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West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide [Kindle Edition]

K.M. Johnson-Weider
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Book Description

Imagine a world like our own but with superheroes. Would the superheroes change the world or would the world change the superheroes?

West Pacific Supers is the professional superhero team for the city of West Pacific in northern California. It's hard to know what's more dangerous for the members of West Pacific Supers: the supervillains out to destroy the city or the superazzi determined to uncover all of their dirty secrets. If juggling heroics and public relations weren't hard enough, the Season begins with a shocking death. Now new team members must be recruited to counter two major threats: a scientist with an insane plan that threatens California and an enemy from within West Pacific Supers itself. The team will succeed only after taming their massive egos and getting help from unlikely sources. Unfortunately, just like winning fame and fortune, beating the bad guys always comes at a heavy price.

This is the first book in the West Pacific Supers series.


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About the Author

K.M. Johnson-Weider has released two books in the West Pacific Supers series: Rising Tide and Victory at Any Cost. Black Throne Conspiracy is an entirely new sci-fi mystery thriller set in the Ascension Galaxy, where future tech mixes with ancient magics, some of them rooted in the shadowy recesses of time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1280 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Moon Aurora, LLC; 1.5 edition (26 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058V5MPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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K.M. Johnson-Weider has written two novels in the West Pacific Supers series: Rising Tide and Victory at Any Cost. Black Throne Conspiracy is a sci-fi mystery thriller set in the Ascension Galaxy, where future tech mixes with ancient magics, political intrigue, and brutally ambitious noble houses.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super! 26 July 2013
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Really catchy easy to get into read, excellent characters with a real feel for the genre.
The supers are really interesting - not so much for their powers - but for their motivation and background . Excellently written with a lot of nods to pop culture and the accepted formula for writing comics.

Like a good comic but better motivation and character depth - but no pictures except the ones in your head. Loved it would recommend it to anyone who likes comics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and absorbing read 5 Jan. 2012
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The West Pacific Supers of the title are a team of professional superheroes. They have stage names like Cosmic Kid, Blue Star and White Knight, they have superhero costumes and, at times, some terribly corny lines.

All of that may sound like something of a farce, but it works surprisingly well. This is an X-Men style version of 2013, where some humans are born mutants with peculiar, powerful abilities. They're unusual, but not that rare: there are several teams of superheroes that operate like top sports teams, with sponsorships and top celebrity status. It's amusing, and largely believable; it's not hard to imagine that mutant superhero status would go that way, if such a thing existed.

Of course, for every superhero there's a supervillain and a corresponding supercrime-in-the-making. The West Pacific Supers are having a difficult year: disaster after disaster leaves them short on team members and up against impressive odds. Can they work past their differences to save the day?

I think this scenario works because it's possible to see the Supers as real people, not just costumes. There's a great deal about their personal lives in this long book, probably too much - it threatens to drown the main action after a while. But I didn't mind, because the authors avoided sinking into melodrama, and the Supers don't take themselves too seriously for the most part. The story reads like the chronicles of the team over one Season, covering their interpersonal issues (of which there are quite a lot) as well as their supercharged action-filled crime-fighting escapades.

The villains were interesting too. I suppose there are superscientists to go with all the rest of the superness, and they're up to no good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide 2 Mar. 2012
By Chuck - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually like to read mysteries but I was given this book as a gift. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed WPS:RT with all the twist and turns. The book centers around superheroes some, are completely normal, others are mutants and then there are regular everyday people who go undercover as superheroes. The relationship between all the different classes of superheroes is as complex as social classes in modern day America.

The West Pacific Supers are the main superheroes in the book; Cosmic Kid, Mr. Awesome, Seawolf, Starfish, Blue Star and Nova Women. There are other superhero teams and everyone is competing to be traded to the best team. There are also competions between the teams to find the top superhero team, much like the World Series. Each superhero has their own dark secret that they try to keep hidden. The authors do a great job of intertwining the secrets and keeping the reader guessing what is going to happen next. Just when you think you know the direction the story is going, a bombshell is dropped. I lost many nights of sleep because I could not put the book down. I can't wait to read the sequel!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genre bending take on Superheroes 28 Feb. 2012
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish 1/2 star ratings were available because I'd really prefer to give this book 4.5 stars instead of 4.

There is a lot that works in this book and a few things that miss the mark somewhat but on the whole it is a solid effort and easily one of the better entries in the genre.

Basic Plot Summary (Spoiler Free):
The West Pacific Supers (WPS) are a group of officially sanctioned heroes based in the fictional city of West Pacific, California. The WPS is shaken by the sudden loss of several of its members in a surprise attack aimed at its senior and most powerful heroes but must pull together to find those responsible and bring them to justice. At the same time, the team is investigating the theft of explosives so potent they rival that of a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, the WPS must recruit new members to rebuild its strength and standing in the eyes of the public. The team receives some help from vigilantes, non-sanctioned heroes, who provide timely intelligence from the streets and badly needed backup when they're needed most. Time is running out for the heroes to find and recover the explosives before the villains responsible use them for purposes unknown.

Surprisingly, this merely provides the backdrop for the meat of the novel. The book is really more concerned with the heroes themselves and their personal trials and tribulations. The primary characters here are Cosmic Kid, a newly recruited teen hero, Blue Star, an older hero pulled out of semi-retirement to lend the shaken team a steady and experienced hand, Camille, a one-time West Pacific Super lured out of retirement, and Seawolf, a veteran WPS member who struggles as much with the outward manifestation of her power as she does with the villains she fights. Although these are the core characters that the novel follows, there is a well developed set of secondary characters from the Vigilantes (Truthfinder, The Goalie, Midnight, Whisperer, White Knight, Cupid, and Samurai) to the support staff of the WPS.

The world of the West Pacific Supers is a place where superheroes have been elevated to the level of fame of sports figures and movie stars in our world. They have fan clubs, agents who negotiate contracts and endorsements, and PR people to plan their 'product placement.' This extends to the teams such as the WPS. Younger heroes start in Teen groups (farm leagues) and go through a draft and ranking process that determines their place in the big leagues. The super teams are also ranked based on the foes they've vanquished, property damaged prevented (or allowed/caused), and the casualties they take each 'season'.

This sounds somewhat hokey but it is played straight and it works. The main characters are all likeable but each is flawed or limited in some way that makes them more real and relatable. The novel's focus is squarely on the heroes and the plot takes a definite backseat to character development. There is a lot of room for additional novels in this universe. The author teases us with bits and pieces of the alternate history of this world and there are a lot of characters introduced that appear only briefly.

That said, the story isn't without some weaknesses. As mentioned by other reviewers, the author decides to tell rather than show a major event and completely skips the aftermath with the hand waving of "Months later..." This may have been an effort to shorten a relatively long book but it has the effect of diluting the impact of the team's failure to stop a particular event. Also, the villains, with the exception of Dr. B and the final villain, are fairly one-dimensional and forgettable.

These are relatively minor nitpicks, however, and the the novel as whole is an engrossing and entertaining read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great superhero book with an interesting angle 22 Jan. 2013
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a great story set in a new and unique (to me) setting for the superhero genre. While modern-day, the author has put the heroes in the setting of sports superstars. Very interesting take on how it could be if we had real-life superheroes with extreme powers. How the media and hype would be and so on. At the same time it was a good old-fashioned superhero story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good super-world 9 Dec. 2012
By Dana John Haakensen - Published on Amazon.com
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A good novel. The turns it takes might've been clearer if i hadn't been so absorbed in the story. This is a world unlike that of Superman, the heroes only win most of the time, and there is a ranking system that seems akin to fantasy football. I enjoy that characters seem to be in real danger. No one is guaranteed to be alive in the end. It is a very realistic world.... for one filled with mutants and mechs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Superhero Fix Here 16 Sept. 2012
By Patrick M. Monaghan - Published on Amazon.com
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I will preface this by saying I'm a fan of superhero/metahuman/powers-based fiction. While I developed that interest through comic books in my youth, I find that I am enjoying the long novel form for this genre.

I found "West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide" to be just the kind of book that I was looking for. I liked the idea of having different teams of superheroes and the draft idea was interesting. In addition, I found the characters to be interesting and fairly well developed, and the story overall was enjoyable. I liked how the author hit the ground running, and found myself wanting to hear the past stories, and the other teams/heroes that formed the "history" to this universe.

My biggest complaint is that I didn't necessarily understand the idea of the draft/teams/seasons. I liked the concept, but I felt it could have been addressed a little more. We knew these things existed in this universe, which I took to be much like our own, but I didn't get the feeling that I understood why or how the process worked. (For example, what contingencies are in place to ensure potential crimes and super villains are held in check at the awards ceremony?) Nothing major, but I like my superheroes steeped in some "reality."

"West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide" is a fun read that should not disappoint superhero fans. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment of the West Pacific Supers series.
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