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Other People's Heroes (The Heroes of Siegel City Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Blake M. Petit
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Josh Corwood has spent his life admiring the superheroes that protect Siegel City. He's wanted to join them, wanted to be like them... but eventually, had to settle for reporting on them from the sidelines. When an undiscovered talent reignites his hope to join the world's protectors, he suddenly discovers that their world isn't everything he'd been led to believe. Surrounded by false idols, Josh decides to turn the tables on them and reveal the greatest con game in history... and hopefully, in the process, find the real heroes that have long been gone.

This cult favorite superhero comedy returns in a revised and expanded edition. Check out the book for the first time, or revisit it to see new scenes, plus two additional short stories (not included in the original edition) set in the world of Siegel City!


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About the Author

Blake M. Petit is a writer, columnist, reviewer, podcaster, actor, director, and teacher from Ama, Louisiana. He is the author of the novels Other People's Heroes and The Beginner, as well as the short story collection A Long November and Other Tales of Christmas. His weekly comic book column, Everything But Imaginary, has appeared Wednesdays at CXPulp.com since 2003. In January of 2007 he joined with his longtime friend Chase Bouzigard to host the weekly 2 in 1 Showcase comic book podcast, appearing every weekend at CXPulp. Blake is a member of the board of directors of the Thibodaux Playhouse theatre company in Thibodaux Louisiana, where his original stage play The 3-D Radio Show was produced in 2004. In a former life as a newspaper editor, his weekly Think About It column won the Louisiana Press Association Award for best column in 2001. In his free time, he teaches high school English, which at the moment pays better than the rest of his more impressive-sounding endeavors put together.

Product Details

  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463599072
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blake M. Petit; 2 edition (March 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T335E2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Adventure September 24, 2002
Format:Paperback
I love love LOVE this book! It is fun, silly, funny, and stupendious all at the same time.
Premise seemed silly, but that attracted me to it. It doesn't fit nicely into any specific catagory, but at the same time, you just won't want to put it down.
The writing is fun and flows nicely. It takes an ultimately unbelievable premise and makes you want to believe. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anybody who loves to read. Kids, Adults, Students, beginner and advanced readers. It is the kind on book where you can't wait to get to the end, but when you do, you wish it would have lasted much longer.
Worth reading and re-reading. Very entertaining.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supers Done Right = Serious Fun June 22, 2007
By TB
Format:Paperback
Granted the positive influence of graphic novels like Alan Moore's Watchmen on the maturation of superhero storytelling, there are still very few traditional novels that translate the best qualities of the superhero genre beyond the comics format. Blake Petit's book does that, in spades. If you're interested in a story that has mature heroism-- both idealistic and skeptical--, convincing characterization, well-paced adventure, and the good fun of discovering a truly unique fictional world, read Other People's Heroes. In a genre defined, and oftentimes overrun, by long-standing tropes, the author successfully writes along the fine line between satisfying conventionality and surprising originality. Big praise, I know, but it's well-deserved. This is one of those books I will reread many times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...there's a stink in Siegel City... June 6, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In Siegel City, superhero battles are regarded almost as a spectator sport. These costumed vigilantes are so popular and so ingrained in the public consciousness that their merchandise fly off the shelves. In Siegel City, gaudy crimefighting has become a very lucrative business. There are even periodicals dedicated to covering their every movement. So far, the heroes (or "Capes") have managed to always save the day, to foil each dastardly supervillain (or "Mask"). But what if these skirmishes are fake? What if each mighty scuffle between a Cape and a Mask is scheduled and put up for public consumption? I like the twist that author Blake M. Petit introduces. It's pretty original and very well-executed.

Ever since he was rescued as a young kid from a burning building by the world's most iconic superhero, Lionheart, Josh Corwood has been fixated on the Capes. It's compelled him, in his adulthood, to seek a profession in journalism, and specifically a job with a magazine that delves into the superhero community. He's landed a writing gig with Powerlines, a periodical that keeps tabs on crime and puts Josh within interviewing distance of Siegel City's various Capes and Masks. Except that his worldview shifts shockingly, that day when he gained his own superpower. But maybe "The Great Pretender" isn't such a cool nom de guerre.

Like its central protagonist, OTHER PEOPLE'S HEROES is very easy to like. Blake M. Petit's storytelling is sharp and straightforward and immersive. He does a fine job of developing his characters while demonstrating a keen eye for those fun swerves on familiar superhero tropes. I think that the Conductor is an inspired invention. His power is to detect a person's emotions and so compose a fitting background musical score for that person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun March 1, 2012
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I really enjoyed this, to the point where I was reading it in the line at the bank drive-thru.

It took me back to my days of reading, and loving, super-hero comic books without trying to be a comic for kids. It was a grown up version but with all the fun and excitement and sense of discovery of the comics that I remember... and it was longer than 12 pages like a comic book.

If you've ever been a fan of comics I recommend this book. If you've ever been a fan of Mercedes Lackey's Secret World Chronicle's you'll really enjoy this book. It's got super heros, costumes, secret identities, back stories, and a little fun is poked at origin stories and retcons as well. It's a lot of fun with interesting characters who, while they have powers/abilities, some of which are funny ("background music in your head" anyone?), they are still people with the same problems, wants, and dreams the rest of us have.

I can't recommend this enough and I hope he writes another one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book August 8, 2011
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Getting sick of all the normal fantasy/sci-fi/zombie books? This is a great read. I was getting kind of burned out on the same old same old so I picked this up on Kindle. Glad I did, great characters, story and really neat superpowers. Word of warning, do not start reading this if you do not have time as you will not be able to put it down until you are finished and you will be like a drug addict wanting your next hit after reading this....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read With Bonus Short Stories! May 9, 2011
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Let me start by saying that I am not a hard-core comic book fan. I do, however, enjoy listening to people get into arguments amongst themselves about whether or not Wolverine was actually Sabertooth's brother, for example, because I have read a few of the Wolverine Origins comics and later seen the movie. I am kind of at the level where I can't tell you the specifics of how Captain America came into existence like some of my friends can, but I can tell you this: I really liked this book and the bonus short stories!!

The book is written in the first person point of view and the comical internal conflict the main character exhibits throughout the book is what drew me to reading it to the end. The main character, Joshua Corwood, is dynamic throughout the book. You see him start his tale as a "Powerlines" reporter, out to get a story about the one of the "Capes" in Siegel City. What he discovers on his journey really opens his eyes about the goings on in the world of the local superheroes. I was surprised at the adventure Corwood takes as the story develops. Hooray for the new guy!

The two short stories that follow the main book are peeks into two snippets of time that happen before the main book take place. They involve two characters that are mentioned within the book. They really feel like teasers that the author could (and should) flesh out and write two separate books about.

My closing point::::GET THIS BOOK! It's a light-hearted, fun read that just about anyone will enjoy. I most definitely recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Superhero Fun
In his novel Other People’s Heroes, Blake Petit puts together an interesting premise. It’s a combination of the Justice League and the Legion of Doom run by a professional... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carl Alves
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Fun
This is an enjoyable take on the "superheros are real" genre. It does not attempt to be satirical or self-mocking, but tells an interesting story given the basic idea. Read more
Published 9 months ago by E. Slavitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all ages.
I really enjoyed this book, and was happy to pass it along to my kids and friends when I was done. Great original ideas with interesting characters that make you love them and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Heather Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Creative
This is a very creative story with really good twist and turn throughout. I definitely recommend this too fans of the genre.
Published 13 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next books
The book is a well-written take on the superhero genre with a lot of creative content and a well-constructed story-line. I'll definitely consider other books by this author.
Published 14 months ago by Willem-Dirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Definitely a nice twist to the superhero genre. Looking forward to more adventures of Josh and Ms. Sinister (sorry. no spoilers from me)
Published 15 months ago by Brady L. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Super-Hero Soap Opera
Enjoyed the first hundred pages, and then the story crescendos on emotional drama between main character and Girl-Next-Door (that's the code name I thought of her as), a villain... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Judah
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
I was hesitant to get this story (not sure why really) but it was a fun read that I really enjoyed.
Published 16 months ago by CyberCowboy
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Concept, Lukewarm Execution
The idea of what's going on in Petit's novel is a great one, a layered superhero conspiracy mystery peppered with interesting characters. However, the writing was a bit unpolished. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
This book took me a while to really get into and I almost gave up on it a few times. Once I really got into it however, I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hanuman
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More About the Author

Blake M. Petit is a writer, columnist, reviewer, podcaster, actor, director, and teacher from Ama, Louisiana. He is the author of several novels, short stories and nonfiction examinations of geek culture available both in print and in eBook form. His weekly comic book column, Everything But Imaginary, has appeared Wednesdays at CXPulp.com since 2003. He's the co-host, with whoever the hell is available that week, of the All New Showcase pop culture podcast and ruminates about movies at the Reel to Reel film study blog. Blake is a member of the board of directors of the Thibodaux Playhouse theatre company in Thibodaux Louisiana, where his original stage play The 3-D Radio Show was produced in 2004. In a former life as a newspaper editor, his weekly Think About It column won the Louisiana Press Association Award for best column in 2001. In his free time, he teaches high school English, which at the moment pays better than the rest of his more impressive-sounding endeavors put together.

Contact Blake at BlakeMPetit@gmail.com.

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