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H.E.R.O. - Augments (Volume 17) Paperback – April 7, 2014
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Sadly, this book ran to the second extreme, where Kevin feels he's already performend all of the build up he needs and he jumps into some extremely disjointed action, punctuated by his usual character and viewpoint jumping. He even gets away from what he hints of as his "main storyline" for the book when the kidnapping of Deirdre quickly becomes a sideline to 2 other plotliens that wend their way through the book.
And those 2 storylines both end as fast as they appear. Neither was built up in previous books, and neither appears ready to extend into additional books. Its funny because Kevin claims his inspiration was partly from oomic books, but in most comic books the villains escape to plot again, but here the only "villain" who consistently escapes is Blake, a character who has no business being in a book about super heroes. (and one that I dislike intensely, I feel this whole series would be vastly improved by removing this plot line retroactively and never having introduced it.)
I find myself feelign much like one of the others who reviewed this book. if you've read the 16 ro 17 books that came before you might, barely find this interesting, but it really is one of the worst in the series.
I enjoyed the humorous elements, such as when the heroes raid a drug house run by the Guerreros del Toro gang. The leader of the gang has a special power – he has stench breath and cadaver like farts. Sure it was juvenile, but it was comical nonetheless with the heroes puking all over the place. I guess none thought to hold their breath. I also found it amusing when Blake instructed the heroes to bring him donuts as a sign of trust.
I think the author *really* enjoys creating new characters. The 'crystal elemental' was interesting... the character who (yes, really) farts toxic gas was...'different'. But enough is enough! How many cute colorful pixie'ish flyers do we have? The courier service was kind of interesting.
I agree with another reviewer- I really really do not like the Blake character. Everyone has their flaws but this guy is a bit over the top. The mystery/what-the of the character who is making the 'energy vortexes could be interesting. He is too powerful and redoes the whole 'how the super powers work things', but not in an interesting way... and the healing for dollars just adds even more layers of plotting I don't want to read about...now we have senators and power jockeying? ugh. Sometimes D&D meets Super Heroes/Villians...sometimes it doesn't.
I couldn't wait to finish this book just to get rid of it. (time for a break from this series maybe). Can we pick a few plot lines and just go with ONLY them? The Mexican drug cartel, the government has 'bad secret stuff', the Mars Colony (yes, really), how about some of the relationships? the 2 tech support guys/ aliens ladies, what about going to college (remember that?), did we lose Cyborgz? pick one of the several bars (and its goings ons (again, too many background characters there), the prison (was Chrome in this book?), the various moms (the adoptive mom is a nice touch)... and of course the 'triangle' of Diva, Psystar and Black Tiger (odd editing question- why does the author call him 'Rael' but not the others by their 'real' names? Psystar is a very intelligent woman, the 'lesbian influence' is getting really old- surely she can figure it out after 16 books? (she did with the guy...remember?)
Like many firsts, the first book started so clean and interesting, I feel like the books are starting to loose cohesion and structure. The ending seemed to maybe open a new focus (or at the very least a nice pizza party). I am hoping for some tweaking?
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