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What is a Hero? (Damson Dragon Diary Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paige E. Ewing
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My name’s Damson.
I'm really just a regular girl. I'm trying to make a living in Austin, Texas as an EMT, support my elderly mother, keep from getting killed by dragon slayers, dodge the amorous attentions of Vlad Dracul, keep supervillains from blowing up Mansfield dam, and defeat an army of evil to save Camelot. Ok, so maybe I'm a little ... different.
But what's the point of being different if I can't make a difference?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caught Dreams Books (10 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008POO004
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #855,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to admit, I usually struggle with novels written in the first person and there are degrees of 'fantasy' that I won't usually go beyond (think Stargate/Grimm for mental limits)... so I was not expecting to enjoy this hugely entertaining book as much as I did. Colour me converted and more open minded on both accounts.

It's nigh-on impossible to write a review that doesn't give rather critical things away, but if you want to lose yourself for a few hours with an inspiring half-dragon narrator who's constantly fighting off the amour of an ardent dragon called Vlad, and who bites people to cure them (hard to sneak that past the trauma team), give this a go. It's funny, passionate and uplifting in equal measure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 11 Nov. 2013
By Xander Opal - Published on
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I very much enjoyed this story. I was caught up in it right to the end, and didn't realize I'd finished it until I couldn't turn a page. I can't wait for the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superheroes, dragons, high fantasy, time travel... 2 Dec. 2012
By Mason Kramer - Published on
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I love a series that defies labels, and the superhero genre is good at managing that crossover. Damson is a healer at heart and struggles to keep her head low, but can no longer just stand by as her daily life more and more often crosses with the superheroes that protect her city, and she finds herself straddling two worlds... then a third, as she starts dreaming of Camelot... A real page turner.
5.0 out of 5 stars Multidimensional and well integrated 16 Feb. 2014
By Simon P Maybury - Published on
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Qualification: I have read only science fiction and fantasy for 50 years, except for bookclub books and about 10% miscellaneous. I have not read comics since 1970. So I am not qualified to evaluate this book within Superhero Fiction. This review is from my outsider's perspective, though I did read The Protectors a couple of weeks ago.

"What is a Hero?" is written in intense first person (you know only what Damson knows), which follows a well-blazed trail into my mind. This allows the author some licence to speak with Damson's voice, somewhat loosening the requirements for strict grammatical elegance; we are now listening not to the author, but to Damson, who is not so constrained. The diary presentation was largely unfamiliar to me, but I found this faded some way in and was thereafter firmly integrated to the gestalt of the reading experience.

This was a nicely-shaped story. Initially the diary format created the structure, but as the characters were insinuated and the plotlines developed, they took over and, as I noted above, the diary format faded into merely chapter headers. The main plot trunk bifurcates to include a thoroughly-researched interpretation of Arthurian legend (while Bradley's is from the females' perspective, Ewing's is from the dragons'). The two trunks are nicely reintegrated at the climax.

The Protectors' universe is mapped from the contemporary real world, and in this book includes many events from around Austin in 2011. For those who were directly involved in these events (firefighters, EMTs, street people and law enforcement), the addition of superhero activities is either plausible or fun, because of the speculative intimacy of a shared microverse/perspective. For the vast majority who knew of the events only from a distance, the plausibility is even stronger. For the rest of us outsiders, we learn about Austin. This universe is adjacent to our own, but could almost be identical; we know it is not largely because of remote mass-media (makes you think). And because of Science (but how many of our rather undereducated population does this apply to ?). Non-traditional aspects of the integration of superheroes into society are briefly explored as background.

Implicit in this explication of an adjacent universe with superheroes, supervillains and dragons is the consideration of how we know what we think is reality, and to what degree this can be, and is being, manipulated by those with power.

Gross mapping of the Protectors' universe onto ours begs some degree of allegorical comparison. In the reader's mind there are so many opportunities for this that it is tempting (and fun) to follow each idea for some distance. For me this is a natural consequence of having a universe which is close, but not identical, to the Real World. Whenever a difference manifests itself, one wonders whether this is Significant. For example, the casually acknowledged existence of superheroes ("Of course they exist - look ! Over there !) <=> "Wouldn't it be cool if superheroes were to exist ?". Unfortunately for this mapping, Balance must be maintained, and Supervillains also exist. Iain M Banks establishes that the Culture Universe is cool as a background, but boring because stories emerge naturally only when there is conflict to chew on.

Damson grows in several dimensions through the story. Relationships with each character evolve in concert in a natural way.

It is lucky that dragons are somewhat self-healing and that the Damson has both practical EMT knowledge and Draconic Healing Power. This allows more risk to be taken and therefore more Good to be achieved.

Additional thoughts:

Several details of Damson's early flying experiences can be fully appreciated only by pilots of hang gliders or other foot-launched aerial conveyances.

Superheroes playing D&D !

What is a hero ? The willingness to take risks as much as being able to do The Right Thing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fantasy 6 Sept. 2012
By P. Roberts - Published on
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Had to buy the kindle version couldn't wait on the paperback to arrive. I enjoyed the super hero's and the characters were fun to follow.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fantasy reading. Enjoyed very much. 6 Sept. 2012
By P. Roberts - Published on
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Interesting plot, author has a neat sense of humor that comes through in this story. Enjoyed all the way thru, keeps you guessing what next!
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