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Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1 | [Brandon Sanderson]

Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.
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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed.

And he wants revenge.

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    Joe Chad Ohio 06-25-14
    Joe Chad Ohio 06-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "an interesting concept"
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    I will admit that I am not a huge fan of superhero books. The sheer unrelistic nature of them bothers me. However, i decided to get this book because the publishers summary was interesting and the concept seemed cool. I was not disappointed by the concept at all, Sanderson worked it into a very good story. The plot was very solid and simple seeming to start. However, I will agree with a lot of the reviewers in saying that the characters and their personalities were a bit weak. They just seemed a little forced to me. The big plus about this book was the ending. I am not going to spoil anything, but I will just say that it made the rest of the book look poor in comparison. The ending simply made up for the flaws in the overall character structures. It also made me very much want to read the next book in the series. I have not read much of Sanderson before and i have heard this is one of his poorer novels. This fact makes me very excited to read some of his other works. I would recommend this novel to other readers, I think it is worth reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 06-20-14
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Y.A. READ: Keeps you guessing til the end!"

    This was not what I expected for the most part. I'm old enough to be weary of YA novels. This contains the needed components to be a YA novel, i.e. young adults, love interest, world not as it seems, friendships, constant action, etc. The story takes off quickly and doesn't really let up until the end... that's the way I like it. There were some characters you cared about and lots of action. What I liked most about the way the story was written was that it starts off with the main question and it does not answer that main question until the end. This keeps me guessing and turning the pages for another clue to answer the question. One thing that was absent was foul language, which I did not miss. The culture the characters found themselves in had its own choice words but it wasn't the same a ruining a book with too much cussing. NOTE: This is Book 1 of a series that is not completed. Narration was not spectacular, but didn't ruin it. I listened comfortably at 2X speed. Hope this helps someone. Later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 09-24-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 09-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "No Moral Compass, An Achilles Heel Exposed..."

    Of all the scifi/fantasy audiobook genre to be found, one of my favorites is the superhero genre. Of course, it's nothing new - The greeks were all over this eons ago, and the story of Hercules is the penultimate hero, perhaps the culmination, of the genre' in its earliest era.

    In this first of his "Reckoners" series, Brandon Sanderson has, as usual, moved into a fantastic departure from the typical. In this universe he's penned, the villains reign supreme, and the old adage "Ultimate power corrupts ultimately" is the norm. There are no superheroes, per se, as the various powers these unique individuals, or "epics," have acquired acquired so suddenly and completely have removed all moral boundaries and ethical limitations. The moral compass has been totally removed from the equation, and brutality rules supreme.

    The epic in question, Steelheart, is a juggernaut that has little or no limits to his reign of terror. To him, the futile attempts of the government, rebels and even other epics to destroy him are not even a consideration. He is Hercules without conscience, and to him, we are afterthoughts, mere distractions compared his all-encompasing power and plans.

    So, then, you ask, where is the story in all this?

    This is a story of revenge, of desperation, of anger. It seems that this Hercules has an Achille's heel, a weakness that one ordinary man has quietly discovered, and is driven to both expose and deliver an end to this epic's reign of terror. This audiobook delivers plans within plans, a rich world with characters with varying motivations, and all at a strong pace, told by Sanderson in his always engaging and very entertaining writing. It's action from the very prologue through the ending of this first Reckoners novel. The narrator, Mr. Andrews, is strong, and worthy of the work.

    Single words to describe this audiobook? How about: Engaging, Powerful, Entertaining to name a few?

    For those of you who follow my reviews, look at my rating for this audiobook. It's HIGH, and it's EARNED it. It's quite rare for a novel to get this high of a rating from me - I'm BRUTAL in this regard, so when it DOES happen, you can be sure the work is well worth the listen.

    And this audiobook is EXACTLY that.

    If you enjoy Sanderson's body of writing, you're as excited as I am to see him dive head-first into this genre, and look forward with keen anticipation to the very next novel in the series.

    Don't hesitate on this one - This is a "must buy" recommendation for your hard-earned Audible credit.



    71 of 95 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 03-29-14
    AudioAddict 03-29-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Typical Good Guys Vs. Bad Guys with Super Powers"

    STORY (action sci-fi) - Steelheart is set sometime in the future. The main character is David, an 18-year-old who saw his father killed by Steelheart (an "Epic" with super powers) when he was only 10. He joins up with the "Reckoners" to fight for the good of humanity and, of course, to avenge his father's death. The beginning of the story is unusual and I thought it had the potential to be a very special book, but it soon turned into just another battle between good and evil. There are a few interesting character/plot twists that keep this story more interesting than many, but I eventually got bored with all the fighting and action scenes.

    The Epics each possess different super-powers so the Reckoners must create innovative strategies to defeat them, and they utilize some pretty cool gadgets. There is some attempt at humor (which fell flat, in my opinion) and a bit of romance.

    PERFORMANCE - Good job, but nothing remarkable.

    OVERALL - (Actual rating 3.5) The story ends well and can stand alone, though I see it's Book 1 of a series. I don't plan to read the second book when it comes out, but I will definitely go see a movie if one is made. There is no sex or cursing, so I'd recommended for all listeners. I've rated it pretty low due to the fact I get bored with action and fighting pretty quickly. If you're an adrenaline addict, you would probably rate this book a 5.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Conway, AR, United States 09-15-14
    Chris Conway, AR, United States 09-15-14
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    "Power corrupts! Epic story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. easy, fun listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Death Point. Grabbed my attention at first.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson is one of my favorites

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fletch Planet Houston 08-31-14
    Fletch Planet Houston 08-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Action Packed, Intriguing Plot"
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10. Its a bit short so I'm sad it didn't get as much bang for my buck but the story was worth it.


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    Not sure. Its like a comic book gone wrong. I don't read comics and just watch the endless stream of movies out of Hollywood. If anything, I kept visualizing this as a Marvel or DC film.


    Which character – as performed by Macleod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Cody. I'm an American sucker for other accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What if all super heroes were villains?


    Any additional comments?

    I have this 4 instead of 5 stars due to the swearing. Just seemed like a bizzare attempt to replace the usual F&S bombs with something more PG-13.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 08-28-14
    Ashley 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "didn't think i would like but loved it"
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    i didn't think i would like the story but a friend told me to try it and i loved listening to it. i did love the voice overs by the reader he kinda uses the same voice for some people but other wise loved the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 08-12-14
    Andrew 08-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book for the whole family"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its imaginative with new cleaver "magic" and he keeps the bad language out


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    maybe like a robotech book from long ago.


    Have you listened to any of Macleod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, this was good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this with my young kids and we all enjoyed it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 08-12-14
    Jeff 08-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Sci-Fi for the non sci-fi reader"
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    I'm honestly not sure how I stumbled across this book, but the scoring and reviews were so good I had to give it a try. I don't regret it. Set into the future after a completely fantastical change in the planet with a race of super-human villains, the story has enough action to keep it moving, enough character development to interest, enough humor to please, and that bit of hope in a hero prevailing to keep you wanting for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lud 07-26-14
    Lud 07-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed Steelheart very much"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steelheart to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the printed version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The open bank seen instantly grabbed my attention.


    What does Macleod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The verbal ability to know when charters change because of the distinct voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to listen to while commuting. Easy to follow and a lot of fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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