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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Deus Ex

Deus Ex by Miles Watson

Book information

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  • Genre:  Political fantasy
  • Print length: 58 pages
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teens age 16+
  • Trigger warnings: Graphic violence, homicide, suicide
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
  • Amazon Rating: 5 stars

About Deus Ex

Many men dream of becoming gods. Magnus Antonius Magnus achieved this dream, conquering half the globe and ruling it with an iron fist. Now, however, he is learning a painful lesson: gods, like men, can go too far. They can blunder. They can even fall. But does the story of Magnus end with the destruction of his empire…or is that where it begins?

Praise for Deus Ex


Miles Watson always surprises, never disappoints. He is an author who cannot be seduced by the easy answers, and never lets his reader off the hook. This brief novella is a timely exploration of the psychology of power and the humanity of the tyrant.

Power has a price. Absolute power costs everything.

Set in a possible future or an alternative present, it shows us the dying days of the most powerful empire even known… any empire, any dictatorship, it doesn’t matter. Out of a believable, gripping story, whose characters are each unique and perfectly realised in flesh and blood, Miles Watson draws out the thread of universal dilemmas, universal nightmares. Most chillingly, he pulled me into the mind of the tyrant, made me see the world through those eyes. The ending offers no easy resolutions. There are none: the end of history is not quite in sight. Amazon Review

About the Author

Miles Watson is one of the most successful independent writers of his generation. He holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and History and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, and served in law enforcement for nearly ten years before moving to Los Angeles, where he has worked on over 200 episodes of television and half a dozen feature films. But his first and last passion is writing. His various works have won the following:

CAGE LIFE – Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Runner Up (2016): Zealot Script Magazine “Book of the Year” (2017); Best Indie Book Award – Mystery & Suspense (2018)

KNUCKLE DOWN – Writer’s Digest S.P.B.A. Honorable Mention (2019); Best Indie Book Award – Suspense (2019)

DEVILS YOU KNOW – Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing Finalist (2019)

THE NUMBERS GAME – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Novella – (2019)

NOSFERATU – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Novella – (2020)

SINNER’S CROSS – Best Indie Book Award – Historical Fiction – (2019); Book Excellence Award – Action (2020); Literary Titan Book Award – Gold Medal (2020); Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards – Finalist (2020); Readers Favorite Five Stars (2021)

My Review

I love a good political story, it helps me understand the shenanigans of our current political leaders because – let’s not be in any doubt – power corrupts. This short read was fascinating with its blend of a Roman god-like character and the traits all too often seen in modern politicians.

Magnus Antonius Magnus has conquered much of the world but is now facing a rebellion hell-bent on toppling his dictatorship. Deus Ex is about his fall from power, something that he – as a self-deemed god – struggles to accept. As he reflects on some of his past decisions, he can finally see that many of them were bad and that he should have acted differently.
He has lost loyal men and avenged their deaths, he has struck down usurpers and those who challenge him, but while he questions past decisions he has never given up on his mission to rule the world. He seriously believes that by being world ruler he can bring an end to all wars, yet he is not so foolish as to not use war to achieve his goal.
The egomania of his world view is fascinating, and even today, not uncharacteristic of certain world leaders. He has three options – surrender, compromise, or escape. Of course, he chooses to escape for his mission is not yet done. He can start over somewhere new, because Magnus Antonius Magnus is a god, maybe one no longer in power, nonetheless he will return.
Chilling in its believability, that such traits exist in our current world leaders and that, nothing but nothing will deter their ambition.

I’d recommend this to those who enjoy that rare insight into the mind of a dictator 😉

As always,

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