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I, Crimsonstreak Kindle Edition

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Length: 352 pages

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  • File Size: 802 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936460262
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam (May 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00830PCUC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Sullivan on 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 By KrilDog on July 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a captivating and entertaining read. Through his use of both flashbacks and real world locations, the author fleshes out a living, breathing universe that the reader can effortlessly immerse themselves into as they read. The five appendices in the back are very useful as a reference guide, as well as providing more depth and background to the characters and events in the novel. The characters are well developed, the dialogue is snappy, and the action is packed with excitement. A must read for comic book/superhero fans!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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