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The Last Superhero [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Altrogge
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Book Description

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE GODFATHER MET THE INCREDIBLES?

The Wagners are a superhero family dynasty who have always protected the city of Coreopolis. The grandpa, John Utticus Wagner, is revered in the superhero community. He’s consistently invited to speak at superhero symposiums, has dined with the President, and has a sterling reputation as a model superhero. Every young superhero wants to be like John Utticus Wagner.

Unfortunately, John’s son, Orville Wagner, is not the man his father is. He’s a terrible klutz who always manages to create disasters, like derailing subway trains and accidentally injuring innocent bystanders. Orville is mocked in the superhero community, and the family’s once sterling reputation is tarnished. They no longer are seen as the protectors of Coreopolis. They are the laughingstock of the city.

When a new super villian starts terrorizing Coreopolis, it’s up to John, Orville, and Orville’s son, John II, to stop the villain and restore the family’s honor. The question is, can an old man, a klutz, and boy stop a maniacal super villain?

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About the Author

Stephen Altrogge is a husband, pastor, author, and songwriter. You can find him on Twitter (stephenaltrogge), Facebook (stephenaltrogge), and the web (www.theblazingcenter.com). He's married to Jen and has three little girls.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZIVCK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #854,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wagner family takes on Boom! 5 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Last Superhero by Stephen Altrogge is a very quick read, I knocked out most of it in a cardio session, about a multi-generational superhero family. It looks at the burdens of being a superhero a little differently such as the trouble that a teenage boy has to have in order to keep his super strength under control while still living a somewhat normal life. There is also a whole new level of pressure when your grandfather is one of the most famous heroes to ever live and your dad... let's just say isn't.

There is a strong message of family unity in this book with a scene that contains a moderate amount of violence making it great for young teens and up. I'm personally well past the minimum of that mark and still enjoyed the story quite a bit. The good guys are well done and have some fairly amusing personalities the bad guy is a bit stereotypical, but I mean that in a good way. He fits the story perfectly.

The end wraps up well with the hint that there could be more to come. I personally would enjoy seeing the Wagner family together again.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Great book for teens and up. Made me laugh out loud. Love the idea of a superhero learning to do his stuff - and a teenage superhero's perspective on other superheroes has to be good for a laugh.
Book finishes just as the story is warming up though - here's hoping for the next one soon...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant youth novel! 11 Sept. 2012
By A. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Last Superhero," by Stephen Altrogge is a compelling defense of the value of character even when failure overwhelms one's existence. Told through the eyes of John Utticus Wagner II, this novel embodies the mannerisms and language of a pre-teen boy who just happens to have superhuman strength. Even struggling readers can enjoy this book, as the young narrator explains any complicated words in his own simple terms. Altrogge brilliantly weaves the familial conflicts, insecurities, and dreams of pre-adolescent development into this tale of superheroes, villains, explosions, and near-death experiences. if you like Batman, Superman, the Hulk, or even the Incredibles, you will enjoy this fun adventure novel.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Short Novel! 20 Sept. 2012
By Tim C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Altrogge writes this novel in a very unique way. I personally do not take the time to read books where the story is told by the main character. With a little bit of humor and action, the story unfolds about a family business of superheros. The reader can sense an attachment to the family as every person's dream is to have some type of super power. If you have a love for superheros, whether in movies or comic books, this short novel will be a great addition to your collection. Because I know how my 5 and 6-year old boys enjoy playing superheros and watching them on the television, even they would enjoy this story. I would have to say I might have to read it to them. This novel is highly recommended for those superheros just starting out or those that desire to have super powers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun homage to super-hero genre 21 May 2013
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a brief but fun bit of super-hero fiction. The story is told primarily from the perspective of a young, super-powered man from a line of super-powered family, with details overlapping into home life, school, training and battle sequences with super villains (as you would expect). As the story progresses, three generations become involved in working together against an explosive-using villain named (predictably) "Boom". The action sequences are enjoyable and at times the book has the feel of reading a comic book script, told with lots of tongue-in-cheek and humor as the three generations go to action. The storytelling is definitely in a 1980's and earlier level of content, so no profanity, no adult content, and minimal (or super-hero comical) violence and is a safe read for kids.

There are definitely plenty of references and homages to the super-hero genre, as well as films like Superman, The Incredibles, Unbreakable, etc, and while I got many of the gags, the problem seems to become, though, is that there are copious references to characters like "Spiderman", "Batman", "Bruce Wayne", "Joker" etc, and it's hard to tell when a story goes too far from just using a couple passing references to extensive usage, to the point where you wonder if the writer is required to send a royalty to Marvel and DC comics. I enjoyed the gags from these references, but at the same time they could be a little distracting as I want to submerge into a unique universe with unique characters, and in my own imagination references to Sherlock Holmes tend to take me out of the book and elsewhere.

Also, a note about the tag-line: I read this described as "The Incredibles meets the Godfather", and I definitely picked up elements of the Incredibles, but not so much the Godfather, although there were aspects of organized crime in the story. That was sort of a disappointment, as I was hoping for a few more references to mafia families or at the very least a radioactive Vito Corleone...

This was a fun, pulp read, with a curious twist at the end. I'd be interested to see if there will be more to this saga.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wagner family takes on Boom! 5 Mar. 2013
By bookblogger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Last Superhero by Stephen Altrogge is a very quick read, I knocked out most of it in a cardio session, about a multi-generational superhero family. It looks at the burdens of being a superhero a little differently such as the trouble that a teenage boy has to have in order to keep his super strength under control while still living a somewhat normal life. There is also a whole new level of pressure when your grandfather is one of the most famous heroes to ever live and your dad... let's just say isn't.

There is a strong message of family unity in this book with a scene that contains a moderate amount of violence making it great for young teens and up. I'm personally well past the minimum of that mark and still enjoyed the story quite a bit. The good guys are well done and have some fairly amusing personalities the bad guy is a bit stereotypical, but I mean that in a good way. He fits the story perfectly.

The end wraps up well with the hint that there could be more to come. I personally would enjoy seeing the Wagner family together again.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very creative! 5 Jan. 2013
By Loyal Amazon Shopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As in any review, this is our personal opinion -- your opinion may differ completely ;)

We felt this book was well written as far as being creative and adventurous. I started reading it to preview for my 5th grade son (think I'll wait until 6th grade for him to read it, that's just me though), and ended up sharing with my husband who was quickly engrossed and finished it in one evening!!

One issue we have had with quite a few self-published or on-line published (e-books) is the lack of quality editing. Using 'their' when they should have said 'there' is an easy fix, as well as a few missing words (easily guessed) and any decent publisher would have fixed those types of errors. However, these typos didn't detract from our over-all enjoyment of the The Last Superhero story.

Our main disappointment was the ending. After a huge building of suspense, it fell flat. Like really?! That was it?! I am guessing the author plans a sequel, but I think he could have ended it quite a bit better and still built excitement for the next book in the series. However, that won't stop me from recommending it to others who have teen sons, because it really was a good read for the genre.
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