Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura – a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl.
When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be….
While the moment to moment writing can carry a listener through the book, the basic plot structure is haphazard and seemingly random. Characters motivations and basic attributes shift constantly with little reason. Some people completely flip their fundamental character traits 2 or 3 times. For much of the book I thought there was a grand conspiracy where a central figure was mind controlling everybody else to explain the bizarre actions of everybody involved, but that's not the case. Instead, the shallow reasons for a slew of incomprehensible actions are meant to be taken at face value. As I said at the beginning, it's not hard to listen to, just don't expect to invest yourself in the characters or the world at all.
The story had enough twists and turns to keep me interested, but overall it's just not a great book. By the end of the book I realized I didn't like any of the characters. I knew how it was going to end, but didn't really care. This was a disappointment.
Would you consider the audio edition of Seven Wonders to be better than the print version?
YES. I paint. I don';t have time to sit and read. So I paint and listen.
What other book might you compare Seven Wonders to and why?
The Ace's High books. Because of the smart and superior writing , taking super heroes and telling would would REALLY happen, socially, politically, legally, emotionally...smart clever, and it builds with street fights & action up to mighty cosmic battles on scales that Kirby would be happy with.
What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Wow, he does great voices men and women! Hard to tell it's just one guy!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
no. I and to listen to it a few times to get all the details and delicious emotional inter-play between complex characters.
Any additional comments?
Much smarter than most of the super hero movies. Adam Christopher knows how to tell a story - he knows how to build characters, and how to build the action till you are on the edge of your moon base fortress of solitude seat! Excellent. Wonderful. I hope there are more in this series with these characters - Adam Christopher has a endless creative mind for developing an endless array of heroes and villains - and not afraid to give very powerful characters on the level of Super Man all the physical and emotional struggle they can handle - you are never bored, or sure the heroes will win because they are VERY powerful ...because there are so many things in the "real world" and the "Wonder World" that would thwart a hero no matter how powerful they are.