- File Size: 1118 KB
- Print Length: 361 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018TO37DK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Good Intentions: A Supervillain Story Kindle Edition
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The book is slow to start, the world and the characters can be a bit overwhelming at first, but stick through the first chapter or two and everything will start paying itself off. Next thing you know, you're devouring one page after the other, wondering what's going to happen next and where the turmoil of emotions and thoughts is going to lead Shawn, and enjoying every funny or quirky detail that Michael has added in. Supervillains have luxurious costume outfit stores and an intranet for their communication... You don't say!
Given that I was involved with the book's creation (disclaimer), I had first hand access to Michael's process. Every word was thought out, every idea and concept was thoroughly researched, and every conclusion was reached after lots of questioning and opinion gathering. It's a pleasure to look at the final result and see what it has come to, especially when you're reading it and you see how easily his words fly off the page.
This book was interesting, fast paced, and not a copycat. The main character is pretty believable- an ordinary guy who faces extraordinary moral conflict. He uses the tech at his disposal to deal with his situation. Happily, the author doesn't fall back on deus ex machina, which is one of my pet peeves. Nor is the main character shallow or stupid.
I think many readers will enjoy this book.
The problem is like so many other attempts I've read to write a good "anti-hero" the execution lacked. I'll admit that anti-heroes can be done well, but it requires quite a bit of experience writing characters. I feel that Michael failed that part of the task of writing. The main character's reasons for descending into his quasi-villainy disguised heroics never resonate, and the rest of the story failed to impress me once I got turned off by the lack of a heroic main character.
The talent is evident in the writing, but I couldn't get into the story.
I'm not QUITE sure I can buy Shawn's action that got him into the whole mess as being plausible for him to do, and there are a few big skips ahead where I think I would've enjoyed, say, another 50 pages of story.
My only other comment, worth probably minus-a-half-star, is that the formatting of the Kindle book seems weirdly amateurish. Paragraph indentations are huge, and there is blank space after every paragraph, making section breaks difficult to see sometimes. And the font is giant -- I had to select the smallest size just to get it where I wanted it (which is usually 3 sizes from the smallest). I got used to it after a few chapters, but it was definitely a little distracting at first. And I think the large size maybe inflated the page count.
It follows the protagonist as he wields a difficult path between where his morals take him, what he needs to do to keep others safe, and keeping a life for himself. I would like to know more about the universe it's set in. Many interesting characters are met, but there is no time to develop them due to book length restrictions.
***very mild spoiler***
I would have liked a more upbeat ending, but that's more a matter of person preference, rather than anything objectively wrong.