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About the Author

M. G. Harmon is Marion George Harmon, a former financial advisor in Las Vegas. He has a bachelors in literature and a masters in history, which he earned for pleasure rather than profit.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463539657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463539658
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marion G. Harmon has read and written all of his life (well, ever since first grade). He finished his first novel, Wearing the Cape, in 2010, and after failing to find an agent who knew what to do with a superhero story, decided to self-publish (mainly so he'd stop rewriting the book). He published through KDP and Createspace in mid 2011 with some success; Wearing the Cape earned a 4.5 star Amazon rating and spent most of 2012 ranked #1 in its Amazon category.

Marion has since written four more novels set in the same world (Bite Me: Big Easy Nights, Villains Inc., Young Sentinels, and Small Town Heroes), astonished each time at the enthusiastic response of his readers. He is currently working hard on a sixth book, this one also featuring Astra and company, while polishing the plot of his deeply unserious space epic, Worst Contact. Really.

He is still without an agent, but will consider offers.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Dodson VINE VOICE on June 6, 2011
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I was really surprised by this book, but surprised in a great way. I expected adventure and humor. I got adventure and humor, but there was an amazing amount of gritty realism in this one, too. Right off the bat I knew this was different. It opens with the funny, occasionally snarky, main character getting caught up in a terrorist bombing where her superpowers emerge. If you're expecting a comic book story, that's ruled out right away with deaths and injuries. Hope, the new hero, throws up at the carnage. The heroes are often flawed and perhaps a touch villainous, the villains are sometimes misunderstood or willing to pitch-in in a true disaster. Good people, children, complete innocents are hurt or die. Some people get away with bad things. And through it all, Hope tries to make sense of it all. The book is touching, funny, and I completely enjoyed it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By H on August 30, 2011
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I'm in the middle of a long business trip and am so glad I picked this book up for my Kindle. Harmon has put together a wonderful universe that is familiar to comic book readers. Classic super hero archetypes are present, but in a very well-thought out "real world" setting.

The backdrop described by Harmon is one we all recognize, it's an solid extrapolation of how our world today would be changed by the presence of superhumans, both good and bad. And we're not just talking about flight, super strength and invulnerability. Some serious powers are on display, powers that will make you think just how dangerous and thrilling a world with superheroes would be.

As a longtime comic book fan and avid player of "City of Heroes", this book is precisely what the doctor ordered. The characters, while some are excellent homages to easily recognized archetypes, are well written and their motivations are clear. I quickly became engrossed in Astra's story, thrilled at the discover of her powers and dreaded the evil she would face. I cheered on her allies and shook my fist at her foes.

I am a big fan of comic book universes and this one is going to be one of my favorites, in many ways it echoes some of the themes of Kurt Busiek's "Astro City" and if you know that series, then you know that this is not a bad thing.

Do yourself a favor, pick up this book and devour it like I have. Then move on to the sequels and encourage Harmon to keep spinning these wonderful tales.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bernheimer VINE VOICE on July 14, 2011
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This video made with Xtranormal's State program. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to the other works set in this universe. After the review, there's a quick question and answer session with the author.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frank W. Rice on September 24, 2011
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Honestly it's tough to decide between a three and four star review for this novel. For the most part I do have to say that I really enjoyed it, but because of wildly inconsistent tone really seems that it deserves the three stars rather then the four. That's not to say the book was at all bad, or that I regret purchasing it at all. I really enjoyed the universe created and most of the characters and themes explored therein. Plot was strong, most of the characters were very strong, intriguing and deep background to build tons of different heroes around, and overall the world the characters inhabit was wonderfully painted and vivid.

The real problems with the novel though lie in mostly two areas. The tone varies between pretty lighthearted and dark and dangerous. The transitions between the two are never very clear, and the really dark elements seem far too incongruous with the preceding lighter scenes. The author was likely trying to play with that element, but it comes off as grating since the author was playing with some rather nice interesting plot elements and pushed them back for some pretty bland high society scenes, which really added nothing to the novel but to show us that Hope/Astra has a wealthy connected family...Really those scenes should've been cut and summarized.

Also pretty problematic was Hope herself. At points you really feel for the character. She gone through a lot: cancer, a friends suicide, a dead sister, etc. And that's molded her into a rather strong individual and you can really feel that nicely. However, a lot of that good will is squandered with her friends the gratingly named, 'Bees' who have a bit too much page time given to them in this story. They added nothing to this story at all and were a complete waste of space for this narrative.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 7, 2012
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I really wanted to like this book, but I got seriously caught up on a few issues.

1)The narrow focus/story drops: It's not unusual that you run a book solely through the POV of one person. That's pretty standard. However we got so very little of Astra/Hope's life. She's taking class and making friends and managing friends and gets all these warnings about dealing with a secret identity, but we get no words on those things.

A return of her cancer is used as a cover story. Except they decide not to use it. And never mention the whole cancer thing again. What's the point?

All the Socialite fluff that surrounds the story. Yes, okay, I am completely okay with Supes as Celebs. That's totally acceptable. And I accept that Hope, as a socialite, very well might act properly. But the combination of those two worlds felt forced to me. The old lady, Mrs... Lindy? said it best when she implied that her mother could throw the worst party in the history of the world and people would still kill and steal and beg to get in. *WHY*?

Her family is supposed to be a defining element in her life, but while daddy can hide secrets she (even though she wants a secret life) is suddenly telling everyone she ever knew. Her actions and her inner monologue don't meet up. Which can happen IRL, but it doesn't manage any natural flow to it.

2)The love story: Very poorly done caricature of the Bitter Cowboy and the Naive Socialite. I didn't actually like John. I thought how TA described him as a cop getting hardened and burned out by the beat, was really well said. But he didn't feel that way. We didn't really get any of that from him. There's no real explanation for how he turned from hardened playboy to doe eyed soul mate.
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