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The Hero [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

The Hero is a work of impressionist speculative fiction with no regard for "the rules" and an unwavering fidelity to the reader's imagination. This is the closest a fantasy novel can get to literary fiction. On the surface it is an exciting, action-packed sword-and-sorcery tale of grief and revenge among former caravan guards in a dystopic pre-gunpowder civilization. Under the surface, it is an intense study on the effect of personal mythology in a variety of different scenarios.

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  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B5U282M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Read and I am reviewing it after giving it a thorough reading.*

This book has some great ideas. I have often wanted to read a fantasy (I say that because it is the genre I read the most of) novel where we see more of the protagonist's day to day, mundane, actions. An example would be the protagonist is on a journey and has to survive in a harsh, unfamiliar, climate...we do not just get their thoughts on how miserable it is, we get the details on why it is so miserable. This book certainly had this idea covered. We get to know every detail of 'The Captain's' life, actions, and thoughts. Sadly this was not as enjoyable as I had hoped. I found the pacing less than fantastic and at times had a very hard time convincing myself to slog through. I think the lack of chapters and clear breaking points did not help.

So that was the bad aspect of the book, The Hero is not all bad, in fact it succeeded at one thing very well. While this story is not 'fantastical' and our reluctant hero at times is a giant jerk, he is completely believable. His struggles with balancing morality with revenge, honor and hate, and wariness and trust, are easy to identify with. At times I really loathed our protagonist and thought that he, personally was boring (and let's face it, anyone who gives you that much detail about what he is doing starts to become boring, turns out little bits for the imagination to fill in make a protagonist more interesting)I found his journey fascinating.

There are some things about the plot that I feel don't really make much sense. I feel either the plot should be about the war against the bandits -or- the mystery of the green stones and his connection to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual f&sf adventure August 14, 2014
By Pat1360
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Very well-written story of a flawed (or shall we say normal) man who is just trying to honor his best friend and finds himself in the middle of a war. The author breaks many of the conventions of the fantasy genre, which makes the story even more interesting. The end result is a book that will haunt me for a while.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Hero's Hero...But Which Century? May 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I always appreciate a plotline that could take place in a great number of settings and genres. It speaks to the universality of the theme. However, as a reviewer, I'm supposed to tell you what kind of book this is. If pressed, I would have to list "The Hero" as an Alternate Reality/Mystery. There's plenty of swordplay, but not enough magic for the "Sword & Sorcery" label.

"The Hero" is the story of an unnamed first-person narrator, "The Captain," who hero-worships (appropriate phrase) the captain of his caravan guard company. This paragon inconveniently (minor spoiler alert) dies in the first chapter, leaving our hero bereft of purpose. He decides to quit the caravan guarding job go on his own to an isolated town where an organized group of bandits are reported to be based. What follows is a rather creative version of the old "solitary hero rallies the town to defeat the marauding bandits" plotline.

The strongest part of this story is the intense personal empathy we feel for the hero. He is an ordinary guy with ordinary hopes and fears, trying to survive and do the right thing in a tough world. The rather transparent thematic device is that he spends the whole time talking about his deceased idol as a hero, while doing heroic deeds himself but not realizing the magnitude of his contribution to society.

One complaint; the Captain is a fine literary hero and a sympathetic character, but his "voice" is wrong. This hero is too modern. He has too much anachronistic knowledge, is too literate. Then he's too stupid; who ever heard of a deer's den? There are numerous examples of modern ideas, such as percentages, the knowledge that a head injury swells up the brain, and calling fellow armsmen "co-workers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun fantasy read May 28, 2013
I liked this story very much. Was it a grand epic? No. I just found it to be a good story with strong characterizations and a solid plot.

Our Hero (no name is ever given, from what I understand this is why the author changed the byline to Anonymous to emphasize this fact) is a reluctant hero. His quest was begun on the behest of another. The Captain, as he is known throughout the book, has to deal with many psychological issues one of which seems to be his underlying suicidal goals.

I liked this character very much. The author draws a clear picture of who the Captain is. We are shown his mental struggles, how they came about and how he needs to deal with them.

The story itself although set in what is assumed is a 'medieval' time, deviates from the classic Tolkenesque fantasy novels. There are no goblins, dwarves, elves, etc. You have normal people trying to make do with the present situation of their lives. You do have a wizard but he doesn't do any spells, he is more of a wise man.

It is this normalcy that I was drawn to. There are no clear cut good guys or bad guys, even our Hero realizes he has killed many people in his quest and questions the morality of it. This empathy is a strong theme in the novel which makes it more believable. Kudos to the author on this point.

This is a good story written in modern language. Very enjoyable.
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