Matchmaking has gone ballistic.
Trained in heaven by secret sages; dismayed on Earth by evil men: a banished cupid commando battles Heaven and Earth to save both from a loveless oblivion.
In the year 2034, Heaven’s most lethal cupid commando, Captain Cyrus, is exiled to Earth where he is expected to die a quick and unlamented death. Instead, Cyrus sets out to remind both battered and faithless worlds that some things are still worth fighting for.
Two worlds divided; one holy mission. A match made in Heaven; a love forged on Earth. Love is a battlefield.
A genre-bending epic fantasy.
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Well, with Shooting Eros, all of the above wasn’t the case. This book will make me think, and in a good way. This novel did not let me only enjoy writer’s skills, as it deeply reflected that “different universe” into our own. And unfortunately, this book does not belong to a series.
True, as other readers commented, there are a lot of political, religious and subjective coloring and flavors to Shooting Eros. And I could have skipped those pages easily. But I didn’t. I truly wanted to compare my world view with Laskin’s. Interestingly enough, he made me think about the possible futures on my own. And when he got to demons inside us, to fears all of us are facing every day, our own insecurities, flaws… he got me! And he got me for good. Not only Shooting Eros had all the parts of a good fantasy, a great wold building, fantastic, ever growing and developing characters, great cause and well described fights and wars, but it was also evermore made real by Laskin’s expert inter-weaving of his world and actual events. The books was also full of humor! I laughed out loud a few times, which is not typical for me.
The only disappointment for me was to realize that there is no part 2. I truly want to see what happens to Virgil and Hera! I want to know whether Cyrus will be shot by cupid’s arrow maybe…. And next generation Swerver! I will definitely read this book at least once again and I am already recommending it to friends. And who knows, maybe by the time I read other Laskin’s works, and re-read Shooting Eros, Laskin will decide to follow up with my new favorite heroes in a book of their own!
By Robin Moskow on January 19, 2016
A book sure to become a classic. Relevant to our times in a deep way. A real wake up call. Worth the many pages and time it took to read!!
By D. H. on October 24, 2015
This book contains an inspiration that is truly unique and pragmatically insightful. The creative personification of humanity’s various personal demons in a concrete way is as original at it is clever. I found myself engaged in a deep introspection that was manifested by the book’s personification of the host of shortcomings that challenge each individual. From the beginning, the stage is set for an expansive story that simultaneously occurs in two dimensions. The mysteries, suspense, battles, and characters are equally intriguing in both dimensions.This work is much more than a story, however. It is journey that requires readers to confront their own attitudes, analyze their souls, and strive to become the very best. It is a mythic tale where good triumphs over evil. It gives the reader well over 700 pages of entertainment. The effort is vast. Will the myriad of questions about the characters and situations ever be fully explored, and then resolved satisfactorily in the end? Yes.
The book causes the reader 2 “problems.” First, the book is so insightful and so interesting that readers want to keep reading the large book without putting it down. Second, once I finished the book, I wanted to go read it again. Even though I was actually able to remember almost all of the details about the characters, situations, and yetzers/demons, I wanted to experience them again. It was like a favorite song, poem, or movie. Throughout the entire book, I kept imagining watching this on an IMAX 3D movie screen. I imagined a John Williams or James Newton Howard classical movie score. I want to see a 3-part movie based on this book! It would be amazing! Also, this book would make an incredible video game.
In this book, hard spiritual, physical, and emotional work are rewarded. Bravery is demanded, and intuition is required. Love, romance, friendship win the day, as good conquers evil. This book doesn’t need to win a prize. Each reader who experiences this book will win the prize. I don’t know how the insight for the idea of this book came to the author, but it is the readers who will benefit.
I bought a copy also for my friend’s birthday…all she reads is fantasies…this is the cream of that crop!
Can’t wait to read Mr. Laskin’s next book!
Usually when I find a terrific author and one that I enjoy immensely as I do with Benjamin Laskin, my habit is to read all of the books written by the author; it is no different with Mr. Laskin’s books in general and in particular, Shooting Eros.
It is no coincidence that having read most of his books (Stormer’s Pass, Say Uncle, The Will), I am never disappointed to find Benjamin Laskin stories written with great imagination and creativity and always packed with adventure – real page turners. When reading Shooting Eros, I was often transported to another place and time and found myself completely engrossed in the story. Happy Reading!
By Windy on June 24, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
There are battles between the cupids and the demons, which is a little confusing, and then you are in the real world and would come upon descriptions like this: “….tattooed pituary glands sprinting up and down a court in pajamas throwing a ball into a hoop” or “Excuse me, he said to the first in line, an overweight woman with stringy, brackish hair with an inch of gray root showing, a dozen bracelets jangled on her arms as she cradled a crystal ball the size of a cantaloupe to her braless, sagging bosom.” The story goes back and forth between the celestial world and the real world.
What an adventure!
Shooting Eros is an adventure unlike anything I’ve read before. Benjamin has woven fantasy, sci-if and Judaism into a marvelous tapestry of epic story-telling. His attention to details of the plots, character building and interactions between the characters kept me mesmerized. It was difficult to put the book down when life called me elsewhere. When I was at the last 40 pages I made certain nothing else would disturb me until I finished the book. Benjamin’s amazing writing talent flows through every page. Looking forward to the next book! May you go from strength to strength!
5.0 out of 5 starsWORTH EVERY MINUTE
December 4, 2014 by Duane Isaacs
A superlative read [Shooting Eros] worthy of being at the top of best-seller lists. Although intimidating in length at 789 pages, discerning reader’s will find few words on any page which aren’t both spellbinding and essential to making the characters and the story’s premise come to life. The story is enhanced by the author’s profound knowledge of classical mythology and the angelic hierarchy of which the book’s cherubic protagonists are a part. I started reading the book with considerable misgivings after it was loaned to me by a neighbor. I finished it with the opinion that the twins of serendipity indeed had smiled on me. I consequently plan to read all of Laskin’s preceding novels.
5.0 out of 5 stars – Interesting, fun, wonderful story
(Amazon.com) February 3, 2015
By Ethne Caspy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
A fun, thought-provoking, up-to-date story including suspense, Judaism, Japanese weaponry, & drinks. Found it difficult to put down, wanting to know how it was going to end. Highly recommended.