Challenges of the Gods Reviews & Awards

“It appears to be his debut novel, which makes it all the more impressive.”

Grant Leishman blog.

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Video Review

Challenges of the Gods is listed at EZVID as one of the 5 Great Books That Show The Range Of Science Fiction.

Editorial Reviews

“The basic construct of Challenges of the Gods was uniquely exciting to me as a reader. (…) I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh and exciting read and can highly recommend it to all lovers of fantasy and science fiction.

5-star Readers Favorite Review

Warning: Kirkus Reviews are a bit spoilerish:

“A comedic sci-fi novel focuses on one man’s undercover quest to destroy Earth. (…) He [the main character] is altogether likable and self-effacing despite the fact that he has been sent to terminate everyone around him. Throughout it all, readers are kept in suspense about how such a struggle will end.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Showing a genuine flair for originality, narrative storytelling, and the crafting of more plot twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster, C. Hofsetz’s “Challenges of the Gods” is a riveting great read from beginning to end and certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections.”

Midwest Book Review

“It’s a miracle Hofsetz’s penetrating sense of humour did not literally crack my ribs. The main character’s knack for silly thoughts, conversations between the characters and the culture of Hofsetz’s earth (Jora) all filled the book with hilarious moments.”

Literary Titan

“Too many books in the genre simply seek to overwhelm with increasingly far-fetched concepts and outlandish characters, but when Mike finds himself torn between his mission and his burgeoning relationship with Jane, Hofsetz provides us with intelligent musings, reflections, and more than a little soul searching too.”



“Now and then a reader will come across that one book that blows them away, it is a somewhat generic term, but that is what Challenges of the Gods did to me… it blew me away and ever since completing it I have been thinking of its intricate and detailed story and how I need to re-read it!”

Aimee Ann, The Red Headed Book Lover

“Challenges of the Gods is a thrilling page-turner. It’s an interplanetary spy drama with plenty of twists and turns, mysteries, moments you never saw coming, epic sci-fi battles, and romance. Also, a quick round of applause for awesome character development.”

Erin, The Wood Between The Worlds

“Challenges Of The Gods by C. Hofsetz is a new sci-fi fantasy novel with a very unique plot based a really good concept. I liked this book a lot because it differs from most of the new sci-fi novels as it had depth, good characterization and good world-building and the best part was the concept itself – it was both fresh and unique.”

The Reading Bud – Heena Rathore P.

“Mike, the lead character, assigned randomly by the gods to correct their mistake, is a perfectly funny & equally sarcastic guy all girls dream for. Whenever he makes an entry, he lit up the pages of the novel & cracks me up. When his love betrays him in the story, I am sure every girl reading this book will wish if only once she could be part of the story to meet him.”

Booxoul – Shubhra Mukherjee

“The principal characters had a well-created personality and were interconnected. The pace of the story was steady and kept the reader intrigued. The Gods being at play added a delightful nature to the storyline and I believe this book would suit most science fiction fans and people who like to read about fantasy.”

Jeyran Main

Goodreads Reviews

“The plot, characters and development were all very realistic and I felt that I could have been caught up in the predicaments of a number of the protagonists. A very intriguing and captivating story from the beginning, mysteries interwoven, unraveling bit by bit, making it a real page turner.”

Meenaz Lodhi

“The larger question is – how far do you go when asked to commit an act that goes against your own morals while trying not to get killed? And how do you accomplish this without getting other hurt or killed. Mike has to decide when to pull out, can he pull out, can he keep those he cares about from getting injured?”



Note: many reviews from Goodreads and bloggers are also on Amazon. Here’s one that’s only on Amazon.

“This story is very intriguing and interesting! The main character finds himself in a new world and he has to learn how to survive. The author does a wonderful job introducing us to this world that is unlike our own and paints a vivid image of it. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast paced book that keeps you on your toes.”

Megan Bruni


I’m happy to have friends and co-workers supporting me as an author. This was at a whiteboard at work. I did not write Challenges Of The Gods there, and I definitely didn’t add the plus ones.

Yellow arrow added by me for emphasis

Thanks for my lovely daughter for the stick figure used in this post.

Thanks to all reviewers!

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