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Strike: The Hero From The Sky (The STRIKE Trilogy, Book 1) by [Wood, Charlie]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The STRIKE Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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Charlie Wood lives with his wife, Kate, in Massachusetts. He enjoys baseball, movies, and comic books. This is his first novel.

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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZE6FDG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Well, what a fun read that was! At first I didn't think this book was for me but I'm glad I took a chance on it because it was really good. As you may guess from the title, this book is a superhero adventure. . . . We start the book with a glimpse into Tobin's past as a 3 yr old. His Father sets out in the middle of a storm on a matter of urgency, promising explanations when he returned . . . . Only he never did. Fast forward a few years and Tobin is 17 and loving life. What he doesn't know is that there are forces of evil at work, targeting him and he has no clue until he is attacked by some weird creature and passes out. When he comes to, he finds himself in a strange world known as Capricious. He thinks he's losing it when an old man explains to him that superheroes are real and that Tobin's father was in fact a superhero and from Capricious himself and that means as his son, Tobin is also a superhero! It all seems too much and Tobin can't take it all in especially when he meets a walking, talking husky-man who happens to be their pilot. Things just go from bad to worse when they inform him of the super-villain Vincent Harris and his plan to take over earth and it seems like Tobin is their only hope. . . . . .that is if he can master his powers that he only just found out he has!

I really enjoyed this fun, fresh book as I mentioned I don't usually read books like this so it surprised me in a good way. Tobin's character was funny, quite the joker and I enjoyed seeing the world drop from under his feet as he learns about his true heritage. I can honestly say I would probably felt exactly the same when he thinks he has gone insane and has a hard time believing what is going on.
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Wow! What a great read! I thoroughly enjoyed each and every page!

The idea is really unique and very well written. Once you start, the story draws you in and I for one did not want to put it down!!

It's fast passed and flows effortlessly! The author's humour really shines through in places making you both smile and laugh, but in other places there is an ominous air of foreboding, like a dark cloud that you know the Hero is inevitably going to face!

And best of all, it leaves you wanting more!

A really great fantasy adventure for anyone! Really highly recommended for anyone in need of a little superhero action!!
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Excellent book, though a little predictable in places it is still extremely enjoyable. The book is fast-paved and very adventurous
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit let down at the climax 18 Oct. 2014
By Brent J. Meske - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this issue with Strike at around the climax... there was this strange Professor Snape flashback bit (you know the one I'm talking about...) that has no lead-in and no possible way for our main character to bear witness to it, unless he's suddenly telepathic. Then ther'es this watch thing that both a) didn't make a ton of sense, and b) should have been built up earlier in the book. It has the look and feel of a deus ex machina.

That said, there is a lot to like here: the tone of the book is fun and a little kitsch, like a 1950's comic book, the characters are wacky and interesting, especially the foul-mouthed, blue-furred husky Keplar, and the action is quite cinematic. There are explosions and bugs hiding outside listening into your conversations, portals to other worlds, and of course, lots of lightning.

I also find myself bothered by names lately... Capricious. Really? And there are perfectly ordinary-named people from Capricious, like Jonathon... and then there's Aykrada. These things just don't fit well together, or aren't explained thoroughly enough through the context of the story. Rigel I'm on board with, and Orion and Keplar... others not so much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it 3 Mar. 2014
By Bluegeek - Published on Amazon.com
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The premise of the book was interesting. A young, fatherless teen discovers a connection to an alternate reality where super powers are real, he happens to have his father's legacy, and an evil mastermind who rules one world seeks to extend his dominion to Earth.

For me, though, the plot fell apart and by the time I was done reading I had no further interest in the series. It wasn't one thing or another, it just didn't satisfy.

I think it's partly the reason why I don't enjoy any of James Patterson's teen/YA series. The story is mostly fast-paced, which hides the story's flaws at first. But as you keep going, you find more and more things that don't make sense and are in reality nothing but filler that never goes anywhere and isn't necessary to the plot. Whether that's true of this series or not, I can't say. But the signs are there and I don't intend to try any other books in this series.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good YA fantasy, but not for everyone 20 May 2014
By Emily French - Published on Amazon.com
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A quick read, this book didn't grab me and demand that I read it, but it did entertain me. The story is simple and straightforward, following a clear path for the creation of a new superhero. It's action and adventure without a lot of emotional baggage.

I found it a little spare. It depicts a smartass, underachieving teenager well, but does so without delving deeply. Tobin is somewhat shallow in the development sense, making him feel a little vague at times. I got the feeling the author was quite fond of Orion, and of Kepler, as both seem lovingly crafted, moreso than any of the other characters. The rest of the secondary characters are spotty at best.

The rules of the superpowers are quite vague, making it difficult to grasp the characters' limits and impossible to figure out how they might die and what the stakes really are. The MacGuffin - aside from how it gets into the hero's hands, which is cute - pushed me one suspension of disbelief too far. I would have preferred for Tobin to have more agency and make greater sacrifice of some kind.

Despite all that, I recommend this for anyone who likes YA urban fantasy, especially those who enjoy superhero stories. If you're not into YA, you'll probably want to pass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An fun and entertaining read about a teenage super hero 11 Feb. 2012
By ProudGeekDad - Published on Amazon.com
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Strike is the story of a high school senior named Tobin. He is recruited by his long lost father's friends, who train him how to use his undiscovered super powers. By the end of the story, Tobin has learned to fill the his father's shoes by following in his foot steps.

At 219 pages, Strike makes for a quick and enjoyable read. The story is fast paced and unfolds like a movie. There isn't any wasted content that doesn't help develop the storyline, and author has done a great job infusing the story with wit and a imagination. With the main character being a teenager, the story geared towards the young adult crowd, but should be enjoyed by anyone that enjoys super hero stories.

I understand that this is the author's first book, but I'm looking forward to reading the upcoming books in the STRIKE Trilogy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! Great book for all readers! 7 Aug. 2013
By marytrip - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great, fun, quick summer read! It had a lot to offer and it would be a good summer reading book for the younger set. (10 - 14 year olds) Boys especially will enjoy it but girls would like it as well. I know it is sometimes hard to get those middle school aged kids to read, but this book will definitely keep their interest! My kids loved it and so did my husband and I!!

Be sure to check out Part 2 of the trilogy - Strike: Dawn of the Daybreaker which continues the adventures of Tobin Lloyd. This book is just as good if not better! Another great job by author Charlie Wood!

I can't wait for Part 3! Enjoy!

Happy Mom :-)
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