Nobody Gets the Girl: A Superhero Novel by James Maxey
Being a retired fan of comic books (haven’t collected in years), I’ve always had a soft spot for the world of caped-crusading, crime-fighting, four-color fantasy that embraced my escapism for decades. My first job was at a comic book store. I got paid in trade, and couldn’t have been happier. But adult life steps in, kids sprout up, and responsibilities rear their ugly head in this sometimes paycheck to paycheck world. Comic spending money lost out to Book spending money, and that summary, is a story in itself.
But back to the book review.
James Maxey does a wonderful job of creating a helluva page turner featuring four-color badassery. Nobody Gets the Girl hooks you from the start with a brilliantly believable protagonist. My usual fear of the impending shallow characters and flat world were soon put to rest as Mr. Maxey fleshed out the Heroes, Villains and their environment(s).
Colorful characters and splendid descriptive scenes abound and are held together with plenty of well-placed dialogue. Every character has not only their own superpowers, but their own voice! The Big 5 publish many a book with flat scenes and lifeless characters, this indie shows how to do it the right way.
I thought for sure I figured out the plot and where the story was headed a couple of times, and was pleasantly proven wrong. For a novel of this length, this was a great feat.
I would of liked to have seen the character’s names, aliases and nicknames reigned in a little bit, instead of being bounced around from name to alias within a few pages or scene. And I would love the main character to have “Mr.” put in front of his secret identity name…sometimes I wasn’t sure if a room was empty or…
The previews for Burn Baby Burn (the 2nd novel of this series by James Maxey), and other authors version of superhero novels was a definite hook and bonus.
The new retro-cover, was also too cool.
Superpowers, blood and guts, sex and plenty of fun await you in Nobody Gets the Girl.
*Free copy of this book was received from author for review.