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Publisher's Summary

With great power...comes great corruptibility.

Titan is dead. And the world needs heroes more than ever.

Hugo’s dream of becoming a superhero blows up in his face. And the impossible rage that remains pulls him deeper into darkness.

After several successful battles, Greyson’s ragtag team rides a wave of stardom. But what people love more than celebrating their heroes is tearing them down.

And Quinn’s investigation into Titan’s murder gets derailed, leaving her reputation in shambles. But this journalist’s relentless pursuit of the truth could cost more than her job. These strangers are on a collision course with destiny. And each other. 

Warning: Contains cursing, mild teen angst, and badass superhero action. If you’re easily triggered by cursing, mild teen angst, or badass superhero action, this novel might not be for you.

©2019 C. C. Ekeke (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Struggling with this one...

I find myself completely engaged by the story and cannot wait to see what comes next.. but the dialogue... oh Lord.. the dialogue is atrociously bad. Particularly with the female characters.

And the female narration (there are multiple narrators) is so, so cringe worthy. Remember that scene in "Jaws" when Quint drags his fingernails across the chalk board? It's like listening to that but sustained for three or four minutes...

Overall, the story is interesting enough that I'm willing to suffer through the bad parts. But be warned... they are QUITE bad.

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Excellent

Excellent story and narration one of the top superhero stories available on audible. The character development continues.

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A solid continuation, despite some problems.

I) OVERVIEW:

I'll admit; there were two reasons why I checked out this series. One was my love of the superhero genre(comics, TV, games, movies etc.) and second was that I heard Mr. Ekeke speak once on a podcast called "The Salty Nerd". He was kind and knowledgeable and I was curious to check out his first book.

And I'll be honest; I found it a mixed bag. I won't delve into my full thoughts on book one(maybe, I'll write a separate review) but to be brief it came off as a lot of setup for a sequel. That can be a risk. If your payoff is bad, it taints your first book. Fortunately, this isn't the case. I enjoyed this book. It isn't without its flaws, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I listened to.

TLDR: The performances ranged from good to alright. The plotting was predictable. Hugo and Quinn had the best character arcs while Greyson's was weak.

NOTE THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FROM BOOK ONE.

II) PERFORMANCES

There are three narrators who were apart of this book and like book one each focused on a single character: Hugo, Greyson and Quinn. Roger Wayne as Greyson was best of the narrators . His vocal range for Greyson and the characters surrounding him was solid. Though, his female voices were hard to differentiate. But to be fair, voicing female characters well as a male narrator is very tricky. But like the first book, his vocal work was the strongest.

The weakest narrator I found was Kaleo Griffith. Her take on Quinn was spot on. But her other voices I found were hard to differentiate. This was a problem I had with the first book and it's a shame it has persisted.

Adenrele Ojo was solid. His voice as Hugo was good and the rest of his voices ranged from decent(Simon) to meh(Priscila). Overall, his work was fine. Not as good as Wayne but a step up from Griffith.

II) CHARACTERS

Like the first book, this one had three POVs: 1) Hugo 2) Greyson 3) Quinn and were handled by separate narrators.

1) Hugo: His arc had surprised me with how it decently it was handled. The first book very much focused on setup with Titan, his powers and him loosing the drive to be a hero. This second book continues those elements all the while gradually building towards something.

It's actually quite refreshing. Commonly, a lot of superhero origins will usually have an inciting incident off the bat that forces them into being a hero. Yet here, we get that but a good chunk in the book. I can see this annoying some more diehard purists of the genre but for me it was decently handled.

The teenage drama I argue was alright. Nothing amazing but nothing horrible. I'd say the same with the love interest in this book. She was fine. Where Hugo ends up after this book was great and actually had me excited to check out book two. Overall, if Hugo was a big sticking point of book one, he gets a lot better.


2) Greyson: I hate to say this but Greyson's story in this book to be the weakest of the bunch. It's surprising because I found his character in book one to be the best of the trio. I'd say my biggest issue with Greyson in this book is that his focus is a lot less. Being asked by Hurricane to continue with Heroes Anonymous to defend Saint Louis while he recovered was an excellent hook for Book one.

And this second book kind of explores that element but ultimately doesn't explore it as much as it could. It came off as very abridged and lacking. Also, I found Greyson's actions in this book to be very weird. I get where Mr. Ekeke wanted to do. Heck, on paper; it is great. But the connecting tissue to get to where Greyson was by the end of this book I found was thin.

If there is a silver lining with Greyson; I'll say this: The liar revealed trope with his girlfriend, Lauren, was handled surprisingly well and not in a derivative fashion. But overall, I found his story in this book to be disappointing.

3) Quinn: Surprisingly, Quinn's story was probably the best. I say surprisingly because she was my least favorite character in book one. Her wanting recognition as a journalist/ delving into finding Titan's true killer I found was neat but was really a lot of setup. And I'd normally wouldn't be against setup but Quinn's character I found was very dry and very passive.

That's not the case here. It was well worth the setup as she's the best apart. It's great to see her be more proactive, trying to piece together the clues. And while I saw the twist coming a mile away; it helped that Quinn's characterization was strong here and that the consequences/ setbacks weren't just superficial/ lacking. Rather they hindered her as a character.

And that's good. You want exterior conflict to supplement interior conflict and not have it be where the latter overtakes the former(which was her in book one). And how she solves the mystery was actually consistent and well-ploted. Overall, she became my favorite character by the end. So props to Mr. Ekeke for that.

III) STORY

The story very much is a continuation of book one where Titan's murder and who actually killed him was the central focus. I'll say this; the resolution to this plot and who committed the murder I found to be pretty predictable. Normally, I don't have an issue with predictability in a story. Especially if the story itself puts a lot of care and effort into justifying the choices.

Sadly, this isn't the case. The killer, while having a fine enough motivation, the logistics behind why they did what they did baffle me. It comes off as really rushed and nonsensical. And note I'm willing to suspend my disbelief when it comes to comic book media given how by design it is ridiculous by nature. But verisimilitude is the name of the game with stories needing an internal consistency/ logic. And I felt like how the Titan killer reveal was ok, but not great.

In short, the story was the weakest element for me. The one thing that partially saved me from fully hating this is the ending. Which was great even if it was setting up book three.

IV) CONCLUSION

Monsters among Men is a solid follow up. On one hand, it does a decent job paying off most of the setup with regards to its characters, like Hugo and manages to take its weaker elements, Quinn, and improve them tenfold. On the other hand, the predictable, inconsistent plot and regression of good elements, Greyson, really hurt this book.

If you are looking for an incredible mystery that is cohesive and consistent, you will NOT find it in this book. But if you liked the first book enough for its characters and want some decent payoff, you've come to the right place.






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SJW Woke trash

started off promising good lead characters a mystery to solve then takes a sjw turn trying to justify a murderer with the me too crap so glad this was free or I would have to get my credit back

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a literal rollercoaster from start to finish

this story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. can't wait for the next one

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the Samoan

the fact that the author refers to the main character as the Samoan constantly is a little weird, if someone wrote a book and constantly referred to the main character as the Caucasian or the Mexican or the African-American it would also be weird

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Fantastic!

Comic book storylines meet game of thrones! This series is absolutely fantastic! Kept me on the edge of my seat! Addictive!

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Pretty fun story.

The production suffers when the voice actors voice each others main. The contrast between the male voiced and female voiced Bogota is jarring. But, this is a minor issue. Didn't take away from an enjoyable and well paced story. Also: author is definitely going to horny jail.

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Enjoyable

I am thoroughly enjoying this series and look forward to other books by this author!

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Entertaining Listen

I enjoyed the story and super hero setting. The author did a good job creating a diverse cast of characters. The hero archetypes were fairly basic but still interesting. I would have enjoyed a bit more foreshadowing as the mystery developed. Overall, it was worth the time/credit and I'll be continuing the series.