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I, Crimsonstreak [Kindle Edition]

Matt Adams
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Framed by his father, “reformed” supervillain Colonel Chaos, super-speedster Chris Fairborne, AKA Crimsonstreak, is sent to the Clermont Institution for the Criminally Insane. A hero surrounded by dastardly inmates and heartless guards, Chris struggles to keep his wits about him, until the arrival of some unexpected new “guests” at the facility provides him with a means for escape. Once out, though, he discovers that the world he knew is gone, replaced by a fascist, supposedly utopian state run by none other than Colonel Chaos himself.

With the heroes of the world locked away or fighting in a disorganized resistance, Crimsonstreak teams up with a snarky British butler and a teenage superhero-to-be. Together, the unlikely (and bickering) allies must take down Crimsonstreak’s dad and set the world right. Not easy when your only powers are super-speed and looking good in spandex. But hey, someone’s got to save the world.

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I, Crimsonstreak is a first-person superhero novel brimming with parallel universes, stuffy British butlers, crafty supervillains, cloning, gadgets, a fascist police state disguised as a utopian society, and enough geeky pop culture references to stun a Wookie.


Product Details

  • File Size: 802 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936460262
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam (May 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00830PCUC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making a believer out of me November 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
I'm a huge lifelong comic book fan. I am also, as I have stated on several occasions, skeptical of this new "prose superhero" movement--put simply, comic books without pictures. In my opinion, prose fiction, relying strictly on words, greatly inhibits the slam-bang expectation of superhero stories, but Matt Adams does much to make me me a believer in his premiere novel I, Crimsonstreak.

Crimsonstreak, AKA Chris Fairborne, is a superhero raised by superhero parents. Mom is famed superheroine Miss Lightspeed and Dad is reformed supervillain now co-superhero Colonel Chaos. Mom and Dad's first date was far from typical. Boy threatens world, boy meets girl, girl stomps boy, boy reforms, girl marries boy. Born with his mother's super-speed but lacking both parents' natural super-ability, Fairborne accepts his manifest destiny with easygoing nonchalance, and except for the family defeating the occasional threat of supervillain domination, Chris experiences an otherwise fairy normal childhood.

And so it's off to college for Chris, and before you can say Holy Oedipus Complex, Batman!, Miss Lightspeed is killed in action, and Colonel Chaos has taken over the world, framed his son, and had him locked away in a prison for the super-criminally insane.

Crimsonstreak beings with Chris locked away, plotting his escape, determined to find out what happened to his mother and find some way to deliver the counter-smackdown to Dad, or die trying.

The story zips along nicely, smoothly zipping between the present and flashbacks to the past, allowing us to learn more and more backstory relevant to the next plot point just when we need it. I personally had no problem with this technique, though your mileage may vary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Entertaining Balance June 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Buddha uses the phrase "The Middle Way" to describe the noble path between the extremes of austerity and sensual indulgence. It is the path to nirvana, and in this case describes the path to a very satisfying read.

Lots of readers have had enough of the angsty, grim, dour, tormented superheroes who lurk around the shadows working out their issues. I know superheroes have to have backstories and motivation and a dark secret or two, but some novels can get awfully heavy and end up overcome by their own gravity.

On the other hand, it's way too easy to give in to jokey, sketchy instincts and end up with a book so lightweight and shallow that it's not worth the effort. That's especially true if the author approaches the task ironically, and just wants to mock the genre.

Well, that was a pretty sour intro to what is actually a very happy review. To me, this book followed the middle path quite well. Our hero, Crimsonstreak, starts out as an innocent superhero who has been imprisoned, at his own super father's order, with a bunch of extremely bad supervillains. He is understandably upset. The voice we hear is rueful, angry, confused, conflicted, insightful and a bit smartass. That's a winning combination, especially as Crimsonstreak grows up a lot as the story unfolds.

And that story has a number of appropriate twists and turns. There are lots of neat supers on both sides of the good guy/bad guy divide, many well developed other secondary characters, and a good balance between action and calmer narrative. Crimsonstreak can be snarky and there a number of subtle good natured jabs taken at the genre by the author, but the book is never disrespectful to the conventions of the form, or to those readers who take it to heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super-Fun Read March 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure the world needed another superhero until I read I, Crimsonstreak. The world definitely needs Crimsonstreak. Where else will we find a costumed crusader who is this funny, clever, and despite his superpowers, human? Author Matt Adams has created a terrific new character to add to the comic book pantheon, and has written a thoroughly enjoyable story to showcase his hero and the able cast of characters that support him. I read some comic books as a kid, but I don't as an adult, and I like the book-format. The story's structure made it an easy read, and his extremely deft use of flashbacks managed to add to the tale rather than take me out of it as most flashbacks do. He also remained true to the good things about comics, heroes and villains while sending the genre up with wit. Perhaps most importantly, with hilarious chapter titles like "...An Epic Battle of Epicness," I would gladly keep reading and laughing through the next installment.
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More About the Author

Matt Adams lives and writes in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife and a (possibly) man-eating frog.

He writes sci-fi, superheroes, and stories with a touch of the fantastic.

His short fiction has appeared in Wily Writers Podcast and anthologies from Library of the Living Dead Press and Timid Pirate Publishing.

His comedic superhero novels I, Crimsonstreak and II Crimsonstreak are now out from Candlemark & Gleam. Learn more at mattadamswriter.com.

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