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Copper Knights and Granite Men (Challenger Confidential Book 1) Kindle Edition
The Challenger Foundation, a team of dysfunctional and unorthodox superheroes, is called in to help. Led by the 900-year-old alchemist called the Promethean, the team must unravel the mystery of the fossilization solution and confront the architect of the plot, a deadly supernatural enemy thought dead for more than a century.
Copper Knights and Granite Men is a witty and suspenseful superhero adventure that draws from the King in Yellow mythos and taps the secret occult history of North America. This first entry in the Challenger Confidential series contains the 66 page novelette, plus interior illustrations and a 33 page appendix exploring the Ascension Epoch universe.
- ASIN : B00L6I5DKC
- Publisher : Insomn Studios (June 19, 2014)
- Publication date : June 19, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 5052 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 112 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,725,242 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot of this book grabs you early and keeps moving along, with fun and interesting characters, some of whom you will come to root for and some of whom you will want to see get their comeuppance.
The MacGuffin of the plot is a very nice homage to a great story by Robert Chambers, which made me very happy indeed.
The setting of the Ascension Epoch is a very interesting place, similar to our own, but with many differences arising from the Martian attacks on the War of the World, and the rise of a number of pulp adventurers and super-heroic characters. Technology is different, borders and governments are different, but the super-heroic exploits are familiar and fun.
As the title dramatically alludes, a supernatural world of alchemy and science is laid over our own reality and it is here the book shines. The action itself is unexpected, each character has a history that I hope will be elaborated upon in future adventures, and the inclusion of everyman Pete Halstein within the incredible adds a real and gritty feel. The Promethean is at the center of the plot and the writer hints at a mysterious history filled with a variety of foes and friends.
Although appropriate for most ages, I look forward to reading more mature (Amp should be an obnoxious celebrity!) and more drawn out portrayals of the Promethean, Halstein, and the West Side Siren. Almost four stars, Copper Knights and Granite Men continues to build the fascinating Ascension Epoch universe.
5: Must read again in this lifetime!
4: Better than expected. Solid - left me wanting more.
3: Worth the time and enjoyed myself.
2: Wouldn’t recommend, not worth the time.
1: Couldn’t finish. Boring, contrived, obtuse, or repulsive.
A Note Regarding the Complexity of the World: I agree with the previous reviewer who suggested that you read the appendices first. Like any example of great world building, the appendices are vitally important to enjoying the story as well as understanding the complexities of the interweaving story lines and personal histories. The Ascension Epoch appendices are neither interminable nor jejune; they're in fact very interesting, quick reads on their own. This is most definitely an additional credit to the author and his editor(s)!
They don't spoil a bit of the story, and, in fact, provide a great deal of context and backstory, which only improves the experience of reading the main story. Which is excellent, by the way, and either portion of the book would be worth the purchase price. Together, this book is a bargain. If you like your history mixed with the fantastic and bizarre, look no further.