killer attacked him. "In the span of 24 ours, they lost Revered Perkins, markov and siz police officers. The last time more police officers perished in a single event was the September 11, 2001 tragedy."The author has written an interesting serial killer story . The key character, one of the NYPD finest, lieutenant Dominic Preston, is described humorous, but also self-reflecting with the usual troubles of life: mother, dating and losing close friends/co-workers. This thrilling story is a great purchase for anyone looking for new authors in mystery/thriller genre.

  • Jane Doyle
    2019-05-29 06:38

    I just happened to come across this book so I had no expectations when I started reading it. What an excellent read and pleasant surprise.. It was well written and held my interest the whole time. For someone who usually figures out the endings, I was caught off guard. I loved his characters and have fingers crossed that Det. Presto shows up in another book. I highly recommend and have already purchased his other book.

  • Terrence
    2019-06-14 07:16

    It's a pleasure watching Mr. Mueck evolve from a promising newcomer into a well honed veteran. Imagine being able to grab a JRR Tolkien or George Martin first edition book, hot off the press, and recognizing the talent for what it is, before it is ever acknowledged in the main stream media. The relationship that Mueck has with his fans is more along the lines of people travelling together on the same dark road to insanity. Grab this book now.

  • Chuck
    2019-06-19 00:31

    Reminded me of a real good James Patterson book, but with better auxiliary characters, and much more humor. For a serial kilers story, I laughed a lot. The FBI character, Donavan, was a jerk, but was funny in am obnoxious way, and Detective Presto and the killer Myth Man were both done well and seemed original. Fast fun read

  • Tracy
    2019-06-05 06:39

    This was a goodreads first readers win for me. It seemed like a great idea for a story. I will just say I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, but it was still a decent book and worth a read for anyone who enjoys this type of story!

  • Lacey
    2019-05-23 07:21

    Excellent book! What starts out as a typical serial killer vs. detective book evolves into more with some truely unexpected plot twists at the end. I can't wait to see if there will be a second book involving our hero Dom Presto.

  • Tony
    2019-06-01 04:18

    Got this for free from a friend who loved it, which is a plus in today's economy. I liked the killer, Myth Man, who was truly evil and crazy. Probably 4 to 4.5 stars, but I rounded it up as it was FREE!

  • Lenny
    2019-06-14 01:33

    I really enjoyed this book and would certainly read it again. To other readers I would suggest you give this book a try as I thoroughly enjoyed in front to back

  • Lulu
    2019-06-16 04:19

    I won this book from the first reads giveaways and I am so excited to read it. Thanks.

  • Trini323
    2019-06-20 05:25

    Entertaining thriller with interesting characters. Have recommended to others and already passed to a friend.

  • Zuzu Burford
    2019-06-15 04:23

    A great read. A murderer that wants to end all religions.