on 9 November 2013
This book took me by surprise. Firstly because I can't remember actually buying it and secondly because it played on my expectations and blindsided me. It is set in a world where meta humans exist, their abilities sparked by the fall out of atomic bombs, and although they have power they are also prone to cancer and early deaths. This is a world that used to love super heroes but now sees them as a threat. Society has grown to mistrust the Metas and they live in ghettos or the fringes of society. Some of them have kill switches implanted in their heads so the authorities can just wipe them out if they don't tow the line. Their children are taken from them. They are subjugated. But despite this some still try to be heroes and this is the crux of the story.
The first chapter introduces us to Quanta who is a supervillain intent on fulfilling his last real master plan to change the world. He is a strange one because at times he is actually quite sympathetic and I found myself wanting to root for him on several occasions (although at times he is utterly monstrous too). It was good to see such an interesting and rounded villain and to be honest he would've overshadowed the protagonists had they not also been so original and well created. The Carpenter is wonderful (who'd have thought that the telekinetic control of wood could be so cool) but it is Spook who quite rightly steals the show. With her antagonistic attitude, shadow powers and cool gadgets this is a character I'd love to see again. Infact the whole book is packed with original characters I'd love to know more about.
Chris Strange really knows how to pull you into a story and put you on that emotional rollercoaster ride. I had great difficulty putting the book down.
on 18 May 2014
Chris Strange's "Don't Be a Hero" was an impulse buy for me. I was not expecting it to be the best superhero novel I have read, but that is what is (and I have read very, very many superhero novels!).
If you enjoy books that are fast paced without being rushed, carefully plotted (without plot holes... such a nice change) and with characters of depth, subtlety and cool powers (that's why I read it in the first place) then please, give "Don't Be a Hero" a go.
And to Mr. Strange...... Happy Thank You More Please
on 23 November 2013
I have to be honest im big on art work, I was browsing the Kindle site for a superhero book and I came across this, I have to admit I did not like the jacket at all... but it did its job and enticed me in to look closer.
I have to say that the jacket cover does not do the story any justice ( sorry no offense to the artist ) the story is crammed full of heros and villians , Doll Face would give Joker a run for his money... I loved it and although some times a little heavy on the amount of characters in it I could not stop turning the page, this was a really good idea well executed.