- File Size: 4327 KB
- Print Length: 356 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943531080
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0776L7KC8
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unmasked (Unlikely Hero Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The not-so-good- There's an abrupt change midway through. The first half pretty closely matches the synopsis given for this story. It keeps things very street level, keeps the focus on Daniel and Amy and the vendetta that the main supervillain has against them. It's personal and dramatic, culminating in the best and most intense scene in the entire book. But then it switches tone completely and becomes a more generic Superfriends vs Legion of Doom story. Bigger isn't always better and in this case is a lot worse. There are a lot and I mean a LOT of heroes and villains and the author does a great job of giving each a distinctive costume and set of powers. And although they're pretty much knock-offs of Marvel/DC characters, they're still a lot of fun. But, just because of the sheer number of heroes/villains, there's almost zero character development for them; they're pretty much ciphers.
The bad- Oh, did I mention, there are a LOT of costumed characters. And the story keeps piling them on. First, it's just Daniel and Amy. And then a third hero and that's fine. And a fourth and having four heroes seems like the perfect number. But then, another FIVE are added in just one chapter for a total of NINE superheroes. And adding an equal number of villains, you're looking at EIGHTEEN total. TOO MANY. The worst part is that the sheer number comes at the sacrifice of Amy. In the first novel, she was an equal partner to Daniel. But here, as more and more heroes are added, she gets shoved further and further in the background until she's indistinguishable from all the other heroes. Meanwhile, Daniel's role and powers grow to the point where it seems like he can defeat all the villains single-handedly. It's particularly frustrating when he goes up against villains that have skills such as mind-control that Daniel shouldn't be able to counter with his physically-centered powers but the plot does somersaults to allow Daniel to emerge victorious. Basically, Daniel's powers are whatever the story needs them to be. It's a cheat. And never, in any of the match-ups, is there the genuine threat that Daniel might be defeated. He's just too overpowered. Contributing to Daniel's over-dominance is the author's decision to stick to first person narration. That may work with a smaller story but not when you have such a huge team story with so many characters. Case in point- there's a moment when the heroes have to split into two teams, one led by Daniel and one by Amy, to deal with simultaneous threats. Third person or at least switching the tale from Daniel's to Amy's point of view doubles the suspense. Instead, thanks to first person, what we get is Daniel's side of things. We only hear about Amy's battle when she gets back afterwards and tells Daniel about it. Also, we really, really needed a couple of chapter's from the main villain's Pestilence's POV. This is a man out for revenge after the heroes killed his son. We need to get in his head, experience that rage. But we never do, a big missed opportunity. And finally, last bad point- there's a big surprise at the end but it's sooooo cheesy and ridiculous that it produces groaning-inducing laughter rather than genuine surprise.
So! Overall, is this book worth getting? Yeahhhh? If it was $2.99 instead of $3.99, the decision would be a lot easier and I'd say yes. If you're a big superhero/comic book person I'd say yes just because there are so few true superhero novels being churned out. Otherwise, I'd say no. It's an okay-to-good read that's definitely fun to read but nothing exceptional and with a lot of issues.