Demeter's Dream

Part mystery, part political/mythological/religious satire


Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Five stars

Demeter's Dream by Tony Thistlewood is a book that will stir up many emotions in its readers, including (but not at all limited to) intrigue, anger, confusion, faith, etc. The plot is a rare combination of mythology and politics. It's a big day for Dr. Paul Z. Dias, the current Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Agriculture. He is scheduled to talk about Operation Olympus in front of the important members of the cabinet, including the President of the USA, Conway Posey.

The purpose of this new concept is to redistribute wealth among the people in a way that nobody has too much while others are struggling to even get one proper meal in a day. However, before he could make it to the meeting, Paul meets with an accident and ends up in a coma, which puts Operation Olympus on hold. President Posey demands an investigation to discover the cause of the accident and whether there are certain people who wish to kill Operation Olympus before it even begins.

On the other side of the world, the ruler of the gods, Zeus, and his wife, Demeter, are also concerned with the way life on earth is turning out. They have even taken measures to be personally involved with Operation Olympus. Nevertheless, this is not easy, since there is a conspiracy among the gods themselves to get rid of Zeus. The conspiracy is too deep for even Zeus to figure out.

Apart from having an intriguing plot, this book reflects deeply on the author's empathy towards people who are struggling to live a normal life. Tony Thistlewood is really worried about the way money is distributed currently in society with some people having a house everywhere in the world while the majority can't even afford a one-room apartment. His dismay towards this condition is well injected throughout the book. However, the best part is that the author has written an amazing story around it.

The storytelling is effective and intriguing. It was almost impossible to put this book down before finding out what was causing all the mayhem and what Operation Olympus was all about. One may or may not agree with his opinions, but every reader who enjoys political fiction would appreciate this book. The characters are strong, opinionated, and very realistic, which adds icing to this already delicious cake.

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Five stars

Demeter’s Dream by Tony Thistlewood is a great story. It combines a lot of different elements like politics, philosophy, and of course love. This story could quite easily have not worked but Tony Thistlewood is a master at weaving all the elements of a tale into one coherent, intelligent masterpiece. Demeter’s Dream can’t be taken at face value alone. There are a lot of hidden undercurrents, references and satire. Maybe they are not so much hidden as not well known. I talked to several friends about this book and while they could follow some things, most of it was Greek to them. I am always surprised by how few people are knowledgeable about Greek mythology. I love Zeus and his extended family. I tend to give any author who knows their stories and uses them in a modern setting the benefit of the doubt.

One of the greatest pleasures of Demeter’s Dream is the delightful cast of characters. Almost as much fun as the character’s names; Haden Ploutonus, Peta Hopeit, Eve Ate, Demeter, Zeus, Jake Jefferson. I got a real kick out of the way the names reflected the characters' personalities. The plot was also a reflection of how complex these characters are and how that makes it a major project when they want to implement a fundamental change.

The portrayal of Washington politics was spot on. The politics and the different philosophies playing out made it a wonderful story from my perspective. I think it will work for most readers who enjoy thoughtful writing.

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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

(5 Stars)

"... a beautifully written story with strong psychological underpinnings"

Demeter's Dream 
Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite 
(5 stars)

"Demeter's Dream is ... a rare combination of mythology and politics ..."

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
(5 stars)

 " ... a great story ... Thistlewood is a master at weaving all the elements of a tale into  one coherent, intelligent masterpiece."

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Reviewed by  Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite       (5 stars)

"... a work of great talent and imagination ..." 
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"... a dense, absorbing tale ... bursting with subplots and theories ..." -  Kirkus Reviews

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 ... a tale full of twists and turns that will leave the reader surprised ... ( Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorites )

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Non-fiction: the Kings & Queens of England and how they got there. 

Reviewed by  Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite (5 stars)

" ... a wonderful primer ... incredibly well organized and well written ...
" ... comfortable and interesting read for all ages… ”

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C aistor Parsons The Gingerbread Man

... a brilliantly written, edited and formatted work… Wow! Recommended for all lovers of historical fiction ...
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Stealing Tomorrow's Thunder

(Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorites)

… An immensely entertaining and enlightening mystery story… the real deal… Fans of literary mysteries will enjoy the fruits of Thistlewood's research into Shakespeare…

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… Descriptive writing was amazingly good… I enjoyed it immensely - DGM, Cardiff, UK

… I can not put it down… will need to take it to the hairdresser with me. - JM, NSW, Australia

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