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True Hero? Paperback – July 8, 2011
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About the Author
I was born and raised in Mansfield, England live there today. I started writing seriously in 2009, steampunk novel called Steam Queen which was published in 2010. Around the same time I wrote a children's fantasy novel called On Angels Wings which I also had published. Both books have received great reviews and Steam Queen was www.sfbook.com's book of the month for January 2011. I have always been a fan of superheroes. The comic books, superhero novels, superhero movies and superhero video games; I love them all so it was no surprise really when I decided to try and write a superhero novel too! The end result was True Hero? A novel which World Castle Publishing have agreed to publish. Writing True Hero? Was partially inspired by my love of internet forum based RPG websites. With them you sort of pick a character from whatever the site is based on and role-play as them. Many of the sites which I joined were X-Men/Marvel comics based which I think was pretty useful in developing my skills at writing the superhero genre. At the moment I am currently in full time education studying Zoo Biology at Nottingham Trent University. I write in my spare time and would love to continue writing well past my education and when I enter the good old working world. Most of my writing is fantasy based but I have wrote one or two horror short stories, one of which has been selected to appear in an upcoming anthology so maybe in the future I might write a full length horror novel too ;) Visit my website at http://www.jackhessey.com/ The link to Stella Stargirl's in-character blog: http://stellastargirlblog.wordpress.com/
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Ooookay. So. The prose is . . . not good. The author sometimes mixes up words, e.g. writing "been through the ringer" when he means "wringer," and he sometimes finishes a slightly different sentence than he started. There are also proofreading errors, although I tend to overlook those in self-published books.
The characters are both unrealistic and unappealing. A charitable view might be that Stella is supposed to be unsympathetic at first, that we will come to love her as she grows into a True Hero, but this doesn't actually happen. She ditches the smugness, but she remains flat and unappealing.
The plot makes no sense and follows no real pattern. The central question is answered by revealing something which has never been hinted at before. I don't mean a good surprise, like a plot twist which is clever in retrospect. I like twists. This is not a twist. It's a complete ass-pull.
I said I wasn't going to flame, so I guess I won't go into the rest.
This is for superhero completists only. Everyone else, save your money.
One star or two? Usually I like to err on the side of generosity with self-published authors, but this is truly dreadful. I've read better fanfic. I guess I'll stick with my policy and give it two.