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Enemies & Allies: A Novel Hardcover – May 5, 2009
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“Anderson keeps us guessing throughout with cleverplot twists and some intriguing alternate cold war history.” (Booklist)
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Top Customer Reviews
Anderson sets his story in the 1950's, which adds to the book's charm and character. The plot centers on the two super heroes learning to trust each other in order to stop evil Lex Luthor and a General in Stalin's Russia. I personally liked Anderson's Cold War inclusion, it made the plot believable. Anderson moved the story right along, there never seemed to be a point where the plot dragged.
Though the book Enemies & Allies is not advertized as a young adult novel, I did wonder more than once, if this book was written for 11 year old male readers. The text can be overly simplistic, and the dialog seems to be lifted from older comic books. My 17 year old son read the book the same week as I and found though he liked it, he too wondered what age level Anderson was going for.
The most intriguing aspect of Anderson's book is the development if Batman. Though some of the back story seems to be lifted from the movie Batman Begins, I found Anderson's explanation of why Batman does what he does satisfying. I can not say the same for Anderson's Superman; here Superman comes across as slightly arrogant. The first time we read about Superman saving people Anderson writes "Although it was difficult to show modesty after carrying a giant passenger ship across the sky, the Kents' had taught him to be humble".Read more ›
While "Enemies & Allies" might have been a bit more fun if Superman and Batman had established their famous alliance much earlier in the book, I recognize that this is basically Kevin Anderson's take on the origin of that fabled team. So he needed to show all the steps: how these very different personalities initially distrusted one another; then reluctantly worked together on an occasion or two; and, finally, established mutual trust and cameraderie. So, even though I was five steps ahead of these characters and knew that they'd eventually become friends and allies, it was still fun to see the individual steps occur.
Pop culture fans will also enjoy Mr. Anderson's little nods to previous Batman and Superman stories in other media. For instance, Superman's crystal-shard Fortress of Solitude is right out of the 1978 Richard Donner movie, and Batman actually uses the famous preparing-the-Batmobile spiel from the character's 1960's TV series: "Turbines to power! Atomic batteries to speed!" It's also kind of neat that Bruce Wayne enjoys Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, and uses many of Fleming's ideas in the gadgets he constructs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I met Kevin Anderson at C2E2 in March this year. Although I did not buy at his booth, I wish I had. My adopted Grandson though bought a trilogy. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
As D.C. Comics gears up for their big Batman vs. Superman release next year it is interesting to look at how these two iconic characters ever ended up meeting, working together and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DWD's Reviews
Fun book. It is the best comic to novel I have ever read. It is an easy read and follows the DC mythology very well while being a good stand alone novelPublished 9 months ago by Paul Stanton
A boring book, which unimaginatively retells the same story we've heard a hundred times before. The characters are one-dimensional pastiches of their golden age selves, going on... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Diaz
This book is a great read. I've read it multiple times and also picked up the audio version of it.Published 10 months ago by Eric