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Young Sentinels (Wearing the Cape)

Young Sentinels (Wearing the Cape) [Kindle Edition]

Marion G. Harmon
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The reward for a job well done is another job.

After the Sentinels' takedown of the second incarnation of Villains Inc., things are relatively quiet in the great metropolis of Chicago. Astra, aka Hope Corrigan, is able to breathe a little, to hang out with her friends, and even to attend classes (where her professors are starting to think she is a myth). But Blackstone is loading more training and responsibilities on her, and converging events threaten the compromises she has made to balance her superhero career and student life and to protect her family and friends.

Worse, a new supervillain has come to town, and it will take all of Chicago's capes to defeat the threat of the Green Man — if he can be defeated at all. When a new supervillain group begins targeting anti-superhuman groups, it becomes apparent that even the Sentinels are going to need help.

Because one thing is certain: Chicago is going to have a very bad day.

Young Sentinels is the third book in the high-rated series begun by Wearing the Cape and continued in Villains Inc. and Omega Night.

About the Author

Marion G. Harmon (Marion for his great-grandfather, George for his father), was born in Salt Lake City but moved from post to post with his family at the whim of the US military. His travels have taken him as far as Stuttgart in Germany, Sydney, and finally to Las Vegas. After gaining degrees in literature and history, he settled down to tell people how to manage their money. Mr. Harmon's first novel, Wearing the Cape, was published in 2011, and he has since written three novels set in the same world (Villains Inc., Bite Me: Big Easy Nights, and Young Sentinels). He is currently working hard on a fifth book, this one also featuring Astra and company.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149228078X
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ES4C6WY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love wearing the cape series 12 Sep 2013
By SandyL
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Wow fantastic.
Just finished it, after reading the first two in about a week and a half.

Mr Harmon, if you read this bring out the next soon!
I like the changing perspectives and the new characters introduced.
Though on an even bigger scale, it felt like a more personal story.
Would read the other first but would not miss this one either :)

cant wait to read the next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Borderline effort. Plot was a bit unfocused 5 Sep 2013
By Mvargus - Published on
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I love Wearing the Cape and really enjoyed Villains Inc. There were tightly written stories with a well developed plot and good characters.

Wearing the Cape brings back Astra, and once again focuses on events in Chicago. This was a very nice change after the last book went to New Orleans and in my opinion tried too hard to play in the urban fantasy realm rather than stick with superheroes.

The returning characters remained the same fun group. So I found the story easy to get into and I definitely enjoyed the story.

HOWEVER, I nearly gave this book 3 stars. My love of the first 2 books, and the fact that I enjoyed seeing several characters return ended up with me at the 3.5-3.6 score range and I was willing to round up. The problems are not insurmountable, but they were considerable. Sadly, to explain them will require delving into the plot a little which I'll do a bit later in the review.

There was one other concern that caused me to nearly mark this down to 3 or even 2 stars. This story doesn't really end the plot thread. It's an introduction to several new characters as well as a way to mutate the purpose/position of a couple of other characters. This book is setup rather than the meat of the story. It's better at setup than some, but its still setup and at the ending I was left thinking that Marion could have done a lot more before publishing this story.

This story was difficult to give stars to because of that. In all honesty, the biggest feeling I had was that Marion rushed this story out to meet a deadline. And in doing so, he was unable to really develop the plot and consider what he was doing. The introductions to the new "Young Sentinels" was abbreviated and left two of them as mysteries. one is not much more than a name, a powerset and a very limited set of personal interactions. Only the two who play narrator give us much insight into who they are.

**** warning some might consider the rest of this to contain spoilers ****

And then I had 3 other concerns.

1) Marion has joined the legion of those writing superhero tales who can't stick with one main character. Marion had Astra start as the focal character, but later added Megaton and Grendel as narrative characters. This diluted the story, and in a couple cases ended up fogging up the plot threads. It was definitely intentional. I was willing to accept it for this story, but I hope he turns back to a single narrator character in future stories.

2) Power escalation abounds. This seems to be a popular trick with many authors who write superhero tales. In this case Marion introduces a villain who can enhance or depower characters. This is a cute plot twist, but after his skill in writing Wearing the Cape and Villains where the enemy was smart and crafty rather than just powerful, the escalation here seemed to eliminate much of the fun of the stories. The fight setups became beatdowns.

3) Teen angst and confusion. I don't mind a little angst. It happens, but here it seemed like Marion introduced some potential issues and characters just to give Astra reasons to go into angsty mental monologues. I absolutely hate these, and they did not add to the story. Some of the plot threads might add more in a future book, but I found that it really failed to make this story more interesting. It just made Astra seem far more immature than she should be after a year in the Sentinels.

TL & DR - Lovers of the first two books will enjoy seeing Astra return and will likely love the new villains, characters and plot twists. However, this story is not as good as the first two books and I felt that Marion rushed the writing of this, which limited the plot and character development.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Thought 1 Sep 2013
By HeroFan - Published on
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I've read his priors. All excellent books and with the introduction of time travel in the prior books he went where I thought he would go.

In his prior book he established that with time travel you can change the future. That has huge ramifications. That means your fate is not tied down to some predetermined fate. That means....there can be a chance to change things for the better. Hope, appropriate name that, sees that and it plays out exactly how I would envision it with all that changes and hopes to do.

Thank you sir, for following through with your time traveling premise.

Your universe has basic rules that makes sense. Your characters balance each other, and your formation of a Young Sentinels reminds me very much of our classic DC and Marvel young hero teams. No trademark infringed, just the classic flattery of imitating good things. Because if it works, why not use it?

And with the introduction of some major members...I'll be expecting great things from this new team. Excelsior!!

You keep writing, I'll keep buying.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astra and Friends! 26 Aug 2013
By Ian - Published on
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Ever since "Bite Me: Big Easy Nights," the interquel to "Wearing the Cape" and "Villains, Inc." hit Amazon, I've been thrilled about "Young Sentinels." Not only does the Wearing the Cape universe fill all my "what if" specfic desires for a superhero universe that balances social realism (as Harmon puts it) and fantasy, but I have so much attachment to Astra and her friends that it's hard not to want to see more of them.

In "Young Sentinels," Harmon continues Astra's trajectory that has been clear since she first burst from the rubble of her breakthrough. While other universes that strive for a measure of social realism or satire take the superhero world to a dark, twisted place, obsessed with sex, corporatism, and cynicism, the heroes of Wearing the Cape inhabit a world full of as much hope (pun intended) as it is of pain and ugliness. Advertisement, merchandising, government control, secrecy, murder, corruption, shallowness, and abuse all exist in widespread measure for Hope Corrigan (Astra) and the Sentinels (the WtC equivalent of the Avengers or the Justice League), but the balance of power exists to punish the guilty and reward the doer of good, rather than merely pad its own pockets. And that's a breath of fresh air for those seeking a Watchmen without the nihilism.

This time around, Hope must deal with the consequences of her last two adventures, a whole new team of young heros (including an explosive boy, a Hulk-shapeshifter, a wind-controller, her friend Shelly-the-robot/ghost, and the hilariously powerful and insane Ozma from the Oz books). The camarderie and leadership are both thrilling, and the threats continue to force Astra to grow into the most powerful and likeable superhero this side of Superman (or Wonder Woman, but sadly the Once-Princess-Once-Goddess has PR issues, so I'm going with the easily recognizable one).

Here's looking forward to following that growth for years to come!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good setup for more 26 Aug 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Really if your still here on book three, then your a Fan already. And you are in for another Astra adventure with a few differences. One is the alternate POV characters, which to be honest is not an approach I like. As I expected I was just getting through thous chapters waiting for the story to get back to Astra. There other problem for me being that the two new POV characters wheren't really distinct enough from each other. But that aside it was still a good ride and considering how much is left unresolved by the last page, there is a definite promise of more to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Harmon drifting away from his succesful formula 9 Nov 2013
By R. D. North - Published on
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Marion Harmon's "Wearing the Cape" series is the best-written independent superhero story I have found thus far and that doesn't change with this book. Having said that, this is the first of his books that I had to force myself to finish. There is nothing wrong with the story on a technical level: solid editing, plentiful action, and lush descriptive language are all in evidence once again. However, I feel that Harmon has fallen into the trap that many authors of urban fantasy succumb to: getting so carried-away with world-building that you forget to highlight what really drew people in to begin with, the major characters and their development. While I am still quite impressed with Harmon's ability to imbue each of his character's with a distinct "voice" and personality, he has introduced so many characters that several of them (including the "main" character Hope) get short shrift in terms of development.

My other problem with the series is that there appears to be no rules at all in Harmon's universe: fictional characters come to life, superhumans develop every sort of ability ever imagined, the laws of physics are mere suggestions. Harmon is starting to abuse the free-form anything goes platform he gave himself. He may have jumped the shark when he introduced the fact that the Land of OZ, and all of its nonsensical magic and characters, is real. Verne technology also is starting to feel like a crutch verging on deus-ex machina. When the author gives himself the freedom to create or solve any conflict in his story by what is essentially unbounded magic that has no internal logic, much of the tension the story should have drains away. The author needs to reel himself in, create some boundaries to his universe, and focus on the characters that brought him this far.
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