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"Brian Spangler has written a mesmerizing and powerful tale about love, redemption, and the mysteries of life and death. Superman's Cape is at once heartbreaking and inspiring."
IndieReader.com - Five out of Five Stars
 
"SUPERMAN'S CAPE was at it's most riveting for me when following Kyle's plight, which got so desperate that my hankie got all into a twist."
Joseph Haschka - Vine Voice, an Amazon Top Reviewer
 
"Spangler descends into Poe-like territory ... stomach churning and bone chilling."
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"Superman's Cape by Brian Spangler is a very touching story about survival for a family that has been rocked with tragedy. "
Amy Willingham - Vine Voice
 
"For a touching story that resonates deep and treads the line between paranormal and suspense, you won't do better than Superman's Cape!"
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Brian Spangler is a husband, father and a quiet engineer; at least that's what he thought he was. Turns out there's a writer trapped within that engineer's brain! Slowly but surely, Brian Spangler has dug his inner writer out--one genre at a time. He's a bestselling author of Women's Fiction, and dabbles in Science Fiction/Dystopian, and even wrote a few Supernatural Thrillers... a very interesting mix of genres, with more yet to come.

Originally born in Philadelphia--as one-half of a set of twins--he now resides in Virginia with his wife and two children (also twins!). And adding to the family are three cats, a parrot, lizard, mouse, chinchilla and the occasional random scary creatures who visit late at night, as wild, scary animals are apt to do. 

To keep up to date, sign up for his newsletter by copying and pasting this link into your browser: writtenbybrian.com/sign-up/ He won't spam, share, or send you random musings; just a heads up when the next book is out or when he's giving away free stuff, which he tends to do from time to time. 

Also visit Brian online at writtenbybrian.com and follow @WrittenByBrian on Twitter.

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  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073A5CJO
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Brian Spangler is a husband, father and a quiet engineer; at least that's what he thought he was. Turns out there's a writer trapped within that engineer's brain! Slowly but surely, Brian Spangler has dug his inner writer out--one genre at a time. He's a bestselling author of Women's Fiction, and dabbles in Science Fiction/Dystopian, and even wrote a few Supernatural Thrillers... a very interesting mix of genres, with more yet to come.

Originally born in Philadelphia--as one-half of a set of twins--he now resides in Virginia with his wife and two children (also twins!). And adding to the family are three cats, a parrot, lizard, mouse, chinchilla and the occasional random scary creatures who visit late at night, as wild, scary animals are apt to do.

To keep up to date, sign up for his newsletter by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.writtenbybrian.com/sign-up/ He won't spam, share, or send you random musings; just a heads up when the next book is out or when he's giving away free stuff, which he tends to do from time to time.

Also visit Brian online at writtenbybrian.com and follow @WrittenByBrian on Twitter.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"I know about things that will happen, or rather before they happen." - Jacob, in SUPERMAN'S CAPE

"Kyle held onto the bones of the animal and pulled harder. He pulled until he was face to face with the rotting meat that was its insides. He pulled so that he was lying on the dead animal. Kyle squirmed on whatever gave him the traction he needed to bring his knees up and crawl ... The flies and white pustule worms he uncovered clung to his shirt and skin like passengers. They crawled over his arms, leaving their maggot trails as they inched along." - from SUPERMAN'S CAPE, on escaping a bog

Six months previous, Kyle and his younger brother Jonnie watched their father Chris get gunned down by a drugged-out thief while the trio waited in line for an ice cream at the local DQ. Even 4-year old Jonnie's blue blanket, his "Superman's Cape", couldn't stop the hemorrhaging from his Dad's fatal wound.

Now, in a fit of anger and frustration at the hard straits in which he, Jonnie, and their mother Sara have been left by Chris's murder, Kyle runs away from the abject trailer they're forced to inhabit and into the woods, the Croatan National Forest in North Carolina. Kyle becomes lost, and his predicament quickly degrades from precarious to dire. And, there's a hurricane coming.

The story of the missing boy is carried by the local news outlets, including WJL-TV. The station sends out a live-coverage team headed by Jacob Hanson, who's otherwise the chief on-screen Weather Guy. Jacob has an unusual gift; he can "see" things before they happen.

SUPERMAN'S CAPE was at it's most riveting for me when following Kyle's plight, which got so desperate that my hankie got all into a twist.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2012
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Superman's Cape is a first novel for emerging author Brian Spangler. It's a dramatic tale with a touch of the supernatural. Unfortunately more than a touch would have helped this novel to keep my attention. I found the writing and editing to be very choppy. There was no smooth transition from one scene to another. Furthermore, there didn't seem to be a reason for some of the scenes. Even though the book has supernatural elements, some of the scenes and dialogue are very unbelievable. The main character, acting strange due to his misunderstood "abilities", does something totally off-the-wall at one point and yet the characters with him just follow along as if all is normal. It's as if the author manipulated the situations to tell the story at the price of a cohesive storyline. Some parts that were meant to be humorous only served to feel forced. One amusing situation however was when Kyle, the little boy who is lost, has an infection- filled cut and names the maggots inhabiting it after his classmates. How many of us would love to do that?
One of the things that draw me into a novel is when I become invested in the characters. I didn't ever do that in this novel, instead hoping at one point that one character would get killed during an animal attack just so the book would end or get more exciting.
I did love how the author used Superman's cape as a metaphor for the family's growth after the loss of the father, the cape changing color from blue to red and finally, cleansed by the rain, back to blue. Also well done was the description of Kyle's deterioration, both mind and body, while lost in the woods.
I would love to read another book by this author using the same main character, Jacob, but centered more on his "gift". Brian Spangler has a lot of potential as an author and I'll be watching to see him grow.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amy Willingham VINE VOICE on February 7, 2012
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'Superman's Cape' by Brian Spangler is a very touching story about survival for a family that has been rocked with tragedy. Sara Connely has been dealt a hard hand in life and she struggles deal with the pain and everyday life with her two sons after the horrifying death of her husband. 6 months ago her husband was shot down at a Dairy Queen in an attempted robbery, and if things couldn't get worse her two boys are witnesses to their father's death. As Sara tried to cope with reality her two boys, Kyle and Jonnie, are hit the hardest. The oldest Kyle is angry at everyone while the youngest Jonnie won't say a word. In the midst of an argument Kyle storms off into Croatan National Forest right when a hurricane is supposed to hit the coast.

Jacob Hansen is not your normal weather man; he is a man with a gift. He can see things before they happen and has intuitions especially regarding Kyle. Jacob is thrown into the Connely's family search for the missing boy as an unwilling guest. But as he knows their hardship Jacob can do more than help find the missing boy, he can help heal the family's spirit.

Will Jacob ever find Kyle? How will Kyle survive in the woods all by himself? Will the Connely family move on with their grief or will Kyle's disappearance be their breaking point? To find out pick up a copy of 'Superman's Cape' by Brian Spangler.

I found the writing style to be easy to follow and at times humorous. I practically enjoyed the part where Kyle makes `friends' with some maggots. I honestly found myself engrossed with the story and finished it faster than I would have thought. The characters are well liked and even developed but he reason why I'm not giving it 5 stars is I found the story at times to be a little unrealistic and other times hurried to move on to the next point. But don't let that shy you away for the story is different and creative and well worth the read.
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