Devastated by the loss of his older brother, teenaged Jared Weiss dons a mask and cape in pursuit of vengeance. He becomes The Paladin. Unfortunately, the real world isn't like a comic book, and wherever The Paladin goes, disaster is never far behind. Will Jared be able to avenge his brother before he winds up in a grave beside him?
©2015 Kevin G. Summers (P)2016 Kevin G. Summers
"Kevin G. Summers' The Paladin really stands out as worthy of note. The story focuses on a teenage boy who has no powers and decides to don a homemade style Batman suit to avenge his brother's death and rid his city of drug dealers. It's a fantasy every comic fan can relate to, as well as a deeply emotional tale of a young man's struggle to find himself and his place in the world. The story is also full of references to everything from characters like Green Arrow and Nightwing to Dungeons and Dragons, making it an even more fun listen if you're a geek yourself. Above all though, the story stays true to real life and evokes a great deal of sympathy for its protagonist." (Eric S. Brown)
Realistic teenage superhero
The Paladin, since he's a realistic version of someone like Robin.
He sounded young enough to be the character.
I wanted to, but I wasn't able to.
I really enjoyed this story.
I really enjoyed this short / novella sized audiobook. It's a wonderfully crazy tale of a teenage vigilante/superhero, who fumbles his way though various mishaps!!
The bonus story is a well done story revolving around the discovery of a very rare comic by a teenager & some important life lessons learned! This makes a nice 'wind down' for the audiobook.
Realistic Hero Story
The most memorable moments are when Jared has to make hard decisions while fighting the pain and grief of the loss of his brother.
I absolutely loved the pairing of these 2 stories. One story The Paladin is about a mixed-up kid still hurting from his brothers murder and who wants to make the world right, cause the cops certainly aren't doing it and with a little creative vigilantism he's looking for a way to get even. His plan make himself a hero just like in the comic books! Come on I'm not gonna tell you what happens, get the audible version of this book! Plus bonus the second story is about finding a rare comic book and what happens. So much fun! Seriously.
This is actually 2 coming of age stories and I'd put it up against any action comic hero story...
Nick Wescott is a fantastic reader...
The book is short enough that you'll find it coming to an end before you even notice.
The Paladin was a great story, and the bonus short story makes this purchase even more worthwhile. I think I enjoyed No. 38 more than the main attraction.
Kevin Summers does a great job of writing concise stories that quickly grip the reader and submerge them in the world of his creation.
This is a very interesting story. A very realistic modern-day hero tale. You will root for the hero, Jared, but the pragmatist in you would want him to hold-off on the super-hero stuff. The story can be developed to a novel, or a TV series. Who knows?
A very good listen (with an additional short story, "No. 38") but the sound effect as the book segues to another scene/chapter was a bit too much.
As a disclaimer, I have to say I got the audiobook for free.
I think this is a very talented author, who was able to illicit strong feelings and reactions through his written word, and the narrator did a fine job of conveying them verbally. I will definitely be looking for other works by this author from now on.
I won this audio book from another authors giveaway, so I had no idea what to expect from this book or the author. Both stories were quite enjoyable and entertaining. I was very pleased with the author and his ability to write a wonderfully descriptive story that can be enjoyed by adults and young adults alike. I think if he were to remove the swear words in it, and some suggestive situations, he would be able to appeal to older teens as well. I like the fact that both books on this audio convey a sense of a lesson learned, and show that you do not have to stoop to the level of the world around you to achieve a favorable outcome. Unfortunately, I see this less and less the more I read.
I felt the narrator did a good job as well. He could switch rather seamlessly when another character was speaking without sounding silly or corny, and conveyed the emotions the characters were feeling quite well. I don't often listen to audio books, but this author and narrator had me rethinking why it is I don't more often.
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