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- Print Length: 292 pages
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- Publisher: Molten Press; 1 edition (October 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075W3XXTV
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Yes! **pumps fist** I'd been waiting for this to drop. Unstoppable: Arsenal sequels up Jeffery H. Haskell's fantastic superhero novel Arsenal (Full Metal Superhero Book 1) , and it's a good enough read that I may have sprained my index digit, I was swiping over to the next Kindle page so fast. Unstoppable picks up some three months after the monster attack from the last book. 20-year-old Amelia Lockheart, latest wrinkle in the Arizona state militia super-team, the Diamondbacks, has settled in nicely to her situation. Except Amelia hasn't at all forgotten her 14-year-old mission to find her parents who were abducted by Category-7, the organization responsible for founding the state militia super-teams, except Cat-7 also happens to be an insidious criminal cabal. Of course, Haskell's plotting doles out more than just Amelia's search for her parents.
In a nod towards great minds thinking alike, Haskell bases the roots of superpowers in Amelia's universe on Nikola Tesla's mad experiments, same as with Andrew Seiple's DIRE books. In fact, Seiple has dubbed his superhero universe "Teslaverse." In Amelia's world, Tesla inadvertently triggered the advent of superpowers by activating his Wardenclyffe Tower experiment in 1903, causing three square miles of New York to vanish in an explosion that shattered windows in Manhattan. In essence, "Tesla had opened holes into other dimensions. Superpowers were nothing more than the physics or reality of another dimension inhabiting one person." It's an interesting take. Haskell further expands his world-building as Amelia runs into new characters, learns the startling truth behind the world's mightiest superhero, the Protector, and unearths an extinction-level threat lying in wait.
Superhero stories don't resonate squat unless the writer invests solid character work into the page. Haskell's character work is what sprained my finger. I wanted to see how Amelia - a paraplegic who is so self-sufficient, most times she doesn't allow you to dwell on her disability - keeps on beating the odds. As Arsenal, she's probably the most potent crimefighter in Arizona, let alone Phoenix. And she's always upgrading her tech armor. I love that while, on the surface, Major Force is the field leader, it's Amelia who actually runs tactics and strategies. And I love Kate Petrenelli almost as much as I love Amelia. Kate, codenamed Domino, is the Diamondbacks' empathetic teleporter and PR manager. More importantly, she's Amelia's best friend. There were times in the book when I was seriously worried about her.
What else? There's a troubled new teenaged girl member on the Diamondbacks whom I hope Amelia will take under her wing. There's development with Amelia's powerless childhood buddy, Carlos. Even Amelia's AI, Epic, seems more fleshed out with personality. So, there you have it. Characters that draw you in. Insane metahuman combat. Personal stakes and world-ending stakes. Amelia versus a global conspiracy. Not really a resolution with her parents. Some blah efforts at Amelia being romanced. And Amelia doing her very best Tony Stark/Cal Stringel imitation. Except, of course, Amelia Lockheart, a month away from turning 21, is very much her own fierce and distinct kickass person.
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
This book is just pure entertainment -- it's not trying to be anything else. You've got a super-genius whose inventions and investments have made her super-rich (to fund further inventions, primarily) who has used this genius to turn herself into an Iron Man-like superhero. She's pretty much done all this to enable her to find her parents -- which she did at the end of the last book. She starts this book by going to retrieve them from their imprisonment.
But they're not prisoners -- they're content, happy, hard-workers in a lab with utterly no memory of a daughter. Kate, Amelia's friend and telepath determines their minds have been altered and the only one who can restore their memories is the one who altered them. Launching Amelia's next big quest.
She soon discovers that there are a lot of powerful telepaths who are unaccounted for and maybe the conspiracy she's been theorizing about isn't a bunch of evil masterminds undermining the super-heroes of the US. Maybe, there's some mind control shaping the questionable decisions.
As if all this isn't enough, Amelia meets an actual, no fooling, mythological figure who forces her to realize there's more than just science afoot in the world, and she's told that literally the future of the human race depends on choices she's making.
All this is told in the same fast, dynamic and engaging voice and style that characterized this first book. Haskell can tell a story in a way that seems effortless, which is too easy to overlook and take for granted. I put this down and had to fight the impulse to grab the next installment right away and not stop until I'd run out of books in this universe to read.
Oh, and there's a killer last line, and I'm excited about what that development is going to bring.
I don't have a lot to say really -- this is just a fun series. Period. Great super-hero action, with just enough depth to satisfy, without going so far that it slows things down. I don't know what Haskell's long-term plans are, but I could read another half-dozen of these books, easily.
This book is loaded with acronyms that I am sure any 13 year-old video game player can handle but had my 60+ plus brain scrambling . It didn't inhibit my enthusiasm for this story one iota .
Arsenal has proved to be a thoroughly engaging story with a stronger intellectual female heroine than I have ever encountered in 55 years of reading. This series is among very few that I am willing to spend my hard-earned cash on to see where and how this story will progress. Kudos , Jeffery Haskell !