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West Pacific Supers: Victory at Any Cost (Volume 2) Paperback – May 8, 2012
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K.M. Johnson-Weider has written two novels in the West Pacific Supers series: Rising Tide and Victory at Any Cost. Black Throne Conspiracy is an entirely new novel set in the Ascension Galaxy, where future tech mixes with ancient magics, some of them rooted in the shadowy recesses of time.
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Some reviewers have complained that the characters don't behave like the same people we met before. I had conjectured that the husband-and-wife team took turns writing chapters--to be completely sexist about it, maybe the husband wrote the action scenes and the wife wrote the interpersonal dialog (reminds me of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle). If that was true, and who knows if it was, this second novel suggests that they mixed up the writing duties.
There is still room for improvement, but for superhero fans this is a fun read. And the price is still low! I thank the authors for that, and hope they continue producing for a long time.
I will preface this by saying I'm a fan of superhero/metahuman/powers-based fiction. While I developed that interest through comic books in my youth, I find that I am enjoying the long novel form for this genre.
I really enjoyed "Rising Tide," so getting "Victory at Any Cost" was a guarantee. I'm glad I did.
In my prior review, I had indicated some of my concerns, and it seemed like a lot of those were addressed in some form or another (not as the result of my review mind you) fairly early on in "Victory at Any Cost." I just felt I had a better idea of how the cities/superheroes handled issues during the non-peak "superhero-ing" season. I got the "reality" I wanted to this fantasy.
Overall, I found this to be a good, fast-paced read. I felt the author avoided some of the pitfalls and predict-abilities of the superhero genre, and really kept me on my toes. There were a lot of unexpected changes throughout the book, which I found refreshing. (Perhaps some of that stems from the role-playing origins?)
As a result, and this speaks to some of the other reviews, there are some characters that get lost in the shuffle a bit. With so much going on, it can be hard to keep track and some of the character development may not have been as strong in the tighter-group dynamic of "Rising Tide." That said, it didn't hurt my enjoyment, and I loved the ride the author took us on.
In addition, it didn't take me long to really feel like this was a continuing story. Many faces we had brief encounters with in "Rising Tide" came back to the forefront, and I feel like I need to be patient with how this "universe" ultimately unfolds before us.
I gave this a 5-star rating because the story really clicked with me. If you like superheroes, I feel this would be worth your time!
Sadly, the sequel failed to build on the same foundation. We do see several characters return, but their development and growth was stunted by a fragmented plot. Worse, multiple new characters are named and described, but receive almost no attention except as scene filler. New heroes participate in battles and intrigues, but I never felt they got enough "screen time" to really develop.
This and the fact that the main plot felt forced brought the book down quite a bit. I read straight through this, and do hope to see more in the future, but in the end I felt cheated by the ending and the fact that I never really saw heroes I could cheer for like I did in the first book. Even the returning ones lost a lot of their appeal during this tale.
It's clear that this husband and wife team of writers are still finding their voice. They have created an interesting world, and there is definitely a lot of potential in several of their characters. I hope they write more.
If you like West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide, you'll most likely enjoy this story. Just don't expect it to be as good. The plot is not as strong, and the lack of character development brings this down so that i can only give it 3 stars.