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Brave Men Run - A Novel of the Sovereign Era Paperback – June 13, 2008
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Matt's newest works are the literary collection "Four Stories" and "Reading The Amazing Spider-Man," a non-fiction critical analysis of the first twelve issues of the comicbook with an eye on lessons for writers.
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Top Customer Reviews
As with most good novels, when you peel back the layers of 'Brave Men Run' you find more depth. On the surface it is a coming of age novel. The main character endures high-school during an alternate-Earth Reagan era. He falls in love and is transformed by the events that take place around him.
'Brave Men Run' is also an origin story, in comic-book terms. It introduces what character William Donner calls 'The Sovereign,' similar to the 'mutants' of X-Men stories. The twist here is that the story is told through the eyes of main character Nate Charters, a boy with definite differences that has no idea if he is one of these 'Sovereign.' that have announced themselves to the world.
The tone of the story is that of an outsider seeking normalcy in an 80s world. But if being a misfit in high school wasn't enough, this 'Sovereign Declaration' produces a new form of alienation for Nate Charters.
'Brave Men Run' has been called "The Breakfast Club meets the X-Men", and "Spiderman as directed by John Hughes." The 80s feel is realistic across the board, and the voice the author gives to Nate Charters (especially in the podiobook) is on the mark. Children of the 80s will enjoy the references, comic book readers will enjoy the references to the 'silver age' of comics, and the story is enjoyable to boot.Read more ›
Matt Selznick is in the top ten of the new genre writers this year and Brave Men Run is a book you don't want to miss.
The setting is the 1980s, unashamedly. Some other reviews had mentioned 'The Breakfast Club'. While the movie is seen by the characters in the book, luckily, this is nothing like it. So, if like me you were one of the people that would have to paid cold hard cash to watch something like that, then don't worry, this book is way better.
Nate Charters is having a Buffy like experience at high school, as he is slightly odd looking, has strange eyes, and some feline type animal abilities. So, your usual yank high school jock types pick on him, needless to say. He does have a couple of friends.
Amazingly enough, he meets a cool girl that likes him, and horny inexperienced teenager instincts come to the fore.
Some after, a bombshell hits, politically. A scientist calls a news conference, and demonstrates that he can levitate, and change the color of any objects he feels like. He wants Sovereign political status for him and all people like him, and demands a meeting with Reagan, accusing all nations of the world of extreme human rights violations, when it comes to his people.
Needless to say, this is like throwing 10,000 sabre-tooth tigers among a bunch of very startled avian pests.
From there, things escalate. Nate writes an essay, assuming he is a Sovereign. One of the school bullies may be, as well. His mother pulls him out of school. The spooks come knocking.
Other people appear out of his past, with other agendas, and violence ensues.
We have elements of other milieu like The 4400, The X-Men, Runaways, and others all coming together, here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its been a while since I read Brave Men Run, I just know that it was a test book, the kind I wouldn't have minded not finishing, but I gave it a chance, and it pulled me in, Had... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simply wonderful. In-depth character development, thought provoking dialogue, and intrigue. An overall solid story that hits on all the important aspects when looking to be... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Q Kendrick
This is a coming-of-age story like none other. Matt Selznick's popular podcast book set to print is nothing short of amazing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Arcand
Set in 1985, the story starts off with a declaration by Dr. Donner that there is a new race of super-powered beings that are coming out of the shadows and into society. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carl Alves
I first heard of the Sovereign Era, and Brave Men Run in particular, several years ago while working with Matthew Selznick. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eric E
It's the dawn of super heroes (metahumans; Sovereigns, as they're called in the book) seen through the eyes of a teenage boy, who has some special abilities himself. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark Harris
I read the first book in this duology back in 2008 and when I saw there was a new book out, I reread the first one before reading the second. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Geoffrey A. Snyder
I purchased several copies of this book for my son and nephews - all 15 year old males- when it first game out several years ago. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Susan