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Superhero (An Action Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Methos
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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Book Description

THE BEAST IS OUT...

A wave of unprecedented violence rages across Los Angeles. Instigated by a new gang called the Myrs, they are known for their lust for murder and led by the most ferocious gang leader in the city's history: a giant known only as Agamemnon. Someone many believe is not human.

A HERO IS BORN...

Jack Kane retires from the DEA. He no longer believes the violence he has perpetrated in the name of justice is worth it. Coming home to Los Angeles, he discovers a city torn apart by gang warfare. When the violence nearly kills the ones he loves, Jack can no longer sit by and watch and vows to take down the deadly Myrs.

But Agamemnon displays superhuman abilities. Jack is left broken in mind and body after even a brief confrontation. Laying in the hospital near death, a woman enters his life and offers him a chance to defeat Agamemnon.

But to defeat him, he must become like him...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor Methos is the international bestselling author of Plague and The White Angel Murder. His books have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide and have topped the bestseller charts year after year.

He is currently on a quest to climb the Seven Summits and to obtain his license as a deep-sea submersible pilot.


Product Details

  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480134910
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3BO8GS
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Borderline satiric March 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't know what I was getting into when I started Superhero. The cover looked great and the author had plenty of other work already released. It was free (at the time), so I figured why not.

Sadly, this book was so cliche, it was almost satiric. The book doesn't actually go anywhere until at least halfway through, leaving the ending feeling completely rushed. I found myself rolling my eyes at everything the protagonist does and is put through. It was as though he was completing a checklist of how to start a generic superhero origin story. Mysterious powers: check; Body enhancement with a power suit: check; Cheesy one-liners: check; Villain with similar issues: check.

Quite frankly, nothing is explained, either. The "super-powers" the protagonist (and antagonist) gain are not explained at all. The author's excuse for this negligence is that it's from space. Why is a mysterious space-metal giving Jack voices in his head? How can this genetic make-up enhance, yet be completely compatible with our human anatomy? Even the "twist" at the end was generic and vaguely explained. All these things didn't match up (even the cover doesn't! What does a half-naked woman in a trench coat have to do with anything in the story?).

The writing was simplistic, with little attention to detail. Sentence structure was so sophomoric and simplistic it was almost boring. Almost everything in the novel was laughable, even the ending and I found myself thinking that this could not be serious.

The whole story was "superhero by numbers," but you get what you pay for I guess. I did finish it and there were some relatively entertaining action sequences, although far too little for the subtitled "Action Thriller" labeled in the title. There are far better and there are worse superhero books out there, but this one was completely forgettable. Color me unimpressed.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read January 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a quick, decent read. I finished it in a couple of hours in one sitting. It was fun and the action sequences, although fairly short, are well thought and well described. It's pretty much a cut-and-dry hero story, fairly predictable. I felt it was lacking in character, the people in the story are all very one dimensional and tend to just run with whatever weird stuff happens. I did enjoy it however, but maybe not enough to read it again anytime soon.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsure about the average score January 1, 2013
By jpanic
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very cliched story, very corny, not particular good writing. I just didn't understand why the book has the ratings it has.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fair premise, terrible execution, worse book March 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author has no understanding of how real people talk and could not be troubled to perform even rudimentary research into the subject matter, not the correct spelling of slang words and phrases in simple conversation, nor the science underlying the alien powers or suit, nothing. Nothing is ever fully explained or developed. There is zero character development. The basic concept, while not particularly original, could have supported a good yarn, but the writing, especially the dialogue, is poor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing March 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Poorly written and poorly edited. There are basic mistakes with grammar, the style is childish, and the scenes of action resemble a teenager trying to describe the "cool" parts of The Matrix.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superhero -- an amatuerish effort April 23, 2013
By Matt
Format:Paperback
This novel wanders a lot and really seems to have been constructed from a formula, but the main purpose of this review is to alert potential buyers of the author's laughable attempt to license the story to buyers of the book. There's a page on the inside that informs the buyer that by purchasing the book you have licensed this story to read, and are not permitted to re-sell the book or give it as a gift (it is suggested that if you wish to give this book as a gift, purchase another copy and give that one away). Well, I would never wish to poison a friendship by giving this amatuerish effort to that friend, but the author here really needs to read up on the first-sale doctrine that specifies that when a physical book is first purchased, the right to control sales of that item disappear and the purchaser is free to re-sell it without consulting the originator. His attempt to impose some sort of a licensing agreement on the buyer might be appropriate for electronic versions of the story, but when I buy a physical book, it is my right to re-sell that as I see fit, according to US law. Nice try to goose sales, but ultimately, deceptive and misleading.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible February 20, 2013
By Remy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm halfway through and struggling to continue, the writing is childish and feels like it came from myspace. (Heh, that sounds like a title of an awesome horror movie.)

Anyway, don't buy it, there are plenty of great superhero novels being written, this isn't one of them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it February 21, 2013
By Kim
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading this book. I don't read many action thrillers so this book was a pleasant surprise.
The fight scenes even had me squinching a little.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not well writteb
This was a good story, but with many misspelled words, and some other grammatical problems. Should have had a better editor.
Published 1 month ago by Mayor of Christmastown
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too much comic book fantasy
Published 5 months ago by Matthew C. Gleason
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sf action
If you are a fan of the super hero comic, anine or film you will likely enjoy this book, as I did. However, if you don't find these enjoyable you will probably want to avoid... Read more
Published 7 months ago by casual enthusiest
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This is a good book to read when you want something to keep you involved it is fast read and it is fast paced
Published 8 months ago by g.a.loving
1.0 out of 5 stars Story of a superhuman character; written by a subhuman author
This book is in desperate need of an editor! Judging from what I read, it was hard to believe that this was written by a published author; it felt more like something written by a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mitchell Hellman
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad reviews mean so little...ignore them.
I have enjoyed so many books and movies that got bad reviews that i thinks it's a joke.
The writing was fine, the editing first rate. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit
As usual Method has drawn me in with another breath holding page turner of book. By the time that the sci-fi starts in Ernest I am so involved that it is impossible to put it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read
This was a decent read. It was fairly predictable in spots, and not in others. If you are looking for something to pass the time, and don't want to have to do any deep thinking... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jim Tomasello
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad, but not that good either.
At first this book read like a Chuck Norris movie from the 80's. Highly trained operative quits his life of adventure to be with his family and settle down. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
A superhero and a super villain with a dastardly plan. What could be more fun? Well written, good pacing, fun story -- just like the comic books I used to enjoy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Runner
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More About the Author

Victor Methos is a former prosecutor specializing in violent crime and is currently a criminal defense attorney in the Mountain West. He is the author of over thirty books and dozens of short stories and poetry collections.

After completing his undergraduate education at the University of Utah, Mr. Methos abandoned pursuing a doctorate in philosophy for law school. A partner at a law firm he helped found, he has conducted over 100 criminal trials and has been voted one of the most respected criminal lawyers in the West by Utah Business Magazine.

His latest book, The Neon Lawyer, a true story based on Mr. Methos's first years as a criminal defense lawyer, was signed to Thomas & Mercer and begins the Brigham Theodore legal series.


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