Avengers and Watchmen meet The Walking Dead and Pulp Fiction. This is a spandex adventure for adults.
Superheroes. Undead. 'Nuff said.
The country's premier superhero team is missing. So when a mutant monstrosity goes on the rampage, it's Spitball to the rescue! He's a third-string hero today, determined to be first-string tomorrow. And the army may be giving him just the chance he needs. Spitball's been invited to undertake a secret mission into America's heartland. What he's about to discover, however, is not a chance at stardom but a horror movie come to life....
Hungry Gods is a fast-paced adventure of costumed superheroes, government conspiracy theories, and flesh-eating zombies.
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Hungry Gods by J.D. Brink is the first in a series called Identity Crisis. The story follows the antics of a teenaged super hero who just wants to make it big. In a world of caped and masked superheroes who are called by the government to solve problems created by real life monsters and villain, Spitball is a low level superhero. All he dreams about is using his super-speed powers to launch him into a life of fame and to secure his spot in the Phenomenal Five, the most famous team of superheroes. After fighting off a monster that was terrorizing his town, this little bit of fame leads to a military official to request his services. Little did Spitball know, he was entering a fight that might be too big for his skills. As the story unravels, Spitball is faced with a series of terrors, intrigue, and conflicts between his expectations and realities about what being a superhero is.
This novel improved for me after I accepted the costumed superheroes functioning as a part of the real life plotline. It was bewildering and frustrating in the beginning, but once accepted the plot developed nicely. The premise for the story where a naïve fame-hungry young superhero enters a fight too big for him was actually pretty interesting. It created room for Spitball to learn about the reality of being a superhero and learn from it. Unfortunately, I really felt like he hadn’t learned anything from the experience and was still like an overzealous puppy at the end. I found this extremely disappointing because Spitball’s naiveté was difficult to hear. I did however, like phenomenal five characters that Spitball is able to meet and the background on the relationship between those characters. The superheroes vs. zombies-like premise in itself was unique. This is mostly an action filled story about superheroes fighting off an unknown threat to the public. Ultimately, while I didn’t like Spitball’s character, there was a lot of plot development, action, and a hint of what’s to come in the future novels.
The narration by Todd Menesses was well done. He captured the voices of the different characters really well. He was able to capture the feelings and the situation that the characters were throughout the novel. He also hit Spitball’s voice straight on. It was great. The production quality was good. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes superhero, action stories.
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3.5 out of 5 stars
Hungry God is a book about Superheroes… and Zombies. There are other themes at play here, but it is really a story about those two things. The problem is the world’s best superheroes are missing and someone has to save the day!
Todd Menesses does a great job narrating this. He has one of those really good narration voices that makes for a great storytelling experience. Todd pays close attention to detail and that makes any story come alive.
The overall “theme” of the book was that of a superhero. While Marvel movies are winning over audiences worldwide, I still am a bit of a skeptic. That being said, once you allow yourself to get into the world that J.D. Brink has written for you — the story is much easier to read and enjoy. Pushing my superhero bias aside, Hungry Gods had a nice plot and a fun and easy to follow the story.
Overall, anyone who likes or loves superheroes will definitely love this book. If you have a hard time imagining people running around in spandex suits and the likes — then maybe skip it. Though I enjoyed it just because of Menesses narration. The addition of zombies helped a good amount too, but that can also be seen as cliche since zombies are everywhere right now (not literally, thank god).
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Narrator did a really fine job. The snarky superhero archetype that seems all the rage in novelized comicbooks is becoming a bit annoying, but overall this was a pretty entertaining listen.
I can't believe the narrator talked like that for the whole story! I think the story would have been world's better and more interesting if the narration would have been different. seriously....Does this guy do movie trailers for a living? There were some pauses when there didn't need be, inflection in wrong parts of sentences, and the same pattern of talking for the whole story while narrating. I think the guy was trying to be intense the whole time maybe....? I think the narrator also missed the mark for spit ball but only by a little. The story was interesting enough for me to finish but I'm not sure if I will get the sequel if this same guy narrates it.
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