At the gates between worlds...
In a war outside of time...
He fights for us.
Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands.
And it is seeking its challenger.
In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...
The Never Hero is the first installment in The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs - a mind-bending, genre-crossing action-adventure trilogy.
©2014 T. Ellery Hodges (P)2015 Foggy Night Publishing
In a landscape which is dominated by poorly written stories that are slaves to formula, Hodges has managed to bring a new voice and life to the genre. I was impressed, not only with his method of maintaining tension and danger for the protagonist who is quite powerful when need be, but also the journey into the characters that we are presented with. Instead of the usual “aw, gee, cool, I’m awesome now out of nowhere, let’s go be ridiculous,” we get a hero who is reluctant, to put it mildly.
The surrounding cast of characters, normally left one dimensional, are fleshed out quite nicely without the process becoming burdensome. The burdens of ones 20s, at least the perception of burdens, are contrasted with the sudden imposition of true obstacles. The characters manage in different and believable ways.
Further, I was impressed at Hodges’ ability to twist and turn the plot in unexpected, but not inappropriate ways. Everything fit, if that makes sense. It was believable, at least as far as science fiction is concerned.
There were references to geek/movie culture, but the way they were presented was rather ingenious. I won’t say more on the subject, but I was impressed. It defied the normal conventions, just as much of this book did.
I found that the exploration into the protagonist’s backstory, his motivations (and the shifting of same), was quite moving and reflective of many aspects of the human experience. Which, at the end of the day, is a major point of science fiction- it reflects ourselves back through allegory.
Barnett did a great job with the narration.
In the end, this was an unexpected and exceptional treat for a listener who spends a great deal of time searching for new authors and voices in the genre. This is Hodges’ first book and, if he can maintain or grow from this point forward I think we are looking at a tremendous new talent.
Worth a credit and your time- take the chance and discover something wonderful
I took a risk using a hard earned credit on this book... I don't regret it in the least! I love urban fantasy because Jim Butcher got me hooked, but I hate it because there is so much derivative garbage overwhelming the shelves. Finding a book that has substance is often impossible. Too many author's are willing to tweak an existing premise and churn out book after book with the ambition of selling rather than telling a story. This book is the reason I still search under this genre for new reads. The story was original and engrossing. Even though this is only the first book in a series, the author gave the impression he was telling a story, rather than churning out an endless stream of directionless books. I can't wait for the next book.
Yes, it's a great book as the top reviews state, but only if you make it to the second half. It starts out feeling like a young adult superhero type of novel with characters that have boring archetypal motives. I was thinking about returning it at a couple of points. I kept listening because I was using it to kill time walking our dogs and didn't want to search for another book. But, by the end, the author has made things complex, interesting, three-dimensional enough that I'm going to get the second book.
Just a guy that likes a good story.
It is interesting because I don't know how to classify it exactly. Contemporary SciFi? It kind of sits in its own niche but it definitely sits at Number 1 in that Niche.
When the lines light up. I won't say more but it was pretty cool.
No I haven't. I think Steven did a good job, though honestly I prefer some of the other readers better (Sorry Steven!). For some constructive criticism, some of the other readers are able to instill the emotion of certain events better in their reading. Luke Daniels is particularly good at this.
At first it wasn't but toward the end I was wrapped up enough that it kept me up thinking about it last night before bed.
Honestly I wasn't sure about this book when I first grabbed it. I took a chance on it and I have done so on others just to have my worst fears realized. This book turned out to be a diamond in the rough and I highly recommend it.
Keep on writing T! Great job and I am looking forward to the sequel!!
Perhaps if enough time lapses before the next book is released, so as to recap. Otherwise I won't bother, mostly because I'll be searching for other as of yet undiscovered gems to peruse. This should in no way deter you from giving this one a try!
Jonathan, the protagonist. I truly identify with his fence-sitting, his general musings on life and search for a personal meaning. His pragmatism and his flight from ugly realities make it an easy task to identify with him. I might choose the author as my favorite character, if you
ll allow, simply because the book gives me the impression we might be very good friends.
After finishing I have almost no lasting impression of his performance, which is rare for me. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and something nearly always seems to irritate me, be it a small quirk, ending sentences on too high a note, terrible impressions of the other gender, too monotonous voicings or some such. I'm tempted to say that the mark of a great reader is to be heard yet never noticed, but that wouldn't do this reader justice. In fact I think he did a terrific job and would gladly listen to any of his other performances. I might even search them out when browsing.
The first casualty of war is innocence.
If you enjoy fantasy, science fiction, psychology, philosophy, star wars, dr. who or anything similar you will appreciate this book more than other folks. Give it a go if you don't have a list of a gazillion books to get through already, or better yet, read this first.
Took a chance on this, and I'm suuuper choosy about my audiobooks especially when I'm using my credit, and I'm soooo happy I didn't pass this up! I generally read fantasy epics ( alah Brandon Sanderson and alike) some Sci-fi and a handful of contemporary Sci-fi /fantasies, overall I just likes a good original story, boy is it ! It was quite refreshing.The first book in a series, I am very much looking forward to the continuing story from this new author. Bravo!
Well done narration.
The Never Hero was a well written and structured story that I feel ended up gradually revealing more and more depth and forethought as the story progressed.
Early in the book I was thinking "OK, so a wish fulfillment type young person gains super powers as the only person who can stop a greater threat". As it progressed, it became clearer, to me as the reader, as well as to the main character how far from actuality that was. Even later in the book, I could appreciate the scenario, but was thinking "what more? I can see this makes a good story, but as a standalone book. What are the 'chronicles' going to add?". And not much sooner than I think this than it becomes clear that there is a much bigger story that this is just the beginning of. So I was really impressed how this story progressed.
And the lead, as the story progressed I couldn't help starting to really feel sorry for him. It would be one thing to have super powers, but another if no-one else could ever know. And not could never know in terms of the typical "they may be harmed by my enemies" type superhero staple/cliche, but that the only times his powers were apparent time would rewind to before they showed and they'd never know. So even if you told them about it, you could never prove it and would just come across as nuts. And then having to dedicate your life to training for no apparent reason.
The narration was great, and I've not heard this narrator before to my memory. But I'd listen to him again, and I do hope he narrates the next book in this series.
One of the most original story I've listened to. Every character was delight to follow and the author makes you relate to the main character no matter how unreal the scenarios are. Seriously looking forward to the next book.
I enjoyed this book because there are a lot of practical issues that are covered. A reluctant hero spends a great deal of time building himself both mentally and physically into what he needs to be, and he faces many uncertainties and dilemmas along the way! I adored his supportive friends, whose loyalty is inspiring. There were plenty of plot twists along the way to keep me guessing. I do feel like many are waiting the next book anxiously! Lots of loose ends to wrap up. However, I did feel like, in general, there was some closure.
Things to know for children potentially reading or listening to this:
There is language, though never the f-bomb, thankfully. There is a bloody scene that was handled tastefully (I tend to be extremely sensitive to blood). There was violence, but it always felt like it was out of necessity or defense of others. Much thought has been given to whether it's okay to kill or hurt others, and it's not the hero's first preference. Sex: unfortunately, there are several sexual references: he wakes up next to her, bare skin, a few more details like that. However, as these things go, it was handled tastefully. Spoiler--we also get a glimpse into the mind of someone who might have the potential to be a rapist. This could be disturbing to children and open up doors we might not want them to be aware of yet.
Overall, a good read!
"Tropes are good!"
The Never Hero was a good balance of fun and realism, also the interesting world building will need reviewing before book 2.
this audiobook brilliant it has a really good backstory and full of action packed drama and it has really good plots also the main character has a lot of deaths not like books out there. he thought a lot about the character character this author have thought about the main character things that make him tick and it's a really odd book as it tells of two worlds one trying to save themselves and the other in desperate need
I felt for the lead character and the story is well carried and Steven did a great job narrating the story. Keep it up!
"First book to ever give up on"
I frequently listen to audio books and this is the first book I have ever had to give up on.
The story is badly written and immature. I could have ignored most of this but when the attractive girl next door
was sat on her balcony thinking about Romeo and Juliet I gave up.
The story is very American teen which isn't normally a negative but with the book trying to be deep comparing Jesus and superman, it left me feeling like I was listening to a story written by someone at high school.
The story may have got better and I'm annoyed I gave up but I just couldn't continue listening.
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