What a nice premise does the book start with: let's start a super-hero story from the mind of the super-villain, and let's assume that it is the villain that is overpowered by a battalion - rephrase - an army, of heroes with powers that defy the imagination. To boot, put this villain in prison. Top this with an incredible male narrator: I had to check multiple times if it wasn't Anthony Hopkins putting in one of his finest performances. It's just such a pleasure to hear the book that I have to give it no less than four star and strongly recommend it for anyone who is looking for something entertaining.
The greatness is, so unfortunately, wasted by the author's complete lack of imagination beyond the starting point. There is no storyline to speak of, except bits and pieces that have been taken here and there, like the disappearance of a main hero (watchmen), the lost memory (amber), the imprisoned villain (the silence of the lambs). Like a game of Jenga, it seems that one could remove entire parts of the book without this being noticed in any manner by the reader.
A final personal thing: this may seem contradictory in a way, but I like and enjoy how authors can bring the realism into a super-hero story, and given it's not always easy to do. Here, many of the events do not ring true. Like, how can an ordinary man defeat superman in hand-to-hand combat? Why would a character on whom we are revealed information later on has acted in a particular manner earlier in the book? Why is the villain supposedly so intelligent and yet so repeatedly clueless? And, finally, is it still acceptable given the bar for good literature that we have now to use deus ex machina whenever the author wants it.
Very very disappointing.. see it for yourself, you will enjoy the ride anyways.
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