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I received a free copy of the paperback, after being a beta for this project.
First of all - this book is awesome.
Second - my opinion is highly likely to be biased. After a critical review of Luna's debut, I was brought on board as part of his beta team, which means I have been spending the last five years being very open about everything I thought was wrong with various drafts of this project.
Third - I am going to be equally open, and confirm this finished book is awesome.
This is a new superhero story, following Cindy Ames as she becomes the Silver Ninja.
After Cindy's partner (and the son of her boss) is killed, while they are on duty together; Cindy has been struggling to find her way in life. She has her husband, and a couple of jobs to keep a roof over their heads, but everything is perfunctory. The only thing she feels passionate about is hunting down the man who murdered her partner.
Her plans don't go smoothly, and she nearly dies, only being saved by some experimental project.
This is such a fun origin story, as Cindy fights for revenge, and is inevitably led to the suit.
It's great to read a book with such a strong female character, and her (sometimes-)supporting friends and family.
Cindy has to adapt, has to fight for the survival of those she loves. It's interesting to see how far she is willing to go, and what lines she will cross.
Luna has always done awesome action scenes, and this book weaves together some really great ones. What can I say, it's so much fun to follow her as she swings through the cityscape on a grappling hook, and kicking the shit out of the bad guys.
This book lays the foundations for a great series, with the promise of more Silver Ninja, and an enemy in the shadows.
I highly recommend checking this one out!"
From the Author
That's how long it takes to reboot a series.
Like most nascent superhero stories, some mistakes were made. The 2012 edition of The Silver Ninja used prose that was inappropriate for the genre and characters possessing the charisma of a tax law professor. (No offense to any charming professors.)
In 2014's Indoctrination, the characters improved, the villain became the highlight of the book, but somehow the plot got left behind.
In order to tell the story as it was intended, the reset button needed to be hit.
3 years later, A Bitter Winter arrives.
When you purchase this book, you are buying an experience, a unique perspective, not just a story. This is a novel that breaks away from the standards set by, Marvel, DC, Vertigo, and Image comics. A Bitter Winter deconstructs the classic portrayal of a law-abiding superhero and gives you something that is much more grounded in reality.
As one reader said, "Cindy isn't quite an anti-hero, but she is certainly not playing by the rules."
Let's face it: You won't find another novel that tells a story quite like this. Don't wait three years to pick this book up.
- File size : 1997 KB
- Publication date : August 9, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Publisher : Silver Pencil Books; 1st edition (August 9, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DD8GFMV
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #660,067 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Two years ago, she lost her partner in a horrendous incident, which cost Cindy her badge, her dignity and her pride.
More recently, she gets caught in the crossfire at her Rent-a-Cop gig and faced with the very real possibility that Jonas (Cindy's husband) could lose her forever, he decides to take matters into his own hands and use an experimental drug to repair her broken body.
Only the consequences leave Cindy a shell of her former self...that is until her thoughts turn to Jonas (and his team)'s semi-secret (and probably very illegal) super suit.
Cindy cannot stop thinking about it - all her problems could be solved, if she can get her hands on that suit...
And thus, a new superhero is born - but with herself hell-bent on revenge, it might just be impossible to consider her a hero after all...
This was the dark-and-gritty superhero story I was waiting for!
I am an absolute sucker for superheros and this book was no exception. I really enjoyed the plot, the dialogue and (above all) the characters.
I liked how real these characters felt. Cindy's problems were never magically solved by having the suit - well, sure she could actually kill the Big Bads much easier, but her personal problems were just as real and solid as before - it humanized this overpowering individual.
Plus, there was plenty of heart-pounding-action to guaranteed to excite the audience.
The only thing that threw me out of the book was the science - it was a bit of a sticking point for me.
I could tell that the author did quite a bit of research, but there's always that fine line of what's believable in the alternate reality and what's stretching it.
On the plus side, this novel had just the right humor. I mean, maybe it's just me, but I find lines like this to be hilarious:
"I thought we were going to tun into each other's arms and kiss as if today was our last day on Earth. Like the movies."
"There's two dead bodies on the floor and you killed them."
Cannot wait to see where this series goes!
After the death of her partner, she's adrift. While working security, the event is attacked by terrorists, including the man who killed her partner two years before when she worked for NYPD. What's worse is that she doesn't even merit recognition to the man who changed her life forever. Can you imagine how unbelievably insignificant that would make you feel?
While convalescing from injuries sustained in the attack, Cindy starts obsessing about not just justice, but revenge. It soon becomes a destructive enchantment and Cindy will stop at nothing to attain her desires, including stealing untested technology right from under the nose of her husband and his employers. However, there's a catch. His employer will let her use the suit to cultivate her revenge, but only after she first fulfills his tasks; tasks that may not be what they appear.
Keep in mind: Cindy isn't a vigilante crime fighter. She has a vendetta, but she is utterly human. Underneath the suit, Cindy is still haunted by the death of her partner, guilt for deaths she couldn't prevent, and the inescapable perception of not being good enough. The SIRCA technology lets her become more, but it comes at a price, both physically and mentally.
The Silver Ninja brings so much to the front line: wondrous technological detail, a ruthless female protagonist possessed by an unholy need for retribution against unambiguously evil opposition, phenomenal fight sequences, and ultimately, self-forgiveness and a chance at personal redemption. The book culminates in a brilliant burst of energy and heart, in the very fashion it began.
"And at this moment of weakness, where her body was ready to surrender, she had never felt so alive."
First and foremost, I adore Cindy. She’s spunky, tough, amusing, and a total mess. It’s refreshing to read about a character (especially a female superhero), who isn’t perfect and has actual problems she must overcome. The actions she takes in the novel weigh heavily on her and change her by the end. Her character growth is amazing.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Cindy and her husband, Jonas. They felt like a married couple. I’m so thankful there was no pointless love angle (not a triangle because, you know, most love triangles aren’t that. They’re angles), and I could just focus on their good, healthy relationship. Yes, they have problems, but it’s nothing abusive.
The suit Cindy gets is pretty cool, and I love that it comes with a price. The action is decent, and Ned’s fate was perfect. I didn’t expect it, but the surprise was beautiful.
My only problem was Raymond. He’s not a bad character, but I didn’t completely buy the duality of his character. I’m not sure how the author could have improved this, but there needed to be more with Raymond. Maybe it’s just me.
Overall, I loved this book. There were a couple of punctuation mistakes, but nothing that distracted from the story. If you like awesome superheroes that have in-depth character arcs, this story is for you.