"I know about things that will happen, or rather before they happen." - Jacob, in SUPERMAN'S CAPE
"Kyle held onto the bones of the animal and pulled harder. He pulled until he was face to face with the rotting meat that was its insides. He pulled so that he was lying on the dead animal. Kyle squirmed on whatever gave him the traction he needed to bring his knees up and crawl ... The flies and white pustule worms he uncovered clung to his shirt and skin like passengers. They crawled over his arms, leaving their maggot trails as they inched along." - from SUPERMAN'S CAPE, on escaping a bog
Six months previous, Kyle and his younger brother Jonnie watched their father Chris get gunned down by a drugged-out thief while the trio waited in line for an ice cream at the local DQ. Even 4-year old Jonnie's blue blanket, his "Superman's Cape", couldn't stop the hemorrhaging from his Dad's fatal wound.
Now, in a fit of anger and frustration at the hard straits in which he, Jonnie, and their mother Sara have been left by Chris's murder, Kyle runs away from the abject trailer they're forced to inhabit and into the woods, the Croatan National Forest in North Carolina. Kyle becomes lost, and his predicament quickly degrades from precarious to dire. And, there's a hurricane coming.
The story of the missing boy is carried by the local news outlets, including WJL-TV. The station sends out a live-coverage team headed by Jacob Hanson, who's otherwise the chief on-screen Weather Guy. Jacob has an unusual gift; he can "see" things before they happen.
SUPERMAN'S CAPE was at it's most riveting for me when following Kyle's plight, which got so desperate that my hankie got all into a twist. That said, my impression was that the author, Brian Spangler, intended the paranormal aspect of the storyline to comprise the main plot thread, and it too was engaging albeit perhaps a bit forced when it veers in an unexpected direction.
The reason I'm knocking off a star is that there's yet another subplot involving two other members of Hanson's team and the WJL-TV van that's so irrelevant as to be an unnecessary distraction and, by the book's conclusion, totally forgettable and ultimately forgotten.
There's no subtlety to SUPERMAN'S CAPE, but that's OK. It's a quick and entertaining read.