The pressure of being a super - especially a teen super - can get to anyone, as Jim (aka Kid Sensation) has witnessed firsthand. Now he wonders if he himself might be succumbing to the strain in some way, as he can't shake the feeling that he is now being watched by some new stalker. Moreover, despite his wide slate of powers, he hasn't been able to discover a single clue to substantiate the existence of this potential new enemy, making him wonder if it's all in his head.
Looking forward to a few days of rest and hanging out with his friends, Jim's downtime is interrupted by the unsettling news that Alpha Prime, the world's greatest superhero (and Jim's father), is missing. As if that wasn't bad enough, Jim finds his world rocked by an even more ominous revelation: his deranged half-brother, Paramount, has escaped from confinement in a maximum security installation.
In the course of investigating these events and trying to ascertain what connection, if any, there is between them, Jim becomes privy to information concerning a potent alien device capable of laying waste to the entire planet. But he's not the only one - an enigmatic villain wants the alien technology for his own purposes, and it's up to Jim to find a way to stop him before the world pays the ultimate price.
©2015 Kevin Hardman (P)2016 Kevin Hardman
I love audio books and have listened to about 400 of them. My main interest are in Fantasy and Urban Fantasy.
Okay after an average second book and a rather less than average third book I really didn't know if I would be buying and listening to book 4 in all honesty. While book 1 was well written, with layered character backgrounds, well thought out powers, with bits and pieces of what was happening given to you at a time to keep you interested the rest of the series was the same quality. Still it was my hope that the series would return to the promise of book 1's quality that got me to buy book 4. To my surprise it was actually a good choice. While this book isn't as good as book 1 it by far surpasses the other two books in the series. So if you felt the same there is no need for you to read further.
For the rest of us fence sitters here is the remainder of my review:
1. All of the characters actually act like humans. They get jealous, they over react, upset and so on unlike the last book where everyone acted with impossible amounts of maturity. There is no, "oh you tried to steal my girlfriend by placing a magic spell on me that caused great emotional trauma to both of us but that's okay because you have a crush on her." type thing from the last book.
2. We return to the layered story telling, we aren't given everything all at once and merely have to wait for Alpha Prime or Kid to fix things. Rather there is a very chance throughout that they might fail. The return of tension is nice.
3. the side characters have larger parts for a change. They are actually a part, a big part of the story.
4. Kid's and Electra's relationship is portrayed more realistically, they argue, they bicker, and they make up. In fact all of the relationships are more realistically done and Kid is no longer treated as always being right merely by virtue of being the main character.
5. A villain that could actually win if not for luck and a character flaw!
6. The more realistic path of a teen turning to other people his own age to solve a problem rather than the adults.
7. there are not pages and pages of explanation. There are a few explanations but only a few paragraphs, no a massive info dumb.
1. The obvious planted plot device at the beginning of the book that appears at the end to save the day. I really wish these would be introduced a book early so they're aren't as obvious, but given this is a YA novel it's not horrible.
2. A certain relationship is kind of mishandled. Mean everyone but the empath gets former super villan isn't the same person? Yep, the people that were betrayed, nearly murder, lost friends and their home forgive and forget faster than the empath that was least effected. Just a little bit of a plot hole.
3. I don't know if three is so much a con so much as an irritation. Kid has a ton of powers, many that overlap in what they can do, yet rather than use all of his powers he relies on one or two powers overly much. Oh no some one is shooting a gun I'll go incoporial, rather than teleporting the gun away, using his speed to deflect the bullets or his telekensis to simply stop the gun from firing or redirect it away. I know this is done so Kid seems less over powered in this book, but I rather would have had smarter villains that could have thought around that.
I suppose I should remark on the narration here. Honestly though it wasn't good enough to stick out in my mind, which is a good thing since it also means it wasn't bad either. There was no irritating mistake or off narrated voices to jar me out of the book. It also just wasn't so good that the narrator become the character either.
In the end if you have baught the first two books in this series and liked them buy this book, it is much better than book 3. If you don't like super hero books, must only read 'adult' books than don't read this. The audio book right now is almost as cheap as a paper back and is an enjoyable fluffy read for ten hours.
I just hope audible continues the series as there are another several books in the series and with the return of quality in this book I look forward to continuing the series.
all four books are very fun, engaging and suck you in. my only criticism is Electra seems more like a prop and needs far more development before I can believe she's a real character or why JIM is with her. also, the main character needs to get into situations a little more often that prove a match for his extensive power set. however, overall, I really enjoy these stories and hope for more. the narrator is absolutely excellent!
I think my favorite part of this book was the return of a certain character, and how endearing that character ended up being.
Mikael Naramore is an excellent narrator. I listen to a ton of audiobooks, and his voice range is very impressive, plus he just has a deep, cool sounding voice. He kind of reminds me of Mark Boyett.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. However, I purchased the first 3 books in this series with my own money. This is my second favorite superhero series so far. If you like novels about superheros, give this series a chance. :)
I love how the series builds each character and how the story always leave you wanting more. I won't spoil it but I cannot wait until the next book!
I would say the part when Jim kept getting himself into trouble
It made me feel like I was about to laugh myself to dead
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