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52 Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441019847
- ISBN-10 : 0441019846
- Product Dimensions : 4.34 x 1.28 x 6.82 inches
- Publisher : Ace; Reissue Edition (January 25, 2011)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,679,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What marred this experience for me was following characters that I care little or nothing about. The Marvel Family was a stupid idea when it was created and continued in its stupid ways in this novel. I don't like Black Adam. Booster Gold was an interesting character.
Still, it was a fun book to read... for what it was...
If you don't want to buy the four collected volumes themselves, this book is a cheap alternative way to get some, but not all, of the stories.
The stories covered:
Booster Gold is saving lives and fighting bad guys in Metropolis, with his robot sidekick Skeets giving him leads on which mission to go on next. Booster and Skeets are from the future, and Skeets has a massive database of 21st century events. Skeets' data contains errors, and Booster thinks there might be a problem with time, so he looks for Rip Hunter, a time traveler. Rip is missing, but he left behind many cryptic notes, including the phase "Time is Broken." Also, a new hero arrives in Metropolis: Supernova.
Renee Montoya has quit the Gotham City police force. Charlie Sage (the Question) recruits her into investigating an abandoned building, which leads her to Intergang and the Religion of Crime, and she will eventually run into the new Batwoman (who starts her career in this series during Batman's absence) and the Black Adam Family.
Black Adam, usually a foe of Captain Marvel (the "Shazam" guy), has become the ruler of the Middle Eastern country of Kahndaq. Intergang offers the young Adrianna Tomaz to Adam as part of a bribe. He kills the Intergang agents and eventually gives a portion of his powers to Adrianna, turning her into Isis. (The book explains it better).
Stories NOT covered:
Luthor has come up with a way to give people super-powers. He organizes some of these young folks into a team he calls "Infinity Inc." (which annoys the JSA.) Natasha Irons, annoyed with her uncle John Henry Irons (a.k.a. "Steel"), chooses to get powers from Luthor. Not including this story seems an odd choice, since you'd figure people would want to know what Luthor gets up to when Superman is out of commission, but I suppose including it would have made the book "too long."
Ralph Dibney (the Elongated Man) goes on a mystical detective journey, trying to get back to his dead wife Sue.
Animal, Starfire, and Adam Strange are lost in space, where they bump into Lobo, who has the Emerald Eye of Ekron.
Someone is abducting mad scientists. Eventually they get Doc Magnus, creator of the Metal Men. (The author will eventually cover the latter part of this story, since it ties into the Black Adam story, but he leaves out Doc Magnus.)
Plot points left out:
The People's Republic of China has a new super-hero team called "The Great Ten."
Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandsmark) has joined a cult of people who worship a hero who died during "Infinite Crisis."
If you already have the comics, this doesn't really add much. Also, he'll move some events around, since for example during week 5, nothing much happened in the plot threads the book covered, so he had to move something from Week 6 into it to avoid having an "empty chapter." And since he didn't cover the Luthor story, he gave some of Luthor's lines to Mannheim.
And as of the 2011 reboot, most of this didn't "really happen."