It’s been ten years since Connor Connolly lost his parents in ‘The Battle’; a fight between The Governor and Jones, two of the world’s strongest metas. Before ‘The Battle’ the world had been full of metas, super-powered humans whose amazing abilities came from mysterious wristbands. Since that day one has never been seen again.
Now 16-years-old, Connor lives in Bay View City with his older brother Derrick, a meta-obsessed blogger, where he’s just trying to keep his head down long enough to survive high school. All of that changes the night he attempts to save a girl's life and wakes up to find the first new pair of metabands anyone has seen wrapped around his wrists.
Connor soon finds an unlikely ally in Midnight, a masked vigilante who helps him learn how to harness his new abilities, while also trying to balance his summer job at the lake. As a meta, Connor becomes known as Omni, potentially the most powerful meta the world has ever seen, but it isn’t long before he finds out he's no longer alone...
©2013 Tom Reynolds (P)2014 Tom Reynolds
Loved the story, kept me engaged through the whole story.
The story was fairly easy to follow, and not completely obvious as to what would happen next.
Well spoken and brought more of the writers expression on how the story was meant to be told.
Yes, because it kept my interest throughout the whole story.
I'm a fan of the podcast The Complete Guide To Everything, and so I thought I'd give Tom's book a try and it was pretty good. Great job Tom :) hope you have a second one in progress.
I really enjoyed this book. The premise made for an interesting storyline, and I liked the character development. would definitely recommend this audiobook.
The story was okay; there were some general flaws with the pacing and what not, but it was still a fine diversion. The author should not have tried to narrate it himself, however. Every character had the same voice, and there were many times when I couldn't tell if another character had started speaking or it was still the original one, nor could I tell when the hero was thinking to himself or speaking out loud. There was also a lack of gravity during the action scenes, it was just being read out of the book flat. I might consider reading the second book, but unless there's a new narrator I wouldn't get the audible version.
This book would have been much better if it had been performed by a professional narrator. It was a good story, but the author's nonstop monotone was a real buzzkill.
I would compare this book to kid sensation.
There was no change in tone, voice, or inflection throughout the story.
I had three problems with this book.
1. The Tom Reynolds should not have narrated this book. His performance was boring and his voices were silly. Not the worst narrator ever but the book would be improved if someone better voiced it.
2. Weak diologe There is a pharagraph of innermonologe between every phrase that they conversations never seem to get a rythem going.
3. Spends more time world building than actually telling the story. for a book that 6 hours not I felt like most of the time was spent world building and establishing the rules of how the meta powers work which would be fine but the book just ends as soon as you start getting some explaination. The main character just stumbles his way thorough the plot.
Overall It was an ok take on the superhero genre but there are book that have done it better. I would recomend Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson over this book. If you have already read that and are look for more this won't completely scratch that itch but it is good enough to keep you entertained on a rainy day. I will probably continue the story but I am hoping Tom made some improvements on the second book. It is a few hours longer and won't have to set up as much back story so I am hopeful.
Steampunk/sci-fi/IT nerd with a penchant for humor and atheism. History texts get equal time with webcomics.
I really wanted this book to be better. I liked the setup and the plot, but the writing was sloppy and the narration was worse, and ultimately too disteacting. It seemed that he didn't know how to pronounce the words that he wrote, and the character voices were not that distinguishable from each other. Except for the character of Midnight. It was read the way you could picture Ed Norton distractedly and possibly sedated reading bad teen comic book dialogue in the style of a 1940s Superman cartoon. Like Andy from toy story pretending Woody was talking about rescuing Bopeep but reading from cue cards very slowly and not sure of his lines.
Maybe im used to Ray Porter and Wil Wheaton, and not being fair, but if this book had been longer than it was there is no way I would have been able to make it through.
"New kid on the block writes like an old pro."
Yes Mr Reynolds performance was top notch and brought the characters to life.
The equine Easter egg towards the end of the book had me grinning from ear to ear.
I felt the final showdown was really well done and had me rooting for Connor without wishing to give spoilers all I can say is it was an intelligent and exciting climax.
It ain't easy being super.
I would normally have never picked a book with this subject matter up however being a huge fan of Tom's other audio work on the complete guide to everything I thought what the hell lets give it a whirl.I was shocked to discover a wonderfully engaging barnstorming tale of daring do.While paying homage to other comic book greats Tom also innovates and brings a raft of fresh ideas of his own to the party,with Connor we have a hero that we can relate to as he struggles to find his place in the world.
I have friends who enjoy comics or graphic novels if you prefer and one of their great woes is that once they finish one the urge to consume for is overwhelming.This is how I felt after finishing this wonderful romp if there were already more books in this series to buy I would have done so.I feel sorry for anyone discovering Tom's work in 20 years from now when he has a huge body of work behind him because they will be spending a fortune in a very short space of time.
"Poorly written amd even worse marration."
The story is enjoyable enough, if a bit clichèd but it's the boring, unrealistic conversations and dull pace that lets it down.
Also, a cardinal sin is authors narrating their own stories poorly. I totally understand that sometimes it is necessary to narrate yourself due to monetary constraints but how can someone do so and put so little enjoyment into the tale?
I will check out the other books in the series though as I saw a glimmer of excellence in there and hope things get better.
had the book for a while but struggled due to read due to time constraints
"Easily accessible, even if superheroes aren't usually your thing."
When it comes to superhero stories I'm normally one to pass it up, however after dithering for a while I took the plunge and was not disappointed.
I've listened to Tom on the TCGTE podcast for more than 5 years and was worried his narration would be strange to my ear, however it was well paced, clear and articulated each character well.
The story itself - whilst clearly a superhero story - isn't so stupidly far fetched as to be incomprehensible and you get the sense that each of the characters has a significant back story that you really want to discover (seriously, what *is* the deal with Midnight?!).
I'd really recommend this to anyone.
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