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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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    Dartanyon 06-05-14
    Dartanyon 06-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A real world of super humans!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Concept of super powered people in a surreal setting.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It took a different spin on super powers and how that would change ones perspective.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    By walking you through the story as if you were there.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise warren, OH, United States 06-04-14
    Denise warren, OH, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Every single person who manifested powers—we call"

    Sanderson is sensational!
    There are no heroes.

    Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

    Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S.F. Dallas, TX United States 05-27-14
    S.F. Dallas, TX United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I hadn't heard of this story until a friend told me about it. I'm glad he did. It's a wonderfully written and acted story about a dystopian future with Epics (think humans with super hero like manifestations). I don't want to say much or risk ruining the book. But, it's good. Very, very good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Chicago, IL, United States 05-26-14
    Andrew Chicago, IL, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Only reasons you shouldn't buy this book."

    Little extreme I know but I really enjoyed this novel and like a million other people all of Sanderson's work. Here are a couple of reasons you might not like this book.

    - It seems fairly YA focused. The main character is a kid undergoing an initiation into a new world.

    - The superhero thing might seem overblown. This novel follows Sanderson's usual adult style explanations of magic but boils down to superheroes basically.

    - The main character is fairly self-deprecating. I liked this but some people might think this makes him whiny or boring but it didn't thought it made him seem for approachable.

    - The plot is straightforward. Brandon is one of those authors that can easily shift gears between complex high fantasy and first person style urban fantasy. This often catches people of guard if they have read his other novels but for me both styles work.

    I hope this helps.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Le-Georgia HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 05-14-14
    Le-Georgia HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I was bored by chapter 2"
    What would have made Steelheart better?

    It got bored quickly, after the bank robbery.


    Has Steelheart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Macleod Andrews’s performance?

    His voice was ok and he read what was written. Just lost interest very quickly.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Steelheart?

    After the bank robbery, it went down hill from there.


    Any additional comments?

    The first chapter seemed to be the only exciting and fun part of the book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Demopolis, AL, USA 03-08-14
    Glenn Demopolis, AL, USA 03-08-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Didn't expect a comic book"
    What would have made Steelheart better?

    A protagonist who's not so whiny? At times, it was as though Jay Baruchel was right there in the car next to me.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Sanderson’s story?

    I was expecting something a LOT more substantial.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded too much like a whiny, annoying brat (again, Jay Baruchel). I found myself rooting against the protagonist and his cohorts.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It could possibly make a decent comic book series that my pre-teen son might enjoy - but then again, I might be selling the tastes of my pre-teen son WAY too short.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time or money on this drivel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne Parkville, MD, United States 10-08-13
    Daphne Parkville, MD, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "What an ending!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    Although I've heard and seen so many superhero books and movies, this was so much different and BETTER.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David was my favorite character. He was extremely human and even innocent in mind.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Macleod Andrew did a great job in reading this book.


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

    I've seen SteelHeart bleed, I've seen him scream...


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not sexually explicit, which means my teen can listen to it. The main character was believable. Actually, mostly everything in this book was believable for future occurrence.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Niantic, CT, United States 10-08-13
    Keith Niantic, CT, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good Lite Story"

    The story is about a select group of humans that were enhanced when an mysterious event happened several years prior to this story. Each person that was enhanced was given powers and abilities far beyond normal citizens. With great power, these people become intoxicated with power. Steelheart was the worse of them all. Imperious to any attack but one.

    A small group of people travel in the darkness in attempts to take these oppressors out. Take them out any means possible without injuring any other people. The Reckoners took their job serious.

    This story is about David and how he lost his father to Steelheart's anger. He plots for years to repay Steelheart and any other Epic that might get in the way. But first, he needs to join the Reckoners. But, the Reckoners are not hiring.

    The story was fast-paced, suspenseful, and fun. The performance was very good and kept my attention for the entire story. The cliff hanger between parts one and two was heart stopping. As all super hero stories, you have to overlook physics and just enjoy the story. Many objects and actions that the characters do or have defy the basic laws of physics.

    I was disappointed at the ending of this volume of the series. Not the reveals of who or what. But the actual demise of Steelheart. I had to bite my lip when the scene unfolded. I felt that Steelheart deserved better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Buchberger LIVERMORE, CA, US 10-07-13
    Douglas Buchberger LIVERMORE, CA, US 10-07-13
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    "Fantastic twist to an overcrowded super hero genre"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    The narrator Macleod Andrews really made me feel like each character was individual and had a life of their own. You can distinctly tell between each voice who he is portraying without him even saying who is talking. The story was constantly moving tossing in twists and turns in every angle. I was engaged and enthralled throughout the entire experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was absolutely built in a strong structure with incredible support characters. The idea of having the world in disarray when super heroes who we have always thought to be incredible saviors rather then villains are controlling the government and everything you can imagine. Turning these heroes into a modern day super hero mafia rather then a team of heroes fighting to save the earth. We follow a boy who witnessed the coming out of one of the worlds strongest epics and also witnesses the one and only time the hero has shown weakness thus starting us all on a crazy adventure filled with revenge, strategy and a roller coaster ride of emotions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have 2 favorite scenes one was the ending the other was when Prof came down through the tunnels to help Megan and David. He showed his true emotion and strength at that point and started to hint to me that maybe he isn't the normal person we all think.


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

    To me it was at the end when Megan was replaying the recording of David .


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fantastic read and hope to see more of this story in the future from Brandon. He has won a spot on my shelf for many years to come with this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Russ C Loveland, OH, United States 10-05-13
    Russ C Loveland, OH, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great start to a new series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. As always, Sanderson creates a enjoyable characters, intriguing science and magic,and a good suspenseful pacing of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The opening scene in the bank. One of the most memorable of any book I've experienced.


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

    Since I'm a fast reader, I don't know if I would get the same emotion from reading that I got from his performance.


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

    The parts where people died were certainly moving, but they didn't have quite as much impact as some of Sanderson's other books.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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