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~My question is; Why do Super Heroes, with all their special powers, require the services of a run-of-the-mill private investigator?
~I really wanted to like it, because it was a different concept. For me, it was just okay…as in 4-stars; I didn’t love it…as in 5-stars. I think that I simply didn’t care for Bob Moore. I’m not saying don’t read it…there was enough story to keep me reading until the end. I had no interest in picking up any more in the series. You should read it and make up your own mind.
Bob's an old school PI in a world with recently rewritten rules. Sure, he takes advantage of some of the day's technology, but a huge bonus for me is that his camera, a primary tool of his trade, is a FILM camera. Thanks for that one, Tom. I'm back into film after 35 years away and you talking about his film instead of his memory card resonated large.
One last tease for people reading this review to decide if you'll read the book. I'm not a smoker, but there's a scene that will take those of you who are back to the time you were driving and that burning ember fell in the general direction of where you were sitting!
Thanks for getting past Chapter Six on this one, Tom.
Bob Moore is a private eye who specializes in cases involving Supers. That is super heroes and super villains. In Bob's World, they've been around for a long time and they're part of everyday life. They're so everpresent that pro sports has died because...why bother? And human or non-superpowered (tippy) cops basically clean up messes that result when super powered bad guys and good guys rumble. Life has changed because everyday people - like you and me - are second class citizens. Not that Supers lord it over everybody else. They don't have to. They are Super...and you're not.
This is a cool idea and a cool world and it's been explored in tons of very good comic books and novels over at least the last 20 years. It had to happen. When Superman flew into the skies over Metropolis and Batman took to patrolling the streets of Gotham, they were almost unique and the very idea of superheroes and supervillains was new and shiny. But over 70 years the world of superheroes and villains has grown ever so crowded. Creators began to wonder what it would be like to actually live in a world where every time you looked up you'd see some superpowered good guy or creep flying over.
So "Bob Moore" is nothing new. But on the other hand, ever since Philip Marlowe walked the dark and dangerous streets of the 1930s, private eyes themselves have been very, very old hat. And people still write and people still buy mysteries featuring a million different versions of the private eye.
So, the bad news is that "Bob Moore: No Hero" is just another human private eye making it in a world of beings that can incinerate him with a glance, or send him to the moon to gasp his last in lunar vacuum. His only weapons are his brain and the indomitable will to beat beings he shouldn't stand a chance against.
The good news is that it is a good version of an old story. And that's what counts. It's not original, but it is fun, and it is moving, and it makes you want to come back for more of the very human story of private eye Bob Moore and the superpowered ex-wife he loved and lost and obviously still loves. The writer gives you just enough information about Moore's marriage and doomed love to make you want to learn more, and to root for Moore in a hopeless battle to win his wife back.
I loved this book, novella actually, and am planning to buy the second in this series the minute I file this review.
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