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The Protectors: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Trey Dowell

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Book Description

An enthralling debut, The Protectors offers a dark twist on the classic superhero story as fallen hero Scott McAlister embarks on a globe-hopping chase to stop his former teammate—and ex-lover—gone rogue.

Don’t call him a superhero.

Heroes change the world. Scott McAlister? On a good day, he manages to change out of sweatpants.

It wasn’t always like this. Scott used to be leader of the Protectors, the world’s one and only squad of superheroes. It was a decent gig, but far from the shiny force for good the UN advertised. He could abide the publicity stunts, the lies, the ham-fisted government handlers—but when one of the Protectors died under his command, it was too much. Wracked with guilt, Scott stepped down and into an early retirement.

Now, five years later, a desperate CIA chief shows up on Scott’s doorstep with a polite request and a cadre of shock troops to ensure that Scott accepts. His ex-teammate and ex-lover, Lyla Ravzi, has gone rogue. The former Protector has the ability to control minds, and she’s no longer interested in “protecting.” She wants world domination.

Scott’s mission is simple: Find Lyla and stop her. The messy little details are up to him. It’s the last thing Scott needs after five years spent trying to forget the Protectors and to get over Lyla, but the alternative is worse.

As he closes in on his target, Scott is forced to confront his past and face a chilling reality: Can he save the world and the woman he once loved? Or will he have to choose?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3719 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451 (7 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L4ZZCB2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Front row seats to good entertainment! 7 Oct. 2014
By Matthew J. Pallamary - Published on
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Trey Dowell's "The Protectors" is a fast moving well-written tale with a smart ass protagonist that you cannot help but like. I have no doubt that it will garner legions of addicted fans who enjoy an entertaining story well told by an author who clearly has mastery over the written word.

Matt Pallamary - author Land Without Evil & Spirit Matters
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and brilliantly written. 11 Oct. 2014
By Emily H. - Published on
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A wild ride from beginning to end. The author builds a world both outrageous and believable--you don't think you could ever swallow a guy who puts people to sleep with his brain, or a woman who makes people fall in love with her with a look...until they stroll across the page, casual as you please, and suddenly, you do. You eat Scott and Lyla right up, because as the summary says, they're not heroes. They're people, with their own vulnerabilities and second-guesses and oh-no-what-nows. Despite the world's attempts to force them into superhero molds, they're not larger than life. And I think that's what swept me into this book more than anything.

Of course, there's also the explosions. And the guns. And the smarmy, douchebag CIA agents. And the several-billion-dollar superconductor (you'll see). So if you're into that stuff, this book delivers just fine. But if you're also looking for a human element, the faces behind the masks...then you're in luck, because this book delivers that too.

Overall, a great read for anyone looking to get lost in someone else's problems for a few hours. I almost wish Knockout would put us all to sleep until Trey finishes the next installment. It sure beats the torture of waiting.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dowell's dark swerve on the classic superhero tale 28 Dec. 2014
By H. Bala - Published on
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I dig Trey Dowell's awesome short stories and wasn't about to pass up his novel, especially since it's a foray into superhero prose, one of my preferred genres. Given, many of the themes in THE PROTECTORS: A THRILLER aren't original stuff, specifically the one revolving around "Who watches the Watchmen?" But there's enough in the plot - about a retired superhero forced to go after a former teammate (and lover) gone rogue - to separate itself from the pack. Maybe halfway thru the book, the venue shifts dramatically to an exotic locale of which culture and socio-political concerns Dowell describes so vividly and with such familiarity that my eyebrows raised when, in his afterword, he confesses that he'd never actually been to the place. The two leads, deeply flawed characters both, are magnificently fleshed out. And they play off each other beautifully, whether they're bickering or wanting to murder each other or drawing closer or pulling away again. Scott - a.k.a. Knockout - is wry and sarcastic and world-weary. Lyla Ravzi - codenamed Aphrodite - is fierce and independent and so damaged, and relentless in her conviction to better the world. It's her clarion cry for change that's got the CIA spooked so much. It's refreshing that Aphrodite's and Knockout's powers fall into the less flashy, more subtle category. You must agree that instant seduction or putting people to sleep with your mind isn't as visually arresting as super-strength or -speed or generating force beams or whatever. The author challenged himself to make the application and fallout of these powers pleasing and dynamic from an action aesthetic... and he pulled it off, yo. The action blisters. I also liked that, in this reality, only four people were ever imbued with super powers, and they're all in the same group. This results in the Protectors' taking on real world conflicts. Dowell dabbles in the gray area and blurs the lines between the hero and the villain. He writes the conflict so convincingly from both sides that I wasn't sure who was right in the end. But Knockout and Aphrodite are such engaging characters I knew all along who I was rooting for. He delivers grand superhero action, undeviating forward momentum, characters that live and breathe and tear thru their comic book confinements, global government conspiracies, and a penetrating look at how super powers can exact a price on a physical, mental, and psychological level. Despite the sometimes dramatic content, Trey Dowell never loses sight of the goofy comic book roots. There's escapism to be had in these pages, and massive fun. Sequel, please.

Other recommended superhero prose:

- Marion G. Harmon's Wearing the Cape
- Peter Clines' Ex-Heroes
- Jim Bernheimer's Confessions of a D-List Supervillain
- Matthew Phillion's The Indestructibles
- Mur Lafferty's Playing for Keeps
- P.S. Power's Proxy (The Infected Book 1)
- R S J Gregory's Cosmic Girl: Rising Up
- Blake M. Petit's Other People's Heroes
- C.J. Carella's Armageddon Girl (New Olympus Saga, Book 1)
- Rob Rogers' Devil's Cape
- Joshua Guess' Next (The Next Chronicle Book 1)
- Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible
- George R.R. Martin's classic Wild Card anthologies
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the ONE! 8 Oct. 2014
By Ara the Writer - Published on
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I'm not gonna lie, this is the type of story I had been looking for.

I grew up on comic books. So I have a soft spot for stories of superheroes. What I loved were the great story tellers like Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, and Alan Moore who took you on an unexpected journey and took the ordinary and made it extraordinary. Unfortunately, what irritated me was when superhero books (or movies) insulted the reader's intelligence and made the story about their powers and not their humanity or the story itself. The Protectors by Trey Dowell delivered on all my hopes and expectations.

The subtitle of the book is "A Thriller" and it does not disappoint. The story unfolds quickly. If you're not ready for conflict, an intricate plot, chase scenes, brilliant banter, laugh-till-you-cry one-liners, and kick ass superhero powers, then this book is not for you. But if you want all of that and want to be entertained by a skilled storyteller, then buy The Protectors and set aside a solid chuck of time because there's no way you'll want to stop at the end of each chapter. Also, I don't think you'll find powers like the ones Dowell created. So many books come up with a "it's-like-so-and-so but a woman," or blatantly rip-off a well-known character and expect the reader to be wowed by said powers. Dowell's characters would make Stan Lee nod in approval.

And the heroes are exactly what I would want: flawed, born with a gift they did not ask for, in a world that cannot understand them, but wants to love them, even though the same fans will watch in glee when the hero falls from grace.

This book has it all. It delivers on the promise while creating new characters that could easily be the lead roles of the next blockbuster movie.

I look forward to reading more from Dowell. This is a franchise that will only grow as we delve deeper into this universe.

Highly Recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Story! 7 Oct. 2014
By ZAT - Published on
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What a ride! An original story with globe trotting heroes and page turning suspense. Never a dull moment with the main character Scott's dialogue and his interaction with other characters. I really hope the author makes this a series, I want to read more about the Protectors!
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