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BLAZE OF GLORY
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Nantus has crafted a superhero novel for the 21st century with a spunky, stubborn heroine; sinister bureaucrats who have their own agenda and aliens with ships resembling avocados. Too many flashbacks pop up without warning and interrupt the action, but overall this is a fun jaunt into a society that isn’t so different from our own.
Recruited into the Agency when her superpowers emerged, Jo Tanis is forced to fight as a hero against other supers in choreographed events, à la professional wrestling. The viewing public isn’t in on the fix — neither are the aliens who arrive to fight Earth’s greatest heroes.
With help from friends, she invites any interested fake heroes and villains to join her in battle. A handful of supers answer the call and Jo must figure out if she can trust them to stick to the plan. Before they can meet the alien challenge, they must free themselves from the tyrannical Agency; only then can they prove that real heroes do exist. (SAMHAIN, Feb., 264 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Karen Sweeny-Justice
Published: February 2011