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Hungry Gods by J.D. Brink is the first in a series called Identity Crisis. The story follows the antics of a teenaged super hero who just wants to make it big. In a world of caped and masked superheroes who are called by the government to solve problems created by real life monsters and villain, Spitball is a low level superhero. All he dreams about is using his super-speed powers to launch him into a life of fame and to secure his spot in the Phenomenal Five, the most famous team of superheroes. After fighting off a monster that was terrorizing his town, this little bit of fame leads to a military official to request his services. Little did Spitball know, he was entering a fight that might be too big for his skills. As the story unravels, Spitball is faced with a series of terrors, intrigue, and conflicts between his expectations and realities about what being a superhero is.
This novel improved for me after I accepted the costumed superheroes functioning as a part of the real life plotline. It was bewildering and frustrating in the beginning, but once accepted the plot developed nicely. The premise for the story where a naïve fame-hungry young superhero enters a fight too big for him was actually pretty interesting. It created room for Spitball to learn about the reality of being a superhero and learn from it. Unfortunately, I really felt like he hadn’t learned anything from the experience and was still like an overzealous puppy at the end. I found this extremely disappointing because Spitball’s naiveté was difficult to hear. I did however, like phenomenal five characters that Spitball is able to meet and the background on the relationship between those characters. The superheroes vs. zombies-like premise in itself was unique. This is mostly an action filled story about superheroes fighting off an unknown threat to the public. Ultimately, while I didn’t like Spitball’s character, there was a lot of plot development, action, and a hint of what’s to come in the future novels.
The narration by Todd Menesses was well done. He captured the voices of the different characters really well. He was able to capture the feelings and the situation that the characters were throughout the novel. He also hit Spitball’s voice straight on. It was great. The production quality was good. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes superhero, action stories.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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Hungry Gods is a great series starter. It centers on a kid named Luke, who just happens to have the power of Super Speed. Anyone who knows me will tell you that my favorite superhero is the Flash, and in many ways, Luke reminds me of a young Wally West, not the one from the TV show, the original who was cocky and headsure, never doubting himself, and always certain that he could win against whatever stood against him. His costumed identity is that of Spitball (because Marvel own the name Speedball, and I doubt that Brink wanted to associate his character with cocaine). Anyway, Spitball manages to pull off a big win, and gets the attention of the military, who bring him in to help them out. He soon learns that he isn't all that (or does he?) and that he is certainly in need of some serious helping hands.
This book has the feel of Marvel Zombies, a great set of mini-series that came out at the start of the century. That's because it has zombies, and you just can't go wrong with zombies. One thing I really liked was that Spitball started out a noob, and pretty much acted like it, even at the end being overly sure of himself and his abilities. He may have learned how to turn on his headgear lights, but he hasn't learned that he really isn't the hero he believes himself to be.
Brink knows how to pen superhero action, and his battle details are fantastic. You feel like you are right in the middle of the action, and his characters (I love Gargoyle) really resonate as real people and not costumes. The pacing is intense and plays out like a comic, each panel progressing the story. I enjoyed this book a lot.
Menesses narrate this like it is HIS superpower. He really brings everything to life in vivid detail, even the zombies! He plays each character, and his voices are great. I enjoyed listening as he certainly infused the book with emotion and action, and his pace varied by what was going on in the story.
I have to wonder why you are still reading this review, and not the book itself. Trust me, this is a great start for what looks to be an amazing series, and I cannot wait for book two to appear. Can someone give a copy to Spitball? He's faster than Fed Ex and the USPS! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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