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H.E.R.O. - Dark Research: H.E.R.O. Paperback – December 11, 2011
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A genetics lab experimenting on the meteor causes some animals and scientists to mutate. The mutation gives them tremendous bloodlust, and they kill (and eat) everyone in the lab. The dogs are incredibly vicious and escape the lab and attack some people. Diva intervenes but is badly wounded. Ninja Tiger is able to save her and defeat the dogs.
The heroes figure out which genetic lab involved but don’t know what they are getting into. One hero is killed and another permanently maimed. It takes a large group off heroes to defeat the mutants. The battle was appropriately very bloody and action packed. I was not sure what would happen given the death and maiming of other heroes. I think it's pretty amazing that the author was willing to kill off a character. I guess no one is safe in the H.E.R.O universe.
The book ends with the heroes attacking the pirate starship, and capturing it.
Several new heroes were introduced and I particularly enjoyed Rayna, finding her and her creatures delightfully weird. Razorwing was also very intriguing - like a mutant Batman. I wonder if the Gahranii will become permanent H.E.R.O.S.
If the quality of these fun stories continues I might have to purchase the entire series. For now, book 5 coming up!
With great power comes great responsibility -- or hideous villainy. Rau does not pull his punches. People die heroically stopping banal evil. Monsters gleefully slaughter innocent bystanders. Criminals with deliberate, murderous intent, ambush heroes. Heroes accidentally break things. Villains accidentally fix things. Mistakes and confusion divide people. Caring and planning bring people together. It's what we might rationally expect from a world where random 'gifts' of super powers can happen to anyone.
Be prepared for a jet sled ride through world-shaking events crammed into a tiny slice of time, snap decisions on incomplete information, nasty wounds, horribly inadequate hydration and 'good enough' solutions for a crazy enjoyable universe.
Some of the recurring issues that the previous novels had appear here, grammatical and spelling errors, but the story will easily make you overlook these minor issues.
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My only criticism is that the main characters are a little ham fisted, but every book in...Read more