- Series: H.e.r.o. (Book 1)
- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475075847
- ISBN-13: 978-1475075847
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,512,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rayna’s creatures continue to fascinate and amuse. I love that they (particularly the dragon Kar) are obsessed with video games. To motivate them, Rayna couches tasks in terms of quests with experience points rewarded for successful completion.
A few interesting new characters where introduced, my favorites being Borgz and Andre. Borgz has the power to transfer his consciousness into inanimate objects – such as manikins, cars, robots, etc. He and his friend Aimee were killed by the orcs, but although his body died, his consciousness automatically transferred to a little toy robot. Andre has the power to “juice” the power of other supers markedly increasing their power. He is a guitar player and when he gets into a particular song, his powers kick in.
This book was fun and a light quick read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the other books. It seemed to me that there was less character interaction, and the red orcs didn't seem to be a particularly grave threat, since the supers were all stronger than they. They did do a lot of damage and killing to normal people and even mutants. I already read the 6th H.E.R.O. book, Paragon (although I haven't yet posted a review) and am happy to say that it was a great book.
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.
Keep it up, curious how far you can keep this going, but if it DOES end, let us know so I won't keep checking back. Thanks.
Lots of new characters and an overall fun universe.
there are a few other appearances here of character as Kevin was still building the universe. The story does jump around a bit, but nowhere near as much as his more recent tales.
Its all solid fun here