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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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World Building: 4/5
I read the blurb for this book and thought I would give it a go. I love superhero movies, I love comic books, so why not?
I am not going to give a story breakdown as I see a lot have as I think it can give away little spoilers. What I will say is I was surprised with this book. It was not what I was expecting in so many ways and better than I could have hoped in others.
I see some mention the graphic violence and graphic sex but personally, I thought it was hitting just the right amount and at just the right level for this type of genre (but then again I think I have grown desensitized over the years).
If you love action, suspense, over the top characters, and a great paced story then this is for you.
Justin Bohardt has created a fantastic novel, and to me, not your Atypical superhero, kid friendly, type either.
I'm not sure I fit totally into the box that this book was aimed at therefore I will give my opinions on how the book met it's intended audience. This book would be right up the street of a superhero/comic fan. It was face paced, graphic and violent. I did find myself totally confused at several points but fans of how superhero comics are written maybe able to understand the flashback style. The plot had enough action and adventure to keep me going right till the end.
Overall, for a comic book fan, this book would hit the mark. Despite not being this, I did enjoy reading the novel and that is down to the authors engaging and fast, action packed style of writing.
The plot is well-executed, but too complex to convey in a review. Suffice it to say that a conspiracy from the highest echelons of the government involves using and controlling meta-humans with an array of superpowers to its own ends. This is a story of vigilante justice--a wonderfully-crafted and truly unique hero is as committed to keeping the meta-humans out from underneath the government's thumb as he is to exacting justice on those meta-humans who endanger society. And because he's so good at wrangling people who don't want to be kept in line, a lot of people want him dead.
I cringe to mention the book "Twilight", because Stephenie Meyer's vampire saga is greatly inferior to "Parliament of the Profane", but it has similarities that must be mentioned. As in "Twilight", the hero is an eternally youthful meta-human who is many times older than the meta-human heroine. As in "Twilight", he has lived through many ages and never found his mate. As in "Twilight", he is willing to sacrifice his principles and everything else to save her and to be with her, despite a future that is unlikely to result in forever. As in "Twilight", the heroine is unaware of her own power, and her power makes her the central target of the bad guys. But, again, this is MUCH, MUCH (and I mean a LOT) better than "Twilight".
Other strengths of the book include sparkling characters--they are humorously irreverent, fascinating in their powers, heart and allegiances, and skillful in their ambiguity (I love a book in which the good guys are kind of bad). The piece de resistance for me was a totally believable threesome. I'll reveal my bias by admitting that I usually find romances written by men to have sex scenes fraught with problematic male fantasies, but this book had amazing emotional connection.
This would have been a five star book for me, but I took it down to four because, at times, some flashbacks were disorienting and overwrought with historical events that I simply didn't know enough about. These relate to key events that happened to the hero, not all of which he fully remembers, as it turns out that he had a (rather far-fetched) role in a number of significant geopolitical events. A history buff would possibly love these, but for me, they were a little too specific, a fact which (for me) detracted from the story. It wasn't my cup of tea, but either way, some historical events needed more context for the unindoctrinated.
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