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Strike: The Hero From The Sky (The STRIKE Trilogy, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Wood
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Book Description

Book One of the STRIKE Trilogy

Tobin Lloyd's life is perfect: he's a senior at Bridgton High, he's one of the funniest kids in school, and his only worry is whether or not his latest prank is going to result in yet another detention.

But when he wakes up in the world of Capricious, a place where superheroes are real and attacks by super-villains are just another hassle of living in the city, all of that changes. Suddenly, Tobin's last year of high school is not going as he expected.

Far from home and pretty sure he's gone insane, Tobin must join a strange group of companions (including a beer-drinking dog and a genius, three-foot-tall robot) as he desperately tries to find a way back to Earth. However, that may be even harder than Tobin knows: a mysterious super-villain named Vincent Harris has big plans for the planet Earth...and Tobin is the only person standing in his way.

A carefree, C-student class clown is the world's last hope? Yikes.

Full of action and humor, STRIKE: THE HERO FROM THE SKY is the perfect novel for anyone who loves a good adventure.

Editorial Reviews


"An excellent read. If you're looking for a great adventure with a superhero twist, this is it." - Melissa's Midnight Musings
"An exciting roller-coaster ride...A truly enjoyable book" - Cheryl's Book Nook
"I really enjoyed this fun, fresh book...
An imagination like this is indeed a talent." - Book Passion for Life
"Highly entertaining...Charlie Wood is an excellent storyteller" - Read For Your Future

About the Author

Charlie Wood lives with his wife, Kate, in Massachusetts. He enjoys baseball, movies, and comic books. This is his first novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
In the interest of full disclosure received this through a read-to-review give away.

That said, let's get on with the review. I'm a big fan of comicbooks and superhero stories. That's why I decided I wanted to give Strike a read. It's definitely my genre of choice and I actually like books better than comics so I like when authors give it a go at creating a really interesting, unique original character for print media. Tobin Lloyd, the main character of Strike, isn't a bad character. He just comes off as a bit cookie cutter to me. The goofy prankster who somehow avoids detention more often than not. Okay, I get it. I mean, it's actually nice to have a superhero whose not the stereotypical Peter Parker archetype but still. 'Pranksters' in YA Fiction just seem unrealistic to me half the time because after awhile any decent school would expel you. Anyway.

We don't stay in high school for very long. The book moves very quickly and throws you into the action pretty early on. And then it just doesn't really stop. I get that not every book needs to be 300-400 pages long and full of down time but it does kind of help with character development and world building. Strike - while a decent story - just moved really quick. I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters or the world. Sure, it was described to me but I didn't get as much of an opportunity to really understand what was going on or fully understand the underlying conflicts. That's why most authors choose to have a narrator who isn't initially from the world they are writing about? So they can explain things to the character and the reader at the same time?

I liked the characters, though, and wish more of them had been developed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Awesome! March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, what a fun read that was! At first I didn't think this book was for me but I'm glad I took a chance on it because it was really good. As you may guess from the title, this book is a superhero adventure. . . . We start the book with a glimpse into Tobin's past as a 3 yr old. His Father sets out in the middle of a storm on a matter of urgency, promising explanations when he returned . . . . Only he never did. Fast forward a few years and Tobin is 17 and loving life. What he doesn't know is that there are forces of evil at work, targeting him and he has no clue until he is attacked by some weird creature and passes out. When he comes to, he finds himself in a strange world known as Capricious. He thinks he's losing it when an old man explains to him that superheroes are real and that Tobin's father was in fact a superhero and from Capricious himself and that means as his son, Tobin is also a superhero! It all seems too much and Tobin can't take it all in especially when he meets a walking, talking husky-man who happens to be their pilot. Things just go from bad to worse when they inform him of the super-villain Vincent Harris and his plan to take over earth and it seems like Tobin is their only hope. . . . . .that is if he can master his powers that he only just found out he has!

I really enjoyed this fun, fresh book as I mentioned I don't usually read books like this so it surprised me in a good way. Tobin's character was funny, quite the joker and I enjoyed seeing the world drop from under his feet as he learns about his true heritage. I can honestly say I would probably felt exactly the same when he thinks he has gone insane and has a hard time believing what is going on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Action and Great Characters November 30, 2012
By mab
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story and the characters. It is a typical tale of a teenager who discovers special powers and refuses to listen to his mentor/teacher and it's up to him to save the world. But there are enough cool twists to make it a fun, quick read.

GoodReads [We ♥ YA Books! ] ARR # 51 - received a review copy

Will look for the next installment to see Tobin/Strike grow in strength and hopefully experience. Wished we got to know his friends, Jennifer and Chad more. Also looking forward to more adventures and more superheroes.

I liked the supporting characters in this book. Orion was admirable and it was fascinating to see what happens when superheroes age. Keplar was a fun and unusual addition to the team. Scatterbolt was essential, because every team needs a brainiac to supply intel.

The world of Capricious sounded intriguing, too bad we weren't there for very long. Colorful descriptions were well done. I enjoyed the description of the superhero museum; tales about The Guardians, especially the non-flattering ones, so you truly got to know them; and the witty dialogue.

The monsters were scary and not the usual fare. ROAR! and other sound effects in all caps with an exclamation point reminded me of a comic book and I liked it, but I think that more unusual sounds and used less often would've been better.

While reading this book I often wanted more...more information, more descriptions, more fight scenes, more emotion, but I did enjoy what was there. Villain, Vincent Harris needed to be fleshed out a bit more to really make him despicable, but I liked how he believed in his goal and you wondered if he really was so evil.

Book was only 200 pages long, so a little pricey for the size, but an enjoyable, quick superhero book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strike The Hero From The Sky
If you like super hero's this was an enjoyable story.
Published 27 days ago by Darlene
4.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!!!
I loved this book. I even reviewed it and am featuring it on my blog page. This author has so much talent. NO I am not a friend and not a family member. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kiki's Indie Reviews and Rants
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit let down at the climax
I had this issue with Strike at around the climax... there was this strange Professor Snape flashback bit (you know the one I'm talking about... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brent J. Meske
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great nooks
Published 3 months ago by David Sytsma-Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good price, good condition, just as described, arrived in a timely way
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Maniaci
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it
I just couldn't make it through this book. I tried, but I couldn't make it more than about a third of the way through it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique
I liked the premise, the characters were fresh and the writing was good. Not sure if I will read any more in the trilogy.Still undecided.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good YA fantasy, but not for everyone
A quick read, this book didn't grab me and demand that I read it, but it did entertain me. The story is simple and straightforward, following a clear path for the creation of a new... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emily M French
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it
The premise of the book was interesting. A young, fatherless teen discovers a connection to an alternate reality where super powers are real, he happens to have his father's... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bluegeek
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written superhero fun!
Wood has done a great job delivering a new superhero to readers! I think the best review I can leave is that after reading Book One, you will want to read Book Two. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SFBook Reviewer
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