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Friday, May 28, 2010

Blaze of Glory by Sheryl Nantus

Blaze of Glory by Sheryl Nantus
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (176 Pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Saving the world is easy for a superhero—unless you’re a fraud.

Jo Tanis is a superhero, fighting evil on the city streets, using her ability to feed off electromagnetic energy and fire off charges—and it’s all just a show. The Agency captures her and others like her when their powers begin to manifest, pitting them against each other in staged, gladiatorial fights. An explosive implant on the back of her neck assures she’ll keep right on smiling for the camera and beating up the bad guys.

When Earth comes under attack, suddenly the show becomes deadly real. Unable to deal with a real alien, the “supers” are falling in droves. Millions of innocent civilians are going to die…unless Jo can cobble together a team from among the fake heroes and villains the Agency enslaved. Including Hunter, who not only promises to show her how to deactivate the implants, but seems to know more than he should about how the mysterious Agency operates.

Forcing a rag-tag bunch of former enemies to work together is the least of Jo’s problems. The trick is determining if Hunter is friend or foe—and becoming the hero everyone thought she was before the world is destroyed for real.

The Earth has just been attacked by giant human looking men in flying avocados who, by the way, appear to be impervious to everything that is thrown at them. The vast majority of the Earth’s Super Heros and Super Villians (Supers for short) have been killed in the first wave leaving a handful of “second string” supers to deal with a possible take over at best and annihilation at worst. Wooo! Where are Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum when you need them!

Jo Tannis, Surf to the Supers, never wanted to be a super hero. She only came into her electromagnetic powers after a traumatic head injury. Thanks to a plug implant and the threat of death by The Agency, she fights super villains on a regular basis or should I say on a scheduled basis, a television schedule to be more precise. The fights are arranged and fixed for the sake of viewer ratings, only the viewers don’t know that what they're seeing isn’t real. Neither do the aliens who have come to challenge the best the Earth has to offer.

Lucky for Jo, she isn’t alone. Ms. Nantus created a colorful and often entertaining cast of characters to aid Jo in defeating the alien swarm. Just how they accomplish that I’ll leave to your imagination or better yet read the book!

Ms. Nantus accomplished something within the pages of this novella that is difficult and often poorly executed by other authors. She created a dialogue that could have been hokey, but came off anything but. To say exactly who Jo's dialogue is with would be spoiling it, but I was very impressed with how well it flowed.

If you’re looking for a mushy love story with a lot of sheet action this isn’t the book for you. But, if you enjoy an exciting Mankind vs. Aliens action adventure with a budding romance and some quirky quasi-supers on the side you will love Blaze of Glory. I know I did.

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