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Aeneas is saved from imminent death at the hands of Achilles by Poseidon - because he has to go on to lead the Trojans and found a new kingdom, elsewhere.
"Flippin' Ada..." said Ghost Wolf.
Not as good as, ' "Oh cobblers," said Mordaunt 90, ' but still fab!
This is what happens if you say to yourself, "I know! For my debut, I'll write an SF novel that's a giant allegory for the Edinburgh Festival!"
OK, there's more to it than that and it's a page turner. Those familiar with Stross's later works will see many familiar themes here - Cthulhu mythos, the Singularity, absurdities...
Hera and Athena defy Zeus once more and help Achilles to intimidate the Trojans sufficiently that the Argives are - at last! - able to get Patroclus' body back to camp. Night falls and battle ends - but will Achilles enter the fray in the morning? Hector is defiant in the face of that prospect but the others aren't so confident...
At the beginning the amount of bad wise-cracks is overwhelming, but when some semblance of lot starts atters improve. I'm not sure Colfer's absurdism is really the greatest match with noirish crime fiction, though. Works better with smart-alec centaurs, teenaged criminal masterminds and fairies out to smas the Patriarchy.
Antilochus gives Achilles the news he dreads. Thetis comes from the sea to talk to the leader of the Myrmidons.
Eventually Ajax and Ajax form a mini-phalanx to keep the Trojans off Menelaus as he carries Patroclus' body back to camp - and a runner is sent to tell Achilles the news...