Meet Cary Beacon, a superhero in his own mind. Cary's mission to rescue his kidnapped stepkids leads him to Mexico, where he teams up with El Yucatango, a gonzo masked wrestler on a mission of vengeance. As Cary and El Yucatango fight the battle of their lives to save the kids, Cary's disappearance forces together his fractured family back home, torn apart by a fiery tragedy years ago.
The parallel quests of Cary and his family link to an explosive moment in true-life history: the KKK's 1924 siege of the immigrant mining town of Lilly, Pennsylvania, which left a curse on the Beacon family. Can delusional Cary break the curse? If he and his siblings reunite as their childhood backyard alter egos, The Nuclear Family, maybe they stand a chance.
The books jumps amongst 3 different time periods, and at first seemed too confusing to follow well. BUT it is worth the read-- comes together rather expertly, with wonderfully lively characters. Great extended metaphor of "mask" throughout, and what being a superhero really means. Worth it!
What disappointed you about The Masked Family?
Uninteresting storyline and characters. Awful, redundant prose. I rarely give up on a book, but the writing was so awful that I yelled in frustration at the author on several occasions and didn't even get through the first half.
Has The Masked Family turned you off from other books in this genre?
I'm not even sure what genre this is.
Did Randy Hames do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes, the narration was OK.
What character would you cut from The Masked Family?
All of them.