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Sentinels: The Shiva Advent (Sentinels Superhero Novels, Vol. 4) (The Sentinels)

Sentinels: The Shiva Advent (Sentinels Superhero Novels, Vol. 4) (The Sentinels) [Kindle Edition]

Van Allen Plexico
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Volume 4 of the epic Sentinels series and the 1st book in the "Rivals" trilogy.

The Worldmind has dispatched his top lieutenant, the murderous Vanguard, to Earth-- with orders to open the way for ultimate planetary annihilation. Standing in the way: Ultraa, Pulsar, and a motley collection of super heroes-- and villains-- who must overcome their old rivalries and work together, if Earth is to have any chance at all.

With this volume the cosmic "Rivals" storyline begins, as the Sentinels encounter two unexpected new individuals who will have profound impacts upon the team: The powerful Shiva and the mysterious Wolf. Are they heroes? Villains? Gods? Or something else entirely...?

"A fantastic writer... His projects make for fascinating reading." --Lyndon Perry, THE FIX

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: White Rocket Books (24 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y74M32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #867,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars good fun 23 Nov 2014
By Richard
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The series continues to be a good fun superhero tale.
Glad I'm a late comer, means i don't have to wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Tekno-Pulp Adventure 18 Oct 2009
By Ron Fortier - Published on
Van Allen Plexico seems determined to create a new sub-genre of adventure fiction I like to call tekno-pulp. The link between the roots of American pulps and comics books are so intertwined, it would take a Solomon to untangle them. At the height of their popularity in the late 20s and early 30s, hero pulps were the main course for imagination starved kids in this country. They feasted on tales the Shadow, Doc Savage and the Spider with unabashed relish, and then they grew up to create their own heroes; Sueprman, Batman, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, etc.etc. And thus as the pulps died out, at the end of World War II, the superhero comics easily stepped in and took their place in the hearts and minds of the new post-war generations.

Over the subsequent decades, many writers have made cursory attempts to bring the excitement and wonder of super-hero sagas into the prose field. Few have had limited success. Which is why this series by an avowed comic-book lover, is finally breaching that gap between the two formats and doing it brilliantly. Plexico, inspired completely by the Marvel and DC books he read as a child in the 70s, has invented his own super-hero team, the Sentinels, and they are clearly his homage to those comics. But with a truly wonderful difference in his understanding of prose and the potential it offers to dig deeper into the psyches of his spandex-wearing characters. His gift of storytelling is razor sharp and he captures the reader's interest from the first chapter to the last, never allowing the action to flag once.

SENTINELS - The Shiva Advent is Plexico's fourth book in this series, taking up where he left off with his first Warlord Trilogy. Resting on their laurels from having the saved the world in that first series of books, the Sentinels are attacked by an alien robot of unbelievable power and their leader, the mighty Ultraa, is kidnapped. Now it's up to super scientist, Esro Brachis, the armor clad champion, to lead the team and not only rescue Ultraa, but learn the secret of their new foe. At the same time, Plexico begins to delve into Ultraa's mysterious past as the layers of his amnesia slowly begin to peel away to reveal an amazing history filled with alien visitors to earth during the time of the American Revolution.

Using the classic pulp styling of weaving in and out of several plots, Plexico delivers a gripping adventure that is so much fun, I hated to see it come to end. But be forewarned, this is only the first of a trilogy and the climax is a mind-blowing cliff-hangar of gargantuan proportion, leaving the fate of the world in jeopardy. If you are one of those readers who enjoyed comics growing up and have since put them away because of some ill conceived idea that they are no longer relevant, here's your answer in recapturing that old magic, but in a brand new, clearly sophisticated adult approach. This is pure tekno-pulp heaven!
5.0 out of 5 stars Aliens, robots and Vikings! 'Nuff Said! 13 Oct 2009
By Def Dave - Published on
The Sentinels are back in a brand new adventure that could place the existence of the entire galaxy at stake! Plexico succeeds once again at capturing in prose the vibe and spirit of the best superhero team comics. Fans of the previous books in this series should not hesitate to pick up this one.

The main thing I took away from this book was its pace. It reads very quickly. There's just a constant sense of forward momentum to the whole book, and when you couple that with interesting characters it makes it very difficult for the reader to put the book down.

Plexico returns enough characters and conepts to put returning readers on familiar ground, but introduces enough new ones to still lend the book a sense of mystery. Yet, he reveals enough to satisfy a sense of discovery. And, all the while, he's just setting up the next book. A tricky balancing act that he pulls off very well.
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