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Rob Rogers lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. Devil's Cape is his first novel.
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  • Series: Discoveries
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast Discoveries (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786949015
  • ASIN: B005Q8ARWM
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Mejia on April 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Devil's Cape is the first novel from author Rob Rogers. It is set in a world where super heroes exist and are an accepted part of life- as in flying around in spandex suits with capes and having names like The Grey Ghost, Argonaut, and Bedlam. But unlike the comic books, the world of Devil's Cape is grim and deadly, with a high body count of both heroes and villains.
The city of Devil's Cape Louisiana is a few miles from its more famous sister New Orleans. Founded by a pirate as a smugglers haven, Devil's Cape has never shed its legacy of danger and corruption. In fact, at times it's as if the residents and the city itself revel in their dark past. The story revolves around several residents of the city who discover their powers and are motivated for different reasons to join forces and confront the villainous crime-lord known as "The Robber Baron" who runs the city.
At the beginning of the book the author takes a trip back in time several years as he builds the foundation of the story, it's a long but interesting build, and the reader will realize its necessity when they reach the present day and the story begins to unfold. The characters are well thought out and interesting. I became invested in them, and even with detailed set up there were times I wished I knew more about them, but for the story at hand what the author gives suffices. The story builds as the various threads are pulled together snugly. The action in Devil's Cape is quick, intense and deadly. For example, one of the heroes in the story gets taken out by a head shot from a sniper with a high powered rifle followed by a bunch of guys with sledge hammers to finish the job. Brutal.
By the end of the story I was savoring every page. Rogers wraps the story up nicely and leaves open the opportunity for more adventure in the Devil's Cape universe. As I finished the last pages I was ready to dive into the next adventure, and that's the best recommendation I can give it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank E. Byrns on April 13, 2008
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Devil's Cape is a superhero novel, yes, but it's more than that. It's a novel with a real sense of place; careful, exacting detail is given to every inch of real estate and every word of history in and about the city of Devil's Cape. Ordinarily, this would not be a good thing for me, as my eyes tend to glaze over as writers spend page after page describing every little thing about the world they've been building in their notebooks since junior high. Rogers gives you all the detail, without any of the tedious minutiae. A master class in world-building.

It's also firmly rooted in the American South, as 'southern' as Faulkner and O'Connor. Destiny, Legacy, Family -- all of the big Capital Letter themes of Southern Lit are tackled here, and tackled well.

Oh, yeah, and there's superheroes. And pirates. And circus freaks.

Great book - can't wait for Rogers' next.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hebert on April 10, 2008
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"Devil's Cape" is a hugely satisfying, truly mature, profoundly good book, which just happens to revolve around the lives of super-powered individuals. I can't recommend it highly enough.

I've never liked book reviews that spend ninety percent of their time telling you the plot, so I am not going to do that. Suffice it to say that "Devil's Cape" tells the story of how a new group of super-powered people come to fight for their crime-ridden city, and you're good to go.

"Devil's Cape" has a full cast of fascinating characters with awesome powers, and Rogers thankfully lets them take center stage. I never feel the ghostly hand of the author calling attention to himself, announcing with purple prose "A Mighty Writer Be Here". I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, and I can't tell you how often I am disappointed in that regard.

Rogers' writing is solid, deep, and completely immersive. The storytelling is fast-paced, yet full of rich and engaging detail. You never lose the sense that these are real people in a real city living real lives, and the fact that I can say that while talking about fire-breathing, rubber-limbed, demon-faced, shrinking, and winged individuals ought to give you some sense of just how good a writer Rogers is.

Despite the fantastic setting, the fabulous powers, and the innate silliness of the super-hero genre, I completely bought in to the whole deal -- the world, the setting, the city, the characters, the powers, all of it. The ability to transport the reader so convincingly into the story is the hallmark of a truly great storyteller, and Rogers has definitely achieved it with "Devil's Cape".

If you like crime novels, or pulp fiction, or super hero comics, you're going to love this book. But to hell with that, the fact is that if you just like good writing and good stories about realistic characters living complete, believable lives in trying times, this is a novel you owe it to yourself to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big D on May 2, 2008
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"Devil's Cape" is the superhero book for those who love well-written stories, fully-developed ORIGINAL characters, intriguing locales and just enough cliche to keep you hooked without letting you in on the ending. More importantly, "Devil's Cape" is the sort of story that would work in any genre--western, modern day, fantasy, sci-fi. The fact that it's a superhero novel (set in an original world with original characters) is almost incidental, and yet that one characteristic is what sets it apart from its contemporaries. In short, it's a damn fine read.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the superhero genre, and indeed to anyone who loves a good tale. Be warned, though--this isn't the sort of book I'd recommend to anyone looking for a "quick fix" superhero read. If that's what you're looking for you should check out any Marvel or DC novelization.

I fervently hope to revisit Devil's Cape in a future novel, and I similarly hope that this book might herald a new age of superhero novels that do not rely on the major comic publishers for inspiration or direction.
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