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M. G. Harmon is Marion George Harmon, a former financial advisor in Las Vegas. He has a bachelors in literature and a masters in history, which he earned for pleasure rather than profit.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463539657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463539658
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was really surprised by this book, but surprised in a great way. I expected adventure and humor. I got adventure and humor, but there was an amazing amount of gritty realism in this one, too. Right off the bat I knew this was different. It opens with the funny, occasionally snarky, main character getting caught up in a terrorist bombing where her superpowers emerge. If you're expecting a comic book story, that's ruled out right away with deaths and injuries. Hope, the new hero, throws up at the carnage. The heroes are often flawed and perhaps a touch villainous, the villains are sometimes misunderstood or willing to pitch-in in a true disaster. Good people, children, complete innocents are hurt or die. Some people get away with bad things. And through it all, Hope tries to make sense of it all. The book is touching, funny, and I completely enjoyed it.
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I'm in the middle of a long business trip and am so glad I picked this book up for my Kindle. Harmon has put together a wonderful universe that is familiar to comic book readers. Classic super hero archetypes are present, but in a very well-thought out "real world" setting.

The backdrop described by Harmon is one we all recognize, it's an solid extrapolation of how our world today would be changed by the presence of superhumans, both good and bad. And we're not just talking about flight, super strength and invulnerability. Some serious powers are on display, powers that will make you think just how dangerous and thrilling a world with superheroes would be.

As a longtime comic book fan and avid player of "City of Heroes", this book is precisely what the doctor ordered. The characters, while some are excellent homages to easily recognized archetypes, are well written and their motivations are clear. I quickly became engrossed in Astra's story, thrilled at the discover of her powers and dreaded the evil she would face. I cheered on her allies and shook my fist at her foes.

I am a big fan of comic book universes and this one is going to be one of my favorites, in many ways it echoes some of the themes of Kurt Busiek's "Astro City" and if you know that series, then you know that this is not a bad thing.

Do yourself a favor, pick up this book and devour it like I have. Then move on to the sequels and encourage Harmon to keep spinning these wonderful tales.
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This video made with Xtranormal's State program. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to the other works set in this universe. After the review, there's a quick question and answer session with the author.
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Honestly it's tough to decide between a three and four star review for this novel. For the most part I do have to say that I really enjoyed it, but because of wildly inconsistent tone really seems that it deserves the three stars rather then the four. That's not to say the book was at all bad, or that I regret purchasing it at all. I really enjoyed the universe created and most of the characters and themes explored therein. Plot was strong, most of the characters were very strong, intriguing and deep background to build tons of different heroes around, and overall the world the characters inhabit was wonderfully painted and vivid.

The real problems with the novel though lie in mostly two areas. The tone varies between pretty lighthearted and dark and dangerous. The transitions between the two are never very clear, and the really dark elements seem far too incongruous with the preceding lighter scenes. The author was likely trying to play with that element, but it comes off as grating since the author was playing with some rather nice interesting plot elements and pushed them back for some pretty bland high society scenes, which really added nothing to the novel but to show us that Hope/Astra has a wealthy connected family...Really those scenes should've been cut and summarized.

Also pretty problematic was Hope herself. At points you really feel for the character. She gone through a lot: cancer, a friends suicide, a dead sister, etc. And that's molded her into a rather strong individual and you can really feel that nicely. However, a lot of that good will is squandered with her friends the gratingly named, 'Bees' who have a bit too much page time given to them in this story. They added nothing to this story at all and were a complete waste of space for this narrative.
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This is a pretty good little super hero story. The book wisely doesnt really try and explain how folks got super-powers or how their powers work, beyond attributing the rise of super-powers to a mysterious event, described in about a page, and stating that no one really understands how the powers work. The actual super powers one gets, and the principles of how one gets them, are pretty standard, tracking that from the Wild Cards series and many other books. For example, you have strong heroes, heroes with the full superman type package (minus laser vision they are called "Atlas" heroes here) and many other familiar types, including the "gageteer" that can make tech devices that no one else can work. This is a good thing, may as well borrow what works, but dont expect much originality. The social order arising from "the event" and the roles of heroes and villains in it are done fairly well, with the heroes woried about disaster relief, villains, and also PR and politics (think the type of political issues arising in X-Men, done at a somewhat more serious level). Again, not super original, but if it ain't broke, dont fix it. The main villain is actually pretty interesting, coming with a philosophical dilemma, and is the only meaningful truly original touch I can think of. Of course, if you really think about the villain's situation and what he is trying to accomplish, the realism falls apart, but things work well at a more casual level, and going along for the ride isnt too hard. There is a pretty decent amount of action, things flow pretty well and the characters and story are pretty likeable in general.

So why did I only give the book 3 stars? Well first, there is a heavy young adult spin to it, and I didnt dig that part of it.
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