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Sentinels: Apocalypse Rising (Sentinels Superhero Novels, Vol. 3) (The Sentinels) [Kindle Edition]

Van Allen Plexico

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  • Length: 272 pages
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Menaced by super-powered villains, trans-dimensional warlords, and alien invasion fleets, the Earth cries out for its heroes. But the Sentinels have vanished! Now Pulsar stands alone, down but not defeated, and determined to rescue her teammates... and her world.

The climactic chapter in the Grand Design trilogy, filled with action, drama, and "buoyed by astounding characterization. I could barely put it down." (

"A smashing wrap up... triumphant, glorious... This is another solid winner."
--Ron Fortier, Pulp Fiction Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: White Rocket Books (24 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00585GFWO
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #802,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in superhero fiction 29 Sept. 2013
By Percival Constantine - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the third book in Van Allen Plexico's excellent Sentinels series of superhero novels, and the conclusion to The Grand Design trilogy. As a writer moves further and further into a series, some of the magic that was present at the beginning can begin to fade. The characters become overly familiar, the surprises grow less surprising, and there's a sort of "sameness" that develops.

Although I enjoyed the second book in this series, A Distant Star, there was a sense that it was more set-up for Apocalypse Rising than its own entity. So I was a little worried that Van may not have been able to capture the lightning in a bottle he harnessed so effectively with the inaugural Sentinels novel, When Strikes The Warlord.

Fortunately, my fears were unfounded, because Van certainly brings his A-game to this book. The plot threads that began in When Strikes The Warlord and continued and expanded on in A Distant Star are brought to an awe-inspiring finale that serves as both the end of the first phase in the lives of these characters, and the beginning of something more.

In a world where The Avengers was one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and turned what was once an unknown property to anyone outside of the comic book community, it's become very frustrating to watch Marvel consistently fumble the ball with their premiere superhero franchise. Of the core titles, one is more concerned with the characters arguing amongst themselves than fighting supervillains, another shows the supposed "heroes" debating the merits of mass genocide in favor of the greater good, and the third features pretentious plot lines and characters who serve little purpose than to act as wallpaper.

It's extremely disappointing. And that's why we need people like Van Allen Plexico, who can still give us the same thrilling superhero tales that Joss Whedon and co. delivered so effectively with The Avengers. Van follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest superhero writers in history, names like Roy Thomas, Jim Starlin, Chris Claremont, Kurt Busiek, and Grant Morrison. These men are giants when it comes to superheroes, and Van has proven he is more than capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with them.

If you're looking for stellar characterization, larger-than-life stories, and, most-importantly, superheroes who aren't ashamed to act heroic, then you need to be reading Sentinels. Because no one, either in comics or prose, is doing superheroes better than Van Allen Plexico.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another exciting entry in the series 19 April 2010
By Barry Reese - Published on
The Sentinels series is easily the best of the superheroes-in-prose projects that are out there. This one is the third in the series and wraps up the opening trilogy. This one spends a lot of time on my favorite member of the team, Pulsar, and features a combination of traditional superheroics and space opera. Plexico spends the appropriate amount of time building on the characters and their motivations. The villains sometimes come across as a little two-dimensional in contrast to the heroes but if I had to choose one or the other, I would definitely prefer that Plexico focus his character-building efforts on the heroes, all of whom are interesting. The scene at the end where the team tries to come up with a name for their group is a nice example of the soft humor that's peppered throughout. And while it's often hard to accurately get across the comic book style action of a book of a like this -- prose is quite a different beast from comics, where these elements were birthed -- Plexico manages to create some of the most readable action scenes around.

A tremendous wrap-up to the first trilogy and I'm looking forward to more!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentinels - Apocalypse Rising rocks! 23 Mar. 2010
By Garrettgal - Published on
This has been an interesting series, a prose comic book novel (without illustrations or word balloons) and has succeeded far beyond my expectations. Sentinels - Apocalypse Rising, the sequel to When Strikes the Warlord and A Distant Star, continues Van Plexico's incredible, meticulously outlined storyline. This time our small band of heroes, the Sentinels, find themselves hopelessly outnumbered by megalomaniac villains, killer robots, and even an entire galactic empire. And you won't believe the twist ending. I highly recommend this series. Next up? Sentinels: Alternate Visions, an anthology of stories, and then on to book four of the Sentinels series - The Shiva Advent!
4.0 out of 5 stars Huge action, awesome conclusion. 23 July 2013
By Def Dave - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A rousing and satisfying conclusion to the first Sentinels trilogy of books. The author does not disappoint, sticking the landing and delivering on the promise of the first two books.

It's grand sci-fi, superhero action on a planetary scale. The way Plexico raises the stakes and lengthens the odds in the final climatic showdown had me on the edge of my seat.

You need to read When Strikes the Warlord and A Distant Star to fully appreciate this one, but if you are reading this review wondering whether or not to start the series at all: Yes. Yes you should.

I look forward to a long future of more and more Sentinels stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Finale 20 Sept. 2008
By Ron Fortier - Published on
After reading, and enjoying the first two books in the series, I knew the third and final chapter (of at least this opening storyline) was going to be wall to wall action and Plexico doesn't disappoint. He captures super heroes with a deft touch that makes them as human as the rest of us, yet with super human problems. The climax is a great pay-off to the entire series and I for one can't wait to see lots, lots more of the mighty
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