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Vs. Reality (The Vs. Reality Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Blake Northcott , Jennifer Joseph , Jim Deley
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description


What reviewers, authors and artists are saying:

"Blake Northcott is the most exciting new voice to come to superheroes in over a decade. She's got a brand new angle on this material. I genuinely think she's going to be a game-changer." - Mark Millar, Writer, Kick-Ass, Wanted and The Ultimates

"Sometimes you get a chance to jump on board a writers career at the start, before everybody else discovers how good they are. Blake Northcott is that opportunity. So jump on her already...wait, just read her books." - Dave Johnson, Artist, Superman: Red Son, Deadpool and The Punisher

“Blake Northcott is pretty much is making nerd dreams come true. Action, Suspense and Comics all at once? Can I make that a double, with a large side of blow your mind? ! Try not to fall in love. I dare you!” - Regina Carpinelli, CEO and Founder of Stan Lee's Comikaze

“A fun, mind-bending adventure that moves at a blistering pace. If you love superheroes you need to read Vs. Reality!” - Mark McKenna, Artist, DC Comics and ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’

“A thought-provoking, white knuckle page-turner of the first degree.” - Billy Tucci, Creator of ‘Shi’ and Founder of Crusade Comics

“Fast-paced and exciting, risky, and has wicked awesome characters! Complete with a twist at the end that leaves you totally wishing for the next book!” - The Bookish Brunette, Book Reviewer

“If you enjoyed that movie, you'll love this book. It's like tossing comic books and action novels into a blender.” - John Corwin, Author, ‘No Darker Fate’

“Blends the aesthetic of a comic book movie with the mind-f#@& of a Chuck Palahniuk novel. It's an adrenaline rush. It's a commentary on addiction. It's the source material for a future summer Blockbuster.” - Amy Leigh Strickland, Author, ‘Olympia Heights’


If your deepest desires spontaneously manifested into reality, giving you powers and abilities once limited to your dreams, what would you do?

Donovan Cole hates his life: his body, his job, his relationship…until one night a violent confrontation outside a nightclub causes him to change – instantly infusing him with almost supernatural size and strength.

The transformation is only temporary, and before long he realizes that he’s not the only one; people around the world have been manifesting at random, able to bend the laws of physics that govern our universe…but they’re rarely seen or heard from again.

Who, or what, is causing them to disappear? What’s the trigger that causes someone to change? And is it arbitrary when someone manifests their powers?

Cole is drawn to a beautiful but troubled girl named Dia who is looking for similar answers, but has a solution to the unreliable nature of their unstable powers: an experimental drug known as ‘Muse’ that enables the user to trigger their abilities and transform at will.

Battling a powerful and mysterious faction known as The Collectors – as well as their own addictions – Dia, Cole, and a small group of friends race against time to unravel the secrets of their uncanny abilities…but they may not live long enough to find out.

Product Details

  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EM9LQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET PILL TO SWALLOW October 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The book Vs. Reality is a joy to read from start to finish. The characters are beautifully flawed and the action is gripping.

The book takes us on a journey with the main character Donovan Cole, as he is reborn into something he has always strived to be, all with the help of a little blue pill.

Blake Northcott writes some magnificent action scenes which will have you resisting the urge to jump out of your seat and shout (not recommended if reading in an airport).

So if you fancy a roller coaster ride that kicks and punches you in the face, as well as throws you around, read this book. My only criticism is that the book had to come to an end....or did it.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb July 31, 2011
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I started this book last night, and I just finished it now. This is a superbly written book, with a pace that keeps you riveted to the story until it finishes. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of this series. If Blake Northcott can keep writing this well, she has a really great career ahead of her, and she can definitely count me as a big fan. This book is a definite must read for any fan of superhero types with depth and personality. These are some seriously flawed and complex characters that Stan Lee himself would appreciate. So, you should go and purchase this book and read it right away. You won't regret it at all.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. October 3, 2011
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Twenty years from now Vs. Reality is going to be remembered as the first of Blake Northcott's best-selling books. What a privilege for us as readers to experience this movement as it happens. I won't spoil the book by rehashing all of the plot points. I will say though that the book moves at a race car's pace from the minute you open it until you close your Kindle. Northcott finds a way to build character depth "on the run" - quite literally and has a gift for dialogue that you will *feel* as you read her work. And what's a good hero with strong villains? Blake manages to introduce three villains with uniquely different tones and qualities that are truly a pleasure to read. This book reminded me of how I felt when I watched the very first season of Heroes on NBC. This is what that show should have developed into. Northcott has tapped into the hero in all of us and I cannot wait to see what she does in the sequel. You won't be disappointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! September 19, 2011
By Peter
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was great! I cannot wait for the next book! I picked it up and finished it within a day of starting. The mixture of action and humor is really what made the book enjoyable to me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Worth Every Penny! August 24, 2011
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Vs. Reality is a quick and engaging read that will keep you pressing that [Next Page] button until there's nothing left to read. The first volume is short, but creates an entertaining introduction to a series that promises longer future volumes. It's an amazing debut from a first-time author, blogger Blake Northcott.

I bought Vs. Reality on the reputation that Northcott had already built up as one of my favorite bloggers and tweeters. The thing that impresses me most about her reviews is that Northcott seems to be one of the few people out there who understands that Entertainment Value is value.

So often we see fun movies, novels, and TV shows discarded because they aren't artistic or deep enough or because they *gasp* have some kind of mass appeal. Rarely do we see anything involving super powers getting any kind of praise by the serious critics because they forget that not every movie has the same purpose as Black Swan. Northcott has never been one to shy away from praising the commercial action movies, so I knew that no matter what, Vs. Reality was going to be fun.

Vs. Reality tells the story of Donovan Cole, a fighter who is used to concussions and beat-downs. When a chance encounter with a mysterious girl drags Donovan into her serious drama, Cole takes a hit that triggers a glitch in reality and allows him to manifest super-human abilities based on his own self image.

Vs. Reality blends the aesthetic of a comic book movie with the mind-f#@& of a Chuck Palahniuk novel. There's the suped-up action balanced well with gritty imagery. If there is one thing that I noticed straight from the start of Vs. Reality, it's that Blake Northcott is amazing at writing uncomfortable imagery.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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"I'm going to die. Right here, right now."

DUDE. First freaking line!!! Right? First, we are witness to the near attack of a woman, who is "saved" by Goto and Mr. Heinreich only to have THEM turn around and abduct- I mean take her in for 'processing' and take her to 'The Basement'.

Then we meet Marcus Mitchell as he gets the crap kicked out of him inside The Octagon (extreme fighting) and then his coach telling him he's lost whatever it was that used to make him great... I'm assuming it's this Kimberly chick they keep mentioning! After the fight his best friend, Jens appears in an attempt to cheer him up,

"Jens is now smiling from ear to ear - the type of smile that usually signals to Donovan that there is a distinct possibility that they'll be running from the police at some point in the evening.

"I'm not in the mood to play Halo and do bong hits in your dad's basement, but I appreciate the offer."

Jens takes him to a high end night club, and it's there that Donovan meets Dia. Everything's going great until she spots Heinriech in the crowd and suggests they leave immediately... Except out in the parking lot they run in to Goto who appears to have been waiting on them! And here is where it gets wicked exciting!

I can't get into the plot without giving it all away, but I was totally impressed! There were certain aspects that weren't quite "for me" but that's neither here nor there- because Vs. Reality was fast paced and exciting, risky and had wicked awesome characters!

Vs. Reality is a must read for any action/adventure fan with a taste for Sci-Fi/fantasy! Complete with a twist at the end that leaves you totally wishing for the next book!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blake never fails to disappoint. The concept is cool
Blake never fails to disappoint. The concept is cool, the characters are fun and when I was done I immediately clamoured for the next installment...clamoured I tells you!
Published 7 months ago by Scott Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading is FUNdamental!
If you give this a shot, you won't be dissapointed. Very fun read that will keep you wanting to go further until it's done.
Published 7 months ago by Justin M Brownell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the book and series, hard to put down once you start
Published 7 months ago by halion
2.0 out of 5 stars No effort by the writer
Horrendous, amateur writing. 8th grade level description and dialogue. Thrown together as if it's a treatment for a screenplay. So choppy, I deleted it after 20 pages. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DK1000
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
They say to never judge a book by its cover and that is the only flaw with Vs. Reality. If Blake could change the cover it would attract more people and they will then love the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by cris morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love love love this book!
Published 9 months ago by Leonardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had no clue who the lady was standing in the lobby where I work. I am so happy that I asked. Blake and her friend walked away and she returned with a copy of her new book Assault... Read more
Published 12 months ago by daniel r morrissette
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Pulpy thrill ride, with obvious pop culture influences: Matrix, X-Men, perhaps even The Usual Suspects. Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars My kind of book
I was excited when I read the synopsis of this book and it didn't let me down. It had all the familiar beats of what you would read in a comic book so I didn't expect anything less... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert C Price
5.0 out of 5 stars a thrill
super heroes are not what they used to be...wait are they heroes, or just super?
enjoyed the packed action from first to last page, looking forward to read the continuation
Published 18 months ago by Pedro
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Author. Twitter-er. Slayer of vampires (only the ones that sparkle). I'm a contributor to Comic Book Resources, CBS Man Cave Daily and Verily Magazine.

I love reading, cooking, international travel and comic books. My dislikes include Wheel of Fortune and Ke$ha.

I live in a small, quiet town west of Toronto, and at the moment I'm writing and blogging full-time.

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