"Every hero's journey has a beginning, middle, and end...I am that end."
A world mourning a fallen superhero.
A president targeted for assassination.
A conspiracy that runs deeper than anyone suspects.
Leo Craft is the best at what he does; he assassinates superheroes, but only the ones who deserve it. Life is good, simple, until an ultra-secretive government agency hires Leo to execute two impossible tasks: eliminate the world's foremost superhero, Patriotman, and hunt down a fellow assassin whose target is the president of the United States.
When everyone wears a mask, trust is hard to come by - and even the elusive truth can be caught in a web of lies.
©2015 Ernie Lindsey (P)2015 Ernie Lindsey
Fast, fun, and well written with a few nice twists - and the narrator, Paul Woodson, was fantastic! You can always tell when the narrator is an actual -actor- Mr. Woodson's performance is spot-on and turns an already decent story into a wonderful listening experience!
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Leo Craft assassinates superheroes in a world of good and bad supermen. He is hired by the government to get rid of the bad ones, or the good one when they go bad. Leo is unapologetic about his job. He is good at it and it needs to get done. You can’t have men and women with super powers going around perpetrating super crimes, after all.
Then Leo is hired by a secret government agency to assassinate the most beloved and honorable superhero in the world - Patriot Man - and his morals kick in. Why and who would want to do such a terrible thing, the world needs Patriot Man and the good he does. The deeper he digs into the assassination plot, the more people get killed and the more confused he gets. The corruption seems to go all the way to the top – the president of the United States - and even he is not safe.
Written for lovers of comic books, superheroes and super villains, there are various nods to Superman, Batman, the Hulk and others. It is a chaotic world of supers and those who want to eliminate them. It would be a fun story, but its attempts at self-deprecating humor often fall flat. The plot is overly complex and confusing, constantly introducing names the listener can’t remember or why they matter to the story. We don't lean much about Patriot Man’s super powers are or what he has done that is so great for society.
Written in the first person, we are in Leo’s head throughout, where he constantly explains about who this person is or how he feels about that person. It is claustrophobic, forcing the action when there is some and slowing the story when there isn’t. Major plot twists come as explanation rather than unfolding events, killing almost all hope of suspense. The listener wants to empathize with Leo, but never seems to get the chance.
The story is performed by Paul Woodson who does a very good job. His voice has the sarcasm and energy the story should have. His voice characterizations are good and easy to follow. He is a good pick for the genre.
If you are a lover of superheroes and comic books you might give Super a try. The action and cartoonish characters might be just what you’re looking for while you trudge through the confusing plot. Other listeners should look elsewhere; there just isn’t enough to recommend this book.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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I'd definitely give this an upper mid-list ranking, but only because of the story. The performance was spot on, and at times brilliant.
Unfortunately, as with most Ernie Lindsey books, he telegraphs the twist so far in advance it holds no weight. There's got to be a better way to do it.
Everything. The voice for Patriot Man was fantastic, the way he was able to get inside the head of him, and really "become" him in the book made what was a lackluster story into something that was wonderful to listen to.
There were quite a few fairly profound quips in the novel that make you stop and think about life and everything that goes with it. I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction, but they were out there enough to stop and make you go hmmm.
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