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The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Moore Stan Lee , Andie Tong
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure! When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.


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From School Library Journal

Gr 4–7—In legendary comic creator Lee's first prose novel, two factions, each comprised of people who harness animal power from the Chinese zodiac, fight to control the fate of the world. While visiting a museum in China, Steven Lee's life changes forever when he follows his mysterious tour guide's screams for help, leading him to a secret room where Maxwell, a power hungry war contractor, accidentally releases an ancient power into the world. Now equipped with the aggressive fighting prowess of the Tiger, Steven teams up with Jasmine, a fake tour guide who has been fighting Maxwell's group for years, to travel the world and find the other hosts. Along with a feisty singer, a brawler from Ireland, a techie, and an extremely shy girl, Steven must learn to control his powers. The first installment in a planned trilogy, Zodiac has everything readers would expect from Stan Lee: plenty of action, a fast-paced plot, a villain who is driven more by misguided ideals than pure evil, and a group of young, ordinary people trying to make sense of their newfound powers. Illustrations by Tong, known for his work on superhero comics in the UK, add to the book's appeal. A cliff-hanger ending leaves readers wanting more. Give this to superhero enthusiasts and fans of adventure stories; it will fly off the shelves.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

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''This action-driven outing is very much what [Stan Lee's] fans might expect . . . desperate chases, bombastic banter, and increasing spectacular confrontations . . . This frenetic light adventure should please readers who already love the Marvel universe and nurse their own dreams of superpowered glory.'' --Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 32290 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (January 27, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GBJN1AA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome can't wait for more February 4, 2015
By Trishap
Format:Hardcover
Zodiac by the renown Stan Lee, along with Stuart Moore, and illustrated by Andie Tong, is a really good book! This book packs action from the start to the very end and there it promises more as the series is advertised as a trilogy, and thank goodness, because you will be yelling for more, just as I am. I can't wait to find out what happens to Steven, Jasmine, Carlos, Roxanne, Liam, Duane, and Kim, not to mention Maxwell and his goons. But I am ahead of myself, let me start a bit earlier in the story.

Steven is just a ordinary kid on a once in lifetime school trip in Hong Kong, when in a strange Chinese heritage museum he slips away from his group, following the strange guide down into the basement (of sorts). While down there Steven and the strange guide (Jasmine) are hit and infused with the power of their Zodiac signs while trying to stop Maxwell from hatching his evil plan, and unfortunately also releasing four rogue Zodiac powers into the wild. Now Steven, Jasmine, and Jasmine's friends must join to track down the people infused by the rogue Zodiac powers before Maxwell as his group of paramilitary goons get to them first.

The characters in this book (even with their Zodiac powers) are still believable, they still have the same fears, insecurities, and joys as the rest of us. It is refreshing to see that it didn't get lost, and that maybe things like this can happen to plain everyday people like you and me. It is also nice to see how four kids from very different walks of life and are very different from each other can come together and learn to work as a team.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Expected More From Stan Lee January 27, 2015
Format:Hardcover
When a book has Stan Lee’s name on it, you expect great things from the man who helped turn Marvel into an international sensation. The Convergence is the first in a planned series that tackles a team of young superheroes who each have a special power based on their zodiac sign. So much of this novel is a setup for our story and establishes what the Zodiac is and so, not enough time is devoted to developing our characters. The heroes and villains are almost cartoonish in nature and are mere husks, devoid of much personality.

Steven Lee is a Chinese-American teenager who struggles to balance his heritage and American culture. He’s never really felt like he’s been apart of anything and has felt like an outsider his whole life. When he finds out that he is a Tiger and is asked to join the Zodiac, it seems like this is what he’s been waiting for along. To defeat Maxwell, Steven and his team leader Jasmine need to recruit other Zodiac team members from all over the globe.

I applaud Lee and Moore for including very diverse characters from a variety of backgrounds, making this team more relatable. I believe that reader’s will find Steven’s cultural struggle very realistic and will only make him easier to empathize with. Considering that the majority of superheroes out there are white, it’s refreshing to see that Stan Lee is following Marvel’s mission to make superheroes more diverse in The Convergence. Zodiac will definitely appeal to those who loved Ms. Marvel and the female Thor and this novel is the answer to the public’s appeal for a different kind of hero.

Zodiac has a large cast of characters and many of them aren’t given enough page time causing the majority of the characters to be pretty basic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Young Steven Lee is suddenly give the powers of a Tiger from a mystical Zodiac. And he becomes an integral part of a renegade group whose sole purpose is to stop a tyrannical madman from gaining the ultimate power from the entire Zodiac. Lee and his new acquaintances must hunt down the youth who have gained powers of the Zodiac and recruit them, before others can reach them.

Convergence is the first in a new super-powered series from the living legend, Stan Lee. Young comic fans will enjoy this original series pulling from lore with a modern-day twist. The young characters are unique and entertaining. And the villains (at least the henchmen) are given personalities and backstories as well. This exciting series debut is packed with action, mystery, and humor. And it ends with a big showdown that doesn’t disappoint. There’s even a fun twist at the end that will leave readers eager for the next in the series.

*Review previously posted at SciFiChick.com
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Format:Hardcover
Stan Lee’s newest project, THE ZODIAC LEGACY, is a story of a Chinese American teen and his new superpowers. THE ZODIAC LEGACY is an adventure of the best kind with its high-flying, fire-throwing, sonic-screaming, acrobatic escaping super-team fighting bad guys with a similarly amazing set of powers. When I received this book, it looked hefty, with a page count just shy of 500 pages. It is worth every page!

A young boy named Steven is on a school trip to Hong Kong. Steven and his class hail from Philadelphia, so they have traveled quite a distance to take in a new culture. Steven takes it in as much as anyone else would on a school trip: hardly anything at all. Steven and his class follow tour guides through museum after museum learning the history of the area, so he is adequately bored. At roughly the same time that Steven's current tour guide decides to up and quit mid-tour, Steven is drawn to a nearby stairwell that has been roped off. A blood-curdling scream can be made out from down the stairs. Steven does what any curious and foolish 14-year-old would do: go find the scream's source.

As our curious hero descends the stairwell, readers will find it painfully clear that Steven has walked into what could end up being his tomb. Steven follows the stairwell into an ancient underground chamber. It is here that Steven meets his first teammate, Jasmine, whom Steven recalls as his flaky tour guide from moments earlier.

In this underground chamber, Steven is also introduced to the novel's villain, Maxwell, and his own powers. Jasmine and Maxwell, clearly sharing a violent past, have it out in the chamber. Amongst the chaos, the energies the chamber was built to house are released, giving Steven the strength, speed and reflexes of the Zodiac Tiger.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome beginning to the series!
Synopsis- Steven Lee had no idea what he was getting into when he stumbled upon a huge underground warehouse-thingy where some strange ceremony is taking place. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by This Kid Reviews Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by sharon faubush
3.0 out of 5 stars Action abounds in the super hero style adventure!
Action abounds in this super hero style adventure inspired by the Chinese zodiac. While the beginning is a bit transparent, it is sure to appeal to middle grades readers craving... Read more
Published 8 days ago by zacware
4.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Twilight.com Reviews
As a middle school Reading teacher, I can't shout loud enough what a fantastic middle school book this is for my boys! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Once Upon a Twilight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five out of Five stars!
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence is the first illustrated novel in comic legend Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, and Andie Tong's Zodiac series. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael Loring
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was good not great. Bought it for my 9 year old. We will read next one.
Published 19 days ago by Dan Schafstall
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully recommended
Great start to what I hope are many more books to come. The lead characters are wonderfully complex, a few of the side characters could be flushed out even more. Read more
Published 21 days ago by John W. Soltermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 7th grader loves Stan Lee and was very excited about reading this book.
Published 24 days ago by J Mooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was good
Published 1 month ago by Krista Georget
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
I was blown away by this book and was so glad to see that it is a series. There is something awesome about the blend of the magical powers and the character's nature states of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Mommy Booknerd
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