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Charlie Wood
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28 Mar 2012
Book One of the STRIKE Trilogy

Tobin Lloyd's life is perfect: he's a senior at Bridgton High, he's one of the funniest kids in school, and his only worry is whether or not his latest prank is going to result in yet another detention.

But when he wakes up in the world of Capricious, a place where superheroes are real and attacks by super-villains are just another hassle of living in the city, all of that changes. Suddenly, Tobin's last year of high school is not going as he expected.

Far from home and pretty sure he's gone insane, Tobin must join a strange group of companions (including a beer-drinking dog and a genius, three-foot-tall robot) as he desperately tries to find a way back to Earth. However, that may be even harder than Tobin knows: a mysterious super-villain named Vincent Harris has big plans for the planet Earth…and Tobin is the only person standing in his way.

A carefree, C-student class clown is the world's last hope? Yikes.


Full of action and humor, STRIKE: THE HERO FROM THE SKY is the perfect novel for anyone who loves a good adventure.

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (28 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467951692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467951692
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 13.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,432,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Wood lives with his wife, Kate, in Massachusetts. He enjoys baseball, movies, and comic books. This is his first novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Awesome! 19 Mar 2012
By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, what a fun read that was! At first I didn't think this book was for me but I'm glad I took a chance on it because it was really good. As you may guess from the title, this book is a superhero adventure. . . . We start the book with a glimpse into Tobin's past as a 3 yr old. His Father sets out in the middle of a storm on a matter of urgency, promising explanations when he returned . . . . Only he never did. Fast forward a few years and Tobin is 17 and loving life. What he doesn't know is that there are forces of evil at work, targeting him and he has no clue until he is attacked by some weird creature and passes out. When he comes to, he finds himself in a strange world known as Capricious. He thinks he's losing it when an old man explains to him that superheroes are real and that Tobin's father was in fact a superhero and from Capricious himself and that means as his son, Tobin is also a superhero! It all seems too much and Tobin can't take it all in especially when he meets a walking, talking husky-man who happens to be their pilot. Things just go from bad to worse when they inform him of the super-villain Vincent Harris and his plan to take over earth and it seems like Tobin is their only hope. . . . . .that is if he can master his powers that he only just found out he has!

I really enjoyed this fun, fresh book as I mentioned I don't usually read books like this so it surprised me in a good way. Tobin's character was funny, quite the joker and I enjoyed seeing the world drop from under his feet as he learns about his true heritage. I can honestly say I would probably felt exactly the same when he thinks he has gone insane and has a hard time believing what is going on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 28 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! What a great read! I thoroughly enjoyed each and every page!

The idea is really unique and very well written. Once you start, the story draws you in and I for one did not want to put it down!!

It's fast passed and flows effortlessly! The author's humour really shines through in places making you both smile and laugh, but in other places there is an ominous air of foreboding, like a dark cloud that you know the Hero is inevitably going to face!

And best of all, it leaves you wanting more!

A really great fantasy adventure for anyone! Really highly recommended for anyone in need of a little superhero action!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 10 Jun 2013
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent book, though a little predictable in places it is still extremely enjoyable. The book is fast-paved and very adventurous
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strike: The Hero From The Sky 29 Mar 2012
By Mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found the book pleasantly surprising, I don't typically read from a male character side. The story pulled me in right away, I lost all track of time reading it late last night, had to finish it early this am. I liked the characters, they are well written and you find yourself rooting for the good guys. It's a quick pace story that doesn't have all the long boring build up that other books have. I think that's what I like most was that it kept me wanting to know more. I look forward to future books in the series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Awesome! 19 Mar 2012
By Book Passion for Life - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, what a fun read that was! At first I didn't think this book was for me but I'm glad I took a chance on it because it was really good. As you may guess from the title, this book is a superhero adventure. . . . We start the book with a glimpse into Tobin's past as a 3 yr old. His Father sets out in the middle of a storm on a matter of urgency, promising explanations when he returned . . . . Only he never did. Fast forward a few years and Tobin is 17 and loving life. What he doesn't know is that there are forces of evil at work, targeting him and he has no clue until he is attacked by some weird creature and passes out. When he comes to, he finds himself in a strange world known as Capricious. He thinks he's losing it when an old man explains to him that superheroes are real and that Tobin's father was in fact a superhero and from Capricious himself and that means as his son, Tobin is also a superhero! It all seems too much and Tobin can't take it all in especially when he meets a walking, talking husky-man who happens to be their pilot. Things just go from bad to worse when they inform him of the super-villain Vincent Harris and his plan to take over earth and it seems like Tobin is their only hope. . . . . .that is if he can master his powers that he only just found out he has!

I really enjoyed this fun, fresh book as I mentioned I don't usually read books like this so it surprised me in a good way. Tobin's character was funny, quite the joker and I enjoyed seeing the world drop from under his feet as he learns about his true heritage. I can honestly say I would probably felt exactly the same when he thinks he has gone insane and has a hard time believing what is going on. I like how he wasn't all brave and that he doubted himself and his ability to shoulder the burden placed upon him but stepped up to the plate for the greater good, that's the stuff of a true hero. The other characters were great, I really liked Keplar and Scatterbolt and the banter between them all made the reading light and funny. I look forward to more from these in future books.

I would love to see/read this as a graphic novel because the descriptions of Capricious, the creatures, creations, environment, people etc. all of it would look great visually. It always amazes me when authors create these fantasy worlds and put it into words, how they bring it altogether and help the reader visualise the scene. An imagination like this is indeed a talent. The storyline was good, a lot to get into a 200 page book but I find that with shorter books there is no `filler' and this was all packed with story - not all from Tobin's pov either, I like to get an insight into other characters and appreciated it in this because we even get the villains' pov too. I also liked that even though we are dealing with two worlds that it wasn't overly complicated where we would require a degree in quantum physics to understand it. It was simple and to the point, all the world building was - easy to read and understand so all of your focus is on the story, and what a story it was. As yet I don't know if there will be a sequel but if there is I will be looking out for it.

So, if you love your superheroes or even just a good fantasy adventure, then this is definitely for you!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars STRIKE Didn't Strike Out But There Is Room For Improvement 3 Feb 2013
By S. Wildman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the interest of full disclosure received this through a read-to-review give away.

That said, let's get on with the review. I'm a big fan of comicbooks and superhero stories. That's why I decided I wanted to give Strike a read. It's definitely my genre of choice and I actually like books better than comics so I like when authors give it a go at creating a really interesting, unique original character for print media. Tobin Lloyd, the main character of Strike, isn't a bad character. He just comes off as a bit cookie cutter to me. The goofy prankster who somehow avoids detention more often than not. Okay, I get it. I mean, it's actually nice to have a superhero whose not the stereotypical Peter Parker archetype but still. 'Pranksters' in YA Fiction just seem unrealistic to me half the time because after awhile any decent school would expel you. Anyway.

We don't stay in high school for very long. The book moves very quickly and throws you into the action pretty early on. And then it just doesn't really stop. I get that not every book needs to be 300-400 pages long and full of down time but it does kind of help with character development and world building. Strike - while a decent story - just moved really quick. I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters or the world. Sure, it was described to me but I didn't get as much of an opportunity to really understand what was going on or fully understand the underlying conflicts. That's why most authors choose to have a narrator who isn't initially from the world they are writing about? So they can explain things to the character and the reader at the same time?

I liked the characters, though, and wish more of them had been developed. I really did like Tobin and once we get rid of the stereotypical prankster kid we see on pre-teen TV shows you do find a pretty genuine, normal sort of guy shoved into extraordinary circumstances. It's a decent read all in all but it's pretty generic and stereotypical. I don't know why but as I was reading this I kept thinking a bit of Star Wars. But pretty much all that is similar is Tobin finding out - SURPRISE! - your dad wasn't who you thought he was, there are superpowers, and now you have to save the universe. Or whatever.

I don't know. I want to give this book a higher rating but I just don't think I can. Perhaps later books in the series will get it right. But for an indie first print it was good. That's what I really like about the move to digital books. We can hear new voices like Charlie Wood and help them develop their writing. It's actually pretty cool. I enjoyed that part of reading this book, honestly.

You guys should give this book a shot and then - if you can - leave some feed back, too. I'm sure the author would appreciate it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Action and Great Characters 30 Nov 2012
By mab - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story and the characters. It is a typical tale of a teenager who discovers special powers and refuses to listen to his mentor/teacher and it's up to him to save the world. But there are enough cool twists to make it a fun, quick read.

GoodReads [We ♥ YA Books! ] ARR # 51 - received a review copy

Will look for the next installment to see Tobin/Strike grow in strength and hopefully experience. Wished we got to know his friends, Jennifer and Chad more. Also looking forward to more adventures and more superheroes.

I liked the supporting characters in this book. Orion was admirable and it was fascinating to see what happens when superheroes age. Keplar was a fun and unusual addition to the team. Scatterbolt was essential, because every team needs a brainiac to supply intel.

The world of Capricious sounded intriguing, too bad we weren't there for very long. Colorful descriptions were well done. I enjoyed the description of the superhero museum; tales about The Guardians, especially the non-flattering ones, so you truly got to know them; and the witty dialogue.

The monsters were scary and not the usual fare. ROAR! and other sound effects in all caps with an exclamation point reminded me of a comic book and I liked it, but I think that more unusual sounds and used less often would've been better.

While reading this book I often wanted more...more information, more descriptions, more fight scenes, more emotion, but I did enjoy what was there. Villain, Vincent Harris needed to be fleshed out a bit more to really make him despicable, but I liked how he believed in his goal and you wondered if he really was so evil.

Book was only 200 pages long, so a little pricey for the size, but an enjoyable, quick superhero book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, lots of humor, & a not yet ready for action, superhero! 4 Nov 2012
By Lauri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fast paced, lots of humor, and a, not yet ready for action, superhero, what's not to love?

I am always looking for new books for my classroom and Strike will be a hit. A flawed, classroom clown with enough edge to make him easy to connect with, the character of Tobin is one that readers will enjoy rooting for. Tobin's friends, Jennifer the intellectual, and Chad the athlete, are a welcomed change from the type of friends we would expect a kid like Tobin to associate with. Hopefully we will see more of them in the next installment. Add a mentor with two interesting, fun sidekicks, and you have a great story that I will keep you turning pages from this world to the next.
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