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  • File Size: 1409 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Atherton Haight (April 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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Matt Youngmark is the author of "Zombocalypse Now," "Thrusts of Justice," and "Time Travel Dinosaur," full-length choose-your-own-ending novels (for grownups!) from Chooseomatic Books. He's currently working on his first non-Chooseomatic novel, a comedic fantasy titled "Spellmonkeys."

Matt also writes and draws the daily webcomic Conspiracy Friends at Back in the day, he worked the newsprint mines at Tacoma Reporter and Pandemonium Magazine

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I liked the author's previous Zombocalypse Now a lot, and bought this one once I learned about it.

At the start, you are a recently fired reporter, having drinks with other fired reporters, when you hear a voice. "Heed my warning." And from there, things start to happen in front of the bar. From there, you can
a) investigate an ox-man supervillain
b) follow the retreating Nightwatchman
c) track down a guardian that just deflected a meteor.

With each of these choices, you'll eventually become a superhero of some kind. But it's not just superheroics -- the author is deconstructing the genre to make things more interesting, and to add a few more dimensions to the characters. There are many, many wry lines in this thing. "If you think you can find more answers by harnessing the powers of journalism, click here for page 40". Usually, the more wry a suggestion, the better the chance is to lead to an amusing bad end. And there is at least one infinite loop in the novel, which was fun.

Highly recommended.
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A choose-your-own adventure book for grown-ups, about superheros -- this Kindle book could easily have coasted on its high concept to suck people in, then served up a half-assed sloppy experience and called it a day. Instead, Thrusts of Justice was genuinely funny and clever, and the branching plot paths are really well thought out. I'm not a super-hero fan, and even so this was really fun to play with!

We get our set up in the first segment -- we are a disgruntled unemployed journalist, commiserating with former colleagues in a bar, when super-villain mayhem breaks out right outside the door. From there we can choose three possible paths, each of which branches like crazy. Depending on our choices, we can die horribly, die horribly, die horribly, save the world, die horribly, and so on. I think I found only three or four outcomes that did NOT lead to a gruesome death -- but it's worth exploring them all, because they really are clever. Also, the universe and backstory remain the same no matter what you choose (unlike the actual Choose Your Own Adventure books, which if I remember correctly involved a lot of mutually exclusive events depending on your choices), and if you don't explore every branch you will miss information that helps to round out what is happening and why.

It's "for adults," but really there's no reason an older kid couldn't enjoy this. There's some swearing, and many of the deaths are cartoonishly gruesome and violent, but it's really fairly tame stuff. It also demonstrates important life lessons, such as the virtues of not vaporizing your annoying neighbor, and why getting falling-down drunk is not such a great idea (especially if you're wearing alien robo-armor you haven't quite mastered yet).
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Full disclosure: I'm a die-hard fan of Matt Youngmark's work, going back to 2009's hysterical "Zombpocalypse Now" - the sheer, bloody joyous concept of choose-your-own-adventure books for grown-ups is too wonderful to pass up.

But in this newest work he knocks it out of the park, delivering on every bit of promise he showed with his first book.

If you delight in profane super-heroic comedy, there simply is no choice. Buy this book.
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Thrusts of Justice by Matt Youngmark plugs deep into childhood nostalgia with this choose-your-own-adventure book written for adults. Set in a unique (and slightly tongue-in-cheek) superhero universe, this book gives a laid-off journalist from Cleveland the chance to step into the role of superhero just in time to save the world from certain doom. The journalist, of course, is "you."

The book opens with you and your fellow unemployed journalists drowning your sorrows while discussing the possibility of launching your own news website. Your drunken plans to form a startup are thrown off course when a disembodied voice warns of impending doom just before an explosion draws your attention outside. There you see a smoking crater in the middle of the street where three figures are visible. The supervillain known as the Ox has just broken through the wall of a bank with unmarked bags of cash. The dark and ominous hero known as the Nightwatchman slinks off from the scene. And at the bottom of the crater is the legendary Cosmic Guardian who had disappeared in the 90s. You know any one of these three could be a great news lead, but where could it lead?

If you like strange powers from radioactive meteorites, continue on to the next paragraph. If you like brooding antiheroes like Batman, skip to the paragraph after that. If you like interstellar police forces, like the Green Lantern Corps or the Nova Corps, continue on to the third paragraph after this.

Trying to find out what Ox is doing in Cleveland, you sneak closer to the scene of the crime. But rather than finding clues, you fall into the crater and black out. When you wake up, you have strange goo-like powers that allow you to change shape, walk on walls and hurl goo. Does great power come with great responsibility?
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