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West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide [Kindle Edition]

K.M. Johnson-Weider
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Imagine a world like our own but with superheroes. Would the superheroes change the world or would the world change the superheroes?

West Pacific Supers is the professional superhero team for the city of West Pacific in northern California. It's hard to know what's more dangerous for the members of West Pacific Supers: the supervillains out to destroy the city or the superazzi determined to uncover all of their dirty secrets. If juggling heroics and public relations weren't hard enough, the Season begins with a shocking death. Now new team members must be recruited to counter two major threats: a scientist with an insane plan that threatens California and an enemy from within West Pacific Supers itself. The team will succeed only after taming their massive egos and getting help from unlikely sources. Unfortunately, just like winning fame and fortune, beating the bad guys always comes at a heavy price.

This is the first book in the West Pacific Supers series.

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  • "...the well-imagined world and strong cast of do-gooders... will keep readers interested through the epilogue by offering new takes on surprisingly human personal struggles, like a less cynical Watchmen with more likable characters." - Kirkus Indie Reviews
  • "The characters of the super heroes--both male and female--are complex, three-dimensional and well-defined... Overall 'West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide' is imaginative and ambitious, a strong first-effort by its authors." - from 4-star review on IndieReader

From the Author

There are a lot of characters in Rising Tide, but each of them is distinct.  Each one sees the world in a different way and each has a distinctive voice. Some of the key characters in West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide are as follows:

Seawolf is an obvious mutant who's still struggling with the anti-mutant sentiments she faced as a child, even though times have changed and the non-mutant Coast Guard liaison to the team keeps trying to ask her out.

Blue Star is a four-time inductee in the Superhero Hall of Fame who can save the world but can't salvage a relationship for the life of him. West Pacific Supers is his last chance to end his career on a high note.

Cosmic Kid is a cocky young super just coming on the team and looking to prove himself.

Camille's decade-long marriage is threatened by her unilateral decision to return to the team that once kicked her off for refusing to wear a miniskirt costume.

Loren Polawsky isn't a real superhero, just a real estate agent struggling to find time for vigilante heroics.

Dr. Noah Brandeis
has a crazy plan to make geological history and, with the help of a few insane supervillains, he may just succeed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1280 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Moon Aurora, LLC; 1.5 edition (June 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058V5MPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide March 2, 2012
By Chuck
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually like to read mysteries but I was given this book as a gift. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed WPS:RT with all the twist and turns. The book centers around superheroes some, are completely normal, others are mutants and then there are regular everyday people who go undercover as superheroes. The relationship between all the different classes of superheroes is as complex as social classes in modern day America.

The West Pacific Supers are the main superheroes in the book; Cosmic Kid, Mr. Awesome, Seawolf, Starfish, Blue Star and Nova Women. There are other superhero teams and everyone is competing to be traded to the best team. There are also competions between the teams to find the top superhero team, much like the World Series. Each superhero has their own dark secret that they try to keep hidden. The authors do a great job of intertwining the secrets and keeping the reader guessing what is going to happen next. Just when you think you know the direction the story is going, a bombshell is dropped. I lost many nights of sleep because I could not put the book down. I can't wait to read the sequel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genre bending take on Superheroes February 28, 2012
By Michael
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I wish 1/2 star ratings were available because I'd really prefer to give this book 4.5 stars instead of 4.

There is a lot that works in this book and a few things that miss the mark somewhat but on the whole it is a solid effort and easily one of the better entries in the genre.

Basic Plot Summary (Spoiler Free):
The West Pacific Supers (WPS) are a group of officially sanctioned heroes based in the fictional city of West Pacific, California. The WPS is shaken by the sudden loss of several of its members in a surprise attack aimed at its senior and most powerful heroes but must pull together to find those responsible and bring them to justice. At the same time, the team is investigating the theft of explosives so potent they rival that of a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, the WPS must recruit new members to rebuild its strength and standing in the eyes of the public. The team receives some help from vigilantes, non-sanctioned heroes, who provide timely intelligence from the streets and badly needed backup when they're needed most. Time is running out for the heroes to find and recover the explosives before the villains responsible use them for purposes unknown.

Surprisingly, this merely provides the backdrop for the meat of the novel. The book is really more concerned with the heroes themselves and their personal trials and tribulations. The primary characters here are Cosmic Kid, a newly recruited teen hero, Blue Star, an older hero pulled out of semi-retirement to lend the shaken team a steady and experienced hand, Camille, a one-time West Pacific Super lured out of retirement, and Seawolf, a veteran WPS member who struggles as much with the outward manifestation of her power as she does with the villains she fights.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great superhero book with an interesting angle January 22, 2013
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It was a great story set in a new and unique (to me) setting for the superhero genre. While modern-day, the author has put the heroes in the setting of sports superstars. Very interesting take on how it could be if we had real-life superheroes with extreme powers. How the media and hype would be and so on. At the same time it was a good old-fashioned superhero story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good super-world December 8, 2012
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A good novel. The turns it takes might've been clearer if i hadn't been so absorbed in the story. This is a world unlike that of Superman, the heroes only win most of the time, and there is a ranking system that seems akin to fantasy football. I enjoy that characters seem to be in real danger. No one is guaranteed to be alive in the end. It is a very realistic world.... for one filled with mutants and mechs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Superhero Fix Here September 16, 2012
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I will preface this by saying I'm a fan of superhero/metahuman/powers-based fiction. While I developed that interest through comic books in my youth, I find that I am enjoying the long novel form for this genre.

I found "West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide" to be just the kind of book that I was looking for. I liked the idea of having different teams of superheroes and the draft idea was interesting. In addition, I found the characters to be interesting and fairly well developed, and the story overall was enjoyable. I liked how the author hit the ground running, and found myself wanting to hear the past stories, and the other teams/heroes that formed the "history" to this universe.

My biggest complaint is that I didn't necessarily understand the idea of the draft/teams/seasons. I liked the concept, but I felt it could have been addressed a little more. We knew these things existed in this universe, which I took to be much like our own, but I didn't get the feeling that I understood why or how the process worked. (For example, what contingencies are in place to ensure potential crimes and super villains are held in check at the awards ceremony?) Nothing major, but I like my superheroes steeped in some "reality."

"West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide" is a fun read that should not disappoint superhero fans. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment of the West Pacific Supers series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost interest early on
Campy, two dimensional. It didn't hold my interest. Stupid review minimum size demands twelve more words, I have no more to say.
Published 7 months ago by Scott Cooper
1.0 out of 5 stars It started good.
I do not enjoy 'adult' entertainment. The book started good, A few chapters in and got hit with profanity and other adult themes.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this one. Has an interesting setting.
This is the beginning of a series where super teams are set up much like baseball teams. That are tied to specific cities have drafts ect. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jason Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as I expected.
The Good: The treatment of supers as sports franchises with drafts/seasons and the like is a novel idea. A few of the characters are enjoyable and show some real personality. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tim Kirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Exellent after the Draft
A very good intro to a new world of Superheroes. The section on the draft is a little tedious but the introduction to several characters. Read more
Published 20 months ago by RSSmith
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 and a half stars?
I am 2/3 of the way through and I keep hitting this...put it down/keep going? Maybe there is something better out there book-wise mode? what does that tell you? Read more
Published 22 months ago by W. Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the first in a series
The good: The book is well written, and the concept is solid. I like the way you believe the characters as being real people, not caricatures, as supers often are, and the... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Robert E. Fletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Arena league superherodom
While the reading was enjoyable I find that the almost football take on drafting superheroes for a team and having rankings and the like a bit distracting from the overall... Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts the "human" in Super-Human
First off, this book is crazily under-priced. I'd have gladly paid $5-10 for the entertainment value the author(s) provide in the book's 406 pages. Read more
Published on May 26, 2012 by Jinzai
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining reading
This book was a good surprise, pretty well written compared to some other super-hero books. However, as a native French speaker "clichéd" (it is not a verb and already an... Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by Pasquier Thomas
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K.M. Johnson-Weider has written two novels in the West Pacific Supers series, Rising Tide and Victory at Any Cost. Black Throne Conspiracy is a sci-fi mystery thriller set in the Ascension Galaxy, where future tech mixes with ancient magics, political intrigue, and brutally ambitious noble houses. For more information about current and upcoming books, visit www.bluemoonaurora.com

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