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Steelheart | [Brandon Sanderson]

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.
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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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    GratefulAndHappy Atlanta, GA 10-08-13
    GratefulAndHappy Atlanta, GA 10-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Freaking Awesome Story and Narration!!!"
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    This book was exceptional from beginning to end. Brandon Sanderson is a master story teller and the narrator is great. I would have to say that this is one of my favorite audio books and I have listen to quite a few.

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    Clara Chinle, AZ, United States 10-08-13
    Clara Chinle, AZ, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "video game plot with lots of guns"

    This book sets up an interesting world, but then doesn't do much with it. Essentially it's a revenge fantasy book with the entire focus being on killing the big bad guy. The bad guy is 100% evil so you can hardly blame David the main character, but you could blame the author. It is disturbing to me that this is supposed to be YA fiction. There is a very strong gun worshiping theme here. The main bad guy has a square jaw, the side kick bad guy is asian. The love interest girl has long blond hair and mysterious bad moods. Sigh.
    I don't play video games, but this book seems like a really violent video game to me. The simplification of good and evil and the wish to destroy the other with big weapons is basically what's wrong with our culture today. Is this how we want to encourage young adults to think? The only thing that marginally saved this book is the narrator. He made David sound young and earnest and likable. But honestly, I can't think of anyone, teen or adult, that I would recommend this book to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 10-07-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Well Executed."
    Would you listen to Steelheart again? Why?

    This is a very well written and tightly plotted story. Sanderson will undoubtedly have a long career, and write some very popular books. I could easily see Steelheart made in a motion picture with some level of success. He is talented and a professional writer whose accolades are well deserved.

    For me however parts of this story felt formulaic. Parts Matrix, X-Men and Catcher in the Rye. This is not necessarily a bad thing since most science fiction and fantasy are derivative at some level. The familiar is comfortable. For those readers and listeners who are looking for an action packed, fast moving story you will really enjoy this book and I recommend it.I felt at times that the story line was targeted toward a younger audience, which Sanderson has successfully done in other series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Megan. I really got a kick out of her not being impressed initially with "Knees".


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

    He did an excellent job. Very well done.


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

    I rarely do that...


    Any additional comments?

    I would not disagree with my other reviewers, it is very well done.For me, the story felt a little naive and the storyline a little "mass market".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-07-13
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Can't wait for the next novel"

    This is a well written and well narrated book. Lots of action and and interesting characters. There's a good twist to the plot - one a reader might have questioned along the way but I'm not going to say anything else about it. Get this book and read it. You'll like it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Milkman Rochester, MN 10-07-13
    Milkman Rochester, MN 10-07-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Inspired fantasy story with strong characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    First person POV of a precocious young man whose sensibilities go beyond the mundane. Gals, guns & galore a plenty in this novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The bank scene, the weapons dealer, the motorcycle chase & the final denouement.


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

    David, Cody


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    David in the deadend tunnel.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John E. Fox Long Beach, ca 10-06-13
    John E. Fox Long Beach, ca 10-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Biggw0rm

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    "Very entertaining...."
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    The universe which they built. It should provide some very entertaining settings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hope aspect, good overcoming evil. Humanity surviving despite overwhelming odds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    David at diamonds.


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

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthews Fort Hood, TX, United States 10-06-13
    Matthews Fort Hood, TX, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great fun fast paced adventure."
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome! Exciting! Romantic!


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    Hmmm....Alloy of Law for its pace, but story is a stand alone and a series.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    It was perfect. I loved his accents and characters inflections.


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

    Not extreme but a great time.


    Any additional comments?

    Brandon Sanderson produces another amazing world with realistic characters and scenarios in a world so different from ours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MurrayJr douglasville, GA, United States 10-06-13
    MurrayJr douglasville, GA, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Great new twist on traditional Super Hero stories"

    This book was really good. I don't take the time to write reviews unless a book was really good or really bad. This one was fantastic. I can usually figure out the main twists in the stories, but not with this one. I'm really looking forward to the series. It is a new way to tell the Super Hero story. That in itself makes it worth a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew PRAIRIE GROVE, AR, United States 10-06-13
    Matthew PRAIRIE GROVE, AR, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't want it to end."
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    An absolutely phenomenal book. This would be the first book I've read since the Kingkiller series by Patrick Rothfuss that I just didn't want to end.

    The very premise of the book turns all your typical expectations of superheroes on their head. Early on in the book the narrator says, "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." And that defines the world of Steelheart. It starts out with quick paced action, and then doesn't stop until the book ends. But it isn't a mindless action story, not at all. Themes and ideas are brought up throughout that make you stop and think. Are the villains actually bad? What is the cost of fighting back? Are they terrorists or are they revolutionaries?

    My favorite books are ones that are a fun read but make me think. This book made me think, and even gave me a couple mysteries to solve and twists and counter twists to be shocked at. All that aside, it is also hilarious.

    And if you are worried about it being a first in a series, don't be. The book could be a standalone. No silly trilogy where it is just one book broken up into three books.

    Really, just read this book, I don't care who you are, just read it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keith United States 10-06-13
    Keith United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Truly griping, amazing, and clever"
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    Unpredictable, breathtaking, and intelligent


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really creates a connection between the reader and the main character, starting by seeing something unforgivable in the prologue, and his actions and the influence of the others around him. It really was outstanding.


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

    Abraham, he was incredibly smart, and the accent was spot on in uniqueness to everyone else in the story.


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

    In a world built upside down, where wrong is right, would it break your heart? Or will yours be tempered of Steel?


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book of Brandon Sanderson, and narrated by Macloed Andrews, and I will find books by these 2. I am a fan.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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