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Superman's Cape [Kindle Edition]

Brian Spangler
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Supernatural Suspense: Every parent's worst nightmare!
  
"... a very touching story about survival... "
~ Amy Willingham - Vine Voice
  
"Spangler descends into Poe-like territory ... stomach churning and bone chilling."
Kirkus Reviews
  
"... mesmerizing and powerful... heartbreaking and inspiring."
IndieReader.com
  
"... riveting... so desperate that my hankie got all into a twist."
~ Joseph Haschka - Vine Voice, an Amazon Top Reviewer
   
Author's Note:  Summer 2014 -- Superman's Cape has been extended to include additional material. Please enjoy this second edition.
  
This is a story for mothers, fathers and anyone who likes a fast-paced thriller, full of emotion and heart-stopping drama, woven with a thread of the supernatural.
  
Twelve-year-old Kyle is angry over the devastating death of his father; A father that he witnessed stand up as a hero--and then shot down before his eyes.
  
His mother, Sara, copes with the loss of her husband and is unable to say goodbye. And in one moment, the unthinkable happens. In his grief Kyle becomes hopelessly lost in the wilderness.
  
As his mother awaits help in finding him, Kyle faces terrifying dangers with every turn. His time is running out. A hurricane is looming, and in its path is the coastal forest he is trying to survive.
  
Jacob Hanson, a reporter assigned to cover the story of the missing child, has a gift--a gift he's kept hidden. When he arrives, he becomes an unwilling participant in a race against time to save the boy, and bring closure to the family. 


Editorial Reviews

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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."
Kirkus Reviews
 
"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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About the Author

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: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073A5CJO
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The woods is no place for sissies 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Potential February 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tale of Survival February 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
'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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5.0 out of 5 stars Color unnessary
I would seriously recommend this book to friends, family, and neighbors. The recommendation would go to anyone who liked to read. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Josephine Milne
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Good story. Got a bit grossed out in several places but maybe that's just me. Glad I wasn't trying to eat or anything.
Published 2 months ago by qwill_5
4.0 out of 5 stars Supermans Cape
"Superman's Cape" got off to a slow beginning, but quickly built up speed. There are lots of twists and turns, ups and downs as two stories meld, merge, and come to happy... Read more
Published 5 months ago by D.L. Magee
2.0 out of 5 stars Misspellings and bad grammar!
I don't know who proofread this book but they failed! I can't stand the misuse of "your" for "you're" and it was done several times in this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katrina
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I loved this book! It certainly wasn't what I expected. It will make you laugh and cry while keeping you on the edge of your seat. It is a hard book to put down.
Published 8 months ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
The detail and intensity of the story, especially in the final chapters, had me hooked; the simultaneous story lines that converged, added extra depth and excitement. Read more
Published 11 months ago by JD Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars Superman's Cape
Sacrifce of Dad, and the lose the young boys had to cope with, the changes in their lives and how they learn to adapt.
Published 15 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
This is a good story beginning to end. Good character development. If you are a King fan, you will like this read.
Published 17 months ago by ChrisB
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman 's Cape
This was another book I just couldn't put down. Good storyline with sometimes unusual characters. Enjoyed it to the end!
Published 18 months ago by cb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This was a real page turner. It was a little gory, so anyone who might be squeamish should find something else. Read more
Published 19 months ago by GadgetGuy
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More About the Author

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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