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Subject 12 (Guild Files) [Kindle Edition]

S. W. Douglas
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A dark, graphic, often violent look at a world where super powers are rare but real, told from the point of view of a man who was given powers that he didn't really want, and who now simply wants to be left alone. Unfortunately his ex-boss has other plans and drives him from hiding in a violent confrontation. In an attempt to get his bearings again, he seeks out his ex-girlfriend and finds himself getting drawn deeper and deeper into conflict with himself, his former employer, and the very 'heroes' he'd disdained for so long.

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  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049P1OW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars City of... January 10, 2012
By Sara B.
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I admit, I may have been a bit on the desperate side of my book search when I ran across this title. I'm over urban fantasies with kick-ass, pouty heroines. I wanted something a bit more rugged and uncompromising. A hero that maybe wouldn't be too torn up over giving someone a drubbing they actually deserved.

I saw the description, and I thought, "Really? Everyone's a hero? What's the point then?" But there is a point. Trust me when I say that in a world of ego-driven heroism, the embittered mercenary a-hole is definitely a character unique enough to make the story worth the read.

I like the way the author presents the story. It's not a perfect novel, no. There are some editing issues that could use some spice (I knocked off a star for that, sorry). I like that we can see these books, though, and I will forgive a LOT of grammatical proof for a great story. So I did. I read this, and I liked it, and I'm looking forward to the next one with a little more enthusiasm than is probably healthy for a well-adjusted woman in the modern world. :P

For a better sense of the other books that I like (to see if you have the same taste, maybe) here's a list you may recognize: Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Patricia Brigg' Mercy Thompson series, Kim Harrison's The Hollows, John Conroe's Demon Accords, George Martin's Game of Thrones, Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series, Patrick Rothfuss' Kingmaker Chronicles....etc, etc, etc.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Nasty, Anti-Heroic Romp August 5, 2011
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Imagine Captain America. Then, give him a general upgrade, and add in some truly hefty kinetic powers (if it moves, he owns it). Finally, instead of a wimpy patriot, have the backstory that of a minimally moral mercenary with anger issues, a "big game hunter" who specializes in taking down paranormals. At the end, you get someone remarkably similar to Subject 12's protagonist, former codename Hammer. A rare super-serum success story, he's on the run from his psychotic, immortal former-employer Kinsey; needless to say, his resignation letter was delivered rather physically. So where does the most powerful super-mercenary run to for protection? Obviously, the not-so-morally-pure heroes guild, and antics caused by a combination of his ridiculously short temper and Kinsey's attempts at vengeance and conquest ensue.

The book was generally well written, and I liked the way that the first person narrative worked to try and make the protagonist's harsher actions (Aztec style heart-ripping, say) seem more reasonable. The matter-of-factness of the narrative also effectively conveyed his BAMF nature. As you may guess, the violence was suitably graphic and the frequent fights suitably vicious. I do have a few complaints. First, despite being perhaps ridiculously overpowered, Hammer (we don't really know what else to call him) tends to rely pretty heavily on his hand to hand skills. This guy was a highly trained kill-team member, without powers, before eventually gaining them. It doesn't really fit with his backstory, history, or practical attitude to fail to use all of his abilities when threatened. Second, for all his training and distaste for those that err morally, he flies off the handle and gets pretty nasty all too easily. Apart from those inconsistencies though, I was a fan.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gritty superhero novel that's a great read January 15, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It' a gritty, rather violent take on the superhero genre. The story is narrated by a man who was an unexpected success in a private military super soldier experiment. He only wants to be left alone but they'll do anything to get him back and get his powers under their control.

It's a bit of a strange read in the sense that you don't even get the main characters name till half way during the book but I found this a compelling read. It's part action movie with super powers, part violent odyssey to self redemption. For all that it's source is the comic book genre this feels rather more real than a lot of superhero books I've read. I'm not sure I'd describe the main character as "likeable" but I'll quickly pick up book two in the series when its published and I'm a bit surprised this didn't get snapped up as a paperback novel as I have a feel it would especially appeal to a lot of male readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book. August 5, 2011
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Good writing, good pacing, interesting premise and characters ... What's not to like?

As a bonus, this has many fewer typographical and grammatical errors than the typical Kindle book these days. It's not perfect, but it's better than most.

I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subject 12 July 26, 2011
By Jeff
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I don't usually do super hero stories, but I thought I'd try this one. Have to say I liked it. Good story, interesting characters and slant on the 'good guys'. The story ended rather suddenly, so I have to assume there's a sequel coming, which I will purchase. Only downside was the author mentions the super villains several times but they never show up. Slightly disappointing in an otherwise good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super hero or super villian November 11, 2010
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Imaginative, hard hitting new look at the world of superheros. A different take on the old view of Super Heroes and Super Villains. The meaning of hero and villain become very much a point of where you are standing and who is friends with who--or perhaps whom. Political intrigue and time and place become a major portion of the answer as to which person is decided to be a hero ad a villain. It brings to mind the question of, in a world that has such beings, whether the term, "one person's superhero is another person's super villain."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why?????
This was an excellent story. But way not finish it!!!! What happens to Jessie? Why did you stop there and start another story????
Published 1 month ago by scott farr
2.0 out of 5 stars The anti-hero of this story
The anti-hero of this story is a military man with great military knowledge(weapons,tactics,etc) quite apart from his superhuman powers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Dark, brooding, supper powers, angst, and a journey of self discovery. The character development was spot on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Really Good... Really
This one caught me by surprise. I have been on a super hero genre kick for the past few months. Out of the dozen or so I have read recently this one might be my favorite. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ANDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer without mercy
If you don't like the heroes of stories because they are too perfect without ever doing wrong, than this book is for you. I am not saying that 12/Hammer is a hero. He is not. Read more
Published 21 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars new kind of superhero
A different take on the reluctant super-powered man, this one is a masterful tale with a suspenseful storyline. Great read!
Published 22 months ago by Uri Gilad
1.0 out of 5 stars great book
I gave this book a bottom rating as a warning that although published in 2010 this book has no ending. It is supposed to be book one but you are left hanging at the end. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Craig S. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Subject 12 is fantastically satisfying super hero novel. Reads a bit like a bestselling thriller/action/espionage novel but with superhero abilities thrown in. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Samuel
2.0 out of 5 stars Needed an editor
Not bad, but overbloated in many parts and could have been tightened up considerably. Really needed an editor to do some pruning.
Published on February 28, 2013 by Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
It was a good read. I would recommend it to others, a b c d e f gig h i
Published on February 20, 2013 by Bruce Munch
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More About the Author

S. W. Douglas was born near the Saint Lawrence river in northern New York state in March of 1980.

Over the years he's done quite a few different things, from participating in a long-term animal rescue operation to over 4 years working as a paranormal investigator with a local team. Eventually he gave in to his passion for the written word and published his first novel, Subject 12 (Volume 1 in the Guild Files series), in 2010.

Subject 12 was followed up in 2012 by the novella The Grand Granger. While set in a totally different universe and a complete departure from the groundwork laid out in Subject 12, the Guild Files series now continues in the followup novel, Reagent Protocol, published in March of 2014.

When he's not writing, editing, or researching, Mr. Douglas spends his free time pursuing his passion for technology, reading, playing with his Android-powered phone, and tending to his chickens, ducks, and geese.

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