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West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide Kindle Edition

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Length: 348 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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

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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: 1717 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Moon Aurora, LLC; 1.5 edition (June 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058V5MPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Imagine an alternate world full of mutant super heroes and super villains. The police can't handle the latter, so teams of super heroes, including the West Pacific Supers, do the heavy lifting. To complicate matters, there are vigilante mutants--not quite good enough to be on the organized teams--who want to prove themselves.

Welcome to "West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide", both a satire and social commentary on our own sports, celebrity, media, advertising, and research-heavy culture. Each professional super hero has a contract, endorsements, an agent, and is pursued by "superazzi". Their private lives are picked apart and gossiped about. There are team rankings, TV coverage of crime fighting episodes, and awards like "Rookie of the Year" at the end of the season.

One central plot line has the super villains stealing powerful explosives and an eight ton machine, designed to upset the earth's crust and create a man-made island. The possibility that a tsunami might result is just collateral damage. There are other confrontations with the Infinite Circle, professional bad guys. Some of the super heroes perish in an explosion and there is a traitor who has crossed over to the dark side.

The characters of the super heroes--both male and female--are complex, three-dimensional and well-defined, in part, perhaps, because the story is a joint effort by a husband and wife team. Unfortunately, there tends to be too many characters to keep track of, and it would have been helpful to supply a listing of each group at the beginning of the book for the reader to refer back to. That said, the names and powers given to each character are both funny and imaginative (i.e. Kill O'Watts, who uses electricity to maim).
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Echoing the recent(ish) trend of portraying superheroes as flesh-and-blood people, WPS: RT has a lot in common with Watchmen and Astro City. In this world, superhero teams are portrayed as sports teams: there is a hero-ing "season," the teams are ranked in regional conferences, and the members are traded or drafted seasonally. Plus, there is a whole group of reporters called (somewhat too preciously) "superazzi" that follow them all around. It's an interesting take on things, although I think it injects too much levity into what is, more often than not, a life-and-death matter (e.g. their ranking in the conference basically depends on how few people die under their watch).

The best thing about this book is the characters -- especially nuanced characters like Camille, who is struggling with balancing her superhero life and her family life, and Seawolf, a (kind of) fish/wolf hybrid who deals with the loneliness that comes with looking non-human. The authors really have a feel for these people and what superheroes would go through in real life. However, this leads them to one of the biggest weaknesses of the book: there's just too many characters (30-40) and too much going on. It felt like the authors were trying to squeeze an entire series of books or comics into one book, thereby causing them to introduce character after character and throw in subplot after subplot, which really messed with the through-line of the story, which should've focused solely on who was responsible for the hero killings at the beginning of the book. This main story could've been juxtaposed with little vignettes about the characters' personal lives and struggles.
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